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Lowe Art Museum Opens Its Vault to Celebrate 60 Years of Collecting


Wrapped Monument to Cristobal Colon Project for Barcelona - Plaza Porta de la Pau, 1976

In celebration of its 60th anniversary, the Lowe Art Museum will present the exhibition “From the Vault: Building a Legacy, Sixty Years of Collecting at the Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami.”

On view January 28 through March 25, the exhibition is a highlight of the Lowe’s distinguished collecting history and draws from some 18,000 works of art, showcasing important objects not currently on view or that may never have been seen by faculty, staff, students, or the general public.

An exhibition preview and lecture will be held on Friday, January 27, from 7 to 10 p.m.

The exhibition will be divided into the three sections: The Foundation Years, 1952-1969; The Formative Years, 1970-1989; and Building the Legacy, 1990 and beyond. It includes paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photography, and mixed media objects that represent the unique, multicultural holdings of the Lowe.

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 guest faculty curators in their respective fields. The exhibition will be cross-cultural and will touch on all media in the collection, 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 UM 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 on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus at 1301 Stanford Drive. Gallery and Museum Store hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday 12 to 4 p.m.; Closed Monday. Regular admission (not including special events) is $10; $5 for seniors and non-UM students; free for Lowe Art Museum members, UM students, faculty and staff, and children under 12. For more information, call 305-284-3535 or visit


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