The Collections at the NAU Art Museum
Within our permanent collections, the NAU Art Museum holds some specific collections of note.
The Marguerite Hettel Weiss Collection and Gallery Accordion Closed
The Weiss Gallery is located inside the historic Old Main building (#10), on the third floor. Mrs. Weiss was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She earned degrees from Miami University (Ohio) and the University of Cincinnati. She taught high school mathematics in the Cincinnati public schools for many years. As a compliment to her analytical abilities, Mrs. Weiss possessed a deep love of literature and art. Her studies at the University of Cincinnati included art, and it was here that her lifelong appreciation and enjoyment of art began. Her studies spanned the areas of architecture, sculpture, painting, landscaping, ceramics, fabrics, and interior design. Her unpublished writings cover diverse subjects such as architecture, sculpture, and poetry and other forms of literature. In addition to collecting fine works of art, Mrs. Weiss practiced watercolor painting.
Mrs. Weiss made many personal sacrifices to amass the collection that bears her name at Northern Arizona University. This eclectic collection contains numerous art objects from around the world. The collection includes furniture, sculptures, oils, watercolors, china, and silver. Some of the countries whose art is represented are Mexico, Great Britain, France, Peru, Italy, Africa, Costa Rica, India, China, and the United States. The collection also includes works by Native American and other Southwestern artists.
The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation Study Collection Accordion Closed
The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation Study Collection is an initiative of the Arthur M. Sackler Foundation whose mission is to educate and encourage interest and scholarship in the fields of Museum Studies, Asian Art and other cultural and historical areas of study at the Northern Arizona University. The Study Collection provides access for students and scholars to physically examine, evaluate and analyze more than 200 works of Asian art selected for this purpose, and gifted to the Foundation by Arthur M. Sackler, M.D. and his family.
The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation was established in 1965 by the late Arthur M. Sackler, M.D. (1913-1987). The Foundation lends art from its collection of more than 1,000 works of art to museums, organizes traveling exhibitions, and has published eleven scholarly catalogues of the Arthur M. Sackler Collections.