Knight Foundation Gallery

The Knight Foundation Gallery is located on the 11th floor of Taubman Center and is part of the Benson & Edith Ford Conference Center. It has 5,600 square feet of space designed for exhibition and other social events such as receptions, banquets, or seated presentations. This space can accommodate 200 guests for a sit-down dinner, 300 for a reception or 350 guests for theater-style seating.

U245 Gallery

The U245 Gallery is a student-managed space that offers CCS students the opportunity to showcase their creative achievements to the public. Located on the ground floor of the Art Centre Building, the gallery has easy access and good visibility from the campus.

The Chair of the Art Practice department or his/her designee serves as Faculty Advisor for U245 Gallery. The Chair appoints the gallery manager. When necessary, Exhibit Services may support installation of work.

Valade Family Gallery

The Valade Family Gallery is located on the first floor of the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education. The Gallery offers 5500 square feet of event space available for internal and external use. The Assistant Provost oversees the Gallery, including scheduling events and managing floor supervisors. Ideas for exhibitions are generated by the Speakers and Exhibitions Committee and through outside proposals submitted to the Assistant Provost. The exhibition schedule is determined at the beginning of the academic year.

The Valade Family Gallery showcases the work of visiting artists, alumni, faculty, and staff. Additional programming of the Gallery includes special events, benefits, student exhibitions, and artist receptions. The space can accommodate up to 150 people and provides a flexible layout to accommodate all types of exhibitions and events.

Center Galleries

Center Galleries, located on the Ford Campus in the Manoogian Visual Resource Center, presents the work of faculty, alumni, and local and nationally prominent artists for the education and enjoyment of both the students and faculty of CCS and the community at large. The programs of Center Galleries are accessible to and encourage the participation of the widest possible audience consistent with its mission and resources.

Center Galleries is dedicated to exploring the relationship between culture and artistic practice, fostering intellectual inquiry, and creating multidisciplinary exhibitions and educational programming that enable diverse audiences to connect their experiences of art to everyday life. Center Galleries recognizes a special responsibility to support the academic and teaching missions of the College through close collaboration with academic departments on campus. Off-campus, Center Galleries places special emphasis on serving the cultural needs of the people of southeastern Michigan, while simultaneously participating as an active member of the national art community.

Center Galleries also showcases the work of alumni, faculty, and staff in its Alumni and Faculty Hall and the College’s own art collection in the Permanent Collection Gallery. Additional programming by Center Galleries includes film, literary and performance events, benefits and artist receptions, and occasional special exhibitions throughout the campus. Center Galleries’ educational programs are designed for the education and enjoyment of CCS students, and to help build audiences for contemporary art. Lectures, gallery talks with artists and curators, workshops, catalogs, and other publications, and ongoing gallery tours for art educators and their students introduce visitors to new artists, new work, and other issues and ideas about contemporary art practice.

Tools and Equipment

The Shops may at their discretion lend out tools and equipment by having the faculty, staff, or student fill out a form and leave their I.D. or drivers license. Certain materials are available for purchase in the shops and labs. The Bookstore stocks respirators and safety glasses for sale. Faculty and staff must require users of the shop to use the proper safety gear.

Emergency Response

All Academic Facilities shop managers, staff and work-study technicians are certified in First Aid, CPR and AED. Campus Safety has implemented a step-by-step response plan for accidents, injuries and fire that may occur in the shops. The plan is posted in each area. Faculty should familiarize themselves with these procedures.

When anyone is injured, the supervisor at the shop must fill out an Accident/Injury Report Form at the CCS Security Office.

Competency Training and Testing

In order for students to be able to work in the shops they must take DFN-116 3D Design Techniques. If students pass the course with a C / (2.0) or better they are allowed access to the shops during their tenure at the college.

Academic facilities are not instructional facilities. All faculty are responsible for instructing their students in the use of the tools and techniques in each individual shop that they expect their students to use in the completion of course work and finished projects.

Competency training is mandatory for faculty and staff who wish to use the shops.

Director of Academic Facilities

The Director of Academic Facilities is responsible for strengthening the infrastructure for teaching and learning in an interdisciplinary environment through the safe operation of the facilities. The Director of Academic Facilities provides direction for operations, equipment purchasing, training, growth and technology, and works with the Health and Safety Committee of Faculty Assembly to assure the safety of the facilities.