ASU Art Museum at Nelson Fine Arts Center
ASU Art Museum at Nelson Fine Arts Center

One of the older museums in the Valley — founded in 1950 — the Arizona State University Art Museum houses nearly 12,000 pieces reflecting a wide range of themes and styles.

You can find contemporary art, crafts with an emphasis on post-WWII American ceramics, American and European prints, Southwest art, modernist and contemporary American and Latin American works, new media and plenty more. It also hosts regular rotating exhibitions.

The collection and exhibitions spread over three locations around the Valley.

The largest branch resides in the Nelson Fine Arts Center on ASU’s Tempe campus. Opened in 1989, its nearly 50,000 square feet of space houses five galleries. It displays the majority of the museum’s works and exhibits.

Location: 51 E. 10th St., Tempe
Hours:
Tuesday-Saturday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (during academic semesters only)
Cost: Free
Website: asuartmuseum.asu.edu

The Ceramics Research Center & Brickyard Gallery sits just off the ASU Tempe campus. The newest facility of the bunch — it opened in 2014 — offers 7,500 square feet of space that contains two galleries, a research library and the museum store. The ceramics displays are housed here.

Location: 699 S. Mill Ave., Suite 108, Tempe
Hours: 
Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Free
Website: asuartmuseum.asu.edu

Finally, the Project Space at Combine Studios sits in downtown Phoenix and offers a public gallery. However, most of the 6,800 square foot space goes to six artist studios and a common kitchen.

Location: 821 N. 3rd St., Phoenix
Hours: 
By appointment
Cost: Free
Website: asuartmuseum.asu.edu

– Justin Ferris, Phoenix.org

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