About The Museum

 The Museum of Art infuses Saint Mary's College with the unique virtues of art through high quality, thought provoking, multisensory arts programming that inspires encounters with the complexity, beauty, and meaning of human experience and its expression.  


The Museum of Art plays a leading role at Saint Mary's College in advancing academic excellence in and through the Arts via active collaboration and deep engagement with our students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, members, and the greater Bay Area Arts community. 

Institutional History 

Brother Fidelis Cornelius Braeg, Saint Mary's College art professor, established the original William Keith Gallery at Saint Mary's in 1934. As a professor, Brother Cornelius wrote Master of California, the paramount William Keith biography. Brother Cornelius collected William Keith paintings for the college, working closely with his fellow Christian Brothers and Catholic community. 

Through the generous support of the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the William Keith Gallery became the Hearst Art Gallery in 1977. 

In 2011, the Hearst Art Gallery completed a large rennovation and expansion project. Through the generosity of donors, the Museum expanded exhibition space by forty percent and built a large strorage and maintanence facility. Following Brother Cornelius' legacy, this expansion ensures continued excellence in exhibitions and careful care for the Museum permanent collection. Through this expansion, the Hearst Art Gallery became the Saint Mary's College Museum of Art. 

We hope you will join us in making new history in the near future. Thank you!