Krannert Art Museum, located on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a unit within the College of Fine and Applied Arts, opened its doors in 1961, establishing a permanent home for the University's existing collection of fine art.
In 1988 a new wing was dedicated, the Kinkead Pavilion, nearly doubling the building's size to 48,000 square feet and making Krannert Art Museum the second largest art museum in the state of Illinois.
A significant part of the Museum's permanent collection of 9,000 works of art is displayed in ten galleries, ranging from ancient Egyptian art to contemporary photographs.
In addition, the Museum presents 12-15 changing exhibitions each year, bringing works of art from other museums and collections, both nationally and internationally, to the community.
Educating the public about a range of art from all periods, and providing an instructional laboratory for students and instructors, continue to drive the Museum's collection vision.
The Museum was designed by architect Ambrose Richardson in a style reminiscent of the late work of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. An addition to the Museum was completed in 1988. This addition, the Kinkead Pavilion, was the creation of architect Larry Booth and Associates. The building incorporates neo-Egyptian decorative elements in an overall post-Modernist design.
Krannert Art Museum serves a wide and varied audience - including the faculty, staff and students of the University of Illinois, the Urbana and Champaign communities, and the people of Central Illinois. Partnerships and collaborations with schools, community groups, campus units and individuals allow the Museum staff and programs to serve, engage and involve this wide audience of over 132,000 visitors annually.