The Meadows School of the Arts, formally established in 1969 at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, has achieved prominence as one of the foremost arts education institutions in the United States. The Meadows School of the Arts offers instruction in advertising, art, art history, arts entrepreneurship and arts management, communication studies, creative computation, dance, film and media arts, journalism, music and theatre. The goal of the Meadows School of the Arts, as a comprehensive educational institution, is to prepare students to meet the demands of professional careers. It is also committed to providing an ongoing opportunity for all SMU students to grow in the understanding and appreciation of the arts.
The Meadows School of the Arts serves the public as a significant cultural center by presenting more than 400 events annually for the Dallas community and surrounding region. The cultural and intellectual partnership SMU shares with Dallas continues to flourish, and Dallas citizens form a devoted audience for the more than 400 music, dance and theatre performances, opera productions, and art exhibitions that the Meadows School of the Arts presents each year.
The Meadows Museum houses one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Spanish art outside of Spain. The museum presents major works dating from the Middle Ages to the present, including masterpieces by some of the world’s greatest painters: El Greco, Velázquez, Ribera, Murillo, Goya, Miró and Picasso. Highlights of the collection include Renaissance altarpieces, monumental Baroque canvases, exquisite Rococo oil sketches, polychrome wood sculptures, Impressionist landscapes, modernist abstractions and a comprehensive collection of the graphic works of Goya. The museum, located at 5900 Bishop Boulevard at the entrance to the SMU campus, also includes a gift shop, education areas and public event spaces, and offers membership and volunteer opportunities along with a range of public programs throughout the year.
The museum also includes the Elizabeth Meadows Sculpture Collection featuring major works by such modern masters as Rodin, Maillol, Lipchitz, Henry Moore, David Smith and Claes Oldenburg. Sculptures are displayed both indoors and outside on the museum plaza.