The department of Collections and Exhibitions preserves and displays the artwork that has been generously donated to the university over the past 30+ years. The majority of the collection consists of studio glass and paintings that were created by Michigan artist. Our collection also includes artist known globally, from Fred Birkhill to Dale Chihuly.
In total there are over 3000 pieces of artwork in the collection, most of which were donated by Alfred Berkowitz, a close friend to Joseph Marks and to the university. Berkowitz has donated more than 1500 pieces to the university, nearly half of our collection. He also donated much of his time here on campus, helping with show prep and just being Al during show receptions.
Along with Berkowitz, who donated a large portion of Baccarat crystal, are the generous donations of Bill Stamelos, husband of the late artist and UM-Dearborn professor Electra Stamelos. Bill has donated many pieces from their personal collection, as well as all of his wife's remaining art. This includes many of her prized watercolor, acrylic, and oil paintings.