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UCLA Artists in the Hammer Museum Collections

UCLA’s Department of Art is among the most respected in the field, with a stellar faculty roster and numerous distinguished graduates. Since its formal inception in 1919, the department has remained a model of pedagogy and practice for other creative teaching institutions around the country and the world.

The collections of the Hammer Museum, a UCLA arts division since 1994, bear witness to this remarkable history. Thanks to numerous acquisitions and bequests, including major gifts by former faculty, including Dorothy Brown and Jim Welling, the museum’s collections evolved in parallel with the Department of Art. The works in the Hammer Contemporary Collection and the Grunwald Center Collection now offer insights into the department’s influential legacies.

This website presents more than 1,100 works by more than one hundred artists who taught or studied at UCLA, as well as supplemental resources including a chronology, exhibition history, biography, and links to dozens of oral histories.

Project Team
Cynthia Burlingham, Director, Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts

Leslie Cozzi, Curatorial Associate, Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, and Lead Researcher

Philip Leers, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Project Manager for Digital Initiatives

Claire de Dobay Rifelj, Contributing Researcher

Jennifer Cordileone, Contributing Researcher

Robin Margolis, Cataloging Assistant