Art Properties

Art Properties

Art Properties oversees the art collections owned by Columbia University. Comprised of approximately 10,000 works of art in all media, displayed in buildings at each campus and held in storage, the art collections reflect all cultures and time periods. Highlights include:

  • public outdoor sculpture with works by Auguste Rodin, Daniel Chester French, Henry Moore, and others
  • nearly 2,000 paintings, including hundreds of portraits of Columbia administrators and faculty since the eighteenth century, and the largest repository of paintings by Florine Stettheimer (1871-1944)
  • about 900 works of fine art photography from daguerreotypes to Andy Warhol polaroids
  • the Sackler Collection of over 2,000 Asian art works, including Buddhist sculpture in stone, bronze, and polychrome wood from India, China, and Japan
  • hundreds of works on paper (drawings, watercolors, prints) and decorative arts (ceramics, tapestries, furniture) from around the globe

Works from the art collections are available for research consultation and curricular use, and also may be requested as external loans for special exhibitions and for on-campus installation in selected  Columbia University department and staff offices. Art Properties also is responsible for the permanent installation of Chinese art in the Sackler Gallery, Low Library 207 (Faculty Room), and for coordinating the rotating exhibitions in the Rotunda of Low Library.

To learn more about Art Properties and aspects of the University art collection, see the following recent articles:

ArtDaily Newsletter

Columbia Magazine

Columbia News

The New York Times

Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide


Consulting the Collection:

Main Office: Avery Library, Room 227

By appointment only: Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Roberto C. Ferrari, Curator
Lillian Vargas, Administrative Assistant
Larry Soucy, Technical Coordinator

Collection Resources



Digital images of works from the art collections at Columbia may be available for study purposes and/or publication. To request an image, email us at the address above and be as specific as possible regarding the work of art and intended use. Photographic and/or reproduction fees may be charged for an image request. For general terms and conditions, consult Photographic Services and Fees. Photography may not be available or possible due to the physical condition of objects. It is the patron's responsibility to clear all rights for works of art protected by copyright.

Florine Stettheimer Portrait of Myself

Florine Stettheimer, Portrait of Myself, 1923, oil on canvas laid on masonite, 40 x 26 in., Art Properties, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University in the City of New York, Gift of the Estate of Ettie Stettheimer, 1967 (1967.17.05)