Dartmouth College has a distinguished collection of works of public art throughout its campus. Ellsworth Kelly’s stunning Dartmouth Panels (2012)—a major site-specific work consisting of five monochromatic aluminum panels, each painted in a single block of radiant color—were designed for the east façade of the Hopkins Center’s Spaulding Auditorium, facing the Black Family Visual Arts Center. More recently, the College unveiled Kiki Smith’s shimmering stainless steel sculpture Refuge (2014) on the adjacent Maffei Arts Plaza. These join works by such internationally recognized artists as Mark di Suvero, Allan C. Houser, Beverly Pepper, George Rickey, Richard Serra, and Joel Shapiro that have enriched the environment in which we live, work, or study, and have played a vital role in exposing Dartmouth students, faculty, and the wider community to a diverse range of contemporary art.
In addition, the museum oversees the remarkable fresco mural cycle by José Clemente Orozco titled The Epic of American Civilization, which the noted Mexican modernist artist painted in Baker Library from 1932 to 1934.
Download a walking tour guide (pdf) to the public sculpture collection on campus.
- Public art: works from the collection
- Recent stories about public art at Dartmouth
- Hood Quarterly, "Public Art on Campus by Former Artists-in-Residence"