|When the Art Museum of the University of Memphis (AMUM) opened in 1981 as the University
Gallery it was intended for temporary and traveling contemporary art exhibitions.
Its name, which was changed in 1994, reflected that purpose. The storage and exhibition
preparation areas were small because the emphasis was on showcasing rather than storing
Over the years, AMUM received a collection of Egyptian antiquities, now part of the
Museum's permanent collection, a gift of more than 180 pieces of Sub-Saharan African
art from Martha and Robert Fogelman, more than 1,000 works on paper, as well as various
cultural artifacts, including two suits of Japanese armor, flintlock dueling pistols,
Ethiopian spear points, ancient Greco Roman glass, and Navaho textiles.