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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 more than 65,000 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.

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

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  1. Ann Berman
  2. Dr. Charles M. Boyd
  3. Richard A. Brodie
  4. Lindsey Buhl
  5. Lane Coleman
  6. Mary Culler
  7. Lillian Demas
  8. Andrea Roumell Dickson
  9. Marla Donovan
  10. Nicole Eisenberg
  11. Cynthia N. Ford
  12. Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D.
  13. Christine Giampetroni
  14. Thomas Guastello
  15. John R. Hantz
  16. Hassan K. Jaber
  17. Robert B. Jacobs
  18. Mary L. Kramer
  19. David P. Larsen
  20. Bonnie Ann Larson
  21. Matthew B. Lester
  22. John D. Lewis
  23. Dr. Hubert W. Massey
  24. Nancy Mitchell
  25. Takashi Omitsu
  26. Linda Orlans
  27. Jennifer Hudson Parke
  28. Marsha L. Philpot/Music
  29. Judith Pritchett, Ph.D.
  30. Christine Provost
  31. Mohammad Qazi
  32. Irvin D. Reid
  33. Donald N. Ritzenhein
  34. Tony Saunders
  35. Renata Seals-Evans
  36. Paula F. Silver
  37. Buzz Thomas
  38. Lorna Thomas, M.D.
  39. Jason E. Tinsley
  40. Molly Valade
  41. Padma Vattikuti

Chairman | Eugene A. Gargaro, Jr.

Vice Chairs | Rhonda D. Welburn, Ralph J. Gerson

Secretary | Lawrence T. Garcia

Legal Counsel | Josh Opperer, Alan S. Schwartz

  1. Hon. Charles W. Anderson III
  2. Jeffrey T. Antaya
  3. Tina Bassett
  4. Yvette Bing
  5. Andrew L. Camden
  6. Warren J. Coville
  7. Elaine C. Driker
  8. Hon. Trudy DunCombe Archer
  9. Kenneth Eisenberg
  10. Walter O. Evans
  11. Dede Feldman
  12. Jennifer Fischer
  13. Dorothy Gerson
  14. David M. Hempstead
  15. Jean Wright Hudson
  16. George G. Johnson
  17. Ralph J. Mandarino
  18. Richard A. Manoogian
  19. Dave E. Meador
  20. Reuben A. Munday
  21. Glenda D. Price
  22. Katherine D. Rines
  23. Diane M. Schoenith
  24. Thomas W. Sidlik
  25. John W. Stroh III
  26. Samuel Thomas, Jr.
  27. Reginald M. Turner, Jr.
  28. Amanda Van Dusen
  29. Janis Wetsman
  30. Hon. Helene N. White
  31. Trudi K. Wineman
  1. Maggie Allesee
  2. Hon. Dennis W. Archer
  3. Dr. Bettye Arrington-Martin
  4. David Bing
  5. Gayle Shaw Camden
  6. Mary Kay Crain
  7. Kenneth M. Davies
  8. Junia Doan
  9. Peter A. Dow
  10. Sis Fisher
  11. Marilyn Flint
  12. Sidney E. Forbes
  13. Edsel B. Ford II
  14. Eleanore Gabrys
  15. Mary Anne Gargaro
  16. Stephanie Germack-Kerzic
  17. Allan D. Gilmour
  18. Robert Gorlin
  19. Mort Harris
  20. Argentina Hills
  21. David B. Lewis
  22. John Marshall
  23. Philip H. Power
  24. Ellen Price
  25. John Rakolta, Jr.
  26. Ruth F. Rattner
  27. Maureen Roberts
  28. Roy Roberts
  29. Richard L. Rogers
  30. A. Paul Schaap
  31. Carol C. Schaap
  32. Dennis Scholl
  33. Alan E. Schwartz
  34. Alan S. Schwartz
  35. Nettie H. Seabrooks
  36. William W. Shelden, Jr.
  37. William H. Smith
  38. Eliot R. Stark
  39. Nicole Stroh
  40. S. Martin Taylor
  41. Raj Vattikuti
  42. Joan Webber
  43. Wayne W. Webber
  44. William Wetsman