At the time of its formation in 1950, it occupied one small room and was administered by faculty on a volunteer basis who operated without specific funding. Spurred on particularly by the move in 1970 into the Fine Arts Building, a complex that houses Fallon Theatre as well, and by the establishment of the School of Visual Arts in 1973, the growth of the Museum has been significant and steady.
How has the museum of fine arts evolved over the years?
Our facilities have expanded. We have more staff (from just one person in the beginning!). We achieved accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums in 2003 and re-accreditation in 2010.
What do you want visitors and locals to know about the museum of fine arts that they may not already know?
We don’t just show student work. We change our exhibitions every 6-8 weeks. We also have a permanent collection of over 6,000 objects.
Is the museum of fine arts just for students?
The museum is for everyone. We host exhibitions curated by FSU faculty, organized by the museum’s Artists’ League, and some filled with artwork by graduating BFA and MFA students. All of our exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.
What’s next for the museum of fine arts?
In February we open a Cuban art exhibition and photographs by Builder Levy about Appalachia.
What social media does the museum of fine arts use?
Facebook, twitter, tumbler
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