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Paula Kloster was professor and head of the department of art at Arizona State College when she was appointed curator of the American Art Collection in 1951. The original collection of sixteen oil paintings donated by Oliver B. James, a New York City native, expanded to include145 works of 18th and early 19th century and contemporary artists in various media originally valued at a quarter of a million dollars. The collection, located in the Matthews Library and later the Art Museum, brought cultural life to the students, faculty, staff, school children and the community through exhibitions, art panels, lectures and gallery talks.
The American Collection and the educational programs that supported it were the seed of today's nationally recognized University Art Museum, Katherine K. Herberger College of Fine Arts.
For more information about the University Art Museum, please visit: http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu/index.html
ASU Art Collection
Tour of training school pupils.
ASUD U542 #38
Paula R. Kloster Wasser
Curator of the American Art Collection