The show will open January 28 and continue through March 25, 2012.

The Lowe Art Museum is one of the University of Miami’s cultural gems and makes the Coral Gables campus a prime destination for a rich variety of arts and enriching offerings. The museum houses South Florida’s largest and most varied art collection and hosts traveling exhibitions.


To celebrate its 60th year with the community, the UM Lowe Art Museum will present the comprehensive exhibition, “From the Vault: Building a Legacy, Sixty Years of Collecting at the Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami.” The show will open January 28 and continue through March 25, 2012.


The Lowe’s collections span 5,000 years and virtually all media. Highlights of its distinguished collecting history will be featured in this anniversary exhibition, which draws from some 17,500 works of art.


The exhibition will be a rare opportunity to showcase important objects not currently on exhibition or that may never have been seen by the faculty, students, or the general public. It will include paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photography, and mixed media works of art that represent the unique, multi-cultural holdings of the Lowe.


After being housed for two years in two classrooms in the University’s George E. Merrick Building, the Lowe Art Museum opened its doors on February 4, 1952 as the Joe and Emily Lowe Art Gallery.  This exhibition and accompanying catalogue will survey the development of the Lowe’s one of a kind permanent collection from its earliest history to the present through objects from the permanent collection, which are currently in storage. The exhibition will be divided into the three sections:  The Foundation Years, 1952-1969; The Formative Years, 1970-1989; and Building the Legacy, 1990-2012.


While the Lowe has permanent galleries devoted to each of its major collecting areas, there are significant holdings that, due to current space constraints, have not been on exhibition for a number of years. This exhibition will be a rare opportunity to showcase these objects, many selected by our guest faculty curators in their respective fields. The exhibition will be cross-cultural and will touch on all media in the collection, thereby highlighting the unique nature of the permanent collection at the Lowe.


The exhibition and its accompanying catalogue, featuring six scholarly essays on objects in the permanent collection by University of Miami professors, will document the growth of the Lowe and its cultural service to both the University and broader South Florida communities over six decades. It will also be a tribute to the many benefactors and donors who have contributed to its growth.


The exhibition is sponsored by Suntrust.


The Lowe Art Museum is located at the University of Miami at 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables. Gallery and Museum Store hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10-4; Sunday: 12-4; Monday: Closed. Regular Admission (not including special events) is $10; $5 for Seniors and Non-UM Students; Free for Lowe Art Museum Members, University of Miami students, faculty and staff, and children under 12. For more information, call (305) 284-3535 or visit www.lowemuseum.org.

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