Location: University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan.
The University of Kansas' art collection was started in 1917 with the gift of a diverse personal collection of paintings, rugs, metalwork, and ceramics. Today, the university includes impressive holdings of European and American paintings and a renowned collection of Western and Asian prints, drawings, and photographs. But they never lost the eclectic flavor that started it all. In 2007, over 9,000 American Indian, African, and Australian objects were transferred from the university's museum of anthropology to their rightful place at the Spencer Museum of Art.