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NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale is a dynamic cultural hub located between Miami and Palm Beach on vibrant Las Olas Boulevard in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale’s arts district. The museum’s distinctive modernist building, which opened in 1986, was designed by the renowned architect Edward Larrabee Barnes.
In 2008, the museum became part of Nova Southeastern University, one of the largest private research universities in the United States.
In September 2013, Bonnie Clearwater joined the museum as its Director and Chief Curator. Under her leadership, the museum has embarked on an exciting new phase of growth and transformation.
NSU Museum of Art’s permanent collections contain more than 6,000 works, including celebrated holdings by the post-war, avant-garde European Cobra artists, the nation’s largest collection of works by American painter William Glackens, and a significant collection of works by leading Latin American artists. The museum also maintains a special focus on photography year-round through its Foto Fort Lauderdale initiative.
An active education program is offered through the museum’s acclaimed AutoNation Academy of Art + Design, which provides high-caliber, curriculum-based studio classes for adults, children and teens taught by professional artists.
The museum’s 83,000 square-foot building contains 25,000 square feet of exhibition space, the 250-seat Horvitz Auditorium, a bookstore and café. Its 11,000 square-foot AutoNation Academy of Art + Design is located adjacent to the museum and includes state-of-the-art studios and classrooms.