What does Artist Charles McGee think of the Kresge Foundation investing 8.8 million dollars into metropolitan Detroit’s creative community? “ It’s huge!” He says. “It’s like injecting a vital and sorely needed infusion into the veins of the city. The only requirement is to be creative. This is very unusual.” As he does in his work he is using nature to discuss the community. It’s not a reference to the $50,000 that he just received from Kresge Arts as the first ever Eminent Artist Award recipient. He sees that as the fortunate result of his insatiable hunger for understanding and the love, devotion and total commitment to what he’s been doing for over sixty years. He is referring to a program designed to develop and financially support individual artists, arts and cultural organizations and arts-infrastructure groups in the metropolitan area. Eighteen Kresge Artist Fellowships of $25,000 each and one Kresge Eminent Artist award of $50,000 will be awarded each year. Arts and cultural organizations will receive operating support. “Creative contributions to a community are like fertilizer, it grows and is enriched”, he said.
Portrait of the Artist with artwork, Regeneration, 2007 Ultraviolet cured inkjet paint on Dibond, 78″ x 264″, Commissioned for Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan
Photo by: Ray Manning
“Charles McGee exemplifies what it means to be eminent and what it means to be a Detroiter,” says Rip Rapson, president of the Kresge Foundation. “He is an artist of international renown who in his life and his work is energetic, passionate, always probing and eager to reinvent. It is fitting that he be named the first Kresge Eminent Artist.” He has also spent his life nourishing his community as he is nourished by it. In 1969 Detroit Artist Market asked him to curate a show. Seven artists were chosen who evolved into Gallery 7. They taught, exhibited and raised funds for World Medical Relief for ten tears. He s a mentor, teacher, and community arts advocate who also founded the Charles McGee School of Art, and the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (CAID).
There are plenty of reasons to invest all this time, energy, money and talent in the city of Detroit according to Mr. McGee. First, it’s economically feasible; space, materials and other resources are readily available. Green spaces are cropping up all over the city that attract artists, art and audiences. It provides an opportunity to create a community or a culture in which art becomes useful. It’s spread out so you can find time to your self while creating energy that denies boredom. “Detroit is a blank canvass … it offers itself as a Mecca for creativity. Thriving communities are the way to eliminate war and mayhem”, he said.
At 84 years old McGee has had a distinguished career that includes hundreds of exhibitions in the United States and abroad as well as many important contributions to Detroit’s cultural and educational community. His paintings, assemblages and sculptures are in prestigious national and international collections, and are permanently installed at local institutions including the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. “Life and nature created an artist. I was ordained by nature to do what I do, I can only be whole if I make art and that art is the structure in nature” he said.
Timeframes, 2007, Mixed media collage on Dibond, 60″ x 84″
Collection of the artist
Photo by: Charles McGee
“The Kresge Foundation, through Kresge Arts in Detroit, acknowledges the individual artist as a potent force in bringing about the change Detroit needs and deserves. We are proud to administer the Kresge Eminent Artist Award and believe that engaging the creative community is key to revitalizing the region,” said Richard L. Rogers, president of CCS and co-chair of the Kresge Arts in Detroit Advisory Council. “Charles McGee serves as an example to all aspiring artists with his exceptional work and ongoing commitment to our community. We are honored to announce him as the inaugural recipient of the Kresge Eminent Artist Award.”
Nominations for the award are made by the Kresge Arts in Detroit Advisory Council, a 19-member volunteer group of leaders in the Metropolitan Detroit cultural community who provide external oversight to Kresge Arts in Detroit.
The award recipient is selected by an independent review panel comprised of well-respected and knowledgeable artists and arts professionals in the local cultural community. The 2008 review panel included Gerhardt Knodel, artist and former director of Cranbrook Academy of Art, Dennis Alan Nawrocki, art historian and author of the recently published third edition of Art in Detroit Public Places (Wayne State University Press), and Dr. Cledie Taylor, founder and director of Arts Extended Gallery.
The Kresge Eminent Artist Award is unrestricted and given each year to one artist who has lived and worked in Wayne, Oakland, or Macomb Counties for a significant number of years, has a distinguished record of professional achievement in the arts, has made a significant impact on their chosen art form, shares their talent and expertise with the broader arts community and community at large and has contributed generously to the growth and vibrancy of Detroit’s cultural environment.
To commemorate Charles McGee’s work and share it with the community, The Kresge Foundation has published a monograph that will be distributed to arts organizations and institutions, and libraries in the region, including the Library of Michigan.
Information Sessions for those interested in applying for a Kresge Artist Fellowship are held each year at the College for Creative Studies. Please RSVP on our website www.kresgeartsindetroit.org to reserve your space at an upcoming Information Session.
Saturday, December 13, 2008 at 1 p.m.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 7 p.m.
Held at the College for Creative Studies, Wendell W. Anderson Jr. Auditorium, Walter B. Ford II Building. Please see Map and Directions.
Information Sessions provide an overview of the application process, an opportunity for questions and answers, and information about customized Professional Development opportunities offered to awarded Fellows by ArtServe Michigan.
Kresge Arts in Detroit, funded by The Kresge Foundation and administered by the College for Creative Studies, is providing significant financial support for eighteen (18) Kresge Artist Fellowships annually, each consisting of a $25,000 award and customized Professional Development opportunities for Metropolitan Detroit artists in the Visual, Performing, and Literary Arts.
Fellowship applications are only available online at www.kresgeartsindetroit.org. For more information on guidelines and application requirements, please visit our website.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS
February 27, 2009 - Fellowships in the Visual Arts
February 26, 2010 - Fellowships in the Performing and Literary Arts
College for Creative Studies’ Woodward Lecture Series presents:
Sculptor John Chamberlain, In Conversation With Sculptor Michael Hall
Wednesday, December 10
Born in Rochester, Indiana in 1927, John Chamberlain is an American sculptor, painter, photographer and film maker whose work has been widely acclaimed since the late 1950s. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and at Black Mountain College in North Carolina where he was exposed to the vanguard theories of both artists and poets. He moved to New York City in 1957 and developed his method of assemblage, making his first works out of crushed automobile parts, a practice for which he became immediately recognized and renowned. In addition to working with steel, the medium for which he is best know, Chamberlain made films in the late 1960s, and has employed various other media such as automobile spray paint on canvas, chrome photography, foam, foil, paper bags, and Plexiglas. Both the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles have organized major retrospectives of his work, which is also included in over 60 major public collections around the world.
Michael Hall, a renowned sculptor, was sculptor-in-residence at Cranbrook Academy of Art from 1970 to 1990. He is a widely published author, a legendary educator and lecturer, and a noteworthy collector of folk and regional art.
The Woodward Lecture Series is made possible by a generous endowment gift from an anonymous donor.
All lectures are free and open to the public.
Seating and parking are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Wendell W. Anderson Jr. Auditorium
Walter B. Ford II Building (corner of John R and Frederick Douglass)
College for Creative Studies campus
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit presents:
A Lecture By Jacob Proctor
Thursday, December 11
Jacob Proctor is the curator of the current MOCAD exhibition, Business as Usual . He is the Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA), which will reopen to the public in Spring 2009 following a $41.9 million expansion and renovation project. Proctor is founding curator of UMMA Projects, a new series of exhibitions and publications focusing on emerging artists. Upcoming UMMA Projects include Walead Beshty, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Heather Rowe, Cory Arcangel, and Simon Dybbroe Moller, among others. Proctor is also currently organizing the first North American retrospective of seminal conceptual artist (and Michigan native) Douglas Huebler, who died in 1997.
Prior to joining UMMA in late 2007, Proctor spent three years at the Harvard University Art Museums while pursuing his PhD in History of Art and Architecture. His most recent exhibition, Multiple Strategies: Beuys, Maciunas, Fluxus, was presented to critical acclaim in early 2007 at Harvard’s Busch-Reisinger Museum. Between Object and Event, a volume of essays drawn from a symposium Proctor organized in conjunction with the exhibition, is forthcoming.
4454 Woodward Avenue (at Garfield)
New Work by School of Art & Design lecturer Kathryn Brackett Luchs and Michael Luchs. Both were part of the group of artists and writers living in the 1960s and ’70s in the Cass Corridor in Detroit. The exhibit, co-sponsored by the School of Art & Design, is presented at the College of Creative Studies in Detroit through December 20, 2008.
“Moths, bark, birds, rabbits, squirrels, fishing lures: these are not images routinely associated with the often rough and tumble Detroit aesthetic. But Kathryn Brakett Luchs and Michael Luchs are inherently Detroit – their art, their practice, their legacy. Though they have not lived and worked in Detroit for many years, they remain straight-up examples of what it means to live and make art in Detroit: furiously dedicated and quietly unabashed. Kathryn (a CCS alumna) and Michael (MFA from Wayne) both traversed the waters of the Cass Corridor artistic scene back in the 1960s and 70s, contributing great substance to that culturally rich moment in our history. Kathryn, a noted printmaker and filmmaker, directed the quintessential documentary on Detroit art from that era, entitled “Images from Detroit’s Cass Corridor.” Michael was the first to show at the famed Willis Gallery and, early on, was one of the few local artists to bring the scrappy, expressionistic Detroit aesthetic to national view in New York. “
“Though they live in Lewiston, Michigan now, 200 miles from Detroit, they remain true to their work and investigations. Married, divorced, and married again, “For Better or For Worse” celebrates not only their life together, but their marked perseverance to their artistic practice. We all know how hard it is to make a living as an artist in Michigan, and like so many, they have stuck it out, thrown caution (and financial security) to the wind, and made art that transcends miles and memory.” – Michelle Perron
“While Michael’s art does not look like Kathryn’s, nor hers like his, their art and this show is a testament to the sustaining complexities of an interwoven life, in the course of which they have lived together and apart, as individuals and as companions, over some forty years. Occasionally they collaborate on printmaking, a recent example of which was titled Moth Buckle, a title that links both their interests, her organic world and his fondness for devices like reels, light bulbs, and buckles. Although the favored creatures of their respective natural kingdoms vary, whether six-legged, four-legged, winged or finned, fauna predominate. Formally, his lacerated surfaces are no less harsh than the plywood boards she pummels, gouges, and stains, while her scaled up wings find a corollary in his outsize hands. Moreover, her expressionist drawings on glassine are as visceral as the interlocked hands and feet of his gnarly pink drawings. What the art of Kathryn Brackett Luchs and Michael Luchs also has in common is a grab-you-by-the-lapels immediacy coupled with a lingering and lasting resonance.” – Dennis Alan Nawrocki
Photographs of artwork by Robert Hensleigh copyright 2008
Photograph of artists by Warren Hecht copyright 2008
Gilda Snowden provides YouTube audiences with insightful digital video tours of Detroit area Galleries. Gilda is a curator, an art critic, and an art teacher. She has been teaching since 1979 and is currently Professor of Fine Art and Interim Chair of the Fine Arts department at the Center for Creative Studies, College of Art and Design in Detroit, Michigan. She also functions as the curator of the Detroit Repertory Theatre Gallery, where solo shows are given to Detroit-area artists in conjunction with the stage performances.
You are cordially invited to participate in the 27th annual Doin’ the Louvre Christmas FUN(d)raising Exhibition, December 5-24, 2008.
Gala Reception Friday December 5th, 7:30 pm
Entry deadline: Saturday November 29th, 5 pm
(Please note that DTL submissions will be accepted from Wednesday November 19th - Saturday November 29th, so get your work in EARLY for a better chance at a being considered for a prime hanging spot. Our walls fill up fast.)
Open to Windsor and Detroit area artists (if you live outside of the area, but want to submit, please call!)
Paintings, drawings, prints, photographs (or a combination of these media), small scale 3-D works and artist-made gift items (books, toys, cards, “art-wear", accessories, xmas ornaments, etc.) will be exhibited. 2-D artworks do not have to be framed, but MUST be ready for hanging.
SUBMISSIONS DROP-OFF DATES & TIMES ARE FROM:
Wednesday November 19 - Saturday November 29th, 2008 from 12:30-5:30 pm. Please do not show up at noon. Please note that Artcite is closed Sundays & Mondays. Please allow a minimum of 20 minutes to complete intake and registration of your entries. To save time when you drop-off your work, you can download our handy DTL PDF entry form at: http://www.artcite.ca/ (Scroll down to DTL info).
A maximum of 10 works per artist will be accepted. Total combined dimensions of each work should not exceed 36″ x 36″ (3 sq. ft.). 3D works must fit within a 36″ cube.
ALL ENTRIES MUST BE SALE PRICED $99.99 OR LESS.
(Hint: “less” usually sells more art) For this special fundraising event only, Artcite’s commission is 30% for artworks sold. All entries must be accompanied by a $15.00 handling fee (this fee is waived for current Artcite members) and be clearly identified with:
* artist’s name, full address and telephone number;
* title, medium and sale price of work.
Works accepted will be insured by Artcite during the exhibition ONLY. Due to restrictions of storage space, Artcite cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage to unsold works not picked up by Wed, Dec 31, 2008.
Questions? Please call or fax us at:
(519) 977-6564 or e-mail us at: info [at] artcite.ca.
Proceeds for this gala Christmas FUN(d)raiser® benefit the participating artists, and help support Artcite’s programming and operations. Artcite is supported by the fundraising efforts of its members and volunteers, and by the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council & the City of Windsor (it’s City budget deliberation time again–make sure that the Mayor and YOUR city councillors know how much YOU appreciate the existence of Artcite! Encourage them to support Artcite–with $ in addition to words!).
Are you available to help w/ DTL installation or with holiday decorating? Do you have wacky, weirdo or vintage toys, books or Xmas decorations that you’d be willing to donate or lend for our always-fabulous Xmas window displays? Please call (519) 977-6564.
109 University Avenue West
Windsor, Ontario N9A 5P4
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* Artcite General Information: info [at] artcite.ca
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* Leesa Bringas : Artistic Coordinator: info [at] artcite.ca>
* Oona Mosna : Media City Program Director: mediacity [at] artcite.ca>
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