The Galleries at Georgetown College help

The Galleries at Georgetown College have two collections accessioned separately. The first, the Jacobs Collection, consists of gifts made by Dr. and Mrs. Donald Jacobs over many years. The second, the Permanent Collection, consists of gifts, donations, commissions, and purchases over many years.

The Jacobs Collection consists of 122 pieces of art and artifacts, with a strong presence of renowned 20th century masters like Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Jim Dine, Frank Stella, Helen Frankenthaler, Christo, Jean Dubuffet, and Gerhard Richter. The Jacobs collected works of art by international, national, and regional artists, along with an outstanding collection of artifacts from around the globe, including Hellenistic Greece and Ancient Egypt.

Dr. and Mrs. Jacobs shared a love for art that inspired them to seek out great works of art in order to assemble a prestigious collection. The quality of their collection and their commitment to sharing it in order to add to the lives of students, artists, friends, and their community is truly noteworthy. Dr. and Mrs. Jacobs moved to Georgetown, KY in 1987. They became active and beloved members of this community. They supported the students by attending art exhibit openings, inviting classes to their house to learn from their collection, and by purchasing works of art by students. The Dr. Donald L. and Dorothy Jacobs Gallery opened at Georgetown College in October 2002. Since that time, the gallery, which is home to one of the best 20th century art collections in the state, has become a vital element of the college.

Georgetown College's Permanent Collection features over 500 pieces of accessioned works including ancient artifacts, paintings from Rococo masters such as Sir Joshua reynolds, and prints deriving from the likes of Salvador Dali. Additionally, the collection houses works by regional artists, former students of Georgetown College, and more well-known artists such as Pierre Renoir, Kathe Kollwitz, Anthony Van Dyck, Thornton Willis, Maurice Braun, and James Abbott McNeill Whistler. Donated by an assortment of generous collectors or purchased by the Art Department, the works available in the Permanent Collection are utilized by classes such as Curatorial Studies and the overall Art Department. The Permanent Collection enriches not only the classroom, but also internships and is accessible for general academic research and study.

Contact Details

400 East College Street Georgetown, KY 40324


Director of Galleries and Curator of Collections- Alisa Reynolds

Visitor Information

The Jacobs Gallery is located in the Ensor Learning Resource Center

The Galleries are open Monday - Friday, 12 - 4:30pm during the academic year or by appointment. The Galleries at Georgetown College consists of three galleries with active exhibition schedules. The Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts Gallery and Cochenour Gallery bring artwork by new, emerging, or experimental artists from all over the world to Georgetown College. These exhibition spaces allow visiting artists to interact with students during their installation. The Dr. Donald L. and Dorothy Jacobs Gallery exhibits fine art objects from antiquities to contemporary art in a permanent setting in which students and the community can view and learn about art. The Jacobs Gallery exhibition features works from both the Jacobs Collection and the Permanent Collection.

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