If you haven’t visited us lately, you will be astonished by the quantity and quality of newly arrived artwork on display. Many generous supporters, including the Ball, Burkhardt, Harper, and Petty families, have enriched the permanent collection. In recent years, the foremost supporter has been David T. Owsley, grandson of one of the university’s founders, Frank C. Ball. Owsley trained as an art historian; his gifts reflect a true connoisseur’s eye and a taste for global art honed by a long curatorial career.
The museum not only displays a venerable collection of art from Europe and the United States, but the recently expanded galleries also exhibit hundreds of works of art from Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the Americas. The collection encourages students and visitors to open their eyes and minds to the wide diversity of world cultures and the spectacular art that is our common heritage. I call it “Muncie’s gateway to the world of art.”
DOMA is a remarkable resource and a point of pride for the university, city, and the region. It is conveniently located between Indiana’s two largest cities, Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, and not a long drive by Midwestern standards from Chicago, Columbus, Louisville, Cleveland, or Detroit. Learn more about our rich history and plan a visit for your family, your class, or yourself.
Please consider becoming a member of the museum to unlock special events and rewards. Friends of the Museum support museum activities; the Museum of Art Alliance stimulates public engagement with the museum; and the Benefactor’s Society recognizes substantial contributors who maintain, enhance, and expand the museum and its global art collection.
I’m happy to be here and look forward to working in Muncie. I urge you to visit one of the best-kept secrets in Indiana—the David Owsley Museum of Art.
Robert G. La France
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