| Date |
| Event |
| 1931 || At the invitation of President John Hope, Hale Woodruff joins the Atlanta University faculty to initiate the art program for the Laboratory School. |
| 1933 || Sculptor Elizabeth Prophet joins Woodruff on faculty. Woodruff's art students become affectionately known as the Out House School because of the privies that punctuate their landscapes. |
| 1942 || Harlem Renaissance cultural spokesman Alain Locke gives inaugural address at the first of 29 Atlanta University art annual series -- Exhibitions of Paintings, Sculpture & Prints by Negro Artists of America. |
| 1950-52 || Hale Woodruff paints and installs the Art of the Negro murals for Trevor Arnett Library. |
| 1959 || Atlanta University Exhibition Gallery is named for Catherine Hughes Waddell who donates 81 pieces of contemporary American art to the collection. |
| 1968 || Richard Long initiates African Art collection which is augmented through gifts from several donors: Jerome Furman, Rafe Henderson and Harvey Schreter. |
| 1969 || David Levy contributes works by Jacob Lawerence, Marquerite Zorach & John Marin to the collection. Art collection s recieve gift of 16 paintings by William H. Johnson. |
| 1970 || The last Exhibition of Paintings, Sculpture & Prints by Negro Artists of America occurs. |
| 1985 || Judge Irwin C. Mollison collection is acquired, consisting of paintings and prints by William McKnight Farrow, Archibald Motley and William Eduard Scott. |
| 1994 || Renovation of former library facility, Trevor Arnett to rehouse collection in reading room. |
| 1995 || Bequest received from James Baldwin fine art collection and gift from artist Larry Walker. |
| 1996 || The new gallery reopens in collaboration with the Olympic Arts Festival under its current name Clark Atlanta University Art Galleries. |
| 1997 || Acquired gifts of works by: Lonnie Graham, Bob Tomlinson and Charles Dawson |
| 1998 || Radcliffe Bailey creates and donates Date of Arrival in honor of Hale Woodruff and lineage of professors. |
Collection receives artist gift from Helen Cohen and strip quilt from the Tysons, thereby initiating an African American quilt collection.
| 1999 || Bill Hodges Galleries donate painting by Norman Lewis. Galleries acquire works Willie Jinks, Yusef Bell and Louis Delsarte |
| 2000 || Kathryn and Ken Chenualt donate portfolio of linocuts by Hale Woodruff: Selections from the Atlanta Period 1931-1946. Coreen Jennings donates print by Wilmer Jennings. |
Galleries acquire works by Sam Gilliam and Luftee Sabree.
| 2001 || The works of Mildred Thompson, Stefanie Jackson, Coreen Simpson, Lynn Marshall |
Linnemeier, Bongi Bengu, Eldizer Cortor, Diane Edison and Susan Ross enter the collection.