The University Museum occupies the first floor of the north wing of Faner Hall. This multipurpose building, in addition to the Museum, houses primarily the College of Liberal Arts. Completed in 1974, Faner Hall is an award-winning design in the "brutalism" architectural style popular in the mid to late 20th Century. The University Museum has 10,000 square feet of exhibition space in two halls, North and South.
An exhibit space for collaborative Museum projects, this gallery usually features works by area high school students.
NORTH HALL, MITCHELL GALLERY
The Museum is divided into two major areas on either side of a central lobby, the North Hall and South Hall galleries. The North Hall includes the Mitchell Gallery, a 2,500 square foot premiere gallery space overlooking the Museum's Sculpture Garden and home to many of the Museum's exciting art exhibits.
South Hall is comprised of several galleries with movable, temporary partitions to allow for maximum flexibility in presenting the many changing exhibits on the Museum's busy schedule.
The International Gallery was designed to showcase objects from the Museum's outstanding world cultures' collection. These ethnographic displays usually change twice a year.
THE STUDY GALLERY
The Study Gallery features works from the Museum's collection selected by faculty for their classes. This gallery changes in the fall and spring semesters.
SOUTH ONE AND TWO GALLERIES
South One and South Two are changing exhibits galleries. A wide variety of exhibits are featured year-round.
THE HALL OF ART
The Hall of Art features changing exhibits featuring the University Museum's permanent collection of art.
THE SOUTHERN ILLINOIS GALLERY
This is currently a changing gallery but it will eventually become a Southern Illinois history space.
The University Museum boasts a beautiful outdoor sculpture garden on the west side of the very northern end of Faner Hall, just outside the Mitchell Gallery. Artists represented in the garden include Aldon Addington, Richard Hunt, Dan Johnson, and Ernest Trova. Also in this location is the lovely Japanese Garden, the Kumakura Garden, and the Dorothy Morris Garden.
Connecting the Mitchell Gallery and the Continuum Gallery to the central lobby is the 120-foot long, two-story Atrium Gallery. This dramatic space frequently displays sculptures from the Museum's excellent collection of 20th Century sculpture as well as changing exhibits by visiting artists.