The museum is currently being renovated and will reopen in mid-2016. Look for special events and offsite programs, including artist talks, performances and other activities.
The Spencer Museum of Art opened its doors in 1928 with a core collection of 7,500 art objects donated to the University of Kansas by Kansas City art collector Sallie Casey Thayer. She hoped that her gift would promote study and appreciation of fine arts in the area.
The eclectic collection contained paintings, prints, sculpture, drawings, rugs, furniture, textiles, ceramics, metalwork, glass, and many other pieces of decorative arts. Since then, the collection has grown, and in 1978, it moved to its present larger location, a magnificent neo-classical building made from Indiana limestone.
One of the biggest recent additions to the museum collection occurred in 2007 when 9,500 ethnographic objects were transferred from the former Museum of Anthropology. The museum organizes frequent educational and informative events related to the current exhibitions such as gallery talks, lectures, and film showings.
1301 Mississippi Street, Lawrence, Kansas, Phone: 785-864-4710
Photo: Spencer Museum of Art