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Campus Art and Art Collections

The Beginnings Scupture

In 2009 Beginnings was placed at the open end of the Carol Tomlinson Keasey Quad on the University of California, Merced campus. Consisting of two gently curving, vertical stainless-steel arms, each about 40 feet high, rising from a large circular base Beginnings is intended to be a metaphor for the embrace of a caring university that values its students and its community and the germination of a seed representing the growth and ever-increasing potential of UC Merced.

See Beginnings here.

The Scholars Lane Bobcat

Nestled at the crest of the Scholars Lane Bridge is life-sized bronze sculpture of UC Merced’s official bobcat mascot. A gift from the Class of 2007, the sculpture titled On Edge was created by artist Alan H. Hamwi using lost wax technique of bronze casting.

See the Scholars Lane Bobcat here.

Yosemite Murals

William Poulson's stained glass murals of Yosemite are the culmination of many years of drawing, design, fine craftsmanship, and inspiration from the extraordinary beauty of the Yosemite Valley, the words of John Muir, and the paintings of artist Albert Bierstadt. Poulson was born in Oakland, CA, grew up in the Castro Valley, and later established his studio and gallery in Arnold, CA after a career as a carpenter. His unique glass creations depicting yosemite are currently on display in the Kolligian Library at the UC Merced Campus.

See the murals here.

The Earth Mother Sculpture 

The Earth Mother sits outside the Early Childhood Education Center on the UC Mercced by artisit Lynn Morris. The piece was dedicated to philanthropist Betty Lou George. 

See sculpture here.

Ernest Lowe Photography Collection 

Ernest Lowe’s Photography collection documents the lives of the rural California communities in the 1960s. Through photographs taken from Delano to Sacramento, he displays the struggle these communities faced.  It “illustrates the unflinching dignity with which these individuals lived and worked under extremely demanding and difficult conditions,” said University Archivist Jerrold Shiroma. This collection is new to Uc Merced, Library and Special Collections. These photographs are available to the public through UC Merced and online at Calisphere. 

See collection here.