Oglethorpe University Museum of Art (OUMA) was established during the tenure of founding director Lloyd Nick, whose vision inspired the elegant space and mission, and under whose direction the museum flourished. Three major and several smaller exhibitions are held each year, featuring art work which is international, representational, figurative, and spiritual in nature, reflecting the unique OUMA mission statement. Lecture and concert series complement exhibitions on view.
Resource for Students
OUMA is the only small liberal arts university museum in the entire Southeast which regularly shows nationally and internationally recognized exhibitions. Each semester OUMA offers gallery assistant internships, independent study, and work study opportunities. Collaborative planning with faculty and staff allow for direct course development in conjunction with exhibitions to give students an immersive experience. OUMA is a rare asset on campus, facilitating the university in fulfilling its goal of providing a high level of liberal arts education.
OUMA opened in the spring of 1993, after renovation of the previous Oglethorpe University Art Gallery (1984-1992). The museum occupies the entire third floor of Lowry Hall, covers 7,000 square feet, offers an inviting gift shop featuring items of beauty from throughout the world. The Skylight Gallery and The Shelley and Donald Rubin Gallery are quiet, intimate spaces. OUMA become an important cultural addition to Atlanta’s growing art scene, drawing thousands of visitors each year.