Indiana University Bloomington

Department of Art History



Art Museum Regarded as one of the foremost university art museums in the country, the Indiana University Art Museum’s collection includes art from nearly every culture and historical period. Three permanent collection galleries display and interpret the art of the Western world from early medieval times to the present; Asian and ancient Western art; and the arts of Africa, the South Pacific, and the Americas. Temporary exhibitions showcasing aspects of the collection and touring exhibitions are also presented several times a year. The print collection is of exceptional quality, tracing the development of graphic arts from their beginnings to the present. The IU Art Museum’s stunning building is a work of art in its own right, designed by world-renowned architect I.M. Pei. Special events are featured throughout the year, providing opportunities to view art from a variety of perspectives. For more information, call (812) 855-5445 or visit


Telephone: 855-3314


Director, Kristina Keogh 855-5743director

Located in the I.U. Art Museum Building, the Fine Arts Library is multi-story facility housing over 130,000 art books and related materials. Access to the Library is provided through the Museum and the Fine Arts Building. All stacks are open for browsing except for a Special Collections area which includes rare, extremely valuable and/or fragile volumes. The Library also has a Seminar Room, and a Visual Resource Room. Seating ranges from upholstered arm chairs to oversized carrels custom designed to accommodate art books. Carrel assignments are available to graduate students in the History of Art. In addition to in-person and chat reference services, individual research appointments, free access is provided to the major bibliographic databases, WorldCat, ARTbibliographies Modern, Art Index and Art Full Text online, Bibliography of the History of Art, OLibraryxford Art Online, Allgemeines Kunstlerlexikon online, Material Connexion, and other computerized reference sources. A special feature of the Library is its foyer which includes built-in and free-standing display cases. Ten to fifteen shows are held in this space annually, ranging from exhibitions of selected library holdings to M.F.A. exhibitions. Overall, the Library provides open, flexible, and comfortable spaces conducive to sustained periods of study and research.



The Friends of Art Bookshop, located in Fine Arts room 120, maintains one of the most comprehensive art book inventories in the country. In addition to providing textbooks for School of Fine Arts classes, the Bookshop stocks an extensive selection of scholarly and general interest art books, as well as a wide variety of cards, posters, jewelry, and other gift items. Profits from the Bookshop are used to fund scholarships and provide travel money for students in the School of Fine Arts. Recent History of Art recipients of Friends of Art funding have traveled to Africa, Denmark, France, Italy, Turkey and Cyprus for current Masters and Doctoral Level research.

Friends of Art membership benefits include a 10% discount on all regularly priced merchandise, and opportunities for additional savings throughout the year. Employment and volunteer opportunities are available.


Friends of Art Fine Arts Library Benefit
Saturday, January 25, 2014
4:00 - 7:30 pm
Lecture: Fine Arts room 102, 4:00 pm (open to the public)
Benefit Reception following (reservations required)
Bloomington, Indiana – The Friends of Art will host the Annual Friends of Art Fine Arts Library Benefit.
The Fine Arts Library is a vital resource for art students, faculty, and the Bloomington community, and for
28 years, the Friends of Art has supported Fine Arts Library acquisitions by hosting this wonderful
evening of fun, food, and friends. This year, Ed Bernstein, Emeritus Professor of Printmaking, will
present a free, public lecture entitled “Mythical Venice” at 4:00 pm in Fine Arts room 102.
The Benefit reception (reservations required) will follow, and includes wine from Oliver Winery and
delicious Italian bites catered by Cynthia Moriarty Catering in the Fine Arts Library at 5:30 pm. With
ticket purchase, guests will be able to choose a unique ceramic coaster handprinted by an Indiana
University Printmaking student, have the opportunity to meet the new print faculty, and bid on some of
their amazing work.
Tickets for the Benefit reception are $60.00 and reservations are due by January 17, 2014. For more
information call the Friends of Art at (812) 855-1333 or email
About the Friends of Art at Indiana University: Since 1965, The Friends of Art at Indiana University
has supported students in the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts through a wide variety of
activities, programs, and funding. The Friends of Art Bookshop offers over 10,000 artbooks and
textbooks in all fields of interest; profits from Bookshop sales and gifts from donors fund annual
scholarships, prizes, and awards for IU Fine Arts students. In addition, the Friends of Art provides
support to the Grunwald Gallery, the IU Art Museum, and the Fine Arts Library.

Regular hours:

Monday to Thursday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
reduced hours during summer and University breaks.

For more information, call Friends of Art Bookshop Managing Director: Colleen McKenna or Assistant Manager Marci Hughes at 812-855-1333 or email


Director: Betsy Stirratt
855-8490 (Closed on Mondays)

Sofa GalleryThe Grunwald Gallery of Art at Indiana University is the region's premier contemporary art space, featuring experimental works by significant regional and nationally known artists as well as by faculty and students within the School of Fine Arts. Exhibits are supplemented with educational performances, lectures, tours and other programs. There are opportunities available for students to get involved in all aspects of Gallery and exhibition planning. Events are free and open to the public.