About the Daum

The Daum Museum of Contemporary Art opened in 2002 and is located on the State Fair Community College campus in Sedalia, Missouri. The Daum features a diverse permanent collection and offers three exhibition cycles each year and up to 15 exhibitions. The museum, which includes nine exhibition galleries on three levels with a combined area of 9,300 square feet, was designed by Gunn & Smith Architects of St. Louis, Missouri.

The Daum’s mission is to shed light on the stimulating complexity of modern and contemporary art by collecting, preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting artworks created since the mid-20th century. In concert with SFCC faculty and staff, the Daum works to enhance the cultural and educational life of the college, surrounding communities, and all of Missouri.

The heart of the Daum is the permanent collection comprised of abstract paintings, drawings, prints, ceramics, and sculpture created since the mid-20th century. The museum’s namesake, Dr. Harold F. Daum, a retired radiologist and avid art collector, gave life to the museum by donating his 250-piece art collection and funds toward its construction. The permanent collection has grown to over 1,500 objects through gifts and selected purchases. It features significant works by Andy Warhol, Ed Ruscha, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Motherwell, Peter Voulkos, Betty Woodman, Louise Bourgeois, Linda Connor, and Ansel Adams.

The Daum receives operational funding from State Fair Community College. Exhibitions and activities are also funded through various grants and generous donations of arts patrons and memberships. The educational mission of SFCC guides and informs every aspect of the Daum and its operation. Museum staff work in collaboration with faculty and students to incorporate art into college curriculum, and the study collection is comprised of those examples valued as instructional resources.


A 33-foot enclosed atrium features Dale Chihuly’s 6 by 10-foot glass sculpture titled Cathedral Violet Chandelier, 1999.

Outdoor Gallery

A sculpture courtyard, visible from the entry and open to the sky, provides additional space for artists’ works designed to be outdoors.

Dr. Daum

Dr. Harold F. Daum donated funds to construct the museum and establish an endowment for future acquisitions. Dr. Daum also donated his personal collection of paintings and sculptural ceramics.

The Daum provides educational activities for SFCC students, elementary and high school students and instructors, and the surrounding community. Art symposiums are held annually for high school students, and an art enhancement program called the Daum Escape, which targets elementary and secondary students and classroom teachers, is offered annually. Other activities include lectures, receptions, docent training, tours, and community outreach projects.

Meet the Staff

Garry Holstein Profile

Garry Holstein
Director and Curator

Kameron Morton Profile

Allison Martin
Administrative Assistant

Marcie Teter Profile

Marcie Teter
Collections Manager

Vicki Weaver Profile

Vicki Weaver
Curator of Education

Membership in the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art provides unique opportunities and sustains a lasting artistic legacy for future generations. Members receive exclusive invitations to exhibition previews and social events with featured artists to learn firsthand about their art and discuss art-making processes. Special discounts on museum publications and participation fees are also a benefit for members.

Join & Give

Carol Fleming, United Forest, 2001