Permanent
Collection


Overview

With over 10,000 works of art from a diverse range of cultures and time periods, the Mills College Art Museum has the largest permanent collection of any liberal arts college on the West Coast. The collection spans centuries of art-making practices, from the first century BC to the present, with significant holdings of prints and drawings, photography, ceramics, textiles, Native American basketry, and early
20th-century California painting. The museum continually seeks to enhance its strengths and to expand the representation of contemporary artistic practices in its collection. The museum is committed to the preservation, presentation, and interpretation of its holdings for current and future audiences.

We invite you to visit our site regularly as we continue to expand our digital offerings. Collection research and management are on-going and electronic records will be updated, revised, or enhanced as needed. Please contact the museum for reproduction requests, questions, or additional information.

With support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, MCAM is in the process of digitizing our collection, beginning with our significant holdings of works on paper. This major collection digitizing and cataloging initiative will allow the public to search collection records and images through the museum’s website starting in 2013, dramatically improving accessibility to our permanent collection. Additionally, the project supports student training in museum practices and collection management. Follow our students’ work and see their favorite pieces through Facebook and Tumblr.