ou art gallery history

For more than 40 years, the Oakland University Art Gallery (OUAG) has delivered diverse, museum-quality art to metro Detroit audiences. From September to May, the OUAG presents six different exhibitions – from cutting-edge contemporary art to projects exploring historical and global themes. The gallery also presents lectures, performances, tours, special events and more.

Sustaining a program focusing on the contextualization of contemporary art in Detroit is at the heart of our mission. Over the last decade we have produced over 50 publications, extending the range of our programming beyond the temporal run of each exhibition; this has created a prominent niche for the gallery. Exhibiting artists have gone on to participate in world-renowned invitationals such as the Whitney and Venice Biennials and have been represented at major art fairs as well as many other prestigious projects.

Oakland University Art Gallery is part of the Department of Art and Art History, College of Arts and Sciences and our mission is aligned with the academic identity of the department: Emphasizing excellence, Oakland University Art Gallery is dedicated to the enrichment of the individual through the intellectual and emotional enjoyment of the visual arts.

Gallery exhibitions have been reviewed in national journals such as Art in America and Sculpture magazine. Programming, catalogues and academic events have secured a special place for the gallery within the Detroit art community.

internships and volunteering

For information on internship opportunities with the Oakland University Art Gallery contact:

Dick Goody, Director, OUAG
209 Wilson Hall

Become a volunteer!

A variety of gallery-related management and preparatory activities are offered with flexible hours to match your availability.

For information contact the gallery at (248) 370-3005 or jaleow@oakland.edu.

supporting ouag

Oakland University Art Gallery is supported by grants from The Kresge Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, College of Arts and Sciences and the generosity of individual donors.


Oakland University Art Gallery | 208 Wilson Hall | Rochester, MI 48309 | copyright 2019