Named in recognition of the generosity of Richard F. Brush 52, the Gallery is an academic resource of St. Lawrence University, an independent liberal arts institution. The mission of the Gallery is to acquire, preserve, interpret, exhibit, and otherwise make accessible works of art for the benefit of a variety of audiences, in support of the educational goals of the University and for the benefit of the community at large. Programs and activities are designed to balance a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary objectives, in recognition of diverse functions and meanings of art. As such, the Gallery provides a forum for the creative and critical expression of artists, historians, and curators. The Gallery seeks to integrate its activities into the University's academic programs and curricular initiatives.
The stewardship of the University's permanent collection and a program of temporary exhibitions are the central components of the Richard F. Brush Art Gallery. Related activities such as lectures, panel discussions, residencies, tours, acquisitions, conservation projects, and campus displays provide educational opportunities for faculty and students. The Gallery encourages faculty and student involvement in the utilization of the collection, in the exhibition program, and in all related educational activities.
The gallery primarily serves the needs of the University community, as well as audiences which include students and faculty from primary and secondary schools and colleges, visiting scholars, and other groups and individuals. In addition, the programs and activities of the Gallery serve as an academic and cultural resource for northern New York.
The Richard F. Brush Art Gallery strives to be recognized professionally for excellence in all aspects of its operations, and maintains legal and ethical standards prescribed by the American Association of Museums.
The Mission Statement was approved by the Art Gallery and University Collections Committee and the Dean of Academic Affairs ( February, 1994).