Announced on October 31, 2019
Art Collections officially changing it’s name to the Phyllis and Ross Escalette Permanent Collection of Art.
“Having looked after the Phyllis and Ross Escalette Permanent Collection of Art for the past 10 years, we are now officially known as the Escalette Collection! This name means a lot to us – we have always preserved this collection and now our name reflects that. We want to thank Wilkinson College of Art, Humanities, and Social Sciences and everyone else who has supported us in our growth. We are excited for this new chapter,” said Director of the Art Collection, Lindsey Shen.
About the Phyllis & Ross Escalette Permanent Collection of Art
In 2009 a generous gift from trustee Ross Escalette and his wife Phyllis to name the permanent art collection set in motion a new era for Chapman as a center for art in Orange County. Because Ross and Phyllis established an endowment, the collection continues to grow, infusing Chapman’s campus with new expressions of color, form and vibrancy.
Currently, the collection comprises more than 700 pieces. Though the collection does not necessarily have a specific theme or focus, there is a special emphasis on contemporary works of Southern California artists as well as African art, Russian iconography and prints by modern American and European masters such as Rauschenberg, Lichtenstein and Nauman.
The Escalette Collection features a variety of media, such as drawing, printmaking, painting, sculpture, photography and mixed media. Works of art from the collection are regularly utilized for exhibition, classroom and research purposes.