William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art

About the Gallery

William Rolland Gallery interior

The William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art, located adjacent to the William Rolland Stadium, opened in October 2011 with an exhibit of bronze statuary and paintings from the collection of William Rolland. Since then the gallery has featured such exhibits as: Western Salon featuring sculptures and paintings from the Bob Eubanks and William Rolland Collections; Resonating Images I 1900-1950 featuring representational masterpiece paintings, drawings and prints from the first half of the 20th century; and Resonating Images II, exhibiting representational works by modern and contemporary masters including Chuck Close, Fernando Botero, and Picasso. Exhibitions rotate approximately 4-5 times a year.

The Gallery also hosts a parallel educational series of events. The specific events vary by exhibition, but generally include lectures, film screenings, workshops, and musical presentations. Curator- or docent-led tours are available for free; we request that you make reservations beforehand. For-credit internships are available. Internships are designed to give students the opportunity to gain experience working in a university, museum-standards gallery setting. For information about the gallery’s exhibitions, tours, or internships please contact us.

California Lutheran University campuses occupy the unceded lands of the Chumash, the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians, and the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe, who are and remain the original stewards and protectors of the lands from modern day Malibu to Paso Robles, the Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valley’s, and modern day San Francisco Bay.

About the Collector

William Rolland

William Rolland

Rolland started as a collector in the mid-1950s, purchasing a 500 pound bronze sculpture of a boy on an electrical generator by turn-of-the-century German sculptor Hugo Kaufmann, a tribute to Germany’s power industry.

In addition to bronzes – including some large, muscular sculptures from the Collection of Elizabeth Taylor – the collection has Murano glass, oil and watercolor paintings, winning Indianapolis racing cars from three eras, and other high-performance cars. Additional curiosities include a letter penned by Mark Twain.

The gallery retains a part of the collection, which Rolland donated to Cal Lutheran over the course of his life.