The mission of the Miami University Art Museum is to serve as a teaching museum that provides a visually and intellectually challenging environment to cultivate life-long engagement with the arts. The Miami University Art Museum establishes an atmosphere that is conducive to learning about difference through active dialogue with and about visual culture. The Miami University Art Museum is dedicated to developing a strong permanent collection of original art and material culture representing diverse world traditions and making those resources available through display, study, publication, and educational programs.
The Miami University Art Museum will be a regional leader contributing to the educational and cultural enrichment of Miami University and Southwest Ohio communities through the preservation, presentation and public programming of diverse visual art of all forms.
The construction of the Miami University Art Museum was made possible by private contributions to Miami University's Goals for Enrichment capital campaign in the mid-1970s. A major gift for the building came as a bequest from Miami alumnus Fred C. Yager, class of 1914. Walter I. Farmer, class of 1935, and former Art Department faculty member Orpha B. Webster generously donated extensive art collections, instrumental in developing early support for the museum.