The UAM collections are a permanent, regional visual resource and archive of contemporary culture, presented as major exhibitions, offered for examination by students and scholars, and circulated to national institutions.
The CSULB Outdoor Sculpture Collection
This site-responsive collection is free and open to the public, situated throughout the 320−acre tree−shaded midcentury modern campus. The collection was launched in 1965 with the California International Sculpture Symposium, an event patterned after other recently held symposia in Europe. It was the first of its kind in the United States or on a college campus, and a significant experiment in the formal collaboration of art and technology. Each of the invited artists was paired with an industrial sponsor that provided technological assistance in the form of expertise, access to facilities, equipment, and materials. Since the original nine sculptures were commissioned, the collection has grown to twenty-one works.
The Gordon F. Hampton Collection
This collection features 89 works by 43 artists, including signature works by such artists as Al Held, Michael Goldberg, Adolph Gottlieb, Lee Krasner, and Milton Resnick. Gordon F. Hampton (1912−1996) was a renowned Los Angeles antitrust attorney, an enlightened art patron, philanthropist, and one of the original partners in the law firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLP. Hampton fostered his expansive interest in art as he traveled the world assembling a notable and distinctly personal collection.
UAM Works On Paper Collection
In 1979 the UAM began to regularly acquire works on paper with modest acquisition funds augmented by university allocations, grants, and private donations. These works are a documentary record of the university's arts involvement, and a vital resource for students, scholars, curators, community members and supporters.