Street Address
1 University Place
Chester, PA 19013
Mailing Address
1 University Place
Chester, PA 19013
phone: 610-499-1189
Monday, Wednesday, Friday10 AM - 1 PM
Located at University Center on the 1st floor.
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The Widener University Art Collection and Gallery is a unique campus and community resource for students, staff, employees, and the public.

Permanent Collection

The permanent collection includes the work of 19th century American and European painters as well as 18th and 19th century Asian art from the Alfred O. Deshong collection. Deshong was a wealthy Chester industrialist who acquired his collection at a time when Japanese art and design began to influence the style of Western artists.

For example, the Deshong collection includes American Impressionists Edward Redfield, Robert Spencer, and George L. Noyes. The collection also includes photographs and memorabilia that once belonged to the Deshong family.

A few pieces from the permanent collection are displayed throughout the year. In addition, a series of exhibitions of contemporary art is shown September through May.