David Owsley Museum of Art Ball State University

The David Owsley Museum of Art is an art museum located in the Fine Arts building on the campus of Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, United States. The museum's name was changed on October 6, 2011 from the Ball State Museum of Art to the David Owsley Museum of Art in honor of David Owsley, grandson of Frank C. Ball, to recognize his donation of over 2,300 works of art and planned gift of $5 million. Since departments within the Fine Arts Building relocated to other areas on Ball State's campus, the museum has expanded its galleries, beginning in early-mid-2012 and ending in 2013.The museum is home to approximately 11,000 works . It is one of only four Indiana art museums with an encyclopedic, world art collection.HistoryIn 1892, a group of women formed the Art Students' League, hoping to raise interest in art in the growing community of Muncie. The Art Students' League held many successful art exhibits and then formed the Muncie Art Association in 1905, which in turn set goals to host an annual art show and to annually purchase a work of art to help establish a permanent collection. The permanent collection of the Muncie Art Association were located in the hallways of many Muncie schools until the founding of the Indiana State Normal School by the Ball Brothers. The works of art owned by the art association were then moved to the Indiana State Normal School. It was not until 1931 that plans were made to erect a building to permanently house the works of art. Opening in 1936, Architect George F. Schreiber built the Collegiate Gothic style museum, costing $420,000.


2021 W Riverside Ave
Muncie, IN

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 09:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:30
Thursday 09:00 - 16:30
Friday 09:00 - 16:30
Saturday 13:30 - 16:30
Sunday 13:30 - 16:30




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