The mission of the CU Art Museum of the University of Colorado at Boulder is to explore the transformative power of art and inspire critical dialogue.
Through exhibitions, collections, publications, and education programs, we serve as a generator and incubator of interdisciplinary research and programs engaging students, faculty, and the public at-large across disciplinary lines. In keeping with the mission of the university, the CU Art Museum promotes greater understanding of art and societal issues within a global and historical context.
The CU Art Museum is celebrating over 60 years on the University of Colorado at Boulder Campus, where it has enriched the lives of students, faculty, and the broader Denver-Boulder community, while also making significant contributions to the national/international arts community.
The Permanent Collection of the CU Art Museum was started in 1939 to be used as a teaching tool for students and now currently contains over 8,000 works of art. It has grown into a comprehensive art collection that enriches the educational experience of students, faculty, and the broader campus community, as well as regional audiences, through exposure to original works of art.
What Makes Us Unique
The CU Art Museum can be differentiated from other institutions based on our:
• status as a university art museum
• mounting of dynamic and innovative programming with a global perspective
• state-of-the-art new facility positioned as a cultural gateway to the University of Colorado at Boulder campus
• multiple Permanent Collection and changing exhibitions galleries as well as a Collection Study Center
The CU Art Museum is committed to engaging a diverse audience, including:
• undergraduate and graduate students
• the broader campus and university community
• the Denver-Boulder community
• the State of Colorado
• the broader Rocky Mountain and Inner West community
• the national arts community and national alumni community
• the international arts and university community