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Spencer Museum of Art
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With a diverse collection of more than 40,000 art objects and works of cultural significance, the Spencer is the only comprehensive art museum in the state of Kansas and serves more than 100,000 visitors annually. 

The Museum’s vision is to present its collection as a living archive that motivates object-centered research and teaching, creative work, and transformative public dialogue. The Spencer facilitates arts engagement and research through exhibitions, artist commissions and residencies, conferences, film screenings, musical and dramatic performances, artist- and scholar-led lectures, children’s art activities, and community arts and culture festivals.

The Spencer Museum of Art is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and participates in the Association of Art Museum Directors.


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The Spencer Museum of Art sustains a culturally diverse collection and encourages interdisciplinary exploration at the intersection of art, ideas, and experience. The Spencer strengthens, supports, and contributes to the academic research and teaching of The University of Kansas and is committed to serving communities of learners across Kansas and beyond.

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Saralyn Reece Hardy, Marilyn Stokstad Director

Director's Remarks

You are here for a milestone in the life of the Spencer Museum of Art. 

The Phase I renovation has transformed our physical spaces, generating opportunities for expanding how we inspire creativity, learning, and research. Functioning for more than one year without our galleries has stimulated new ways of working and new partnerships, resulting in a Spencer Museum of Art that is more versatile and better equipped to benefit all of our audiences. 

Now is a significant moment for our revitalized institution, as we reaffirm our roles as a portal for self-discovery and lifelong learning, an amplifier for creative work and scholarly discourse, and a platform for diving deeply into new ideas and approaches.  

I invite you to take part in this historic moment. Experience our transformed galleries, explore our redesigned website, or participate in our programs. However you choose to connect with us, astonishing possibilities await you.

— Saralyn Reece Hardy