University Art Collection

Across Campus


Maintained by the Department of Art & Design, the University Art Collection serves both as a teaching resource and a source of enjoyment for the public spaces and offices around campus.


Rebecca Baird
Pertaining to Earth #6, 1999
Lithograph, 19 x 12 in.

Pertaining to Earth #6 is the 6th iteration within a print series by the same name, one of five series created by Rebecca Baird in 1999. Long Standing, Measured Along the Ground, Step Lightly, and Terra In Cognita are the names of the other four series. In total, Baird created 30 new prints in 1999, each printed in an edition of 300.

Much of Baird’s work is a reflection on her identity as a member of the First Nations tribes of the Nehiyaw (Cree) and Metis peoples. Baird creates sculptures, installations, paintings, and prints while exploring the history, narratives, and culture of her indigenous background. In Pertaining to Earth #6, Baird overlays images of the buffalo, deer antler, leaf, map, wave, boats, and rock jutting out of the water to connect the lithograph to themes of land, ownership, and indigenous culture.

Born in Canada, Baird became well known in the 1980s and has shown her work in galleries around the world. In 2013, she completed her Masters in Fine Arts at Ontario College of Art and Design. Baird currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

(Written by Ellyn Boland, ’20)

Luke Grothe
The Apostle’s Table, 2011
Rainbow Granite

In 2011, the University of Northwestern – St. Paul commissioned Luke Grothe, a recent UNW Studio Art graduate, to create a water feature for the campus green. For the project, Grothe designed an installation piece titled, The Apostles Table. The installation consists of 12 granite rocks arranged around a granite table, which doubles as a fountain. The piece was created and installed in conjunction with his father’s company, Aloha Landscaping. Grothe was inspired by Scripture as he created the piece and represented the stories symbolically. Rocks, water, and the number twelve are all referenced throughout the Bible. The simplified forms, ideas, and arrangements in The Apostle’s Table create a space on campus that encourages reflection.

(Written by Ellyn Boland, ’20)

Katherine Hagstrum
Approaching Rainbow Valley, 1981
Etching with Aquatint, 7.5 x 23.25 in.

Katherine Hagstrum is a printmaker, largely working in monoprint series. Between the years of 1977 and 1990, Hagstrum was very active, showing her prints at galleries across the United States. In 1990, she took a teaching position at Chochise College and transitioned to making work exclusively on commission.

In her practice, Hagstrum uses a technique of experimental monoprinting. To create the shapes in her works, she arranges a variety of papers and boundaries on her printing plate. She then adds ink to these objects, varying the thickness of the ink as it is applied. Next, she transfers the image from the surface of her plate onto paper. Because each print requires new ink and is one of a kind, Hagstrum sees her works as hybrids between prints and paintings.

Approaching Rainbow Valley (1981) is an etching and aquatint print Hagstrum created while working as a full-time artist. In works like Approaching Rainbow Valley, Hagstrum brings together her experiences in different terrains from around the world. Rather than focusing on any one location, Hagstrum combines memories from multiple locations and interweaves dreamed-of landscapes. She refers to her final compositions as “mindscapes.”

(Written by Ellyn Boland, ’20)