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Wilkinson College

Escalette Collection of Art

» Phyllis and Ross Escalette Permanent Collection of Art

The Escalette Collection exists to inspire critical thinking, foster interdisciplinary discovery, and strengthen bonds with the community. Beyond its role in curating art in public spaces, the Escalette is a learning laboratory that offers diverse opportunities for student and engagement and research, and involvement with the wider community. Its core mission is to enrich Chapman’s campus with relevant works of art that inspire a powerful cross-pollination of ideas. The fostering of diverse ways of knowing the world that is at the root of Humanities learning, is manifested in the Escalette’s curated exhibits, classroom outreach, and public programs.  

Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences is the proud home of the Phyllis and Ross Escalette Permanent Collection of Art. The collection is supported by an endowment established by the late Phyllis and Ross Escalette, and is comprised mostly of contemporary and modern paintings, prints, and sculpture. Rather than being housed in a museum or gallery, The Escalette Collection functions as a "museum without walls" where artwork is displayed throughout the Chapman campus in hallways, public spaces, and study areas. The collection is free and open to the public to view.


Current Exhibitions

Begin/Again: Marking Black Memories

August 31, 2020 - May 30, 2021

Physical Exhibition Coming Soon! 
Ivan Forde, Morning Raid

Featuring the work of Mark Bradford, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Ivan Forde, Maya Freelon and Manuel Mendive, this exhibition explores how memories (both personal and historical) are reshaped and reimagined by contemporary Black artists in the Escalette Permanent Collection of Art.

This exhibition is part of the Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Engaging the World: Leading the Conversation on the Significance of Race, Fall 2020 initiative. 

Image: Ivan Forde, Morning Raid, Cyanotype and thread, 2017.

Creativity After Combat

February 3, 2020 - January 1, 2021
Henley Galleria, Argyros Forum, Second Floor
Yvette Pino, print
This exhibition honors veterans, past and present, and explores the unique ability of visual art to capture aspects of the veteran experience. Creativity After Combat brings together work by well-known World War II veteran artist John Paul Jones, and prints created from the testimonies of veterans recently returned from conflicts around the world. This dialogue between past and present illustrates the capacity of art to reflect on, document, and express diverse experience.

Image: Yvette M. Pino, In the Light You Will Find the Road, Intaglio print, 2012.

Virtual Zoom Backgrounds 

  • Paper Dolls
  • The Big Bang
  • Infinite Realities
  • Untitled

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Fall 2020 Events

Aug. 31st | 8AM

Launch of Begin/Again Virtual Exhibition


Sep. 16th | 12-1:15PM

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