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The Museum of Art is a premier destination for dynamic exhibitions and programs that encompass all facets of civilization’s visual history. The Museum of Art was founded in 1958 and is located in the heart of Fort Lauderdale’s art and culture district in a distinctive 83,000-square-foot modernist building designed by renowned architect Edward Larrabee Barnes. It houses over 25,000 square-feet of exhibition space, the 250-seat Horvitz Auditorium as well as a branch of the Books + Books bookstore and café.
The Museum of Art’s 6,000-work permanent collection is recognized for its extensive holdings of works by the pioneering American modern painter William Glackens, paintings by the Cobra group of avant-garde European artists, and a highly prized collection of works by Latin American artists. The museum maintains a special focus on photography, and presents year-round photography exhibitions through the Foto Fort Lauderdale initiative.
The museum offers a comprehensive education program through the dynamic NSU AutoNation Academy for Art + Design, located in an adjacent 11,000 square-foot building. The Academy provides year-round studio instruction and classes for adults, children and teens taught by locally and nationally known professional artists.
In 2008, the museum became part of Nova Southeastern University, the ninth-largest, not-for-profit independent institution in the nation.