Scholarship is a major part of the museum and gallery community. The Museums Galleries Scotland organization created advice for museums and galleries to use in order to better serve the communities that they were created for. “Museum collections do not exist purely for the consumption of curious visitors… collections can also contribute invaluable information to research. Collections-based research can expand the limits of knowledge, re-appraise and revise existing knowledge, identify and investigate topics for exhibitions and provide depth and breadth to information about collections.” (n.d.)
Research contributions to museums include (according to the Museums Galleries Scotland):
Your research at the Walsh Gallery also develops interpretations of collections, increases knowledge, give value to objects, as well as hold the gallery to an ethical standard based on your work.
“Research should be at the heart of everything a museum does. It is one of the fundamental, core activities of a museum.” (n.d.)
William F.J. Ryan, Seton Hall University Coat-of-Arms mid-20th century, 2021.04.0001
Seton Hall Permanent Collection
This is the largest of the university’s various object collections and contains diverse materials such as paintings, engravings, prints, sculptures and various artifacts from numerous cultures and periods. This collection can be interpreted through a multiplicity of thematic frameworks. It can be helpful to come prepared with keywords such as sculpture, painting, engraving, artist name(s) or location name in addition to other important research themes or topics.
Ch'ing Dynasty Peking Enamel Vase, 19th century, Gift of Dr. Marvin Boris, 76.40.2
Wang Fang-yu was a professor of Chinese (Mandarin) language at Seton Hall University as well as a noted calligrapher and art collector. He persuaded many notable collectors of Asian art to donate hundreds of paintings, ceramics, bronzes and textiles from China, Japan, Korea and India, in addition to other locales. A small sampling of objects from this collection can be viewed on Google Arts and Culture.
Hellenistic Scale Lamp, 2nd century B.C.E. - Ron D’Argenio Collection of Greco-Roman Coins and Antiquities
Ron D'Argenio Collection of Coins and Antiquities
This collection includes artifacts from Ancient Greece, Byzantium, as well as the Roman Republic and Empire. In addition to the bulk of the collection which consists of coins, it also contains a limited number of oil lamps, statue fragments, chain links and brooches. You can view a small selection of the collection on Google Arts and Culture.