The University of New England Art Galleries have a diverse and eclectic permanent collection of works of art.
Acquired over the years by Westbrook College and, more recently, by the University, most of the collection has been the result of the generosity of artists, collectors and alumni who have donated works.
The collection ranges from a pair of primitives, circa 1840 of unknown origin, to two 19th century Franklin Stanwood oils, to contemporary work by artists Maggie Foskett, Louise Peabody and a recent gift by the Kohler Foundation of a collection of works by renowned Maine artist Bernard Langlais.
The collection also includes works from the mid-20th century by such Maine artists as Thomas Crotty, George deLyra, Stephen Etnier, Vincent Hartgen, Dahlov Ipcar, John Muench and Laurence Sisson.
There are also bronze plaques by William Zorach, paintings by Alexander Bower and Maurice Utrillo, and works on paper by Hans Hofmann, Paul Klee, Kaethe Kollwitz, Leonardo Lasansky, Leo Meissner, and James McNeill Whistler.
The Galleries also have a fine photography collection with works by Berenice Abbott, Todd Webb, Verner Reed, Lotte Jacobi, Lisette Model, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Arthur Rothstein, Lewis Hine, and Eugene Atget, among many others, including a number of contemporary Maine fine arts photographers.