139 E. Michigan Ave.
Deland, FL 32720
Monday - Friday11 AM - 4 PM
Sunday, Saturdayclosed
We are closed on all major holidays as well as university holidays and breaks.
The exhibitions are free and open to the public.
Museum Type(s)
Dr. Susanne Eules, Coordinator
phone: 386-822-7271


The 5,000-square-foot art center includes two galleries one to exhibit rotating selections from the Vera Bluemner Kouba Collection and the second to display other works from the university's permanent art collection or for special shows. The $2.2 million building also has a foyer gallery/reception area, a vault, a preparation area and an art study/seminar room.

Stetson’s Bluemner collection, which contains more than 1,000 pieces, was bequeathed to Stetson in 1997 by the artist’s daughter, Vera Bluemner Kouba. Selections of the Vera Bluemner Kouba Collection have been exhibited at the university and at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.

The Hand Art Center is a secure, permanent, state-of-the-art facility for the collection and a place to share with art historians, scholars, students and other art lovers.


To broaden the visual arts education of Stetson students in a liberal arts context and that speak in a meaningful and challenging way to the general public. We originate four exhibitions yearly including one student competition and one show of graduating seniors. We have a strong focus on artists of the Southeast, although we also occasionally show artists from other regions.

Artifacts Collections

Stetson University has a significant permanent collection of artwork including ceramics, painting, prints, sculpture, mixed media, and photographs, repesenting artists from the U.S. as well as international venues, from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Stetson owns perhaps the largest single collection of works by the 20th century modernist painter Oscar Bluemner, which began to be on public exhibition in April 2009 and continue to rotate with new works each semester.




Public parking is available in the lot across the street from the Meadows Alumni House at 217 E. Michigan Avenue.

Wheelchair Accessible