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The DeVos Art Museum enhances the mission of Northern Michigan University through exhibitions and programs that engage creative culture across campus, local and regional communities.


Connecting people, art and ideas through exhibitions and collections that celebrate interdisciplinary thinking and diverse perspectives.
Art thrives here.


For a visual timeline of the museum, please click here.

The DeVos Art Museum grew out of Lee Hall Gallery, which was established in 1975. The original gallery was the dedicated exhibition space for Art & Design faculty and students. The permanent collection was established in 1980, which led to a docent program and rotating exhibitions of local and regional artists.

In 1996 Lee Hall Gallery gained art museum status and became known as the University Art Museum. The collection continued to grow, including outdoor sculpture.

The DeVos Art Museum opened in February of 2005 after the completion of the new museum building, designed by HGA Architects. The museum is part of the School of Art and Design at Northern Michigan University (NMU) and was endowed by a gift from the DeVos Foundation of Grand Rapids.


Each year the museum produces an overview of the year before and a preview of the year to come. Annual reports are mailed to all museum donors and includes a full color exhibitions calendar. If you'd like to receive a printed copy, become a supporter of the Friends of the DeVos Art Museum. Below are PDF files of past annual reports

2017 Annual Report (52mb)

2016 Annual Report (1.7mb)

2015 Annual Report (2.2mb)

2014 Annual Report (1.2mb)

2013 Annual Report (692kb)

2012 Annual Report (1.5mb)