Recurring Events

Docent's Choice ToursA docent is a volunteer who can lead guided tours at the museum.

Docent’s Choice Tours are available most Saturdays during the academic year at 2:30 pm. A museum host and docent will also be available for the hour beforehand to welcome visitors and answer questions.

Meet in the Sculpture Court. The tours are free and open to the public.

Fall 2019 Topics:

  • September 14 – What is Abstract Sculpture? Form in Three Dimensions (Family Weekend)
  • September 21 – Architecture as Art
  • September 28 – How is Furniture Design Art? Understanding Living with Art
  • October 5 – No tour due to Fall Break
  • October 12 – When is a Portrait Just a Portrait? A Case of Identity
  • October 19 – Recent Acquisitions (Homecoming Weekend)
  • October 26 – What is War in Art? Conflicting Accounts
  • November 2 – What is the Story in Art? Finding the Narrative
  • November 9 – What Do Clothes Say? Fashion Sensibilities
  • November 16 – What are the Decorative Arts? Useful Products Designed for the Home
  • November 23 – What is Art Glass? The Art and Science
  • November 30 – No tour due to Thanksgiving Break
  • December 7 – Recent Acquisitions
Meditation CollageMeditation in the Museum is in the Asian Art Gallery or the African Art Gallery (unless otherwise noted) at 3 p.m. most Fridays during the academic year.

Sessions are free and open to the public, and each lasts approximately 45-60 minutes. RSVPs are not necessary; simply stop by. A towel, blanket, or yoga mat is recommended.

Presented by the Ball State Meditation Partnership and featuring the Ball State University Counseling Center and Dr. George Wolfe for meditation, and Cindy Cash for laughter yoga, with the support of the David Owsley Museum of Art. Dr. Wolfe is Professor Emeritus at Ball State University, where he served as director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies.

Faculty and Staff participating in the LiveWell Incentive Program receive one point for attendance.

Fall 2019 Topics:

  • September 13 – Meditation and peace education with Dr. George Wolfe
  • September 20 – Coloring your stress away with the Counseling Center
  • September 27 – Entering the state of non-desire with Dr. George Wolfe
  • October 4 – Compassion: Improving your relationship with self and others with the Counseling Center
  • October 11 – The role of thoughts in meditation with Dr. George Wolfe
  • October 18 – Guided meditation with music with the Counseling Center
  • October 25 – The heart and the experience of surrender with Dr. George Wolfe
  • November 1 – Channeling your creativity into mindfulness practice with the Counseling Center
  • November 8 – Awakening your faculties of insight and realization with Dr. George Wolfe
  • November 15 – Guided meditation for relieving stress with the Counseling Center
  • November 22 – Liberation from past impressions with Dr. George Wolfe
  • November 29 – No Meditation in the Museum due to Thanksgiving Break
  • December 6 – Laughter yoga with Certified Laughter Yoga leader Cindy Cash in the Sculpture Court

    Local emcees introduce PechaKucha talks related to the night’s theme that highlight what is creative and cool about Muncie and the surrounding area!

    Final Friday

    In PechaKucha, presenters have 20 slides for 20 seconds each to explain their idea, business, project, research, or whatever else they are passionate about. Stay to enjoy music by DJ Jannell, refreshments, cash bar, an artist demonstration, art, and more.

    Final Fridays take place during the academic year. For Fall 2019, they will be held September 27 and October 25.

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    Petty Memorial Lectures

    The generosity of the Edmund F. Petty Memorial Fund supports periodic talks by visiting artists and scholars. 

    First Person

    First Person provides visitors a unique opportunity to hear firsthand from professionals involved in the development of the exhibitions at the David Owsley Museum of Art. These informal talks are approximately 30 to 45 minutes long and are held during Ball State's fall and spring semesters.

    Admission is free.

    Art in Bloom

    Art in Bloom is an annual springtime event and exhibition celebrating the David Owsley Museum of Art (DOMA) through innovative interpretations created by the region’s top floral designers.

    An opening reception is a fundraiser supporting the museum’s programs and acquisitions. The floral creations are displayed for the public during museum hours with free admission the following weekend. Stay tuned for the date of the 2020 event.

    This event is made possible by the generous support of the presenting sponsor, Sursa Griner Wealth Management of Raymond James & Associates, Inc.

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    David Owsley Museum of Art

    2021 W. Riverside Ave.
    Fine Arts Building, Ball State University
    Muncie , IN 47306

    Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Saturday-Sunday: 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

    765-285-5242