• Pink, blue, green, beige art work.
    Image courtesy of Phillip Scholz Rittermann.
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

Ink on Paper: A Letterpress Showcase

Henley Galleria, Argyros Forum, Second Floor
July 30th, 2021 - May 23rd, 2022

colorful artwork with green and yellow

Ink on Paper: A Letterpress Showcase is an exhibition featuring work from national and international letterpress printers and artists that gives unique insight into the art of letterpress.  Exhibiting artists include Ben Blount, Chris Chandler, Michelle and Angie Dreher, Jennifer Farrell, Jennifer Graves, Richard Kegler, Officina Tipografica Novepunti, Leslie Ross-Robertson, Studio on Fire, James Lewis Tucker, Mark Van Wageningen, Brad Vetter, Eileen Wallace, and David Wolske. Curated by Rachelle Chaung.

Image: Chris Chandler, AB020, wheat-pasted Alpha-Blox prints on birch panel, 2020. 

Begin/Again: Marking Black Memories

Roosevelt Hall, First Floor
May 31st, 2020 - December 20, 2021
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.

Virtual Zoom Backgrounds 

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

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Fall 2021 Events

Tues., Sep. 7th  | 9 - 11AM

Escalette Open House

Moulton Courtyard 


Fri., Oct. 29th | 12PM

Prayers for Flint: Artist Talk with Karen Hampton

Sat., Nov. 13th | 11AM/1PM

Art/Dog Walk


Tues., Nov. 30th | 12PM

Food for Thought Art Tour


Sat., Dec. 4th | Multiple Sessions

Holiday Printmaking Workshop 

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