Museum Events

Museum Events 

 All programs and events are free unless otherwise noted. 


Coming up. . .


16 Wednesday 5 pm
Petty Memorial Lecture: Houdon’s Bust of Buffon:

On Science, Art, and Politics in Eighteenth Century France Richard W. Burkhardt, Jr., Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, a noted historian of science, will begin his presentation by discussing one of the many treasures in the museum’s collection, Jean-Antoine Houdon’s Bust of Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon (1707-1788). Burkhardt will use the cases of Houdon and Buffon to discuss the interplay of natural history, art, and politics in the Enlightenment and the French Revolution.
Dinner following the lecture is $45 for Friends members, $55 for non-members.
Fine Arts Building, Recital Hall, AR 217 

25 Friday 5-7 pm
Special Late Hours See above for description of Special Late Hours 

29 Tuesday
Noon Art High at Noon: Geometric Abstraction

Join a docent for a comparative tour of selected works on paper in Geometric Abstraction. Meet in the Sculpture Court. All programs are free unless otherwise noted. Programs are subject to change without notice. 


14 Wednesday
Alliance Trip: Cincinnati Museum of Art   

Join fellow Alliance members and friends for a visit to the Cincinnati Art Museum (CAM). Learn about a selection of the museum’s masterpieces on a group tour, then visit on your own to experience art from around the world and from various historical periods.
Please click the link here to view and print the form to reserve your spot on the trip.
Or fill out the form online here.

View the complete calendar for Spring in our current Art Words Newsletter

Continuing Events

Special Late Hours

The museum will be open for extended hours on occasional Thursdays or Fridays. Everyone is welcome. See the calendar above for more information about dates and events.

Every first and third Tuesday of the month | Noon 
Art High at Noon 
Join a Docent for a comparative tour of selected works of art.

Meditation in the Museum 

The last hour of the weekday is reserved for quiet time and self-guided meditation at the David Owsley Museum of Art; however, visitors are welcome to do so at any time. Note: Occasional evening events will limit access. Presented in partnership with Ball State Working Well.

Sketching in the Galleries 

Supplies provided. Please stop at the front desk for pencil, sketch boards, paper, and instructions. Sketching (using dry materials) welcome in the galleries at other times, too. Note: Occasional evening events will limit access.

Programs are subject to change without notice.

* Prospective Alliance members free; Alliance members $10 plus $8 for lunch.

Drop-in tours, including Art High at Noon and Docent’s Choice, are limited to 15 people. Tour sign-up may be required to accommodate visitors. We thank you for your understanding.

The cost to join the David Owsley Museum of Art Alliance is $25 for Friends museum members, and starts at $50 for non-members. Please call 765.285.5242 for additional information.

David Owsley Museum of Art
2021 W. Riverside Ave.
Fine Arts Building, Ball State University
Muncie , IN 47306

Hours: Monday–Friday: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday: 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Phone: 765-285-5242
Fax: 765-285-4003
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