About the gallery programs

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 Art Department 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 Art Department, the University public and the larger community. A second gallery in the Student Center 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.

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 Art Department.

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 Art Department. Some works may not be suitable for all audiences. 

Download our current event calendar.

Gallery Programs Director

Greg Tom is the Art Department's Gallery Programs Director. Greg comes to us most recently from the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit where he was Deputy Director of Exhibitions, Programs and Development.  He recieved his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in ceramics, and has BAs in Studio Art and Geography and Anthropology  from Hunter College and Vassar College respectively.  He has taught ceramics as a Lecturer at Wayne State University, Oakland Community College and University of Michigan Ann Arbor.  His work has been shown in Michigan, New York city, and Chicago among other places, and is represented in the collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts, Cranbrook Art Museum, and the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Collection. 

Ford Gallery and University Art Gallery Hours

Mon. and Thurs.

10:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.

Tues. and Wed.

10:00a.m. - 7:00p.m.

Fri. and Sat.

10:00a.m. - 2:00p.m.


The University Gallery and Student Gallery are located in the EMU Student Center. Ford Gallery is located in Ford Hall. Several visitor parking lots can be accessed off of Oakwood; the current rate of parking is $1.00 per hour. For additional maps and information regarding directions to the Art Department and campus visit our Contact|Visit page.