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Founded in 1885, the museum was originally located on Jefferson Avenue, but, due to its rapidly expanding collection, moved to the current site on Woodward Avenue in 1927. The Beaux-Arts building, designed by Paul Cret, was immediately referred to as the "temple of art." Two wings were added in the 1960s and 1970s, and a major renovation and expansion that began in 1999 was completed in 2007.

The museum covers 658,000 square feet that includes more than 100 galleries, a 1,150-seat auditorium, a 380-seat lecture/recital hall, an art reference library, and a state-of-the-art conservation services laboratory.

The DIA's collection is among the top six in the United States, with about 66,000 works. The foundation was laid by William Valentiner, who was director from 1924 to 1945 and acquired many important works that established the framework of today's collections. Among his notable acquisitions are Mexican artist Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry fresco cycle, which Rivera considered his most successful work, and Vincent van Gogh's Self-Portrait, the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum collection.

A hallmark of the DIA is the diversity of the collection. In addition to outstanding American, European, Modern and Contemporary, and Graphic art, the museum holds significant works of African, Asian, Native American, Oceanic, Islamic, and Ancient art. In 2000, the DIA established the General Motors Center for African American Art as a curatorial department in order to broaden the museum's collection of African American art.

The museum's director is Salvador Salort-Pons, who arrived in 2008 from the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Salort-Pons served as Executive Director of Collections Strategies and Information before becoming Director, President and CEO in 2015. More at Wikipedia »


The DIA is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Steven Biegun

Lindsey Ford Buhl

H. William Burdett, Jr.

Ethan Davidson

Lillian Demas

Andrea Dickson

Marla Donovan 

Mark A. Douglas

Lori Maher Duggan

Nicole Eisenberg

Jennifer Fischer

Cynthia Ford

Anne G. Fredericks

Lawrence Garcia 

Eugene A. Gargaro, Jr., Chair

Dr. Antoine Garibaldi

Ralph Gerson

Jennifer Gilbert

Thomas Guastello

John Hantz

Dr. James B. Jacobs

Robert Jacobs

Chacona Johnson

Mary Kramer

Bonnie Larson

John D. Lewis  

Hubert Massey

Dr. Ali Moiin

Dr. Juliette Okotie-Eboh

Peter B. Oleksiak

Takashi Omitsu

Linda Orlans

Jacques Panis

Jennifer Hudson Parke

Alex L. Parrish

Cynthia J. Pasky

Dr. Irvin Reid

Donald Ritzenhein

Tony Saunders 

Dennis Scholl

Marc Schwartz

Renata Seals-Evans

Sandra Seligman

Buzz Thomas

Dr. Lorna Thomas 

Reginald Turner, Jr.

Molly Valade

Padma Vattikuti 

Carol Walters

Dr. Celeste Watkins-Hayes 

Rhonda C. Welburn

Henry Wineman III

Mark Zeffiro

Chairman Emeritus: Richard A. Manoogian

Randolph J. Agley

Hon. Charles W. Anderson, III

Jeffrey Antaya

Hon. Trudy DunCombe Archer

Tina Bassett

Catherine C. Blackwell

Richard A. Brodie

Dr. Irving F. Burton

Andrew L. Camden

Warren Coville

Margaret Demant

Elaine C. Driker

Kenneth Eisenberg

Dr. Walter O. Evans

Dede Feldman

David T. Fischer

Richard Gabrys

Dorothy Gerson

Alfred R. Glancy III

David Hempstead

Jean Hudson

Joseph L. Hudson, Jr.

George G. Johnson 

Ralph Mandarino

David Meador

Dr. Glenda Price

Katherine Duff Rines

Aviva Robinson

Diane M. Schoenith

Marianne S. Schwartz

Thomas Sidlik

Anne Markley Spivak

Stanford C. Stoddard

John W. Stroh, III

Hon. Anna Diggs Taylor

Samuel H. Thomas, Jr.

Amanda Van Dusen

Janis Wetsman

Hon. Helene White

Trudi Wineman

Margaret W. Winkelman

Eugene Applebaum

Hon. Dennis W. Archer

Maggie Allesee

Dr. Bettye Arrington-Martin

Madeleine Berman

Gayle Shaw Camden

Mary Kay Crain

Kenneth Davies

Junia Doan

Peter A. Dow

Marilyn Flint

Sidney A. Forbes

Edsel B. Ford II

Stephanie Germack-Kerzic

Allan D. Gilmour

Morton Harris

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Hon. Damon Keith

David Baker Lewis

John E. Marshall III

Dr. Robert Perkins

Philip H. Power

Ellen F. Price

John Rakolta, Jr.

Ruth Rattner

Roy & Maureen Roberts

A. Paul & Carol Schaap

Alan E. Schwartz

Alan S. Schwartz

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William W. Shelden, Jr.

Lila Silverman

James A. Smith

William H. Smith

Eliot Stark

Nicole Stroh

S. Martin Taylor

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