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Named “the single most impressive venue for contemporary art in Arizona” by Art in America magazine, ASU Art Museum, part of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, was founded in 1950 with a major gift of American and Latin American works. Reinventing the university art museum, ASU Art Museum reaches beyond traditional boundaries to serve the university, the field and the broader community by pursuing the highest level of research and experimentation in exhibitions, programs, collections and publications.

The museum demonstrates its dedication to innovative collaboration in both global and regional partnerships, presenting contemporary art in all media by regional and international, emerging and established artists. The museum’s commitment to pioneering artists and emergent media is expressed in its exhibitions and programs, which receive both national and international attention.

Two locations give ASU Art Museum a broad reach in terms of programs and audiences:

  • Designed by Antoine Predock and opened in 1989, the Nelson Fine Arts Center facility is located on ASU’s Tempe campus with three floors of year-round exhibitions that rotate seasonally and the award-winning museum store
  • The Brickyard located in downtown Tempe on Mill Avenue houses the Ceramics Research Center, a national and international destination for the study and appreciation of ceramics, and the Brickyard Gallery