Formed over decades through generous donations, commissions, and purchases, the Carleton Art Collection comprises over 3200 works. The collection showcases a wide range of media, with particular strengths in 20th century photography and in printmaking—both Japanese woodblock prints and 19th- and 20th-century European and American works.
In 2011, the Perlman Teaching Museum opened in the recently built Weitz Center for Creativity. The Museum provides access to Carleton’s art collection and links art objects to concepts taught in the curriculum.
The cultural, historical, and aesthetically diverse character of our collection makes it a fundamental resource for learning, and supports Carleton’s commitment to creative and analytical thinking. Exhibitions at the Perlman Teaching Museum and the Gould Library, in addition to Collection visits and website consultations, offer students and community members the opportunity to directly engage with fine art objects.