Less than 3% of Mazza’s 12,600 pieces of artwork are on display in the Museum at any given time. The rest of the collection is preserved in Mazza’s Vault by our curator, Dan Chudzinski, who rotates the artwork in the museum quarterly. The Vault also includes “dummy books,” which are the preliminary drafts that authors and illustrators submit to their editors, and unique artifacts from the picture book industry.
Preserving the Art
Mazza’s Vault is temperature, humidity, and climate controlled to maintain the integrity of the artwork while it’s not on display. The Vault’s water-less fire suppression system adds an extra layer of protection. Artwork is organized by alphabet within mobile shelving units within the vault for easy access by our curator.
Majority of the artwork acquired by University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum is donated by authors and illustrators who are friends of the Museum. Our Acquisitions Committee selects potential artwork due to limited space in the collection.
Tour the Vault
A virtual tour of the Vault is coming soon!