The permanent collection of the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art includes nearly 7,000 works of art and artifacts, representing a broad range of cultures, historical periods, and artistic practices and movements. Housed in the Knox Hall of Natural History and the James Library in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, many of these works—including Greek and Roman antiquities, Native American art, and drawings and watercolors from the Beinecke Collection of the Lesser Antilles—have had a long history of use on the Hamilton campus as objects of study.
In 1982 the Fred L. Emerson Gallery consolidated these collections and expanded them to include American, European (particularly British modernist), and Asian paintings, prints, photographs, and sculpture. Open since 2012, the Wellin Museum is a teaching museum with visible storage that makes these collections accessible to students and faculty from the Hamilton campus and surrounding schools. The collection continues to grow with an emphasis on contemporary art and historical works that deepen and strengthen its existing holdings.
The Wellin Museum's online catalog is an ongoing project and new scholarship and works are added and made accessible regularly. Visitors are encouraged to return to the site often.
Funding for the online catalog of the Wellin Museum's collection has been provided in part by The Dietrich Foundation, Richard '53 and Rona Roob, and private contributions.