The Doris Patz Collection

THE DORIS PATZ COLLECTION OF MARYLAND ARTISTS at University of Maryland University College (UMUC) was the first, and is one of the largest bodies of work within UMUC’s Maryland Artists Collections. For more than 30 years, the Doris Patz Collection has garnered recognition for many of the state’s talented artists and has provided a venue in which the people of Maryland and visitors from around the world can enjoy these exceptional artworks. The collection is named in honor of its founder and patron, Doris Patz (1913-2009).


Mrs. Patz is remembered as a musician and writer, who maintained a lifelong commitment to the arts. A violinist, she studied music at the Carnegie Technical School of Fine Arts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was a member of the Baltimore Women’s Symphony and the Gettysburg Symphony Orchestra and taught violin in Pittsburgh and Baltimore. Mrs. Patz was also a talented author. She wrote and produced musical shows in Baltimore and won awards for her poetry and fiction. A patron of the arts in Maryland, Mrs. Patz organized several creative arts exhibitions and worked with organizations to sponsor and promote community art programs. She was a board member for the Baltimore Music Club and for Performing Arts for Children’s Education, and she served as city and state president of the National League of American Penwomen, Inc. In 1981, Mrs. Patz assisted UMUC in establishing a collection of art by Maryland artists, by arranging donations from artists and collectors throughout the state.

The collection includes the works of established and emerging artists who were born and trained in Maryland, or who lived, taught, or worked in the state for a significant portion of their careers. Paintings, sculptures and other artworks from the Doris Patz Collection are on display throughout the UMUC Inn and Conference Center, which is open to the public seven days a week. This makes Maryland art uniquely accessible to scholars and students and to the Inn and Conference Center’s more than 100,000 annual visitors.

Mrs. Patz’s efforts helped to grow the Doris Patz Collection to comprise more than 200 works of art in a wide variety of media and styles. She and her family endowed the collection to provide for curating, documenting and maintaining the artworks for future generations.  In 2002, Maryland Citizens for the Arts Foundation awarded Mrs. Patz the Governor’s Art award for establishing this invaluable art collection at UMUC. In 2006, UMUC presented Mrs. Patz with the UMUC President’s Medal during the UMUC Commencement ceremony.

Today, the Doris Patz Collection of Maryland Artists showcases such nationally and internationally celebrated Maryland artists as Eugene Leake, Grace Hartigan, Amalie Rothschild, and many others. UMUC is grateful to Mrs. Patz; her vision and generosity have created and sustained this distinguished art collection.

Since 1978, University of Maryland University College has proudly shown works from a large collection of international and Maryland artists at the UMUC Inn and Conference Center.  The center is located in Adelphi, Maryland, a few miles from the nation's capital.

Our Asian Collection includes one of the most important Japanese print collections in the United States. The Art of China collection contains pieces dating from the Sung Dynasty (960–1279 A.D.) through the 19th century, a historical reach of 10 centuries. Through the years, our collection of Maryland artists has grown substantially. Today, we house one of the largest collections of Maryland art in the state and provide a prestigious and wide-ranging forum for emerging and established artists.

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Helen Zughaib: Conflict Within

Helen Zughaib

Exhibition Dates
Sunday, January 11–Sunday, March 29, 2015

Joseph Sheppard: On a Grand Scale

Joseph Sheppard: On a Grand Scale

Exhibition Dates
Sunday, April 20, 2014­–Sunday, March 29, 2015

Raoul Middleman's Romantic Expressionism

Raoul Middleman's Romantic Expressionism

Opening Reception and Artist's Talk
Friday, April 17, 2015,
6:30–9:30 p.m.

Exhibition Dates
Friday, April 10–Sunday, August 30, 2015


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