Rose N. and James W. Kerr Gallery
The Richmond Center galleries are currently closed for the summer.
We will reopen with an exciting suite of exhibitions in September, 2021.
More information about fall exhibitions coming soon!
Recently Ended Exhibitions
Selections from the University Art Collection
March 1 – May 1, 2021
Less than twenty years after WMU’s founding in 1903, the University Art Collection was founded 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 as 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, Recent Gifts: Selections from the University Art Collection, features works by beloved WMU School of Art professor and Kalamazoo-based artist John Kollig; the School of Art’s namesake, celebrated printmaker and trail-blazing entrepreneur Gwen Frostic; as well as Colorado-based artist Mel Strawn, who served as the Director of the School of Art in 1987.
Clockwise from left:
Mel Strawn, Square Dance, 2019
John Kollig, Freedom Series #9, 2004
Co-organized by Indra K. Lacis, PhD, Director of Exhibitions, and Clara Peeters, B.F.A. Associate Curator, Western Michigan University Art Collection
Like many institutions large and small, the Richmond Center postponed several national and international exhibitions in response to the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. In place of our scheduled exhibitions, we focused more specifically on our University Art Collection. Selected from our University Art Collection, this intimate exhibition featured paintings and prints by Rudolf Baranik, Lorna Marsh, Robert Motherwell, Calvin Niemeyer, and Phil VanderWeg.
The exhibition closed on November 18, 2020.