About the Collection

Western Gallery's portable collection focuses on works on paper, primarily 19th and 20th century prints and drawings by North American, European and Japanese artists. Other collections include a small collection of paintings by Northwest artists, a group of South-east Asian ceramics, small-scale sculptures, and a study collection of representative chairs by international 20th century designers.

The University art collections include all works of art acquired by the Western Gallery and by any college/administrative unit by purchase from both state and restricted funds; purchases through capital building projects or percent for art monies for interior and exterior public sculpture; works acquired through contractual agreements with visiting artists; works from direct research/project grants; and all works by gift, donation, private grant or bequest through the Western Washington University Foundation for the Western Gallery and for the University's Art Collections.


Outdoor Sculpture Collection

Western’s permanent Outdoor Sculpture Collection is nationally renowned, with important works by distinguished contemporary American and European sculptors of the late 20th century to the present. Sited throughout the 10 acre campus, the collection includes works by Magdalena Abakanowicz, Alice Aycock, Scott Burton, Anthony Caro, Nancy Holt, David Ireland, Donald Judd, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, Isamu Noguchi, Tom Otterness, Beverly Pepper, Richard Serra, Do Ho Suh, Mark di Suvero, Joel Shapiro, George Trakas, Ulrich R├╝ckreim, and Meg Webster, to mention only a few of the 35 artists represented.


Safeco Collection

In 2010 Western Gallery received over 175 works in various media by Northwest artists, a gift of Safeco Insurance, a member of the Liberty Mutual Group, and the Washington Art Consortium. Selections from these works are on public view in the main lobbies of the Performing Arts Center.


Leese Collection

In 2005 Marian Leese Boylan gave her parent's private collection to the Western Gallery. This collection, primarily American and European prints and drawings accompanied by a few paintings, enlarged individual gifts from Al and Vera Leese since 1995. Marian Leese Boylan also has made major contributions to the Leese Collection since 2005.


Helen Loggie Archive

Western Gallery holds over 80 of Helen Loggie's intricate drawings and etchings of the flora and fauna of Washington State. Robert and Linda Frazier and Peggy Frances Frazier, members of the Loggie family, donated the majority of works in 1993. Additional donors to the archive include David B. Schaub, the George Keagle Estate, Barbara LaCasse and Robin Contratto. Images from the collection can be found here: [LINK]


Mary Randlett Collection

In addition to three nature photographs by Mary Randlett, Western Gallery holds 46 of her portraits of Northwest artists and thinkers. The series offers a precious and indelible documentation of the region’s intellectual and artistic life during a particularly creative period in the second half of the 20th century.


Whittington Collection of Asian Ceramics

The collection, donated to Western in 1987 by Floyd and Carol Whittington, includes Chinese, Korean, Thai, and Vietnamese ceramics of considerable antiquity as well as pieces of more recent periods. View the collection.


Chair Collection

The Chair Collection focuses on 20th century furniture created by international designers. The collection holds approximately 65 prime examples of chair design, ranging from the mid-nineteenth century to the 1980s. The collection originated in 1950 with Dr. Dorothy Ramsland, Professor of Home Economics and founder of the WWU Interior Design Academic major. Notable holdings include chairs designed by Marcel Breuer, Eero Saarinen, Hans Wegner, Aarne Jacobsen, Charles and Ray Eames, Frank Gehry and Maya Lin.


Washington Arts Consortium

The Washington Arts Consortium owns three collections of American and one Northwest works on paper, which are kept at the Western Gallery.


Works on Paper: American Art 1945 – 1975

This selection of post-war American art was assembled in 1975 and 1976 by Consortium founder Virginia Wright and gallerist Richard Bellamy. “Works on Paper” consists of 97 works by 48 artists, including Willem de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, Jasper Johns, Donald Judd, Roy Lichtenstein, Agnes Martin, Robert Morris, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Serra, and Andy Warhol. View the collection.


American Photographs: 1970 – 1980

This collection was formed in 1979 by members of the Washington Art Consortium, with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Wright Fund. The collection consists of 184 photographs by 32 artists Including Diane Arbus, Robert Cumming, William Eggleston, Lee Friedlander, Ralph Gibson, Jan Groover, Robert Heinecken, Richard Misrach, and Garry Winogrand are among the photographers represented in this collection. View the collection.


Mary Margaret Aiken and Richard Aiken Collection

The Washington Art Consortium’s third collection was a gift from Richard and Margaret Aiken, facilitated by Seattle gallery director Greg Kucera. The Aiken Collection of 24 works on paper focuses primarily on the works of American artists from the late twentieth century. View the collection.


Safeco Collection of Northwest Art on Paper

In 2010, Safeco Insurance, a member of Liberty Mutual Group, made a historic gift of over 800 works to the Washington Art Consortium from the Safeco Art Collection—the oldest and most renowned corporate collection of exclusively Northwest art. The Consortium spread these artworks to nine museums across the state, distributing them to each institution’s permanent collection. 104 of these works form the Consortium’s own “Safeco Collection of Northwest Art on Paper.” View the collection.