The Vision for the University Art Museum
The Binghamton University Art Museum will be a prominent campus showcase for the visual arts. We will document, preserve and present the visual arts to educate, entertain and enrich the lives of people on campus, in our neighboring communities and in the national and international art world. The Museum seeks private funding to help us fulfill the following priorities:
Expanding the Museum Building
The building housing the Art Museum is simply too small. Parts of our Permanent Collection either remain in storage or make only brief appearances for the public to see, due to lack of space. The permanent collection is isolated from display areas on the second floor, breaking up the natural flow among exhibits.
By doubling the museum’s size to 6,000 square feet, we will be able to permanently display our collections in new galleries while also increasing space for exhibits devoted to modern art and contemporary trends. A grand, light-filled entrance will welcome art lovers, and an elevator and stairs will provide easy access to the museum’s three floors, creating a more powerful experience for visitors.
In addition to adding exhibition space, the expansion will provide a much-needed classroom for the education program as well as a coffee bar/bookstore/gift shop and office space.
Improving and Preserving the Permanent Collection
Binghamton University can be proud of the Art Museum’s extensive Permanent Collection, which is akin to a small-scale Metropolitan Museum of Art. To move forward, however, we need funding to protect and preserve existing works and to expand and improve the collection by targeting specific pieces needed to fill gaps.
Funding for new audio technology will allow visitors with cell phones and MP3 players to hear artists talk about the inspiration behind their works. A complete cataloging of our Permanent Collection is also planned.
Students who are actively engaged in exploring the worlds in which others live — through their works of art — develop broader perspectives and deeper insights.
Supporting and enriching the Art in Education program is crucial for fulfilling Binghamton University’s historic commitment to community outreach. Traveling art programs bring the wonder and complexity of humankind to K-12 students in the Greater Binghamton community. In the museum itself, new computers and software in a Museum Education Center will engage students in interactive and individualized instruction while they learn about art history, artistic style and the elements of design.
Points of Pride
- From 1994 to 2006, the museum cooperated with the New York Academy of Sciences on an art and science series shown on campus and at the academy’s Manhattan headquarters, twice headlining The New York Times Arts & Leisure section.