Ceramics Programs

The ASU Art Museum ceramics programs and events.


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.

Art from the Region

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.

Latin American

The ASU Art Museum collection has strength in Mexican works from the 20th century; folk art; and contemporary work from Brazil and Cuba.


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.


View the gallery of the contemporary art collection

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Recent acquisitions

To read more about the acquisitions of the ASU Art Museum, visit our main collections page.

Contact Zones


Contact Zones is a series of exhibitions at the ASU Art Museum that focuses on contemporary migration and its intricate uncertainties within border culture, destiny and contested histories.

The series includes new commission-based video installations, public engaged programs, guest-curated exhibitions and artist-initiated projects.