Facts about the Museum

CollectionNearly 12,000 objects
Collecting and Exhibition EmphasisContemporary art: new media and innovative
Crafts: emphasis on post-WWII American ceramics
Prints: historic and contemporary - American and European
Southwest Art: emphasis on Latino artists
Art of the Americas: strong historic American and modernist and contemporary Latin American works
New methods of presentation
Educational and Community OutreachThe ASU Art Museum's approach to education is not to explain the work, but offer a bridge that connects the viewer to the work of art.

Community outreach, a natural function of the overall museum orientation, is pursued in partnership with other cultural institutions and engages the public. It reaches new audiences through nontraditional methods, and often through activities in local schools and neighborhoods.
GovernanceThe director reports to the dean of the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. The community is represented through the ASU Art Museum Creative Impact Board.
BuildingsASU Art Museum at the Nelson Fine Arts Center
Designed by Antoine Predock
Opened in 1989
49,700 square feet with five galleries, collection storage and museum store

ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center & Brickyard Gallery
Remodeled by Durkin Architects, Inc.
Opened in 2014
7,500 square feet with two galleries, open storage stacks, research library and museum store

ASU Art Museum Project Space at Combine Studios
Remodeled by Carrie Marill and Matt Moore
Opened in 2011
6,800 square feet with six artist studios, common kitchen and public gallery

Additional Facilities:
Lecture room
Print Study room
Nymphaeum (courtyard)
Museum Store
Sculpture terraces and courts
AudienceScholars, artists, collectors, art enthusiasts;
University staff, students of all disciplines;
Youth, who are served in part through school tours and outreach programs