de Saisset Museum
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As a center of lifelong learning, the de Saisset Museum supports Santa Clara University's goal of educating the whole person through engaging objects of art and history, public programming, and integrated educational opportunities for students.


Student during class visit discuss objects from the museum’s permanent    collection.


Since 2006, the de Saisset Museum and Santa Clara University’s Department of Art and Art History have collaborated on eight acquisitions projects in which students learn how museums develop and maintain a permanent collection, ultimately selecting new works to enter the de Saisset’s collection.


Many of these projects were developed as Acquisitions for Diversity, helping the Museum pursue its dedication to acquiring works of art that showcase under-recognized or under-appreciated artists and demographics.


“Finishing this class by completing this acquisitions project really brought the experience full circle; we were able to use what we learned and put it towards something meaningful that would benefit Santa Clara, and the greater community.” - Acquisitions Project Student, 2015


Through independent research, paper writing, class discussion, and final presentations the students involved in these courses make recommendations to the museum on which artworks from a pre-approved shortlist should enter the permanent collection.


To date, students have selected a combined forty-two artworks for the Museum’s permanent collection and the eighth acquisition project will lead to the purchase of new works in Spring 2019. Twelve artworks that came to the museum’s collection through this process are currently included in the exhibition Out of Tradition: Sacred & Profane featuring the work of Contemporary Native artists.


Your support helps us continue programs such as Acquisitions for Diversity projects which engage SCU students in the research of and decision-making around artworks to join our permanent collection. Thank you for contributing!


Mercedes Dorame, Smoke to Water - Chyaar Paar ‘Apuuchen from the series Earth the Same as Heaven - ‘Ooxor ‘Eyaa Tokuupar, 2013, archival pigment print. Museum Purchase, Acquisitions for Diversity Project, work selected by students in SCU Professor Mario Caro’s winter 2018 class, ARTH 147: Native Women in Contemporary Arts. Funds for this purchase were made possible by the Hearst Foundation’s Community Initiatives for the Visual Arts grant (CIVA). de Saisset Museum permanent collection, Santa Clara University, 2018.4.3.


Bronco Nation Location Nation
Rank State Gifts
1 CA 27
2 NY 1
3 AA 0
Total Number of Gifts
Total number of gifts by a participating group
Rank Department Gifts
1 Athletics 1,954
2 Santa Clara Fund 623
3 Men's Rugby 334
4 College of Arts and Sciences 333
5 Leavey School of Business 286
Total Dollars Raised
Total dollars raised by a participating group
Rank Department Raised
1 Athletics $425,720.76
2 Leavey School of Business $252,463.83
3 Santa Clara Fund $152,279.57
4 Other $113,741.48
5 Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education $101,006.00
Which Alumni Class is All In for SCU
Total amount raised by alumni class year
Undergraduate Class Year (if applicable)
Rank Answer Amount
1 1990 $136,115.00
2 1985 $51,180.00
3 1984 $39,269.00
4 1989 $34,595.00
5 2010 $25,915.10
6 1969 $21,960.00
7 1976 $21,235.00
8 1977 $21,015.00
9 1979 $20,470.00
10 1993 $20,054.00
11 1988 $19,980.00
12 2001 $19,735.00
13 1980 $19,075.00
14 1971 $17,725.00
15 1978 $17,540.00
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All Class of 1984 alumni who give to any SCU program, center, college, or department, will have their gifts matched by an anonymous classmate, dollar-for-dollar, up to $18,600! Don't forget to enter your class year on the giving page for credit!
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