The mission of the Binghamton University Art Museum is to collect, document, preserve, and present works of art from diverse cultures for the education and enjoyment of students, faculty, staff and members of the general public.
The museum presents exhibitions featuring works of art drawn from the permanent collection of approximately 3,000 objects, as well as objects on loan.
Exhibitions are installed in the Main Gallery, the Susan M. Reifer ’65 and Stanley J. Reifer ’64 Mezzanine Gallery and the Nancy J. Powell Gallery, which itself consists of several small galleries. Exhibitions rotate regularly and are curated by museum staff, faculty members, and students.
In addition to exhibitions, the museum offers other opportunities for visitors to engage with art. The Kenneth C. Lindsay Study Room provides students, faculty members and the general public a space in which they may view any work in the permanent collection. This room is also used for university classes and the short-term display of selected objects for educational purposes. An area leading into the Lindsay Study Room has recently been transformed into visible storage. Here, visitors may view objects that would otherwise be in vault storage, but are instead densely installed in glass cabinets. A specially designed tablet tour allows individuals to read short labels written by students from different disciplinary perspectives.