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UCSD’s art collection includes the largest outdoor permanent art gallery in the US.


  • Free

Depends. Many pieces around campus.

Yes (On Campus)

Yes (On Campus)



UCSD’s Campus: 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla CA 92093

Map of campus:

University Art Gallery is within the Mandeville Center.

Detailed Description:

Art around the University of California: San Diego may not always be apparent to bystanders. That’s because many of the 18 different artists of the Stuart Collection (UCSD’s collection) make it a point to weave elements of the environment around their installations. The Stuart Collection is one of the largest outdoor permanent art galleries in the US. It spans the entire La Jolla campus of UCSD and encompasses approximately 1200 acres. All of the art is commissioned on a site-specific basis and all the short and long term plans of the campus are taken into account, with some art even being integrated into the buildings.

Artists in the collection are among the most cutting edge and innovative in the art world today; several see the Stuart Collection as their first foray into public art or sculpture. Artists include Robert Irwin, William Wegman, Niki de Saint Phalle and many more with standout works including a perfectly constructed small home that hangs off the seventh story of a building at a precarious angle and a gigantic teddy bear built of several ton boulders. Now there’s even a free iPhone app built to explore all the art with maps and videos.

The University Art Gallery is a great gallery within the campus to see exhibitions with student art. It was started  in 1966 and continues to hold great exhibits for students and the public.


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