The museum’s collection includes over 6,000 objects with strong representation in American and European printmaking from the 1960s and '70s, photography, Pre-Columbian objects, African art, and a growing number of works by contemporary Caribbean and Latin American artists. The museum continues to expand the collection through private donations and acquisitions.
In 1989, the museum acquired the collection of the Metropolitan Museum and Art Center of Coral Gables when it closed in order to ensure its intact survival. The collection included more than 2,300 objects, and expanded the museum’s collection of sculptures, photographs, and paintings by major 20th century figures, American prints from the 1960s, Japanese netsukes and ancient bronzes from Asian and African cultures.
In support of the university’s studio arts program, the Betty Laird Perry Emerging Artist Collection is comprised of artworks obtained through purchase awards granted to selected BFA and MFA students graduating from the program since 1980. Numerous award recipients have continued to garner national and international recognition as mature artists.