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The site-specific sculptures that comprise the Stuart Collection each have a unique story to tell. The collection, created in 1981, is designed to enrich the cultural, intellectual and scholarly life of the campus and community.

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The Stuart Collection is completely self-sustaining, relying on the generosity of donors to fund new projects. Help bring new artwork to life!

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Bear by Tim Hawkinson

The Artists

The artwork represents an impressive assemblage of public art from visionaries such as Robert Irwin, Niki de Saint Phalle, Bruce Nauman and Kiki Smith.

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Bring the Stuart Collection into your home with a hardcover edition of "Landmarks: Sculpture Commissions for the Stuart Collection at the University of California San Diego." The catalog offers rare interviews with artists, behind-the-scenes anecdotes about how each sculpture came to life and over 230 photographs depicting the 40-year evolution of the collection.

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Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Stuart Collection, the visionary who founded the collection and how projects come to fruition.

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In accordance with county and state public health guidelines, no visitors are allowed on the UC San Diego campus at this time. As an alternative, we invite the campus and local community to tour the collection virtually.

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Sun God by Niki de Saint Phalle


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John Baldessari

Jan. 5, 2020

John Baldessari, radically influential Conceptual artist, dies at 88

Artist Mark Bradford shows Anderson Cooper one of his pieces

May 12, 2019

Mark Bradford: The 60 Minutes Interview