Beloved Detroit artist Shirley Woodson selected as 2021 Kresge Eminent Artist
DETROIT – A Detroit artist received one of the cities most coveted cultural prizes. Shirley Woodson has dedicated decades to her art and developing opportunities for other Black artists. READ: Detroit artists design custom Vans shoes for Black History MonthWoodson said she was out having a cup of coffee when she got the unforgettable phone call that she had been selected as the 2021 Kresge Eminent Artist. READ: ‘Black Art Library’ exhibit at MOCAD celebrates work of artists through booksAdWoodson’s paintings and collages reflect the stories of her ancestors and the city she loves. “Don’t step back, step up, and believe in yourself, and believe in what you’re doing is a value.
Detroit artists design custom Vans shoes for Black History Month
DETROIT – Two Detroit artists are getting national attention for their custom shoes. Sydney G. James and Tony Whlgn designed custom Vans shoes to celebrate Black History Month. She’s black, like, she’s coming out and fully aware of her blackness,” Sydney G James said. I feel like a lot of the conversation in this country has been in black and white,” Tony Whlgn said. READ: ‘Black Art Library’ exhibit at MOCAD celebrates work of artists through booksAdTony Whlgn is a visual artist from Detroit.
‘Black Art Library’ exhibit at MOCAD celebrates work of artists through books
DETROIT – A new exhibit at Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit is celebrating the work of Black artists through books. “I love Black art. I love art books and my background is in art education,” said Asmaa Walton. “A large part of exhibit is inviting people to appreciate Black art.”Walton called the collection Black Art Library. The Black Art Library runs until April 18 at MOCAD with strict social distancing guidelines in place.
Mosaic Youth Theatre introduces young Detroiters to the performing arts
More often than not, the arts are the first thing cut, but one program in Detroit has solved that budget problem. The Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit on Antietam Avenue has educated an estimated 10,000 young people since it was founded. National philanthropic organization The Lewis Prize for Music awarded three grants in 2021 to support the arts for young people. Competing against hundreds of programs across the country, the Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit earned a $500,000 grant spread over the next three years. More information on the Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit can be found on its official website here.
City of Detroit showcases artists as kickoff to Black History Month
DETROIT – The arts in Detroit are getting a big boost of exposure Monday. The city is launching a year-long program called “UNDEFEATED.” It aims to showcase artists of every genre and every background. I want people to understand that Black history is a part of everything else. They’re going to see Black artists and Black musicians alongside white artists, Indian artists, Arabic artists and then we can understand that it’s not just about one thing,” Riley said. More: Black History Month stories
Detroit artist’s sculpture of Rosa Parks featured in Biden’s Oval Office
The Oval Office of the White House is newly redecorated for the first day of President Joe Biden's administration, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington, including a bust of civil rights leader Rosa Parks. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)DETROIT – A Detroit artist’s work has been chosen to be prominently featured in President Joe Biden’s Oval Office. Related: Cesar Chavez’s son happy dad’s bust is in Biden Oval OfficeA bust of civil rights figure Rosa Parks, made by Detroiter Artis Lane, is one of the new pieces of art decorating the Oval Office. Lane said she’s honored that one of her sculptures has been included in the Oval Office. Lane’s portrait and sculpture work includes Nelson Mandela, 40th President Ronald Reagan, 45th President Barrack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama and more.
Southwest Detroit artist creates murals to encourage minorities to vote
DETROIT – This Hispanic Heritage Month, one Detroit artist is using his talent to urge minorities to vote ahead of the November election. The young artist from southwest Detroit has an impressive following on social media, but his mural projects are about more than garnering likes. “(It) would be amazing if I could use my platform for something positive.”The first-generation Mexican American has never registered to vote before. Freddy picked a spot in Southwest Detroit for his mural, at the corner of Joy Road and Piedmont Street, to reach other minority and first-time voters. You can vote from home, and it doesn’t have to be on November 2 or 3 -- you can vote early,” Diaz said.
Dozens of pieces of Inuit art found in decrepit Rochester Hills home
DETROIT – Galerie Camille, located on Cass Avenue, is the new home of recently found Inuit art. Several colorful and vibrant prints -- some even signed by the artist -- were found in a waterlogged, dilapidated house in Rochester Hills that had been vacant for years. Eventually the pieces will be on display at Galerie Camille after being restored. Adnan Charara, with Galerie Camille, said some of the pieces are damaged with mold, stains and tears, but they will be on display after being restored. More information on Galerie Camille can be found on its official website here or its official Facebook page here.
New mural on Detroit’s west side promotes solidarity
DETROIT – Well-known local artist Sheefy McFly put the finishing touches on a mural Friday. The mural, painted on the side of Flamingo Vintage, located near the intersection of Junction Avenue and Vernor Highway, was made to promote solidarity. The team behind the mural said the goal is to keep the conversations and movement active. A socially-distanced block party will take place Friday at 4 p.m. to unveil the mural. RELATED: Uniquely Detroit: Artist Sheefy McFly brings love to the city through his artMcFly has painted multiple murals across Metro Detroit.