Lowe Art Museum

The Lowe Art Museum, located at 131 Stanford Drive in Coral Gables, is approximately five miles south of Miami on the main campus of the University of Miami. Through a gift from philanthropists, Joe and Emily Lowe, the Lowe opened as a separate facility in 1952. As the first art museum in south Florida, the Lowe is relatively small, but it houses some distinctive and carefully selected exhibits and displays. Through the years, there have been a number of gifts from Miami and winter residents including Alfred Barton, the Kress foundation, Robert Bischoff’s donation of 531 works of ancient American art, and the extensive Asian collection of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean ceramics, paintings, and sculpture given to the Museum by Stephen Jungkunc III of Chicago and Miami.

There are over 13,000 pieces of art and artifacts housed in separate rooms, primarily from the Greek and Roman ages, but also including significant collections of international and American art. The Lowe has displays of textiles from the Pueblo and Navajo Indians, paintings and sculptures of African Art, and artwork from the Italian Renaissance era that includes Bacchiacca, Catena, and Bernardino. In addition, the Museum features the Netherlands Baroque art of Isenbrant, Jordaens, and Van Galen, and the paintings of French impressionists Monet, Gaugin, and Sisley. Other exhibits are of 19th and 20th century American artists such as Duane Hansen, Frank Stella, and Henri, art from the Inca and Mayan civilizations, and paintings by the Old Spanish masters. Visitors to the Museum will find collections of various artworks by Picasso, Pizzaro, Goya, Ribera, and Dali, as well as art from Latin America, the Pacific Islands, and Southeast Asia.

In addition to its permanent collections, there are numerous special exhibits scheduled at various times during the year. Some upcoming exhibits include Guatemalan textiles, paintings by Humberto Calzada of Miami and Cuba, and contemporary and traditional art from the Inuit peoples of the Arctic Circle regions. The Inuit exhibit includes wall hangings, masks, ivory carvings, and clothing from the past 2,500 years. Another display at the Lowe will feature ceramic art from Vietnam, Japan, and Korea from the Neolothic period to the 20th century.

Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday — 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Thursday — 12 Noon to 7:00 p.m., and Sunday — 12 Noon to 5:00 p.m. Metered parking adjacent to Museum.
Admission: Adults – $7.00, seniors & students with ID – $5.00. Free to Museum members, University of Miami students, faculty, and staff, and children under 12.

Note: In 1987, the Lowe was designated a major cultural institution in Florida and elected to the Association of Art Museum Directors in 1990, one of only three art museums in Florida.

Comments are closed.