Contemporary Art Collection

*Applications for the 2022–2023 CAPP committee are now open!* 

Review the below-outlined program requirements—CAPP committee members commit to fully participating in all CAPP course requirements, meetings, presentations, and off-campus trips. 

Complete the online application by April 8, 2022, 11:59 pm EST, and send a sealed letter of recommendation from a professor or TA to:

Tara Youngborg, Manager
Stamp Gallery


B0107 Stamp Student Union
The University of Maryland, College Park
College Park, MD 20742

To ensure confidentiality, please instruct your letter writer to sign the flap of the envelope in which the recommendation is placed. 

Candidate interviews will take place in mid-April and participants will be selected April 29, 2022. 

Questions? Contact Gallery Manager, Tara Youngborg (

Apply now


Members of the 2018-2019 CAPP Committee visiting AIR Gallery in New York
Members of the 2018-2019 CAPP Committee visiting AIR Gallery in New York




  • Do I need to be an Art History or Studio Art major/minor to apply? Do I need to demonstrate substantial previous experience of work or study in the arts? Students across all University of Maryland academic programs are encouraged to apply. CAPP's mission is to bring together students of diverse academic backgrounds and interests and empower them to work collectively as student leaders toward the common goal of shaping the University's contemporary art collection. 
  • Do I need a lot of previous knowledge about art? Applications should demonstrate deep interest in and enthusiasm for the prospect of immersing themselves in the world of contemporary art and artists, but previous knowledge about art is not necessary. CAPP is designed to support students in developing critical knowledge of contemporary art through a required course in Markets and Collecting, mentorship by the CAPP adviser, and research activities as a committee. 
  • How many students will be selected for the 2022–2023 CAPP Committee? Approximately six (6) students are typically selected for the CAPP committee. 

Contemporary Art Purchasing Program

Contemporary Art Purchasing Program logo

The University of Maryland College Park Stamp Student Union has developed a Contemporary Arts Purchasing Program (CAPP) whose mission is to educate and inspire by exposing the campus community to thought-provoking art created by noted contemporary artists. Now in its tenth year, the program provides a student committee the opportunity to interact with the art world by researching, discussing, and purchasing artwork by emerging and established contemporary artists. CAPP operates on a biannual basis. Students of diverse majors are selected to participate through a competitive application process. Together they embark on a rigorous research and training program, including extensive visits to galleries and artists’ studios in Baltimore, New York, and Washington, DC. Explore the collection online!

Travel and gallery/studio visits for the 2022 - 2023 cycle will follow all University policy and travel restrictions.



  • Enroll in ARTT489C: Advanced Special Topics in Art - Markets and Collecting (3 credits) [May satisfy 400-level and/or art theory elective requirement(s) for undergraduate Studio Art Majors and MFAs; may satisfy one of three "Supporting Area" courses required for Art History Majors with approval from Director of Undergraduate Studies; applicants in other disciplines should inquire with their program director about the course's applicability as a distribution requirement in their field.] 
  • Attend weekly meetings and conduct extensive independent research


  • Enroll in a one-credit class to prepare for trips to DC, Baltimore, and New York City, where the committee visits galleries and artists' studios
  • Participate in trips, gallery tours, and studio visits, including over spring break (March 14–20, 2021) 
  • Present acquisition recommendations to the CAPP Advisory Board, a panel of CAPP alumni, curators, collectors, and art historians
  • Attend weekly meetings and conduct extensive independent research





  • Jacky Cruz-Castillo, Studio Art/Art History '19
  • Kari Gillman, Studio Art '19
  • Rina Goldman, Studio Art/Theater '19
  • Annie Jun, English '18
  • Sydney Wess, Journalism/Art History '19
  • Ruoyu Wu, Studio Art/Math '20



  • Rachael Carruthers, History/Studio Art ‘17
  • Grace DeWitt, Animal Science/Studio Art ‘17
  • Nicolay (Nick) Duque-Robayo, Art History/Philosophy ‘18
  • Kathleen Hubbard, Art History/Philosophy ‘17
  • Damon King, Business ‘17
  • Sarang Yeola, Physics/Economics ‘18



  • James Boyle
  • Zoe Copeman
  • Melissa Rogers
  • Lauren Jeyoon
  • Korey Richardson
  • Makeda Solomon
  • Charlotte Zhang



  • Nathalia Gabriel
  • Zulekha Sayyed
  • Jennifer Clifford
  • Hanna Kelly
  • Alexander McCormick
  • Sarah Buchanan



  • Michele Briley
  • Erin Kim
  • Mara Duvra
  • David Phelps
  • Eldis Sula



  • Sana Javed
  • Ali Stuebner
  • Alison Reilly
  • Megan Wickless
  • Ophra Paul



  • Lindsay Smilow
  • Dominique Ryan
  • Dara Koppelman
  • Rachel Kurinsky
  • Emily Newton
  • Fernando Ramirez
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