Recurring Events

Docent's Choice Tours

Please note: as of March 17, Docent's Choice Tours are cancelled for spring 2020, but will be rescheduled for later dates.

A 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.

Spring 2020 Topics:

  • January 25 – Global Tour: Intro to the Art of the Americas, Africa, Asia, Mediterranean, and Pacific
  • February 1 – New Beginnings: Art of Birth
  • February 8 – You Can't Take It with You: Funerary Art
  • February 15 – I Do: Rites of Love and Marriage
  • February 22 – Mexican Modernity Special Exhibition (in Spanish and English)
  • February 29 and March 7 – No tours due to Spring Break
  • March 14 – Bejeweled and Bedecked: Art of Personal Adornment
  • March 21 – Powerful Beliefs: Religious Art
  • March 28 – Pushing Boundaries: Art by Women (including the special exhibitions)
  • April 4 – Preserving Stories: Folklore and Fables in Art
  • April 11 – Carving Across Cultures: Art from Wood and Stone
  • April 18 – The Four-legged and the Fantastic: Animals in Art
  • April 25 – Mexican Modernity Special Exhibition (in English)

Please note: as of March 17, Meditation in the Museum sessions for spring 2020 have been cancelled, but will be rescheduled for later dates.

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.

Spring 2020 Topics:

  • January 17 – Meditation as the 4th state of consciousness with Dr. George Wolfe
  • January 24 – Guided meditation for relieving stress with the Counseling Center
  • January 31 – "Heart-fulness" vs. mindfulness. Meditation as a means of surrender with Dr. George Wolfe
  • February 7 – Coloring your stress away with the Counseling Center
  • February 14 – Entering the state of non-desire with Dr. George Wolfe
  • February 21– Compassion: improving your relationship with self and others with the Counseling Center
  • February 28 – Awakening your faculties of Insight and realization with Dr. George Wolfe
  • March 6 – No Meditation in the Museum due to Spring Break
  • March 13 – Channeling your creativity into mindfulness practice with the Counseling Center
  • March 20 – The role of thoughts in meditation with Dr. George Wolfe
  • March 27 – Guided meditation with music with the Counseling Center
  • April 3 – Liberation from past impressions with Dr. George Wolfe
  • April 10 – Mindfulness for academic success with the Counseling Center
  • April 17 – Meditation in the Mexican Modernity exhibition with Dr. George Wolfe
  • April 24 – 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

    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 have been postponed for Spring 2020 but watch this space for future events.

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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

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    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.

    This annual 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.