As a result of the generosity and commitment of our donors, OUMA’s permanent collection now boasts more than 420 objects spanning over seven centuries.
The collection has a broad assemblage of drawings, prints and paintings from the various schools in the art of 19th and 20th century France including works by Eugène Boudin, Camille Pissarro, Constantin Guys, Eugène Delacroix, Julien Dupré and Henri Matisse among others. This strength is due in great part to Dr. and Mrs. Michael Schlossberg as well as Drs. Yolanta and Isaac Melamed. Both families have made significant gifts in kind to the collection in recent years much to the benefit of our students, faculty, and the greater Atlanta community.
The museum’s permanent collection also holds unique concentration in the field of Japanese porcelain ranging from the 17th to early 20th century. The majority of works in our collection were assembled during the 1960s and 1970s by Dr. John Lesh Jacob. In recent years Dr. Jacob’s daughter, Carrie Lee Jacobs Henderson, granddaughter of OU president Thornwell Jacobs, has donated more than 140 works of art to OUMA. As a result of such generosity, this museum is now the largest single repository of the Jacobs Collection.
Each semester, OUMA offers gallery assistant internships, independent study, and work study opportunities. Collaborative planning with faculty and staff allow for direct course development in conjunction with exhibitions to give students an immersive experience. Students have the unique opportunity to assist in the cataloging, research, storage and display of objects in the permanent collection, as well as those on loan in temporary exhibitions.