The Escalette Permanent Collection of Art

The Escalette Permanent Collection of Art Rather than being housed in a museum or gallery, The Escalette Collection of Art is displayed throughout the Chapman campus in hallways, public spaces, and study areas.

The collection is free and open to the public to view. Phyllis and Ross Escalette became interested in the art displayed at Chapman, and were intrigued by its accessibility to both the campus and local communities and its potential as an educational and cultural resource. The Escalettes established an endowment for the collection, and in 2010, it was dedicated and renamed the Phyllis and Ross Esca

The collection is free and open to the public to view. Phyllis and Ross Escalette became interested in the art displayed at Chapman, and were intrigued by its accessibility to both the campus and local communities and its potential as an educational and cultural resource. The Escalettes established an endowment for the collection, and in 2010, it was dedicated and renamed the Phyllis and Ross Esca

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“Nature Memorial: Water Triptych” by Elizabeth Turk is officially installed in the Engineering wing of the Keck Center! ...
06/22/2021

“Nature Memorial: Water Triptych” by Elizabeth Turk is officially installed in the Engineering wing of the Keck Center! Huge shoutout to our installers… each marble panel weighs about 150 pounds! 💪

Paul Mpagi Sepuya is an American photographer whose works deconstruct viewers’ expectations of the n**e and self-portrai...
06/16/2021
Paul Mpagi Sepuya - The Art of Relationships

Paul Mpagi Sepuya is an American photographer whose works deconstruct viewers’ expectations of the n**e and self-portrait in art, and meditate on the fragmentation of q***r and photographed bodies. Read more in our latest blog post! 🏳️‍🌈

https://blogs.chapman.edu/collections/2021/06/15/paul-mpagi-sepuya/

Paul Mpagi Sepuya is an American photographer whose works deconstruct viewers’ expectations of the n**e and self-portrait in art, and meditate on the fragmentation of q***r and photographed bodies. His goal is for “q***r, black photographs to exist within historic and contemporary conversations ...

In honor of LGBTQIA+ Pride Month, the Escalette Permanent Collection of Art would like to feature the work and life of R...
06/09/2021
Rotimi Fani-Kayode - The Art of Being an Outsider

In honor of LGBTQIA+ Pride Month, the Escalette Permanent Collection of Art would like to feature the work and life of Rotimi Fani-Kayode, a Nigerian-British photographer who used his art to capture the black q***r experience, to reject homophobia, and to fight for equal political representation during the AIDS crisis.

Read more about Fani-Kayode and some student responses to his work in our latest blog post!

https://blogs.chapman.edu/collections/2021/06/07/rotimi-fani-kayode/

In honor of LGBTQIA+ Pride Month, the Escalette Permanent Collection of Art would like to feature the work and life of Rotimi Fani-Kayode, a Nigerian-British photographer who used his art to capture the black q***r experience, to reject homophobia, and to fight for equal political representation dur...

We had some fun today planning out a new installation of Elizabeth Turk sculpture in the engineering wing of the Keck Ce...
05/19/2021

We had some fun today planning out a new installation of Elizabeth Turk sculpture in the engineering wing of the Keck Center. We love our art handlers!

We had some fun today planning out a new installation of Elizabeth Turk sculpture in the engineering wing of the Keck Center. We love our art handlers!

We received a NEA grant to support an exciting project by internationally renowned artist, Daniel Canogar! 🤩https://blog...
05/14/2021
Escalette Permanent Collection of Art Awarded $35,000 Grant

We received a NEA grant to support an exciting project by internationally renowned artist, Daniel Canogar! 🤩

https://blogs.chapman.edu/wilkinson/2021/05/14/escalette-permanent-collection-of-art-awarded-35000-grant/

The Escalette Permanent Collection of Art in Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences will receive a $35,000 Grants for Arts Projects to support Code becomes Palette. Code Becomes Palette is among the more than 1,100 projects across America totaling nearly $27 million that were sel...

https://news.chapman.edu/2021/05/03/the-escalette-partners-with-students-and-community-to-forge-lead-in-representation/
05/12/2021
The Escalette Partners With Students and Community to Build Equity | Chapman Newsroom

https://news.chapman.edu/2021/05/03/the-escalette-partners-with-students-and-community-to-forge-lead-in-representation/

In the spring of 2019, a group of Chapman University students approached the Escalette Collection with a specific request: to see and hear from artists they felt were underrepresented in the collection. Escalette Director at Chapman Lindsay Shen was eager to answer the call.  “We’re happy when ...

Happy Mother’s Day!-Emily Sudd, Motherhood Secret #9, Stoneware, glaze, glass, and collected ceramic objects, 2018.
05/09/2021

Happy Mother’s Day!
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Emily Sudd, Motherhood Secret #9, Stoneware, glaze, glass, and collected ceramic objects, 2018.

Happy Mother’s Day!
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Emily Sudd, Motherhood Secret #9, Stoneware, glaze, glass, and collected ceramic objects, 2018.

For more than 45 years, Peter Williams has created artwork that chronicles current and historical events and captures th...
05/03/2021
Peter Williams - The Art of Bearing Witness

For more than 45 years, Peter Williams has created artwork that chronicles current and historical events and captures the diverse experiences of Black Americans. Intertwining personal memories, fictional characters, and historical details, Williams’s artwork retells American history from a fresh, comic perspective.

Read more about Peter Williams in our latest blog post!

https://blogs.chapman.edu/collections/2021/04/19/peter-williams/

For more than 45 years, Peter Williams has created artwork that chronicles current and historical events and captures the diverse experiences of Black Americans. In contrast to the dark, violent realities that Williams’s work explores (such as racial oppression, police brutality, slavery, and mass...

Check out our latest blog post about June Edmonds by Student Art Ambassador Jordan Sapp! 🌈https://blogs.chapman.edu/coll...
04/08/2021
June Edmonds: Stories in Color

Check out our latest blog post about June Edmonds by Student Art Ambassador Jordan Sapp! 🌈

https://blogs.chapman.edu/collections/2021/03/30/june-edmonds-stories-in-color/

In honor of Woman’s History Month, we are highlighting some of the work acquired by the Escalette Collection of Art this year as part of the Engaging the World: Leading the Conversation on the Significance of Race Initiative. Olé by artist June Edmonds is an explosion of color and texture, full o...

“It is my hope that works such as these lead to the reimagining of society as a more inclusive whole – a society grounde...
03/30/2021

“It is my hope that works such as these lead to the reimagining of society as a more inclusive whole – a society grounded in belonging.” Read more about multidisciplinary artist Carla Jay Harris in our latest blog.
https://blogs.chapman.edu/collections/2021/03/10/carla-jay-harris/

“It is my hope that works such as these lead to the reimagining of society as a more inclusive whole – a society grounded in belonging.” Read more about multidisciplinary artist Carla Jay Harris in our latest blog.
https://blogs.chapman.edu/collections/2021/03/10/carla-jay-harris/

Our hearts are heavy with the news of this week’s events in Atlanta which comes during a time of increasing violence tow...
03/18/2021

Our hearts are heavy with the news of this week’s events in Atlanta which comes during a time of increasing violence towards the AAPI community. The climate of anti-Asian racism today and the history of our nation’s treatment of Asian communities cannot be ignored. These reprehensible acts are counter to the celebration of diversity that is at the heart of the Escalette Collection’s mission. We stand in solidarity with the AAPI community. Check our IG story for more shared resources and information. #stopasianhatecrimes
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Benjamen Chinn, “Boys Eating on the Run,” 1947-48.

Our hearts are heavy with the news of this week’s events in Atlanta which comes during a time of increasing violence towards the AAPI community. The climate of anti-Asian racism today and the history of our nation’s treatment of Asian communities cannot be ignored. These reprehensible acts are counter to the celebration of diversity that is at the heart of the Escalette Collection’s mission. We stand in solidarity with the AAPI community. Check our IG story for more shared resources and information. #stopasianhatecrimes
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Benjamen Chinn, “Boys Eating on the Run,” 1947-48.

We’re celebrating #internationalwomensday with Ruth Bernhard, an artist whose study and love of the female n**e was a li...
03/08/2021

We’re celebrating #internationalwomensday with Ruth Bernhard, an artist whose study and love of the female n**e was a lifelong pursuit. She wrote “Men photograph a female n**e as if she belonged to them. I photograph woman as part of the universe.”
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Ruth Bernhard, Perspective I, gelatin silver print, 1962/1976.

We’re celebrating #internationalwomensday with Ruth Bernhard, an artist whose study and love of the female n**e was a lifelong pursuit. She wrote “Men photograph a female n**e as if she belonged to them. I photograph woman as part of the universe.”
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Ruth Bernhard, Perspective I, gelatin silver print, 1962/1976.

Weren't able to make it to Hakeem Adewumi's artist talk with Dr. Angelica Allen? We've got you covered! Read more about ...
03/04/2021
Hakeem Adewumi - The Art of Anti-Portraiture

Weren't able to make it to Hakeem Adewumi's artist talk with Dr. Angelica Allen? We've got you covered! Read more about Adewumi's work and watch the event recoding in our latest blog.

https://blogs.chapman.edu/collections/2021/02/24/hakeem-adewumi/

A couple weeks ago, Chapman students, faculty, staff and communities had the opportunity to hear Hakeem Adewumi, a Texas-based Nigerian artist, photographer and creative director, in conversation with Assistant Professor of Africana Studies Angelica Allen during a lecture for Wilkinson College’s E...

“Afrofuturism” is a term you may have heard recently, perhaps in connection to the 2018 Black Panther movie or Octavia B...
02/17/2021
April Bey, Atlantica, and Afrofuturism

“Afrofuturism” is a term you may have heard recently, perhaps in connection to the 2018 Black Panther movie or Octavia Butler’s science-fiction novels – but what exactly does it mean? April Bey, a Bahamian-American visual artist and art educator, is here to help.

Read more about Afrofuturism and April Bey in our latest blog post!

https://blogs.chapman.edu/collections/2021/02/09/april-bey-atlantica-and-afrofuturism/

“Afrofuturism” is a term you may have heard recently, perhaps in connection to the 2018 Black Panther movie or Octavia Butler’s science-fiction novels. It’s a word that has become more commonplace in pop culture and is provoking discussions about reimagined worlds and futures – but what ex...

02/01/2021

In honor of Black History Month the Escalette Collection has chosen to spotlight two artists whose work was acquired by the collection last year. These particular works stood out to the Escalette curators because of the meaningful way they memorialize Black lives and history. ⁠

Pictured below, the work of Patrick Martinez, who has re envisioned the P*e Chee folder to memorialize victims of police violence. In response to the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, Martinez released an unlimited edition print "Racism Doesn’t Rest During a Pandemic," P*e Chee (No Justice No Peace). The P*e Chee Folder project was inspired by an original artwork by Martinez, portraying hand-painted portraits of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery on a traditional school folder to shed light on the recent police killings of Black people and long-standing racism in America.⁠

To read more about Martinez and to view the other piece/artist @escalettecollection has selected, use the link below. . ⁠

https://blogs.chapman.edu/wilkinson/2021/01/27/black-history-matters-new-escalette-acquisitions/

#EscaletteCollection#WeAreWilkinson#BlackHistoryMonth

Are you interested in learning more about photography? Sign up for our free, virtual photography workshop on Feb. 6th at...
01/21/2021
Virtual Photography Workshop

Are you interested in learning more about photography? Sign up for our free, virtual photography workshop on Feb. 6th at 10AM! 📸📸📸
This program is open to Veterans and/or their friends, family members, and caregivers.
https://events.chapman.edu/82445

Explore photography with Veteran photographer Giovanni Berdejo-Gallegos in this two-part workshop. Part one of the workshop will introduce photographic equipment and techniques. Students will then have the chance to practice on their own before reconvening for a discussion of their work during part....

Have you ever heard the phrase "found in collections"? Read more about what they are and why finding them is an adventur...
01/19/2021
Treasures from Storage - Found in Collection Objects

Have you ever heard the phrase "found in collections"? Read more about what they are and why finding them is an adventure in our latest blog post!

https://blogs.chapman.edu/collections/2021/01/19/treasures-from-storage/

Even without large in-person events or physical exhibitions to plan, the Escalette Collection of Art was as busy as ever during 2020. We spent most of our time finding ways to make the collection accessible virtually through virtual exhibits and events, but we also spent a great deal of time chippin...

Wishing you and your families a happy holiday and bright new year! ❄️☃️~Card designed by Henry Littleworth using details...
12/18/2020

Wishing you and your families a happy holiday and bright new year! ❄️☃️
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Card designed by Henry Littleworth using details from Elizabeth Turk’s “16 Murex” and “16 Cone”

The Escalette Collection is excited to announce two new acquisitions from artist and Chapman professor, Lia Halloran. Re...
12/08/2020
Solar Selfies - 2020 Acquisitions by Lia Halloran

The Escalette Collection is excited to announce two new acquisitions from artist and Chapman professor, Lia Halloran. Read more about her amazing work in our latest blog!

https://blogs.chapman.edu/collections/2020/12/08/solar-selfies/

The Escalette Collection is excited to announce two new acquisitions from artist and Chapman professor, Lia Halloran. Friendship Launch, After Katherine Johnson was named as an homage to Katherine Johnson, a human computer who worked for NASA in the 1960s. In this photographic print, Halloran merges...

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the Escalette Collection team has come together to share some aspects of the collection t...
11/25/2020
Staying Grateful with the Escalette Collection

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the Escalette Collection team has come together to share some aspects of the collection that we are particularly grateful for this year. 🍂🍂🍂

https://blogs.chapman.edu/collections/2020/11/25/staying-grateful-with-the-escalette-collection/

While Thanksgiving Day might look different this year, there are some traditions that are more important now than ever. During a year as unprecedented and tumultuous as 2020, Thanksgiving Day reminds us to take a moment to focus on the things we have to be grateful for. In the spirit of Thanksgiving...

Add some inspiration to your Friday with poetry by MA/MFA student  @vericurious inspired by Rotimi Fani-Kayode’s photogr...
11/13/2020

Add some inspiration to your Friday with poetry by MA/MFA student @vericurious inspired by Rotimi Fani-Kayode’s photography
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Share your responses/reflections/art to Rotimi Fani-Kayode and the other artists featured in our digital exhibition Begin/Again: Marking Black Memories by clicking the comment bubble at the bottom of each page. Link to exhibit in bio.

This Veterans Day, the Escalette thanks all service members for their countless sacrifices to ensure our safety and free...
11/11/2020
In Honor of Veterans - The Escalette celebrates all service members

This Veterans Day, the Escalette thanks all service members for their countless sacrifices to ensure our safety and freedom. Learn more about the veteran experience through our "Creativity After Combat" exhibition featuring prints made by the Veteran Print Project.

Escalette Collection Veterans Day Blog - https://blogs.chapman.edu/collections/2020/11/11/in-honor-of-veterans/

Creativity After Combat digital exhibition - https://scalar.chapman.edu/scalar/creativity-after-combat/index

This Veterans Day, the Escalette thanks all service members for their countless sacrifices to ensure our safety and freedom. In their honor, today we feature a work by a veteran artist in the Escalette Collection and reflect on the unique ability of art to help us connect with others’ viewpoints a...

“We are the people we’ve been looking for. The rejected—if you’ve been rejected because of your sexuality, rejected beca...
11/04/2020
Reverend William J. Barber II Promotes Hope, not Hate

“We are the people we’ve been looking for. The rejected—if you’ve been rejected because of your sexuality, rejected because of your race or class, rejected because of your national citizenship status, rejected because you’re indigenous, rejected because of your lack of health care—however you have been rejected, if all the rejected get together, we are called to be a movement. And we are called to be a movement right now,” -Reverend William Barber II

On Thursday, October 22nd, Reverend Barber gave a speech to over 200 virtual attendees as a part of Wilkinson's Engaging the World initiative. To read about Barber's speech, and to view the recording, use the link below.

Reverend William J. Barber has hope for the future of American democracy, and little tolerance for defeatism, or for the news media that fuels it. “We have got to stop excusing language that creates desperation,” said Barber. “[The media] talks about the 61 million people that voted for Trump,...

Get into the spooky season with art from the Escalette Collection! Check out this blog post by Jordan Sapp, one of our a...
10/29/2020
An Escalette Halloween - Celebrate the spooky season with art!

Get into the spooky season with art from the Escalette Collection! Check out this blog post by Jordan Sapp, one of our amazing Student Art Ambassadors... if you dare 👻🎃

https://blogs.chapman.edu/collections/2020/10/29/an-escalette-halloween/

Summer is finally over—even though it’s still too hot—which means it’s time for Halloween. Sure, Halloween is canceled, as far as trick-or-treating and costume parties go, but that doesn’t mean the spirit of Halloween is dead. Halloween is no mere mortal holiday, it is a state of mind. Spo...

The Escalette Collection of Art is excited to announce a new series of Zoom virtual backgrounds. Download any of the bac...
10/14/2020
Escalette Collection Zoom Virtual Backgrounds - Add some inspiration to your next Zoom meeting!

The Escalette Collection of Art is excited to announce a new series of Zoom virtual backgrounds. Download any of the backgrounds below to combat Zoom fatigue and add some inspiration to your next meeting!

https://blogs.chapman.edu/collections/2020/10/14/escalette-collection-zoom-virtual-backgrounds/

The Escalette Collection of Art is excited to announce a new series of Zoom virtual backgrounds. Download any of the backgrounds below to combat Zoom fatigue and add some inspiration to your next meeting! These Zoom backgrounds are also available for download on our website (chapman.edu/escalette).....

Didn't have a chance to come to our Artist Talk with Ivan Forde and Niama Safia Sandy yesterday? Watch the Zoom recordin...
09/17/2020
Recording of A Source of Self-Regard: Artist Talk - Featuring Ivan Forde, Niama Safia Sandy, and David L. Bell

Didn't have a chance to come to our Artist Talk with Ivan Forde and Niama Safia Sandy yesterday? Watch the Zoom recording linked in our blog!

https://blogs.chapman.edu/collections/2020/09/17/recording-of-a-source-of-self-regard-artist-talk/

Yesterday, September 17th, the Escalette Collection of Art hosted its first event in conjunction with Begin/Again: Marking Black Memories. Ivan Forde, an artist featured in the virtual exhibition, was joined by anthropologist, artist, curator, and educator Niama Safia Sandy and introduced by David L...

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