History & Mission

The Samek Art Museum is a program of Bucknell University that creates meaningful encounters between artists, students, scholars, the public and works of art. These encounters occur in the Samek Gallery, the Downtown Gallery, the Museum Collection Study Room, and the Connections Gallery. These spaces activate the intellectual life of campus arts and challenge students and extend their creativity. The Museum is an academic art lab where experimental art, innovative curatorial practices, and co-curricular programming generate new ways to engage and inspire audiences.

Known previously as Center Gallery, what is now the Samek Art Museum was renamed for Bucknell and Museum patrons Edward and Marthann Samek after a generous gift in 2001. The Samek Art Museum presently holds a collection of 5,000 objects highlighting the art of our time. Other strengths include: The Samel H. Kress Collection of Baroque and Renaissance, Japanese decorative art, modern and contemporary, and historic prints. The Downtown Gallery located in the historic DeWitt Building sits within the heart of Lewisburg. At new addition to the Bucknell community, this gallery aims to serve as a learning lab for curatorial experimentation and a public programming partnership within other arts organizations in Lewisburg. The Museum's exhibitions and public programming are free to the public.


The Samek Art Museum

Museum Collection Study Room
Connections Gallery
3,200 sq/ft

The Downtown Gallery

620 sq/ft

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The Samek Art Museum is a member of the American Association of Museums, a network of museums and galleries affiliated with academic institutions throughout North America. The Museum receives funding from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.


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