Kresge Art Museum, founded in 1959, houses Michigan State University's collection
of over 7,500 works of art. Portions of the collection
are on continuous display, offering a rich diversity
of style, technique and media. Objects on view span
5,000 years of human history and include representative
examples of works of art from ancient Cycladic figures
to contemporary mixed media installations.
Greek, Roman and Egyptian artifacts; medieval
and Renaissance illuminations; and European and
American paintings, prints and sculptures document
the intellectual and artistic development of Western
Art and artifacts from African, Asian,
and Islamic cultures offer insight into non-Western
history, beliefs and artistic traditions.
Traveling exhibitions and temporary shows curated
by art museum staff explore many art historical, cultural
and contemporary themes.
In keeping with Michigan State University's land
grant philosophy, the art museum has a public as well
as an institutional mission to serve students,
faculty and the community through opportunities
to experience the fine arts.
Thanks to the generosity of alumnus Eli Broad and his wife Edythe, who made the largest cash gift from an individual in MSU's history, the new Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, which will focus on modern and contemporary art, broke ground in March 2010.