The Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art ("ZMA") presents significant works from the University’s permanent art collection and regularly exhibits contemporary works of various media by local and nationally-recognized artists. The Museum's Fine Arts Satellite Gallery in the Wilson Building features faculty, student and alumni projects. The ZMA also serves as a center for education and professional development.
Mission & Values
In keeping with the University's mission of teaching, research, and service, the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art (ZMA) seeks to exhibit, collect, preserve, and interpret significant works of art. Through dynamic programming, we encourage the exchange of ideas that inspire, educate, and foster an appreciation of the visual arts in our community and the region.
The ZMA Art Collection, under the care of the Museum, is a repository for original works of art held in the public trust and serves as a valuable resource for research and education.
- Provide an arts education focused on critical thinking, creative problem solving, and effective communication
- Advance our educational vision by connecting theory and praxis
- Engage in creative programming, partnerships, and dialogue with regional, national, and global communities
- Support and enhance our internal and external communities through service activities, service learning, and leadership
- Pioneer innovative approaches to evolving artistic trends in the 21st Century
- Honor historical approaches to artistic production and scholarship
- Foster a welcoming community of artists, scholars, and professionals that honors interdisciplinarity and diversity
- Promote receptivity to diverse cultural, social, and artistic values
- Commit to integration of technological innovation in teaching, research, creative activity, and scholarship
The Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art unites the University's permanent collection and galleries program, founded in 1984 by Roberta Griffin, professor emerita at Kennesaw State University. Bernard A. Zuckerman, an industry leader and supporter of the arts in Atlanta, began the initiative to build an art museum at the University with a pledge of $2 million in 2010. The pledge has since been matched with an additional $1 million from community donors and is supported by the KSU Foundation.
On March 1, 2014, the new building opened on the main campus of the University. As part of the greater KSU Arts District, the Zuckerman Museum of Art and its satellite spaces serve as a conduit between Kennesaw State and the greater community. The new building also provides a state-of -the-art home and research facility for the growing KSU permanent collection.
Groundbreaking of Zuckerman Museum from Kennesaw State University