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Many people travel abroad to experience the culture of distant cities. Ball State students and residents of east central Indiana, however, don’t have to go any farther than the Fine Arts Building in the Old Quad.

The David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State University offers a wide array of art reflecting various aspects of history and culture. The museum’s global scope of material ranges from Chinese ceramics and Indian sculptures to famous American and English paintings.

“It’s exceptional for a town like Muncie or most small towns in the Midwest to have such a collection,” says Peter Blume, director of the art museum. “People are extremely fortunate to have this at their disposal.”

Part of the College of Fine Arts, the museum allows our students to engage in critical thinking and analysis that immerses them in their topics of study and offers knowledge beyond art. For English and other humanities majors, the artwork adds to the literature they are studying. Architecture and interior design students find the museum helpful for their drawings and structural concepts and ideas. Even physiology and health science students use the museum to learn visually about the human body.

In addition, the museum enables all visitors to look at a work of art that a famous world artist actually touched. Blume says these experiences can be transformative and can provide meaning to people’s lives.

“The art museum allows students and the community to get up close and personal with something that was from another time and another place,” Blume says.

To reach students and the community, the museum offers family tours, gallery talks, special exhibitions, and lectures year-round. Plan your visit to the museum.

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“It’s exceptional for a town like Muncie or most small towns in the Midwest to have such a collection,” says Peter Blume, director of the art museum. “People are extremely fortunate to have this at their disposal.”