School of Art & Design

114 Ford Hall

Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197

Phone: 734.487.1268

Fax: 734.487.2324


Exposure to a wide range of exhibits and lectures is an important part of an art education, as well as a way to successfully engage the larger public. To this end, the School of Art & Design offers multiple venues for exhibits and lectures.

The Student Center, located on the north side of campus, houses two gallery spaces. First is the University Gallery, which features major exhibitions and events intended for both the School of Art & Design, the University public and the larger community. A second gallery in the Student Center, the IGG Gallery, is directed by the student-run Intermedia Gallery Group, and is dedicated to showcasing student work. It provides excellent opportunities for students to experience firsthand the endeavors involved both in exhibiting their own work and managing a gallery space.

The Ford Gallery, located in Ford Hall, maintains a year-round schedule of exhibitions and artist lectures. It serves as a venue for the work of outside artists, graduate thesis exhibitions, as well as undergraduate and graduate student exhibitions.

Visit the EMU Galleries

Upcoming, current, and past exhibitions can be viewed virtually on our Galleries website.

The University Gallery and IGG Gallery are located in the EMU Student Center. Paid visitor parking is available in the adjacent Student Center Lot.

Ford Gallery is located in Ford Hall. Paid visitor parking is available in the McKenney Lot, a 0.4 mile/600 meter walk to Ford Hall. 

Galleries Mission

The mission of the art gallery program at Eastern Michigan University is to present innovative exhibitions that compliment the University’s academic offerings; research and exhibition; provide a viable resource for arts management training; educate the university and greater Southeast Michigan communities about the forms and issues of contemporary and historic art from all cultures; and fill a unique niche in the region as a venue for exhibitions that enhance the reputation of the Eastern Michigan University School of Art & Design.

Works of art on display within the Eastern Michigan University Gallery program do not reflect the views of Eastern Michigan University or Eastern Michigan University’s School of Art & Design. Some works may not be suitable for all audiences. 

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