David Owsley Museum of Art Ball State University

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David Owsley Museum of Art
David Owsley Museum of Art with sunset
Established 1936
Location Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana
Coordinates 40°12′00″N 85°24′37″W / 40.1999°N 85.4104°W / 40.1999; -85.4104Coordinates: 40°12′00″N 85°24′37″W / 40.1999°N 85.4104°W / 40.1999; -85.4104
Collection size 11,000 items
Director Peter Blume
Nearest car park McKinley parking garage
Website Official Website

The David Owsley Museum of Art is an art museum located in the Fine Arts building on the campus of Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, USA. The museum's name was changed on October 6, 2011 from the Ball State Museum of Art to the David Owsley Museum of Art in honor of David Owsley, grandson of Frank C. Ball (one of the five Ball Brothers), to recognize his donations of $5 million and over 2,300 art pieces. Since departments within the Fine Arts Building relocated to other areas on Ball State's campus, the museum is using the contribution to renovate the empty classrooms and expand their galleries, beginning in early-mid-2012 and finishing in 2013.[1]

The museum is home to some 11,000 works (mostly paintings, photographs, and sculptures) valued at more than $40 million. It is one of only four Indiana art museums with a notable, well-rounded collection.

History[edit]

In 1892, a group of women formed the Art Students' League, hoping to raise interest in art in the growing community of Muncie. The Art Students' League held many successful art exhibits and then formed the Muncie Art Association in 1905, which in turn set goals to host an annual art show and to annually purchase a work of art to help establish a permanent collection. The permanent collection of the Muncie Art Association were located in the hallways of many Muncie schools until the founding of the Indiana State Normal School by the Ball Brothers. The works of art owned by the art association were then moved to the Indiana State Normal School. It was not until 1931 that plans were made to erect a building to permanently house the works of art.[2] Opening in 1936, Architect George F. Schreiber built the Collegiate Gothic style museum, costing $420,000.

Fine Arts Building and Museum of Art[edit]

Just before the Great Depression, there was a need for an Art Center for an ever growing demand for art and music classrooms and space for an art gallery on campus. Architect George F. Schreiber was hired to design the collegiate gothic style building, but was put on hold because the state of Indiana issued a state moratorium on spending in 1932. It was not until 1935 that enough money was raised to begin construction on the building.[3] In 1936, the Fine Arts Building and Museum of Art was opened under President L.A. Pittenger.

The Fine Arts Building also housed the foreign language, English and social science departments, a recital hall, and a Renaissance style auditorium.

Fine Arts Terrace[edit]

Undergraduate commencement ceremonies for the University are hosted annually in May on the Fine Arts Terrace, a grassy stretch of open land between the Museum of Art and Beneficence (statue).

Events[edit]

The museum hosts multiple events throughout the year. Some events are reoccurring, such as Meditation in the Museum and Sketching in the Museum, which take place during the academic year (August to May) every Friday afternoon. Others are scheduled over the course of the year, and times and dates can be found on the David Owsley Museum of Art website. Updates can also be found on the museum's Facebook (David Owsley Museum of Art Ball State University) and Twitter (DOArtMuseumBSU) page. They include but are not limited to:[4]

Tour Time: The Collectors
Explore Ball State University and Muncie history with a docent as you learn about the great collectors and donors who shaped the museum.

Expert Art
Professionals and aged experts converge to discuss and analyze the pieces in the museum. Sometimes they are brought in via video conference.

Art High at Noon
A docent to view and compare two works of art is generated, broadening the understanding of both. The areas of art differ from event to event.

First Person
An artist will talk about the ideas and work represented from a work of art in the museum. Sometimes they are brought in via video conference.

Collections[edit]

  • Search the collection in external links through the DIDO (Digital Images Delivered Online) Database
  • Ball Family Collection
  • Indiana Painters, including the Hoosier Group
  • Genres of art
  1. Ancient
  2. Medieval
  3. Renaissance
  4. 17th century
  5. 18th century
  6. 19th century
  7. Modern/Contemporary Art
  8. Asian
  9. European and American Works on Paper and Photography
  10. European and American Decorative Arts and Furniture
  11. Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas

Notable Works of Art[edit]

External links[edit]

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