Mission Statement

The Wayne State University Art Collection exists not in isolation, but within the context of the university’s overall mission to discover, examine, transmit and apply knowledge that contributes to the positive development and well being of individuals, organizations and society. A great university strives to challenge the imagination and the Wayne State University Art Collection is a primary resource in the creation of this environment by providing provocative and stimulating surroundings where students, faculty, staff and visitors can encounter great works of art.

The Wayne State University Art Collection serves as an important educational resource where the campus community can not only view important examples of genres, experiments and works of local historical interest, but can also access them as artists, critics and scholars.

Through the acquisition, exhibition, care and preservation of original works of art the Wayne State University Art Collection encourages an awareness and appreciation of the visual arts, contributes to the aesthetics of our beautiful urban campus, educates and inspires our community, and reinforces Wayne State University and Detroit’s standing as a center for artistic expression.

Vision for the Future

The Wayne State University Art Collection envisions a future in which the Art Collection contributes profoundly to the quality of campus life through the exhibition of original works of art which inspire and enhance the daily experience of students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Through personal encounters and web-based technologies the Collection is a valued educational resource to both local and global communities enlivening public discourse, promoting intellectual inquiry, and increasing cultural awareness of our university and our region.


Collection Development Policy

The composition of the Wayne State University Art Collection represents the historic diversity of the university and the communities it serves.  Its focus is primarily on works of art created by university alumni, students, staff, faculty, visiting artists, and exhibitors at the university's galleries.  Works by Detroit and Michigan area artists associated with the university's visual-arts community and works that reflect the cultural experience of the university, Detroit, and its metropolitan region are also represented.  The UAC also includes works by major artists or exemplary works by lesser-known artists that distinctly enrich the UAC and enhance its capacity to further its mission. 

In addition to further deepening the UAC's existing strengths, its goals include the acquisition of late twentieth and twenty-first century objects, works from all periods by artists associated with major ethnic groups represented in the university community, as well as relevant objects in any medium, era, or culture which add to the research, teaching, and community engagement goals of the university.  The UAC is also open to opportunities that will refine and improve the quality and appropriateness of the collection. 



An institution’s collections occasionally may be strengthened by the wise and constructive deaccession of previously accessioned works of art. Deaccessioning is a legitimate part of the formation and care of collections and is done to refine and improve the quality and appropriateness of the University Art Collection. The following work(s) have recently been deaccessioned:

DAN GLOVAK, Concentric Circles & Pattern of Circles, 1968, airbrushed gouache - Damaged beyond repair