The Weiss Gallery is located inside
the historic Old Main building, on the third floor above the NAU Art Museum's rotating exhibition galleries.
Biography of Marguerite Hettel Weiss
The Marguerite Hettel Weiss Art
Museum is part of the Northern Arizona University Art Museum, and houses a display of art
and furniture from the estate of the late Marguerite Hettel Weiss, educator and
collector of fine art.
Mrs. Weiss was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She earned degrees from
Miami University (Ohio) and the University of Cincinnati. She taught high
school mathematics in the Cincinnati public schools for many years. As a
compliment to her analytical abilities, Mrs. Weiss possessed a deep love of
literature and art. Her studies at the University of Cincinnati included art,
and it was here that her lifelong appreciation and enjoyment of art began. Her
studies spanned the areas of architecture, sculpture, painting, landscaping,
ceramics, fabrics, and interior design. Her unpublished writings cover diverse
subjects such as architecture, sculpture, and poetry and other forms of
literature. In addition to collecting fine works of art, Mrs. Weiss practiced
Mrs. Weiss made many personal sacrifices to amass the collection that bears her
name at Northern Arizona University. This eclectic collection contains
numerous art objects from around the world. The collection includes furniture, sculptures, oils, watercolors, china, and silver. Some of the
countries whose art is represented are Mexico, Great Britain, France, Peru,
Italy, Africa, Costa Rica, India, China, and the United States. The collection
also includes works by American Indians and other southwestern artists.