CCS’ Center Galleries, a dynamic forum for contemporary visual, literary and performance art, is an integral component of the College for Creative Studies and a mainstay of the Detroit art community.
Dedicated to artists, art, and ideas since the late 1980s, Center Galleries presents innovative, high-quality exhibitions of regional, national and international contemporary art and design, and a range of public programs for a growing audience of students, educators, artists, arts enthusiasts, and the general public.
An anchor and animator for the arts in Detroit, 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 art experiences to everyday life.
All Center Galleries exhibitions are accompanied by additional exhibitions in Alumni & Faculty Hall and the Permanent Collection Gallery. In addition, each exhibition project features an array of educational activities and publications.
The exhibitions and programs of Center Galleries are made possible, in part, by Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, The Kresge Foundation, and The Friends of Center Galleries.
Since 1998, the CCS Woodward Lecture Series, organized by Center Galleries, has remained one of the most high-profile visiting artist programs in southeastern Michigan. Each year, the Series brings distinguished artists, critics, curators and scholars to the CCS campus to lecture on their work and to engage CCS students in extracurricular activities such as critiques, workshops, demonstrations, tours and studio visits.
The Woodward Lecture Series is made possible by a generous endowment gift from an anonymous donor. All lectures are free and open to the public. Seating and parking are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The 2013-2014 Season marks a number of significant anniversaries, including the Galleries' 15th year in its current space and the Woodward Lecture Series' 15th year. CCS' Center Galleries is one of Detroit's cultural animators, providing sites of interaction, experimentation and dialogue for students, faculty, alumni and the community, as well as a place for collaboration between local and national artists and other cultural institutions.