In December 2003, King University Trustee Neal Caldwell and wife Alice (Morrow) Caldwell ('51) presented King with a group of works from their personal art collection. Since that time, the University has continued to receive gifts from the Caldwells, forming an impressive gathering that features some of the world's finest artists.
The King University Museum of Fine Arts now features more than 360 original pieces of art and 65 artifacts spanning centuries, genres and media. These original works include such masters as Rembrandt, Corot, Turner, Picasso, Dalí, Toulouse-Lautrec, Whistler, Marsh, Chagall, and Matisse, among others. The collection represents early works such as an early illuminated choral manuscript penned on vellum to some of the most iconic and recognizable images of modern art.
Artists from throughout the world are represented, including those from Russia, Ireland, the United Kingdom, France, Poland, Austria, Australia. The collection offers insight into many movements and artist groups such as proto-impressionism, surrealism, Cubism, Romanticism, and Dadaism. It also illustrates the friendships and associations between artists such as Pissarro, who was a student of Corot, a contemporary of Degas, and whose talent and works influenced Cézanne, Gauguin, Monet, Seurat, and Cassatt.