Public Art Collections



Wayne State University Art Collection

 “Gloaming” entered the art collection of Wayne State University in 2019.

Wayne State University include nearly 6000 works of art in their collection. A majority of the collection represents works by Michigan and regional artists from the mid-to-late 20th century, including significant gifts from the James Pearson Duffy collection of over 1500 works, predominately by artists of the “Cass Corridor,” sometimes referred to as Detroit’s first avant garde. Also included in the collection are ethnographic objects from Africa and South America; the Arthur C. Danto Master Print Collection; a large collection of late 20th c. contemporary prints, sculpures and paintings by nationally and internationally known artists from the Eugene Applebeam collection (exhibited at the Applebaum Pharmacy Building); artworks by Wayne State University faculty and alumno; and an important collection of large-scale public sculptures. A growing aspect of the collection is work by African-American artists such as Romare Bearden, Sam Gilliam, Tyree Guyton, Jacob Lawrence, Al Loving, Howardena Pindell, Hughie Lee Smith and Larry Walker.

The university’s enduring philosophy is that pieces in the collection appear throughout the campus – in signature buildings, libraries, the medical complex, meeting rooms, the President’s office and residence, and on the university’s malls and lawns. Intergrated into public spaces, the collection embraces and enhances the everyday lives of people on campus and in the surrounding communities.


Gray Series No.16

University of Michigan-Deraborn Art Collection

 “Gray Series No. 16” entered the art collection of the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 2019.

The university owns more than 3000 works of artwork, many of which were donated by Alfred Berkowitz and Bill and Electra Stamelos, close friends of UM-Dearborn and curator emeritus Joseph Marks. The many prized watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings by late artists and former art professor Electra Stamelos are a collection highlight. Generous glass donations from William and Nancy Culp and Richard and Louise Abrahams have been notable recent additions.

The University of Michigan-Dearborn Department of Art Collections and Exhibitions preverves, displays, and interprets a treasured art collection that has been acquired by the university over the past four decades. The collection consists of 20th and 21st century artwork of all media and styles with large portion being studio glass. Salvador Dali, Joan Miro, Jacob Lawernce, Electra Stamelos, Vera Sattler, Howard Ben Tre, Fred Birkhill, Herb Babcock, and Dale Chihuly are just a few of the globally known artists reprrsented.

Many gallery exhibitions are designed to complement and augment university curriculum. UM-Dearborn students and faculty have the unique opportunity to directly research and interact with the artwork in the collection. In addition, the gallery allows museum studies students the opportunity to gain professional experience curating and installing exhibitions within a working art gallery, as well as writing and publishing exhibition catalogs. The department also offers internship for students interested in curating and collections management.


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Henry Ford College Art Collection

 “Grandeur” entered the art collection of Henry Ford College in 2019. The painting is on public view on the Henry Ford College campus within the McKenzie Fine Arts Building, Dearborn, Michigan.

The Henry Ford College includes nearly 600 works in their art collection. Most are limited addition prints, but a few are original works. Here is a list of Nationally recognized and Wayne State University artists:
Mary Jane Bigler, Johnny Freidlander, Honore Daumier, Leonard Baskin, Joseph Albers, Francisco Goya, Kathe Kollwiotz, Louise Nobili, Lowell Nesbitt, Theo Wojick, Richard Anuszkiewsic, Robert Rauschenberg, Emile Weddig, Albercht Durer, George Roualt, David Kockney, David Becker, Henry Moore, Michael Mahoney, Chuck Close, Peter Williams, Jim Nawara, Philip Pearlstein, Mel Rosa