The gallery has appeared in national journals such as Art in America, Sculpture Magazine and W Magazine. Programming, catalogues and special events have secured a distinctive place for the gallery within the Metropolitan Detroit art community.

WDET Cultureshift

February 20, 2020

An exhibit of American paintings on display at Oakland University shows life during some of the country’s most turbulent events, but seeing evidence of that turbulence takes a discerning eye. Forty works of art from 1850 to 1940 from the Nancy and Sean Cotton collection show the lives of privileged society, often neglecting major social issues of the time, including the Civil War and the Industrial Revolution. Notably absent from the works, by artists such as Seymour Joseph Guy, Carl Hirschberg, and Thomas Moran, are people of color, immigrants, and the working class. Professor of History at the University of Detroit Mercy Roy E. Finkenbine says to “look for the people in the corners, in the background, see how they’re presented.”

Detroit Metro Times

January 9, 2020

American Paintings from Nancy and Sean Cotton Collection is a partnership with the Detroit Institute of Arts that exhibits 40 paintings made during a period that includes the Civil War, World War I, and the outset of World War II. The collection, "drawn from a turbulent epoch, presents a fascinating historical snapshot," according to organizers. "If art is a mirror of its time, what do these 40 paintings say about the 90 years between 1850 and 1940?" Notable works include paintings by Seymour Joseph Guy, Carl Hirschberg, and Thomas Moran, among others.

The Oakland Post

January 13, 2020

The Oakland University Art Gallery is showcasing the “American Paintings” exhibition from the Nancy and Sean Cotton Collection in a partnership with the Detroit Institute of Art (DIA). According to the gallery’s website, the exhibition contains 40 paintings from 1850-1950 and allows visitors to get a “fascinating historical snapshot.”

Detroit Art Review

January 12, 2020

Opening January 10th, 2020, at the Oakland University Art Gallery is a traveling exhibition from the Nancy and Sean Cotton collection of American painting that captures an impression of what kind of realism was prominent in the United States, drawn from European roots and expressed in traditional in oil painting. The exhibition is sectioned off in categories: Landscape, Seascape, Cityscape, Portraiture, Still Life and Family life. Influences such as the Hudson River school or the Ashcan school of art during the late 19th or early 20th century are apparent, while also reflect influence of some of the lesser-known artists of this period. All are beautifully executed with attention to composition, light and facility.

Detroit Art Review

October 25, 2019

Oakland University Art Gallery opened its fall exhibition schedule with Your Very Own Paradise, artwork from far and wide with oil paintings, photographs, and sculptures on September 7, 2019. Based on a curatorial premise that perception is reality, Director of the OUAG Gallery, Dick Goody, brings together thirteen artists whose ‘very own paradise’ differs significantly in expansive motifs and varying types of personal identity.

The Oakland Post

September 11, 2019

Say hello to “Your Very Own Paradise,” the ongoing exhibition at the Oakland University Art Gallery. Curated by Dick Goody, “Paradise” showcases the work of 13 artists of various mediums, each piece providing a different vision into what paradise can be and reflections on the very concept of what paradise is.

The Jewish News

August 28, 2019

Ever wonder what the idea of paradise ultimately could mean for you or someone else? Dick Goody, director of the Oakland University Art Gallery, gives people a chance to view the concept from the imaginations represented visually by a group of international artists.

The Guardian

April 10, 2019

The Chernobyl disaster in 1986 forced the evacuation of nearby Pripyat, home to 45,000 people. David McMillan has journeyed there 21 times since to record abandoned homes and buildings as they are reclaimed by nature.

Detroit Art Review

February 2, 2019

If you are a Detroiter, it is impossible not to find an uncanny similarity between the (de)evolution of the Ukraine city of Chernobyl after the nuclear disaster there in 1986, as photographed by Scottish born, Canadian photographer David McMillan, and the photos of demolished-by-neglect Detroit over the roughly same years.