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Gifts of Art to the University/Collection Policy

We are grateful to the University community – generous alumni, trustees, parents, and friends– for the continued support and commitment to the development of the Permanent Art Collection. Gifts of art to the University are brought before the University Gifts of Art Committee for consideration to enter the Collection. Learn more on how to donate a work of art >

Collection Mission and Policy
The mission of the Tufts University permanent art collection is to enhance and enliven the quality of Tufts' visual environment and support the educational mission of the University by encouraging direct and daily contact with original works of art through the publicly sited, outdoor Permanent Art Collection and the intra-university Circulating Art Program. The Tufts University Art Gallery is the principle steward of Tufts University's permanent art collection, totaling approximately 2,000 works of art. Works of art are accessioned to the Collection through the Gifts of Art Committee, chaired by the Director of Galleries and Collections. For more information about the University's art collection management policies, please contact Laura McDonald.

Richard Hunt (American, b. 1935)
Planar Mountain
, 1971; welded Cor-ten steel; 10 x 12 x 13 ft.; Gift of Miriam Spertus; 1987.3; donated in honor of Music Professor T.J. Anderson.  Location: Grounds of the Shirley and Alex Aidekman Arts Center along Lower Campus Road

Chicago-based artist Richard Hunt is well known for his monumental steel public sculptures.  Commissioned in 1971 by its donors, the Spertus family, Planar Mountain marked Tufts' first major piece of outdoor sculpture as well as the opening of the Aidekman Arts Center in 1991.  Typical of Hunt's post 1960s work, Planar Mountain reflects the artist's interest in geology and rock formations.  Hunt's usage of an industrial material such as Cor-ten steel to express organic, biomorphic forms suggests the symbiotic relationship between man and nature. Planar Mountain's massive volume deftly joins three-dimensional planes in an asymmetrical composition that induces viewers to move around the object to explore it fully. Do you think Planar Mountain has a "front" and a "back"?

Planar Mountain was rededicated on October 5, 2008, in honor of Emeritus Professor of music T.J. Anderson, on the occasion of his 80th birthday and a symposium honoring his contributions to Tufts.