The Oglethorpe University Museum of Art (OUMA) presents three major and several smaller exhibitions each year, featuring artwork that reflects the interdisciplinary strength of our liberal arts commitment and the diversity of our community.

OUMA is comprised of three main spaces: The Shelley and Donald Rubin Gallery, the Skylight Gallery and the Center Gallery. OUMA staff and students also organize installations in several satellite spaces throughout the campus including galleries in Conant Theatre, Lupton Hall, Hearst Hall and Turner Lynch Campus Center. Lecture, concert, film and other educational series complement exhibitions on view.

Programs and Initiatives


OUMA is committed to providing an equitable and accessible experience for all its patrons. Read more about the museum’s accessibility services.

The Core Self

The Core Self is a multimedia experience celebrating the unique and diverse voices and identities of Oglethorpe University students whose creative work will be on view.

Oglethorpe’s Own

Featuring exhibits created and curated entirely by Oglethorpe students, the series instills a sense of ownership among the student artists.

Resources for Students

OUMA is the only small liberal arts university museum in the Southeast that regularly shows nationally and internationally recognized exhibitions.

Each semester, OUMA offers gallery assistant internships, independent study, and work study opportunities. A research center offers research resources and guidance to students. 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 a campus and assists 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. The museum flourished under his direction.

OUMA opened in the spring of 1993, after renovation of the former 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 around the world. Its three galleries are quiet, intimate spaces.

OUMA has become an important cultural addition to metro Atlanta’s growing arts community, drawing thousands of visitors each year.