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

All gallery events are free and open to the public. We host three exhibitions per year: spring, summer, and fall.


For Spring 2022, please email for an appointment to guarantee entry; Closed on weekends and Spring Holiday Break.

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 the collections appear in satellite exhibitions across campus and in semester-long exhibitions in the Visual Resource Commons Gallery. Several of these collections are now available to view online via the new UTA FAC's database. 

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, VRC Gallery

June – Sept 2021

Looking Backward but Moving Forward, VRC Gallery

Jan – May 2021

Customs & Traditions: Visual Investigations into the Art & Artifacts of Africa, VRC Gallery

Jan - Dec 2020

Through the Looking Glass: Transparent, Translucent, and Transforming, VRC Gallery

Aug - Dec 2019

Vessels: Form and Function, VRC Gallery

Mar - Aug 2019

ImPrint: The Impactful Spirit of the Printed Image, VRC Gallery

Nov 2018 - Feb 2019

Hushangabad: Portrait of a North Indian Village; Photography by Andrew Ward, November 1968 to January 1970, VRC Gallery

Oct 2018

Cross Connections 2018: International Exhibition of Design Illustration, VRC Gallery

May - Sept 2018

Ziningful Expressions: Media and Message, VRC Gallery

Feb - May 2018

Jack Plummer: A Creative Mind, VRC Gallery

Feb – Sept 2018

More Peace of Mind, Ransom Hall

Oct 2017 - Jan 2018

Becoming the Beast: Animal Identity in Cultural Masquerade, VRC Gallery

Feb - June 2017

Bailando con El Diablo: The Devil Masks of Guatemala, VRC Gallery

Nov 2016 – Jan 2017

Beyond the Mask: Portraits of Cultural Identity, VRC Gallery

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, VRC Gallery

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, VRC Gallery

May 2015

Abstract Presence, University Center Art Gallery

Jun - Aug 2015

Ornament and Adornment: The Decoration and Application Techniques of African Masks, VRC Gallery

Feb 2015 – May 2015

Bookworks: The Art of the Book

Aug 2014 – Feb 2015

Fertility, Fetish, and Sacred Ritual, VRC Gallery

Jun - Sept 2014

Selections from the Art +Art History Collections, University Center Art Gallery