Art Collection

The art collection, located on the 1st floor of the Arts Library, includes publications on architecture, sculpture, drawing, painting, prints, decorative arts, artistic photography, and interdisciplinary works on the arts covering all cultures and time periods.

Collection strengths include medieval illumination, Northern and Italian Renaissance art, American art and architecture, and Chinese painting and calligraphy.

Special Art Collections

Special collections in the Arts Library do not circulate unless otherwise noted.

Art Exhibition Catalogs

Items from this collection of over 95,000 exhibition, collection, and sales catalogs are listed in the library catalog.

To find the most recently acquired exhibition catalogs in the collection, do a subject search for "exhibition catalogs" in the New Titles Catalog.

Artists' Books

The Arts Library holds over 1,000 titles and other materials relating to artists' books. The Hobart O. Skofield Printers Collection, housed in the Department of Special Collections in Davidson Library, also includes artists’ books, livres d'artiste, and other examples of fine printing.

Auction Catalogs

The UCSB Arts Library has a collection of auction catalogs that are stored in the off-campus Library Annex. A small number of these catalogs, as well as the Knoedler Library on Microfiche collection of retrospective sales catalogs, are indexed on SCIPIO.

Additional collections (some uncataloged) include

  • Artists' sketchbook facsimiles
  • Chinese scroll facsimiles
  • Pat Fish Collection of mail art
  • Wayne Andrews Collection of photographs of American and European architecture

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