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Elon University is home to a variety of collections, ranging from imposing modern steel sculptures to diminutive, millennia-old, cuneiform tablets. The Elon Art Collections, a composite of seven distinct individual collections, symbolizes the lasting legacy of friends and alumni of Elon University. Assembled through bequeathment, gift, or generously reduced purchase, the Elon Art Collections represent more than simple aesthetic embellishment for the campus; they are physical manifestations of the university’s commitment to experiential learning. Whether utilized in the classroom to accentuate or illustrate instruction, used by students to express complex ideas, employed to demonstrate curatorial and registrarial best practice or displayed for community engagement, the Elon Art Collections present a unique opportunity to not just to learn but establish a connection with the unknown.