The Ceramics Research Center has been a national and international destination point for the hands-on study and enjoyment of ceramics since it's opening in March 2002. The center, which houses and displays the ASU Art Museum’s extensive ceramic collection serves as a key educational component of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts through its teaching and research facilities. The combination of gallery space and open storage at the Ceramics Research Center enables visitors to enjoy part of our collection of more than 4,000 ceramic pieces at any one time.
The ASU Art Museum actively is engaged with communities in Phoenix and Arizona, and supports the integration of art and artists into the social fabric. We collect the work of select regional artists to be available through group and solo exhibitions and permanent collection displays.
The print collection at the ASU Art Museum has a broad historic scope, ranging from an early Bible page to contemporary work, including artists from Europe, Asia, Cuba and the Americas. Art movements in the collection include the Renaissance, Ukiyo-e, post-impressionism, German Expressionism, American Regionalism, Pop Art and others.
The ASU Art Museum has a long-standing commitment in exhibiting and collecting contemporary American craft with special emphasis on ceramics, baskets and sculptural fiber, and wood. The exhibition, Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft, was drawn from the Museum's collection is currently traveling nationally to five museums across the country.
The historic American art collection was the founding collection at the ASU Art Museum. Although one of the museum's smallest collections today, it is surprisingly strong in terms of the artists represented and the individual works.
In 2002, the Susan Harnly Peterson Ceramic Research Archives at the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center was established. The archive was founded with a major gift from Susan Harnly Peterson (1925-2009).