• The Escalette Permanent Collection of Art

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» The Phyllis & Ross Escalette Permanent Collection of Art

The Phyllis & Ross Escalette Permanent Collection of Art is not tucked away in a gallery or confined to just one building; it is spread throughout campus for all to enjoy - on tree-lined walkways, in courtyards, lobbies, offices and meeting places.  In this way, Chapman has become a museum without walls, a gallery spread throughout campus. 

The Escalette Collection is truly a celebration of the interdisciplinary spirit of creativity and innovation that infuses everything we do at Chapman.

(Pictured above: Kelsey Brookes, Samatha 2. Acrylic on board, 2013, Ross and Phyllis Escalette Permanent Collection of Art. Image courtesy of Phillip Scholz Rittermann.)

+ - About the Phyllis & Ross Escalette Permanent Collection of Art

In 2009 a generous gift from trustee Ross Escalette and his wife Phyllis to name the permanent art collection set in motion a new era for Chapman as a center for art in Orange County.  Because Ross and Phyllis established an endowment, the collection continues to grow, infusing Chapman’s campus with new expressions of color, form and vibrancy. 

Currently, the collection comprises more than 700 pieces. Though the collection does not necessarily have a specific theme or focus, there is a special emphasis on contemporary works of Southern California artists as well as African art, Russian iconography and prints by modern American and European masters such as Rauschenberg, Lichtenstein and Nauman. 

The Escalette Collection features a variety of media, such as drawing, printmaking, painting, sculpture, photography and mixed media.  Works of art from the collection are regularly utilized for exhibition, classroom and research purposes.

+ - Mission Statement

The Phyllis and Ross Escalette Permanent Collection of Art will enhance and enrich the intellectual life of the campus and the Orange County community. The purpose of the collection is to advance the community’s understanding and appreciation of human creativity and imagination. Through studying and celebrating the art of our time the Permanent Art Collection seeks to educate students, alumni, faculty, and friends about the crucial role art and artists play in society. The Permanent Art Collection will promote art and its appreciation by acquiring, managing, and preserving a collection consisting of both traditional and contemporary artworks in various media.

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