Galleries and collections

The Department of Art and Art History programs two galleries on campus for the benefit of our university and surrounding communities. Each gallery has their own distinct mission and purpose. Gallery leadership also manages a Gallery Learning Community to expose students to careers in gallery and arts management. 

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    Elaine L. Jacob Gallery (ELJG)

    The Elaine L. Jacob Gallery (ELJG) serves as a forum for the display of nationally and internationally significant contemporary art. The ELJG features 4-5 exhibitions each year that include works created by emerging and established contemporary artists. 

    Special programs coinciding with the exhibitions include visiting artists and curators who provide studio visits, gallery talks, lectures, panels, and performances for students, faculty, staff, and the Detroit community at large.  

    A majority of the exhibitions and special programs are coordinated in collaboration with prominent regional, national, and international gallery and museum partners and their curators, directors, and registrars for consultancy during the planning and installation stages.

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    The Art Department Gallery (ADG)

    The Art Department Gallery (ADG) focuses on student, faculty, and alumni exhibitions. It also showcases the work of local community artists. The ADG extends the mission of the Department of Art and Art History to support the work of faculty, students, alumni, and community-based artists and groups. The annual exhibition schedule at the ADG have been strategically revised to accommodate both traditional undergraduate, graduate, faculty, and alumni exhibitions.

    Since 1956 the ADG has presented a diverse range of exhibitions for the Detroit Metropolitan area. Today, the ADG hosts approximately 12-14 exhibitions each year that feature works by artists associated with WSU and Detroit.  

    The following exhibitions and programs have recently been added: 
    •    Annual Mobile Arts Workshop Exhibition (2015-present) 
    •    Annual Tri-County High School Exhibition with scholarship awards (2012-present)

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    Gallery Learning Community

    The Gallery Leaning Community (GLC) exposes students to career development and opportunities in gallery and art management by providing a platform for students to network with the arts related resources on campus and in the broader Detroit community. 

    Through the Gallery Management course, members of the learning community get a hands-on experience learning about the functions and operations of art institutions and organizations of all scales and budgets. These include non-profit academic institutions, non-profit small and large-scale museums, non-profit and commercial galleries, and community-based arts spaces and other arts-based organizations. Operations include exhibition and season design, marketing, budgeting, and standard facility operations.

Director of galleries and special programming