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Arts at Chapman

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Art is an integral part of the educational process at Chapman University. We take pride in giving our students, faculty and staff the opportunity to spend their days at Chapman surrounded by beautiful and inspirational works of art as they learn, discover and grow.

We believe that enriching our campus with beautiful works of art results in a powerful cross-pollination of ideas and inspiration.  As Chapman continues to grow in both size and reputation, we strive to remain faithful to the foundations of a liberal education in which seemingly disparate disciplines – like the arts and sciences — are interconnected partners in the pursuit of learning and discovery.

Chapman University is proud to be the home of the Escalette Permanent Collection of Art. The collection is supported by an endowment established by the late Phyllis and Ross Escalette, and is comprised mostly of contemporary and modern paintings, prints, and sculpture. Rather than being housed in a museum or gallery, The Escalette Collection is displayed throughout the Chapman campus in hallways, public spaces, and study areas. The collection is free and open to the public to view.

+ - What is the Art Collections Department at Chapman?

The Art Collections Department manages artwork on campus, including its installation, research, storage, and care, as well as organizing exhibitions and community outreach, and overseeing the Student Art Ambassador program. The department also handles donations and loans of artwork within the scope of Chapman's collections.

We are always happy to help with your questions about the art collections!  

To contact the department, email artcollections@chapman.edu

+ - Exhibitions

Janire NájeraCurrent Exhibition
Moving Forward, Looking Back: Journeys Across the Old Spanish Trail
On view: February 01, 2017 - June 27, 2017
Doy and Dee Henley Galleria | Argyros Forum | 2nd Floor

Moving Forward, Looking Back: Journeys Across the Old Spanish Trail is an artistic project combining photography, video, and sound by Spanish artist Janire Nájera who has explored the Spanish legacy along the Old Spanish Trail. Moving Forward, Looking Back began in March 2014 with a road trip across the Southwest following the footsteps of trader Antonio Armijo, who opened the route of the Old Spanish Trail between the states of New Mexico and California in the 19th century. Janire Nájera traveled by RV, starting her journey in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the oldest continuously occupied state capital in the United States, and passing by areas of Colorado, Arizona, Utah and Nevada until finally arriving in Los Angeles, California. This journey evokes the spirit of adventure synonymous with the trail and the wider depiction of these six states ever since they were frontier lands or environments of discovery. For more information, please visit the exhibition website, Moving Forward, Looking Back: Journeys Across the Old Spanish Trail.

Stay tuned for information on all of our past exhibitions!

+ - Meet Our Student Art Ambassadors

Student Art Ambassadors are Chapman University students who act as liaisons between the collection and the student body, host tours and workshops for groups large and small, attend all collection events, and promote the arts at Chapman.

This year, the program expanded to include five very talented students:

student art ambassadors 2017
From left to right: Jessica Bocinski, double major in Art History and Anthropology ('18); Maya Dengel, Communication Studies major ('20); Manon Wogahn, Art History major ('18); Alyson Brandes, Art History major ('20); Jessica Johnson, double major in Film Studies and Theatre Studies ('18).