Marbled walls protect a permanent collection of more than 5,000 artworks within the 23,000-square-foot Castellani Art Museum. Inside, the museum's 20-foot high central exhibition hall and flanking galleries frame an exceptional compilation of paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints that represent major aesthetic trends in modern art from the 20th century to the present. Meanwhile, interior and exterior sculpture courts provide additional exhibition space. Each new display is accompanied by artist talks, workshops and other forms of educational programming. Admission is always free.
The $3.5-million museum was funded by Armand J. Castellani, retired chairman of the board of Tops Markets Inc., and a Trustee of the university, and his wife, Eleanor. In 1990, the museum replaced the smaller Buscaglia-Castellani Art Gallery, which had operated on the university's former DeVeaux campus since 1978.