The gallery is a 20’x50’ exhibition space that hosts three professional exhibitions, an annual national juried exhibition, senior capstone exhibitions, and an annual juried student exhibition. All exhibitions are celebrated with a reception for the artists which includes a gallery talk.

The gallery is open to the public, free of charge, Tuesday – Friday | 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm, and Saturday and Sunday | 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

Kreft Gallery features

  • The gallery is conveniently located just east of the Box Office and serves as the entrance to the Black Box Theatre
  • Entry to the gallery is through a door in the floor-to-ceiling glass wall which opens onto the main hallway in the Kreft Center for the Arts, making exhibitions visible even when the gallery is closed
  • Security is provided by trained student docents
  • Gallery space is reconfigurable with 4’ X 8” kiosks, and pedestals with plexiglas vitrines
  • Overhead, color-balanced track lighting illuminates the space
  • The gallery is also used as the backdrop for the senior recitals of music majors as well as other university events

Gallery exhibits

Unapologetic Dinnerware: A Brief History of Disposable Dinnerware

August 28 – October 12       
Opening Reception and Gallery Talk: Friday, September 7, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Kreft Center Gallery
Free and open to the public.
(734) 995-7358

When considering dining in 2018, there is not anything more timely than examining how the current state of single use dinnerware impacts our lives and our environment. In India alone, billions of plastic utensils are discarded annually. This special exhibition traces the history of disposable or single use dinnerware from ancient Mesopotamia to the present. Material culture artifacts of an intentionally “disposable” nature from diverse cultures and time periods, as well as prototypes from contemporary designers in India, Japan, Jordan, Portugal, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Germany and the United States will be featured.  Think American TV dinners, Chinese take out, edible cutlery from India, Japanese disposable trainware, plates made of fallen leaves from Indonesia, biodegradable coffee kits from Portugal, beer six-pack rings that may be consumed by marine life, and more. The exhibition is curated by Dr. Margaret Carney, founding director of the International Museum of Dinnerware Design, based in Ann Arbor.

Sasha Mazlov, Photographer: The Veteran’s Project

November 6 – December 9
Kreft Center Gallery
Artist Reception and Gallery Talk: Friday, November 9, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
(734) 995-7358

The Veterans Project is a series of portraits and accompanying stories of people who took part in Second World War - the one event in human history  that  cannot be compared with anything else on the scale of catastrophe, human tragedy, and the degree of impact on the future of our civilization. Every single person who participated in the war, whether they were a soldier or a general, prisoner or a guard, medical worker or an engineer, took part in shaping the image of the world as it is seen and perceived today. New York-based photographer Sasha Mazlov’s project aims to look behind the emotional drape of each individual photographed. After 70 years since the war that took millions of lives ended, Mazlov strives to analyze and compare the fates of those who survived and are still living. For this project, the photographer traveled to multiple countries that were affected by the war the most, interviewed and took portraits of those who participated in it, with a goal to assemble a mosaic of people who at one moment were all engaged in this incredible tragedy, and in the other were living their separate lives in different corners of our planet.