The Art Museum primarily exhibits the art of our time.  Various thematic and discipline-based contemporary exhibitions are organized annually; occasional historical exhibitions are presented as well.

Exhibitions feature artists with regional, national and international reputations, permanent collection objects and student work. Interpretive programs include lectures, panels, gallery talks, demonstrations, workshops and ArtPartnership, a public school outreach program that brings 700-1000 students annually to the Museum from the region. These are held in the Museum's galleries, foyer or in college lecture or art studio facilities.

Additional cultural programming includes: studio tours; fiction and non-fiction readings, performances and recitals. Interpretive publications include catalogues, brochures and posters.