The Oglethorpe University Museum of Art (OUMA) presents three major and several smaller exhibitions each year, featuring art work which is international, representational, figurative, and spiritual in nature, reflecting the unique OUMA mission statement. OUMA is comprised of three spaces: The Shelley and Donald Rubin Gallery, the Skylight Gallery, and the Center Gallery. Lecture and concert series complement exhibitions on view.
Resource for Students
OUMA is the only small liberal arts university museum in the 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, helping the university in fulfilling its goal to provide a superior liberal arts education.
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. 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, and offers an inviting gift shop featuring items of beauty from throughout the world. The galleries are quiet, intimate spaces. OUMA has become an important cultural addition to Atlanta’s growing arts community, drawing thousands of visitors each year.