Known affectionately as The Ross, the museum’s first obligation is to mount exhibitions that relate to and enhance the curriculum of the OWU Department of Fine Arts. Even so, the museum’s programming endeavors to relate to and enrich course offerings in one or more of the other academic departments and as many of the University’s special programs as possible.
The Richard M. Ross Art Museum opened its doors to the public in October 2002. The first exhibition occupied all four of the museum’s galleries and proved extremely popular with the many visitors who came to see both the artwork and the newly renovated facility.
Once open, word about the museum and the quality of its exhibitions spread rapidly among both casual visitors and practicing artists throughout the region. The steady growth in attendance suggests the exhibitions and programming meet the high expectations of a regional audience comprised of persons of all ages from different segments of society.
The list of artists seeking the opportunity to exhibit their work in the museum is ever growing.