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ASU Art Museum

ASU Art Museum
51 East 10th Street and Mill Avenue
480-965-2787

Mission:

The ASU Art Museum is a division of ASU Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts. Exhibitions, education programs and publications are designed to engage viewers with art that is relevant to their lives. New technologies in art and in the approaches to reaching new audiences are eagerly and openly adopted.

We collect and present works of art to stimulate, challenge and delight a diverse audience. Areas of particular emphasis in collecting and/or exhibiting are contemporary art, new media, ceramics and other crafts, prints, art from Arizona and the Southwest and Latino art.

The ASU Art Museum serves scholars and students within and beyond the university as a cultural resource for the entire Phoenix metropolitan area. Additionally, it serves a public beyond its immediate geographical area through traveling exhibitions and publications that both document the exhibitions and offer critical insight into our areas of concentration.

History:

The ASU Art Museum was founded in 1950 with a significant gift of American and Mexican artworks purchased by Oliver B. James, a prominent local lawyer. James donated 149 works of art over a five-year span. The art collection originally was installed among the stacks of books in the Matthews Library. When the Hayden Library was completed in 1965, the books were removed and the art remained.

From this humble single-gallery beginning, by 1978 the museum occupied the entire second floor of the Matthews Center with 10,000 square feet of exhibition space. The museum continued to expand in prints and a significant American craft collection; the ceramic collection increased dramatically in 1977 when a National Endowment for the Arts matching grant was awarded to the museum for the purchase of contemporary American ceramics. Ongoing gifts by collectors and supporters have significantly enhanced the collection, and the ASU Art Museum now boasts one of the largest contemporary American and British ceramic collections in the United States.

In April 1989, the ASU Art Museum opened additional space within the newly constructed Nelson Fine Arts Center. This museum facility now includes five expansive galleries, storage and processing areas and administrative offices. The staff nearly doubled with the addition of a curator of education, a print collection manager and more administrative and security personnel.

In 1992 a commitment to fresh new approaches in exhibitions and collections was launched with the arrival of the museum's new director, Marilyn A. Zeitlin. Traditional art forms are not precluded but opportunities are sought to address the theoretical issues of more traditional work while promoting the investigation of new viewpoints. The craft and print areas remain an important part of the ASU Art Museum's holdings. More emphasis has been given to contemporary artists, both regional and international, and to Latin American art. The museum continues to be housed in two facilities: the Nelson Fine Arts Center and the new Ceramics Research Center, which opened to the public in March 2002.

At the west edge of campus, the Nelson Fine Arts Center is a landmark building designed by architect Antoine Predock and serves as the primary museum exhibition space. The Ceramics Research Center is just north of the Nelson Fine Arts Center in the Tempe Center.

Today, the ASU Art Museum continues to grow through the enhancement of its collections, innovative approaches to educational programs, scope of exhibitions, efforts to reach new audiences, the addition of key education and fundraising staff and expanded community representation on the ASU Art Museum Advisory Board.


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Upcoming Events at ASU Art Museum

Exhibition - Pulso: Tania Candiani

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Tempe, AZ
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Exhibition - Pulso: Tania Candiani

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Tempe, AZ
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Exhibition - Wonderland: Patti Warashina and Michael Lucero

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center
Tempe, AZ
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Exhibition - Pulso: Tania Candiani

Thursday, Feb 27, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Tempe, AZ
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Exhibition - Wonderland: Patti Warashina and Michael Lucero

Thursday, Feb 27, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center
Tempe, AZ
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Exhibition - Pulso: Tania Candiani

Friday, Feb 28, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Tempe, AZ
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Exhibition - Wonderland: Patti Warashina and Michael Lucero

Friday, Feb 28, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center
Tempe, AZ
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Exhibition - Pulso: Tania Candiani

Saturday, Feb 29, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
Tempe, AZ
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Exhibition - Wonderland: Patti Warashina and Michael Lucero

Saturday, Feb 29, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center
Tempe, AZ
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Exhibition - Wonderland: Patti Warashina and Michael Lucero

Wednesday, Mar 4, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center
Tempe, AZ
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Exhibition - Wonderland: Patti Warashina and Michael Lucero

Thursday, Mar 5, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center
Tempe, AZ
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Exhibition - Wonderland: Patti Warashina and Michael Lucero

Friday, Mar 6, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center
Tempe, AZ
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Exhibition - Wonderland: Patti Warashina and Michael Lucero

Saturday, Mar 7, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center
Tempe, AZ
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Exhibition - Wonderland: Patti Warashina and Michael Lucero

Wednesday, Mar 11, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center
Tempe, AZ
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Exhibition - Wonderland: Patti Warashina and Michael Lucero

Thursday, Mar 12, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center
Tempe, AZ
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Exhibition - Wonderland: Patti Warashina and Michael Lucero

Friday, Mar 13, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center
Tempe, AZ
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Exhibition - Wonderland: Patti Warashina and Michael Lucero

Saturday, Mar 14, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center
Tempe, AZ
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Exhibition - Wonderland: Patti Warashina and Michael Lucero

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center
Tempe, AZ
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Exhibition - Wonderland: Patti Warashina and Michael Lucero

Thursday, Mar 19, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center
Tempe, AZ
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Exhibition - Wonderland: Patti Warashina and Michael Lucero

Friday, Mar 20, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center
Tempe, AZ
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Exhibition - Wonderland: Patti Warashina and Michael Lucero

Saturday, Mar 21, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center
Tempe, AZ
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Exhibition - Wonderland: Patti Warashina and Michael Lucero

Wednesday, Mar 25, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center
Tempe, AZ
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Exhibition - Wonderland: Patti Warashina and Michael Lucero

Thursday, Mar 26, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center
Tempe, AZ
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Exhibition - Wonderland: Patti Warashina and Michael Lucero

Friday, Mar 27, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center
Tempe, AZ
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Exhibition - Wonderland: Patti Warashina and Michael Lucero

Saturday, Mar 28, 2020 from 11:00am to 5:00pm
ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center
Tempe, AZ
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