To enhance your visit, we provide educational guidance and resources for your use with the collection and special exhibitions, such as a guide for writing in the museum.

To view a collection of previous exhibitions, please visit our exhibitions archive.

Current Exhibitions

Great Things from Small Packages: the Drawing and Small Sculpture Shows

On view September 14, 2014 - January 4, 2015

In 1955, Alice Nichols, director of the Ball State Art Gallery, began a project that ran for more than three decades and brought a wealth of contemporary art to the community. Works of art acquired during the long run of this annual juried show are on display at the museum in Great Things from Small Packages: The Drawing and Small Sculpture Shows.

Each year between 1955 and 1985, a juror, usually a museum director considered an expert in contemporary art, made selections for this annual exhibition. The Drawing and Small Sculpture shows were a significant part of the museum’s history, allowing the university to host some of the best contemporary art in the country and add more than 170 works to the collection. The exhibition now on view represents the entire run of the Drawing and Small Sculpture Shows, featuring more than 60 works purchased over three decades.

Reverse and Repeat: Master Prints from the David Owsley Museum of Art Collection

On View September 14, 2014 - January 4, 2015

Because of their fragility and sensitivity to light, many of the Museum’s more than 4,000 works on paper are seldom displayed in its galleries. The latest exhibition in the Brown Study Room provides an overview of the printmaker’s art and an opportunity to view carefully selected
prints from the collection.


The works on display present a survey of the history of printmaking from the fifteenth century to the present, and have been carefully selected to represent the three fundamental families of prints: relief, intaglio, and planographic or surface printing. The exhibition explores the principles, techniques, and processes of printmaking, and illustrates a variety of techniques, including woodcut, engraving, etching, aquatint, drypoint, and lithography.


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

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