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David Owsley Museum of Art

The Death of Abel, Antonio Balestra

The David Owsley Museum of Art (DOMA) is an art museum located in the Fine Arts building on the campus of Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, USA. 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 (one of the five Ball Brothers), to recognize his donations of $5 million and over 2,300 works of art. Since departments within the Fine Arts Building relocated to other areas on Ball State's campus, the museum is using the contribution to renovate the empty classrooms and expand their galleries, beginning in early-mid-2012 and ending in 2013.[1]

The museum is home to approximately 11,000 works (mostly paintings, photographs, prints and sculptures). It is one of only four Indiana art museums with an encyclopedic, world art collection.


In 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.[2] Opening in 1936, Architect George F. Schreiber built the Collegiate Gothic style museum, costing $420,000.
Fine Arts Building and Museum of Art

Just before the Great Depression, there was a need for an Art Center for an ever growing demand for art and music classrooms and space for an art gallery on campus. Architect George F. Schreiber was hired to design the collegiate gothic style building, but was put on hold because the state of Indiana issued a state moratorium on spending in 1932. It was not until 1935 that enough money was raised to begin construction on the building.[3] In 1936, the Fine Arts Building and Museum of Art was opened under President L.A. Pittenger.

The Fine Arts Building also housed the foreign language, English and social science departments, and a Renaissance style auditorium or recital hall.
Fine Arts Terrace

Undergraduate commencement ceremonies for the University are hosted annually in May on the Fine Arts Terrace, a grassy area between the Museum of Art and Beneficence.

The museum hosts multiple events throughout the year. Some events are reoccurring, such as Meditation in the Museum and Sketching in the Museum, which take place during the academic year (August to May) every Friday afternoon. Others are scheduled over the course of the year, and times and dates can be found on the David Owsley Museum of Art website. Updates can also be found on the museum's Facebook (David Owsley Museum of Art Ball State University) and Twitter (DOArtMuseumBSU) page. They include but are not limited to:[4]

Tour Time: The Collectors
Explore Ball State University and Muncie history with a docent as you learn about the great collectors and donors who shaped the museum.

Expert Art
Professionals and experts converge to discuss and analyze works of art in the museum, sometimes by video conference.

Art High at Noon
A docent to view and compare two works of art is generated, broadening the understanding of both. The areas of art differ from event to event.

First Person
An artist will talk about the ideas and work represented from a work of art in the museum. Sometimes they are brought in via video conference.

Search the collection in external links through the DIDO (Digital Images Delivered Online) Database
Ball Family Collection
Indiana Painters, including the Hoosier Group
Genres of art

17th century
18th century
19th century
Modern/Contemporary Art
European and American Works on Paper and Photography
European and American Decorative Arts and Furniture
Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas

Notable Works of Art

Print of The Great Wave off Kanagawa, Hokusai
The Martyrdom of Saint Lawrence, Massimo Stanzione
Storm King of the Hudson, Thomas Cole
The Concord Minute Man of 1775, Daniel Chester French
Under The Trees I, Andre Lhote
Mao, Andy Warhol
Statue of Rising Day & Descending Night, Adolph Alexander Weinman from the 1915 San Francisco World's Fair
Bowl of Goldfish, Childe Hassam
Pregnant Woman, Edgar Degas
Right Bird Left, Lee Krasner
Portrait of Francis Basset (1757-1835), Joshua Reynolds
Frieze, No. 4, John Coplans
Portrait of Charlotte, John Watson Gordon


Ball State Museum of Art receives donation, name of contributor (The Ball State Daily News Website), Retrieved January 25, 2012.
History: Ball State University Museum of Art. (Ball State University Website), Retrieved April 27, 2008.
Tour Stop: Fine Arts Building. (Ball State University Website), Retrieved April 27, 2008.
Museum Events (David Owsley Museum of Art Website), Retrieved January 31, 2012.

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