Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries

Permanent Collection

In 1989, the Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries became a collecting institution and adopted a collecting policy focused on works of art created post-1967 and Western in origin. This year was selected because Wright State University was founded in 1967 and it also marks a period of political and artistic turmoil. The aftermath caused significant changes in contemporary art.

With the help of an NEA Purchase Plan grant and local private donors, the galleries have grown an impressive contemporary collection of more than 450 pieces that includes names such as Jim Dine, Robert Rauschenberg, Cindy Sherman, Jeff Koons, Chuck Close, and Lucien Freud.

In 2008, the galleries received a gift of more than 100 Polaroids and 50 gelatin silver prints from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts as part of its Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program. This program gave 28,543 photos to 183 colleges and universities around the country. This gift provides the Dayton area with unprecedented access to Warhol’s unique photographic works.


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