Ceramics Research Archive

Photo of Susan Harnly Peterson

Susan Harnly Peterson Ceramic Research Archives

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).

Social Practice


Socially engaged practice, or social practice, uses participation, reciprocal relationships and collaborations to promote civic dialogue and investigate pressing issues of our time.

This practice is also referred to as participatory art, community-based arts, situational art, social sculpture, relational aesthetics, social art practice, public practice and by other terms descriptive of arts engaging communities.

Desert Initiative


Desert Initiative is a broad collaborative initiative bringing together diverse partners including artists, scientists, educators, museums, public agencies, nonprofit organizations and others in support of transdisciplinary research and investigation of pressing issues facing desert communities including water, energy, land use, desertification and climate change.

Artist Residency


Established in 2011, the ASU Art Museum Artist Residency is a central reference and connection point for students, artists and cultural institutions in the Phoenix Metro area and encourages collaboration with research partners working in an array of disciplines at institutions across the region. Our Artist Residency offers a unique opportunity for emerging and established artists to develop and experiment with new bodies of work. We encourage artists to share their ideas with a new community over an extended period of time.

Art Editions

Artspace Collection

In conjunction with special exhibitions or initiatives, ASU Art Museum has created and produced artist prints and portfolios that are available for purchase through a partnership with Artspace, an online marketplace for contemporary art. Artspace collaborates with museums, galleries, cultural institutions and other partners to curate the best collection of contemporary art in the world and offer the public an opportunity to collect art and support these organizations.


To order these catalogs, call the ASU Art Museum store at 480-965-9076

ASU Art Museum Store at Brickyard

Look for great selections of ceramics available for purchase in the ASU Art Museum Store at Brickyard from ASU ceramic faculty members as well as nationally recognized potters. We’re excited to introduce new ceramic works by artists: Sunshine Cobb, Andrew Gilliatt, Meredith Host and several other local artists. Proceeds from museum store sales support the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center’s exhibitions and programming.

ASU Art Museum Store

ASU Art Museum at Nelson Fine Arts Center houses an award-winning museum store, which has an extensive inventory of exclusive art-related items available, including catalogs from ASU Art Museum exhibitions, functional and sculptural ceramics and jewelry created by ASU students and faculty and local and regional artists. ASU Art Museum-branded merchandise, including t-shirts, beverage canteens, coffee mugs, bookmarks, USB flash drives and canvas tote bags, is also available.

Director's Council

The Director’s Council, an exclusive membership group, engages directly with ASU Art Museum's director to further the mission of the museum. The Director's Council is committed to advancing contemporary art through special events and programs. The annual contribution of $5,000 ensures that the museum has the capacity to continue its work in the ASU, Tempe and Phoenix communities.

Travel with the Museum

Join ASU Art Museum curators on insider tours to national and international contemporary art locations, combining museum, studio and collection visits with broad cultural and culinary experiences. Tours are designed to provide special access to art and architecture venues and events. Each trip is created exclusively for museum patrons and includes a donation to the museum by participants. Trips are offered to ASU Art Museum members first. View our past events.