Mission Statement

The Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art encourages active learning through direct engagement with art from its wide-ranging collection, which spans nearly every art-producing culture throughout history. The museum is dedicated to engaging students, faculty, artists, scholars, alumni, and the wider public through the cultivation of new ideas and scholarship. A major visual arts resource for Indiana University and the Midwest region, the museum is committed to building and maintaining its collections for future generations.



Director's Welcome

David Brenneman

Since its establishment in 1941, the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art has grown from a small university teaching collection into one of the foremost university art museums in the country. Today, the Eskenazi Museum of Art's internationally acclaimed collection, ranging from ancient gold jewelry and African masks to paintings by Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso, includes over 45,000 objects representing nearly every art-producing culture throughout history.

This website is intended to serve as your guide to accessing the museum, including introducing you to many of the most important objects on display in the permanent collection galleries, providing information about how to view collections in storage, guiding you to museum research and resources, and engaging you with lively, interactive web modules designed for visitors of all ages, from pre-K to seniors.

Our vision is to enrich the lives of all our visitors with our unique and diverse collection of the world’s great art. We hope you enjoy your visit to this website—but more so, we hope you are encouraged to visit the museum, where you can experience this wonderful resource the way it is best appreciated, in person, in the original.


David A. Brenneman, Wilma E. Kelley Director