ASU Art Museum, Tempe

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The Arizona State University Art Museum is an art museum operated by Arizona State University, located on its main campus in Tempe, Arizona. The Art Museum has some 12,000 objects in its permanent collection and describes its primary focuses as contemporary art, including new media and "innovative methods of presentation"; crafts, with an emphasis on American ceramics; historic and contemporary prints; art from Arizona and the Southwestern United States, with an emphasis on Latino artists, and art of the Americas, with one historic American pieces and modernist and contemporary Latin American works.
The art collection was established in 1950. The current director of the Art Museum is Miki Garcia. The director of the museum reports to the dean of the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, and community members are represented through the museum's Creative Impact Board. The museum is located in two buildings. The main exhibition space is the Nelson Fine Arts Center, designed by architect Antoine Predock. A second museum facility, the Ceramics Research Center lies to the north, on 7th Street and Mill Ave in the Brickyard Engineering Building. Admission to the museum is free. Parking at the main museum is free if you use the reserved spaces directly in front of the museum. Parking at the Brickyard location is metered.
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  • Great museum, exhibits rotate, nice architect, staff are knowledgeable so ask questions, make sure you get your parking validated as those parking tickets are $$$. Check out the museum's calendar for....  more »
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  • Friendly staff , exhibit specialists are kind and insightful as well. The exhibits offer a diverse range of objects to adore and amuse over. I'm very pleased with the selection that vary every few months! They are very thought-provoking. They say art is subjective, beauty is in the eye of the beholder , and that art knows no boundaries. I would say that art is the calm recollection of passion. If you are on the Tempe ASU campus , or even on Mill Ave in downtown Tempe, stop on by if you have an hour or two to spare! Admission is free but donations are greatly appreciated.
  • The ASU Art Museum is a dynamic museum which provides not only a permanent gallery and pottery collection, but ever-changing exhibits reflecting current artists, political events, reflections on past artists, etc. I make a point of coming to this museum multiple times a year and I see something new each time I go. The architecture of the building is as fascinating as the exhibits are. You will not be disappointed.

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