University Art Collection

The University’s first president, Walter Murray, was an active promoter of the role of the visual arts within the University’s teaching and research mandates.   He valued the work of Saskatchewan artists and, importantly, established the genesis of Aboriginal-themed artworks in the collection not only through the purchase of, but also by commissioning, several portraits of prominent First Nations chiefs from Saskatchewan and Alberta.

The database here provides information on the University’s collection of nearly 200 works by Aboriginal artists.  An additional 130 works in the collection which could be considered “Aboriginal-themed” have been included.  Such a selection is necessarily subjective; we were pleased to accept the advice of our project assistants in determining these.

The digital reproductions here are provided in a low-resolution copy and are available for educational and personal research purposes only.  Permission for any other use must be requested from the copyright holder.

The link below will open a new website; use your back button to return to the Aboriginal Research Resources site. (new content is being added daily)