This collection of images documents works of art in KU's Spencer Museum of Art (a subset of the Art and Cultural Heritage Collection). With a permanent collection of more than 36,000 objects spanning much of world art history, the Spencer Museum of Art is one of the finest university art museums in the nation. Strengths include medieval art; European and American paintings, sculpture, and prints; Japanese Edo-period painting; 20th-century Chinese painting; photography; regional art; and more than 150 quilts. Sallie Casey Thayer, a Kansas City art collector, established the KU art collection in 1917. The Spencer serves as a primary resource for the teaching and study of art history, fine arts and the humanities, but faculty across all curriculums use the collection for their teaching. Seven galleries display selections from the permanent collection, which is comprehensive in nature. Special exhibitions from the collection or touring from other museums are displayed in four additional galleries. The images in this collection also are included within the broader Art & Cultural Heritage Collection.
There are approximately 17,700 images in the collection.