Dale Chihuly, Gilded and Amber Chandelier, detail


Jane Piper Baltzell, Untitled (Composition in Red), detail


Your support of the Barry Art Museum is greatly appreciated!

The Barry Art Museum is a private, not-for-profit foundation. It was created in 2017 through the generosity of Carolyn K. and Richard F. Barry III, who donated the Museum’s luminous new building, the Founders’ Collection of art, and operating funds. Visitors of all ages can explore art and the world in which it is made in a museum environment that encourages a dynamic relationship between art objects and observers. The permanent collection showcases international glass sculptures, 20th-century American Modernist paintings, and historical dolls and automata.

Donate Art

Thank you for your interest in donating artwork to the Barry Art Museum, We are currently assessing donation requests on a case-by-case basis. Our collecting purview primarily focuses on American modernist paintings, maritime paintings, modern and contemporary glass, and historic dolls and automata. We prioritize pieces that contribute to filling narrative or timeline gaps in our current holdings and support the enrichment of our permanent collection. For conservation purposes, we consider pieces in good or excellent condition. If there is original packaging, please include that as well.

All prospective donations will be reviewed by our Collections Committee at its next meeting. Please note that due to the volume of inquiries, our response time may be delayed. We appreciate your patience as we carefully review each submission.

Please click above to fill out the prospective donation form, which will be sent to our Curator of Art for initial review. We look forward to reviewing your request and will respond timely should we have any further questions.
Please refrain from bringing in or shipping items until we respond.

Titian Ponytail Barbie in "Busy Gal" ensemble, Mattel, 1961

The Barry Art Museum is FREE to all visitors. Your gift supports public engagement through innovative programming or the addition of a new work to our growing art collection. Our mission is to provide an environment that inspires intellectual and social inclusiveness for all – many of our guests are first-time museum visitors from the surrounding urban, diverse community. Our approach to the visitor experience encourages both intuitive interpretations and emotional responses to art. ODU educational research and institutional partnerships, as well as visiting experts and artists, enrich and inform these Museum activities.

Leadership Gifts and Planned Giving – Ensuring the Museum is a vibrant source of inspiration for future generations.

Please contact us if you are interested in making a leadership donation that will have a significant impact on our educational programs and special exhibitions. The Museum also has a Legacy Program designed for Charitable Gift Annuities and ways to include the Barry Art Museum in your estate planning. For more information contact: Charlotte Potter Kasic 757 683 4669 or ckasic@odu.edu 


2024 Programs and Exhibitions Are Made Possible By Our Generous Museum Sponsors:

Leah and Richard Waitzer Foundation | Towne Bank Foundation | Old Dominion University | Northern Trust Company | Hampton Roads Community Foundation | Mrs. Connie L. McKenzie | Barry Art Museum Board of Directors (in honor of our Museum’s founders, Dick and Carolyn Barry, for their remarkable vision and stewardship) | Connie and Marc Jacobson