David Owsley Museum of Art


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:

CONTINUUM: The Art of Michael Dunbar in the Sculptural Tradition


September 22 – December 22, 2016

Many contemporary sculptors emphasize their self-conscious break from the art of the past. In contrast, Michael Dunbar acknowledges the roots and continuity of his style from the great masters. The exhibition Continuum: The Art of Michael Dunbar and the Sculptural Tradition, places the artist’s contemporary Machinist Studies series within the context of the history of sculpture of the Beaux-Arts, Realist, Figurative, Cubist, and Modernist styles as represented by exceptional examples from the David Owsley Museum of Art’s collection. Artist Talk planned for September 21.

Image: Michael Dunbar, Chi Cyclotron, 2010, machined and polished bronze, 20.5 x 11.5 x 15 in., Courtesy of the artist.






May 20th - December 22nd, 2016

This exhibition of recently acquired works of art for the David Owsley Museum of Art highlights the robust growth of the museum’s permanent collection thanks to donations, purchases, and promised gifts on long-term loan. It also manifests our commitment to the universal art museum, one that showcases the artistic heritage of the Midwest, the Americas, and the world.

The new additions feature Old Master prints by Frenchmen Jacques Callot and Jean-Jacques Lagranée, Pre-Columbian sculpture from the Aztec and Olmec cultures, and works of Jain and Buddhist art from India, China, Tibet, and Thailand. Recent acquisitions also include paintings, prints, and sculpture by American regional masters, such as the Midwestern painter Edwin Fulwider, Indiana sculptor Gary Freeman, and former Ball State University printmaker Ronald Penkoff. In addition, the modern and contemporary art on exhibit originates from across the United States, including works by New York artist Merle Temkin, Midwestern printmaker David F. Driesbach, and the late San Francisco painter and printmaker William Wolff."

Image: Edward Fulwider, Casey Jones, 1936, oil on Masonite(TM), David Owsley Museum of Art, 2015.022.000.

Upcoming Exhibitions:

SHIFT: Jongil Ma, Christopher Smith, Corban Walker


January 20 – May 7, 2017

Shift. A slight movement. A transition from one gear to another. A period of time in a worker’s day. A movement of the eye from one object to another. An exhibition designed to interpret and challenge our perceptions of self and others as experienced and demonstrated by three artists who work in color, glass and Plexiglas, video, paint, and wood. The artists each test our notions of space, identity, and transparency by investigating the movement of light, movement of substance, and movement through space.

A shift in mood or perspective is at once a subtle, nuanced transition and an abrupt break from what went before. It can be small and it can be dramatic. While issues of identity are often brought to bear in figurative works, Jongil Ma, Christopher Smith, and Corban Walker create in conceptual, abstract ways that alter our viewpoints as we relate to others and the world around us.

SHIFT presents works that explore, through the clear eyes of three artists, how we see and experience space and time as well as physical and emotional realities.

Image: Corban Walker, 129-40 (detail), 2013, acrylic, screwposts, 129 x 129 x 40 cm., © Corban Walker, 2016.