St. Lawrence University's permanent collection provides students, faculty, scholars, and a broad regional community the opportunity to study and enjoy original works of art. The collection includes over 7,000 art objects and artifacts, with particular strengths in twentieth-century American and European works on paper, including photographs, prints, portfolios, drawings, and artists' books. Recent acquisitions include works by Akwesasne Mohawk artists Iakkonikonriiosta, Katsitsionni Fox, and Natasha Smoke Santiago, and mokuhanga prints by Lucy May Schofield, Andy Farkas, Mariko Jesse, Katsutoshi Yuasa, Yoonmi Nam, Mia O, Katie Baldwin, and Patty Hudak.
Works of art from the collection are regularly utilized for exhibition, classroom, and research purposes. Students actively participate in all aspects of collection management, learning museum standards of art handling and registration, assisting with the installation of exhibitions and campus displays, as well as conducting research for curatorial purposes and educational programs. Tours of the collection storage facility and works of art are provided regularly to St. Lawrence University classes and regional school groups.
Recent exhibitions which have drawn from the collection include:
- Belief Systems: Artworks and Artifacts from St. Lawrence University's Permanent Collection
- Andy Warhol's Myths Portfolio: Behind the Scenes, Photographs by Barbara J. Goldner
- Alootook Ipellie: Walking Both Sides of an Invisible Border
- I Laughed, I Cried: 18th-Century Engravings from Boydell's Illustrated Shakespeare Folio
- Kristin V. Rehder, Through the Narrows: Meditations on an Adirondack River
- Attraction/Repulsion: Photographs Curated by Josie Emmanuele, SLU '18
- Flipping the Script: The Female body and the Politics of Representation
The collection is also made accessible to the public through an active campus display program, in which works of art are installed thematically in the Owen D. Young Library, the Launders Science Library in Madill Hall, Vilas Hall, and the Peterson Center for International and Intercultural Studies in Carnegie Hall.