Recurring Events

Art in Bloom

Art in Bloom is an annual event and exhibition celebrating the David Owsley Museum of Art (DOMA) through innovative floral interpretations created by the region’s top floral designers.

An opening reception on Friday, May 18 is a fundraiser supporting the museum’s programs and acquisitions. The floral creations will be displayed for the public with free admission throughout the May 19-20 weekend.

Click here to purchase tickets for the May 18, 2018 Art in Bloom fundraiser.

This event is made possible by the generous support of the presenting sponsor, Sursa Griner Wealth Management of Raymond James & Associates, Inc.

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DOMA regularly schedules programs related to current special exhibitions. For Richard Diebenkorn: Beginnings, 1945-1955, the following events are offered to enhance the enjoyment and appreciation of this blockbuster show.

February 3, 1:30-4:30pm: Richard Diebenkorn Exhibition Teacher Workshop (space is limited; registration required)

February 8, 5-8pm: Music in the Museum: Beginnings

February 11, 1:30-4:30pm: Adult Painting Workshop (FULL)

March 6, 12pm: Community Voices: Lunch & Learn with Pat Nelson (for ages 16 and up; space is limited and registration required)

March 28, 10am: Mid-20th Century American Art (space is limited; registration required)

April 8, 1:30-4:30pm: Youth Painting Workshop (for ages 10–15; space is limited and registration required)

April 19, 5-7pm: Petty Memorial Lecture: Dr. Scott Shields, exhibition curator


Final Friday

Local emcees introduce PechaKucha talks related to the night’s theme that highlight what is creative and cool about Muncie and the surrounding area. In PechaKucha, presenters have 20 slides for 20 seconds each to explain their idea, business, project, research, or whatever else they are passionate about. Stay to enjoy music by DJ Janell, refreshments, cash bar, an artist demonstration, art, and more.

Upcoming Final Fridays: March 23 and April 27

Meditation Collage
Most Fridays – 3:30 p.m.

Meet in front of the Amida Buddha (Chinese and Japanese Gallery).

Free and open to the public. Each session lasts approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. RSVPs are not necessary; simply stop by. A towel, blanket, or yoga mat is recommended.

Spring 2018 Meditation Schedule:

Led by the Counseling Center:

  • January 26 | Guided Meditation for Relieving Stress
  • February 9 | Coloring Your Stress Away
  • February 23 | Compassion: Improving Your Relationship with Self and Others
  • March 16 | Channeling Your Creativity into Mindfulness Practice
  • March 30 | Guided Meditation with Music
  • April 13 | Mindfulness for Academic Success
  • April 27 | Meditation in the Diebenkorn exhibition

Led by Dr. George Wolfe:

  • January 19 | Meditation as the 4th State of Consciousness
  • February 2 | The Heart and the Experience of Surrender
  • February 16 | Entering the State of Non-Desire
  • March 2 | The Role of Thoughts in Meditation
  • March 23 | Awakening Your Faculties of Insight and Realization
  • April 6 | Liberation from Past Impressions
  • April 20 | Meditation in the Diebenkorn exhibition

Presented by the Ball State University Counseling Center and Dr. George Wolfe with the support of the David Owsley Museum of Art.

Faculty and Staff participating in the LiveWell Incentive Program receive one point for attendance.


Docent's Choice Tours

A docent is a volunteer who can lead guided tours at the museum.


This year's featured themes were developed by Dr. Lara Kuykendall's AHS 450 Museum Theory and Practice students in partnership with DOMA for the DOMA Project App 

(available for free download from GooglePlay or iTunes for your smart device).


Docent’s Choice Tours are available most Saturdays during the academic year at 2:30 pm.

A museum host and docent will also be available for the hour beforehand to welcome visitors and answer questions.


Meet in Sculpture Court.
This is a free event.


Spring 2018 Topics:

  • January 27 – Feminism and Women
  • February 3 – The Abstract
  • February 10 – Politics
  • February 17 – Fashion
  • February 24 – Geology
  • March 3 and 10 – No tours due to Spring Break
  • March 17 – Religion
  • March 24 – Strength
  • March 31 – Creatures
  • April 7 – Battles
  • April 14 – Sexuality and Romance
  • April 21 – Ceremony and Ritual
  • April 28 – Tranquility

Community Day

Community Day is a great way for families with children to explore and engage with the David Owsley Museum of Art. This daylong event features hands-on activities, demonstrations, and crafts designed with children in mind. Community Day is held once a year and is often scheduled in association with special exhibitions.

Admission is free. 

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Petty Memorial Lectures

The generosity of the Edmund F. Petty Memorial Fund supports periodic talks by visiting artists and scholars.

First Person

First Person provides visitors a unique opportunity to hear firsthand from professionals involved in the development of the exhibitions at the David Owsley Museum of Art. These informal talks are approximately 30 to 45 minutes long and are held during Ball State's fall and spring semesters.

Admission is free.

Upcoming Events

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David Owsley Museum of Art

2021 W. Riverside Ave.
Fine Arts Building, Ball State University
Muncie , IN 47306

Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.