Libraries & Spaces
University Art Collection
The University Art Collection, much of which is displayed in various administrative offices around campus, is composed mostly of gifts from alumni and friends. Since it reflects manifold tastes and collecting interests, the collection is quite diverse and includes over 500 paintings, as well as antique furnishings, sculpture and objets d’art. The paintings collection is strong in the Baroque period, 19th-century American art, portraiture and works of religious significance. Highlights of the art collection, ranging from a 13th-century church carving of "The Education of the Virgin" to the monumental "Calling of St. Matthew" by Luca Giordano, are on permanent display in Carroll Parlor in historic Healy Hall. Other works for which we lack adequate display space, or those too fragile to display, are in vault storage. In addition, the University has a substantial collection of over 12,000 fine prints, housed in Lauinger Library, which are displayed in its Charles Marvin Fairchild Memorial Gallery in rotating exhibitions three times a year. This collection emphasizes 20th-century American prints as well as works produced in or relating to Georgetown and the greater Washington area. The result of generous gifts and some judicious acquisitions, the collection was assembled by the late Joseph A. Haller, S.J., Emeritus Curator of Fine Prints, formerly the University Treasurer. A searchable list of the prints and printmakers is available online.
Current and many past exhibitions in the Fairchild Gallery can be browsed for inventory, descriptions and images on the Exhibitions page. Visitors are welcome to view prints or other objects from the art collection and are encouraged to schedule an appointment ahead of time.