Fine Art Collections

The University of Texas at Arlington Fine Art Collections (UTA FACs)

Art + Art History Department, University of Texas at Arlington


Located in the Visual Resource Commons

Fine Arts Building, 2nd Floor, FAB 2109

502 South Cooper, Ste. 335, Box 19089

Arlington, Texas 76019           

Phone: 817.272.2797



For further information, please contact Cheryl Mitchell, UTA FACs Collections Specialist at


Hours vary depending upon semester. For fall 2021, we are open 9am-4pm M/T/Th/F; Closed on Wednesdays and weekends.

All gallery events are free and open to the public. We host three exhibitions per year; spring, summer, and fall. Closed for Holiday Break December 20 – January 3.

Visitor Parking available in West Campus Parking Garage located just south of the intersection of UTA Blvd. and West Nedderman Dr. Handicap Parking available in various locations surrounding the Fine Arts Building with a prearranged visitor permit.


The UTA Fine Art Collections (UTA FACs) is housed on-campus and maintains a dozen notable collections of artifacts and artworks, representing cultures and peoples across the globe, with a focus on educational research and study. It comprises hundreds of works in many media, including ceramics, glass, painting, photography, prints, and sculpture. Students have the opportunity for hands-on engagement and analysis of these works through the Collective Encounters program, a curriculum enhancement initiative that invites students from all areas of study to participate in documenting, researching, and touring the Collections.


Selections from these collections are exhibited both in the UTAFACs Gallery and across campus as part of the Our Campus - Our Museum public art initiative, which can be seen at the Center for African American Studies in the Swift Center, the SEIR Building, and in the West Commons.  

UTA FACs Mission Statement:

The University of Texas at Arlington Fine Art Collections’ mission is to maintain a professional system for documenting, presenting, and ensuring the stewardship of the many varied forms of art and artifacts here on the University of Texas at Arlington campus. UTA FACs embraces a leading role in fostering scholarly study and research opportunities that can only be found through direct interaction with works of art, which is enhanced through our campus-wide exhibitions, cultural events, and curriculum enhancement programs.


UTA FACs Vision Statement:

Dually, our vision for the future of UTA FACs, is to expand the knowledge and awareness of our students, colleagues, and the surrounding communities through the continued development of these collections with a strong focus on educational enrichment and research. Future commissions, donations, and expansion of UTA FACs will be determined around these factors and their coordinating requirements for support and sustainment. Our goal is to succeed in continuing the University of Texas at Arlington’s tradition of connecting our community with superb artforms and their cultural history, while at the same time extending the reach of art and all it has to offer.



Sept – Dec 2021: Africa Found: Links and Lineage through Art

June – Sept 2021: Looking Backward but Moving Forward

Jan – May 2021: Customs & Traditions: Visual Investigations into the Art & Artifacts of Africa

Jan - Dec 2020: Through the Looking Glass: Transparent, Translucent, and Transforming

Aug - Dec 2019: Vessels: Form and Function

Mar - Aug 2019: ImPrint: The Impactful Spirit of the Printed Image

Nov 2018 - Feb 2019: Hushangabad: Portrait of a North Indian Village; Photography by Andrew Ward, November 1968 to January 1970

Oct 2018: Cross Connections 2018: International Exhibition of Design Illustration

May - Sept 2018: Ziningful Expressions: Media and Message

Feb - May 2018: Jack Plummer: A Creative Mind

Feb – Sept 2018: More Peace of Mind, (Ransom Hall)

Oct 2017 - Jan 2018: Becoming the Beast: Animal Identity in Cultural Masquerade

Feb - June 2017: Bailando con El Diablo: The Devil Masks of Guatemala

Nov 2016 – Jan 2017: Beyond the Mask: Portraits of Cultural Identity

Jul - Aug 2016: The Future’s Past: Faculty and Student Artworks from the UT Arlington Fine Arts Collection, (University Center Art Gallery)

May 2016: Ritual and Animism: Visual Investigations of the Soul and Supernatural in African Art and Artifacts

Mar 2016: Lineage: A Celebration of Black History Month through African and African-American Artforms, (University Center Art Gallery)

Sept 2015: Building: Selections from the University Art Collection, (The Gallery at UTA)

Feb - Sept 2015: The Mac Stiles Glass Collection Spotlight Exhibition

May 2015: Abstract Presence, (University Center Art Gallery)

Jun - Aug 2015: Ornament and Adornment: The Decoration and Application Techniques of African Masks

Feb 2015 – May 2015: Bookworks: The Art of the Book

Aug 2014 – Feb 2015: Fertility, Fetish, and Sacred Ritual

Jun - Sept 2014: Selections from the Art +Art History Collections, (University Center Art Gallery)