Featuring the largest holdings of fine art in New Mexico, the University Art Museum has amassed over 30,000 objects within its permanent collection. Represented here are works of painting, sculpture, new media art, and more. The Museum has available for study some 17,000 examples of printmaking and another 10,000 representing the history of photography, from early daguerreotypes to contemporary digital images.
The University Art Museum's mission is to educate young minds by expanding their knowledge of the world through art. Its doors are open not only to university students but also visitors from local area schools ranging from kindergarten to the 12th grade. The general public is welcome, too.
Seasonal exhibitions bring even greater variety to the Museum's displays, such as the recent showing of "Man Ray, African Art, and the Modernist Lens.'' Tie-ins with other university departments also help accomplish museum goals, such as art-inspired performances arranged by the UNM theatre faculty and literature classes linking the lives of intellectuals and artists.
The University Art Museum is located on the main campus of the University of New Mexico, inside the Center for the Arts building. The visitor parking lots can be found just east of the museum at Central and Stanford. Although admission is free to the public, a $5 donation is recommended. Operating hours are from 10am to 4pm on Tuesday through Friday and 1pm to 4pm on weekends. The museum is closed on Mondays.