One of the largest Black art collections in the United States and recognized by the Association of Black Culture Centers as one of the top five in the country, the Hale Center's artwork illustrates the Black experience through nationally-recognized artists. The art exposes visitors to a variety of Black art, and many of the artists, such as Smokey Brown and Ralph Bell, are from the Columbus area. Traditional artifacts from various tribal groups within Africa, South Africa, and the Caribbean are also represented.
Most of the artwork has been donated by the artists or is on loan to the Hale Center. Below are just a few of the hundreds of paintings and sculptures in the collection, which can be viewed in the Hale Center on the first floor of Hale Hall.