The Weatherspoon Art Museum is located at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The museum's mission is not only to serve as an educational and cultural institution for students of the university, but act as a resource for the public, as well. The Weatherspoon Art Museum acquires and showcases modern and cotemporary art.
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro was established in 1891. One of the original reasons for opening the university was Dr. Charles Duncan McIver's mission to create an institution that made the education of women a priority. Therefore, over the course of its history the university has gone by a number of names, including the North Carolina College for Women, the State Normal and Industrial College, and the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina. When the Weatherspoon Art Museum was founded in 1941, the school was known as the Woman's College.
The museum was founded by the head of the Art Department at the time, George Ivy. Since opening, the main focus of the museum's acquisitions has been modern and contemporary American art. The Weatherspoon Art Museum's collection has pieces that number in the thousands, dating back to the start of the twentieth century. In 1995, the museum was accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
Today, the Weatherspoon Art Museum presents a number of exhibitions that change through out the year. Some of its previous and current exhibitions include: In Motion (December 2015); Reclaiming Nature: Art and Sustainability (January, 2016); and Latin American, and American Art Film Series (February, 2016). The museum also offers tours, lectures, film series, workshops, and more.