Western Michigan UniversityRichmond Center for Visual Arts
Client Western Michigan University
Location Kalamazoo, MI
Size (sq. ft) 44,500
Completion Date 2007
With a unique design and materials, the building serves as the University’s focal point for a fine arts village. This art-and-learning center features a large sculpture garden and a student lounge, as well as exhibit and classroom spaces.
The Richmond Center is comprised of three galleries, each designed to host a variety of artists and styles. The Albertine Monroe-Brown Gallery is 4,000 square feet with a 30-foot ceiling and serves as a place to exhibit art. The Eleanor R. and Robert A. DeVries Student Art Gallery is 1,500 square feet with a stairway that allows direct access to the student lounge, where receptions and special events are held. It showcases exhibits for art majors and, in some summer months, the work of distinguished alumni and regional artists. The Rose Netzorg and James I. Kerr Gallery is 1,000 square feet and displays work from the University Art Collection, faculty, and visiting artists.