The CSU Permanent Collection began in 1963 as Likovni salon was established. It currently comprises 370 artworks of various genres. Until 1980, the collecting policy was bound to the exhibition programme (artworks were purchased with each exhibition) and covered art across the entire Slovenian territory. After 1980, its focused shifted to acquiring the works of artists that significantly marked the Celje art scene. The collection includes works by some of the best Slovenian painters of the 20th century (Maksim Sedej Sr., Ive Šubic, Marij Pregelj, Stane Kregar, Marko Šuštaršič, Rudolf Kotnik, Emerik Bernard). The fine art prints that have made their way into the collection include the names of the Ljubljana school of graphic arts (France Mihelič, Lojze Spacal, Vladimir Makuc, Tinca Stegovec, Gorazd Šefran). Slovenian art is represented by the individual works of artists such as Dragica Čadež, Herman Gvardjančič, Dušan Kirbiš, Tanja Špenko. The art of Celje after 2006 forms the largest part of the collection and is represented with the works by some of the leading artists from the area, including Bori Zupančič, Franc Purg, Željko Opačak, Andreja Džakušič, Maja Hodošček, Manja Vadla, Mark Požlep, Jure Cvitan, Matej Čepin, Narcis Kantardžić, Tomaž Milač, Bojana Križanec, Tomaž Črnej, Robert Hutinski, Ana Straže.