Since 1975 the Visual Art Department on behalf of Red Deer College (RDC) has quietly assembled a laudable collection that now contains over 800 art objects and is now widely recognized as being one of the strongest college art collections in western Canada. These paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs make up the Red Deer College Permanent Art Collection which is used primary in the classroom as a teaching tool and are also on display around both College campuses.
For visual art students, the art collection offers an opportunity to research and study specific works by critically acclaimed artists. It allows them to better understand the technical, emotional and formative aspects of the work, and to apply that knowledge to the development of their own studio practice, whether it is drawing, printmaking, painting, sculpture or ceramics. The art collection animates and solidifies the lessons of art history by providing an intellectual framework and social context for art within its time period.
The art collection enriches student learning through first-hand experiences with such historically recognized artists as: William Blake, Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Jack Bush, Christo, Anthony Caro, Honoré Daumier, Jim Dine, Albrecht Durer, Les Graff, William Hogarth, Jacques Lipchitz, Henry Moore, Marion Nicoll, Claes Oldenburg, Evan Penny, Walter J. Phillips, Giovanni Piranesi, Larry Poons, Robert Rauschenberg, James McNeill Whistler and many other notables.