Select recent exhibitions from the Rose N. and James W. Kerr Gallery
Recent Gifts: Selections from the University Art Collection
March 1 - May 2, 2021
Less than twenty years after WMU's founding in 1903, the University Art Collection was established in 1922 with a major gift from collector and philanthropist Albert May Todd. Today comprised of nearly 3000 objects, of which more than 1000 are classified as prints, the University Art Collection is displayed in curated exhibitions at the Richmond Center for Visual Arts and in common areas across 52 buildings on WMU's main and satellite campuses. Contributing positively to the education, everyday experience, and work-life quality of WMU students, faculty, staff, regional and international visitors, the University Art Collection continues to grow with enormous energy each year.
In 2020 alone, the University Art Collection was fortunate to receive nearly 300 works of art as gifts from artists, alumni, and generous donors. This special exhibition features works by John Kollig WMU alumnus and former advisor and instructor at the School of Art; the School of Art's namesake, celebrated printmaker and trail-blazing entrepreneur Gwen Frostic; Colorado-based artist Mel Strawn, who served as the Director for the School of Art in 1987; and Al LaVergne, who served as Professor of Art and coordinator of the sculpture area at the Frostic School of Art for more than two decades.