Profile of the Stuart Collection at the UC San Diego

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Bruce Nauman's "Vices and Virtues" at the Stuart Collection at UCSD. Image courtesy Stuart Collection at UCSD.

Established:

The Stuart Collection at the UC San Diego in San Diego, California was established in 1982 and has a permanent collection of specifically commissioned artworks, mostly site-specific sculptures.

History:

The Stuart Collection at the UC San Diego began in 1982 when the Stuart Collection partnered up with the University of California at San Diego, with the idea of commissioning original works of art from leading artists.

In 1979, art collector James Stuart DeSilva worked with the assistant chancellor Patrick Ledden to help establish the collection, in which the entire campus could be used as sites for the commissioned artworks. 

The Stuart Collection Advisory Board comprised of art professionals invite artists to develop proposals for the site, which then is submitted to a campus review process with final approval by the chancellor.

The UCSD was established in 1960, and as of 2015 has an "enrollment of more than 28,000 graduate and undergraduate students." "The campus architecture ranges from California cottages, World War II barracks, and structures from the fifties and sixties to more recent buildings influenced by postmodern architecture."

Mission:

The Stuart Collection at the UC San Diego's mission, according to their website:

"The Stuart Collection at the UC San Diego seeks to enrich the cultural, intellectual, and scholarly life of the UCSD campus and of the San Diego community by building and maintaining a unique collection of site-specific works by leading artists of our time."

Location:

The Stuart Collection at the UC San Diego is located at the 1,200-acre UCSD campus in La Jolla in northern San Diego on a mesa above the Pacific Ocean.

 Please refer to the Stuart Collection's website for directions and further information.

Conservation Department:

The Stuart Collection at the UC San Diego may require art conservation services from time to time, in order to preserve the artworks.

To learn more about the field of art conservation, please see Fine Art's interviews with conservators.

Famed Artworks in Collection:

The Stuart Collection at the UC San Diego includes sculptural, site-specific artworks by internationally renowned artists such as John Baldessari, Jenny Holzer, Elizabeth Murray, Alexis Smith, Niki Saint Phalle and Do Ho Suh.

According to their website: "Many of the artists who have designed works for the collection are associated with movements or attitudes which are seldom represented in public sculpture collections. A significant number of the artists have been better known for their work in other areas before creating their first permanent outdoor sculpture for the Stuart Collection.'

Noteworthy Facts:

Employment Information:

The Stuart Collection at the UC San Diego does not post job listings, as it is a collection of site-specific artworks installed throughout the campus. Job listings for positions such as security and maintenance are posted on the university's website.

How to Apply for a Job:

The Stuart Collection at the UC San Diego does not post employment listings on its website. Please refer to the university's website for job information.

Museum's Contact Info:

    Stuart Collection at the UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Dr. La Jolla, CA 92093. Tel: (858) 534-2230.

    Stuart Collection at the UC San Diego's website

    Museum Hours:

    • Monday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
    • Tuesday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
    • Wednesday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
    • Thursday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
    • Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
    • Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
    • Sunday 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
    • Closed holidays

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