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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. Larry D. Alexander
  2. Ann E. Berman
  3. Dr. Charles Boyd
  4. Richard A. Brodie
  5. Lindsey Ford Buhl
  6. Denise Anton David
  7. Lillian Demas
  8. Andrea Roumell Dickson
  9. Marla Donovan
  10. Cynthia Ford
  11. Anne G. Fredericks
  12. Lawrence T. García
  13. Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D.
  14. Ralph J. Gerson
  15. Jennifer Gilbert
  16. Christine Giampetroni
  17. Mary Ann Gorlin
  18. Thomas Guastello
  19. Deana Haggag, observer
  20. John Hantz
  21. James Jacobs
  22. Robert Jacobs
  23. Mary L. Kramer
  24. David Larsen
  25. Matt Lester
  26. Hubert Massey
  27. Ali Moiin
  28. Peter B. Oleksiak
  29. Takashi Omitsu
  30. Linda Orlans
  31. Jennifer Hudson Parke
  32. Mohammad Qazi
  33. Irvin D. Reid
  34. Donald Ritzenhein
  35. Julie Rothstein
  36. Tony Saunders
  37. Renata Seals-Evans
  38. Suzanne Shank
  39. Christine Sitek
  40. Buzz Thomas
  41. Lorna Thomas, M.D.
  42. Reginald M. Turner, Jr.
  43. Molly Valade
  44. Padma Vattikuti
  45. James G. Vella
  46. Carol Walters
  47. Celeste Watkins-Hayes

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Vice Chairs | Bonnie Larson, John D. Lewis

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  2. Jeffrey Antaya
  3. Tina Bassett
  4. Yvette Bing
  5. Andrew L. Camden
  6. Warren Coville
  7. Elaine C. Driker
  8. Hon. Trudy DunCombe Archer
  9. Kenneth Eisenberg
  10. Walter O. Evans
  11. Dede Feldman
  12. David Fischer
  13. Dorothy Gerson
  14. David M. Hempstead
  15. Jean Wright Hudson
  16. Joseph L. Hudson, Jr.
  17. George Johnson
  18. Ralph Mandarino
  19. Richard A. Manoogian
  20. Dave Meador
  21. Reuben Munday
  22. Glenda Price
  23. Katherine D. Rines
  24. Diane Schoenith
  25. Thomas Sidlik
  26. John Stroh III
  27. Samuel Thomas, Jr.
  28. Amanda Van Dusen
  29. Janis Wetsman
  30. Hon. Helene White
  31. Trudi Wineman


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  2. Hon. Dennis Archer
  3. Dr. Bettye Arrington-Martin
  4. David Bing
  5. Gayle Shaw Camden
  6. Mary Kay Crain
  7. Kenneth Davies
  8. Junia Doan
  9. Peter Dow
  10. Sis Fisher
  11. Marilyn Flint
  12. Sidney Forbes
  13. Edsel B. Ford II
  14. Mary Anne Gargaro
  15. Stephanie Germack-Kerzic
  16. Allan Gilmour
  17. Robert Gorlin
  18. Mort Harris
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  20. David Baker Lewis
  21. John Marshall
  22. Philip Power
  23. Ellen Price
  24. John Rakolta, Jr.
  25. Ruth Rattner
  26. Maureen Roberts
  27. Roy Roberts
  28. Rick Rogers
  29. A. Paul Schaap
  30. Carol Schaap
  31. Dennis Scholl
  32. Alan E. Schwartz
  33. Alan S. Schwartz
  34. Nettie Seabrooks
  35. William Shelden, Jr.
  36. Lila Silverman
  37. William Smith
  38. Eliot Stark
  39. Nicole Stroh
  40. S. Martin Taylor
  41. Raj Vattikuti
  42. Joan Webber
  43. Wayne Webber
  44. William Wetsman