U245 Gallery

The U245 Gallery is a student-managed gallery exhibition space that offers CCS students from all departments 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. Exhibitions are open to the public.

The Chair of the Art Practice department or their designee serves as Faculty Advisor for U245 Gallery. Two work-study positions are available annually for two students from any department to manage the exhibition proposal and curatorial process. The Art Practice Chair (or faculty designee) hires the work study positions and serves as U245 faculty advisor. 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 5,500 square feet of event space available for internal and external use.

The Valade Family Gallery showcases the work of visiting artists, alumni, faculty, and staff. 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.

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.

Director of Academic Facilities

The Director of Academic Facilities oversees all Academic Facilities operations, equipment, technology, and strategic planning. The Director works with faculty, staff and students to  strengthen the infrastructure for teaching and learning in an interdisciplinary environment through the safe operation of the academic facilities. The Director of Academic Facilities provides direction and support for pedagogy, research, operations, equipment purchasing, training, growth, and technology. The Director is an ex-officio member of the Health and Safety Committee of the Faculty Assembly that works to create policy that improves and supports a safe and healthy working environment campus- wide, and communicates those policies to the larger CCS community.

Image Collections

CCS’s extensive digital image collections are accessible through the Luna database. A login and password are required to obtain institutional content. Collections include CCS Images for Teaching and AMICA, which consists of digital images contributed by twenty-one art museums. Together with AMICA and common collections, faculty, students, and staff have access to 262,109 images for research and teaching.

Faculty must obtain basic training and sign a contract in order to obtain high-resolution images suitable for classroom use. Library staff provide instruction, research help, and fill image requests for teaching needs.