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10 Amazing Black Detroit Artists

B.L.A.C. salutes ten top Detroit artists who have been creating beauty for at least two decades

BILL SANDERS

I am a mixed media fine art photographer.

I have been working as an artist for 30 years.

Some of my work is on exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Sherry Washington Gallery. A 20-piece collection of my work is on permanent exhibit in Cobo Hall.

The work of Detroit artists transforms the city with positive pride in the greatness of Detroit and its ability to influence the world as a creative mecca.

CAROLE HARRIS

I am a quilt artist.

I have been working as an artist and designer for 45 years.

My work has been exhibited at several local hospitals and galleries. Later this year my work will be included in exhibits at San Diego’s Visions Museum, at the City College of New York and at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz. Some of my art is currently on exhibit in the Ellen Kayrod Gallery in Detroit and the Grosse Pointe Art Center, where I will give a gallery talk on July 8 at 7 p.m.

The work of Detroit artists transforms the city by helping people reflect on the positive and the beauty around us.

GILDA SNOWDEN

I am an abstract painter.

I have been working as an artist for 34 years. I was named a 2010 Kresge Artist Fellow.

MGM Grand Detroit acquired 400 of my prints and one is hanging in each of the property’s hotel rooms. I’ve had pieces acquired for corporate collections, including Compuware and Neiman-Marcus. My work is in the collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts, and has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the country. Currently, some of my paintings are on display at 4731 Gallery in Detroit.

The work of Detroit artists transforms the city by stimulating conversations about creativity, by presenting an honest, as well as exciting, view of our particular urban environment.

OLAYAMI DABLS

I am a painter, sculptor and installation artist.

I have been working as an artist for 45 years. I have just been selected as one of the 2011 Kresge Artist Fellows.

My work is on display as permanent outdoor installations around the African Bead Museum in Detroit.

The work of Detroit artists transforms the city by teaching about culture group traditions, systems of thought, philosophy, creation myths, and by reminding the community of [the heritage] from which it came.

SABRINA NELSON

I paint, print and sew incorporating drawing techniques.

I have been working as an artist for 28 years.

My work has been exhibited in New Orleans, San Francisco, Miami and at galleries throughout Detroit. Currently, I have are on display at the Scarab Club in Detroit.

The work of Detroit artists transforms the city by engaging the community. By allowing the viewer to feel healing and hope. By creating more conversation about the freedom and space to create in a city where the ground is fertile [for] limitless passion.

ANITA BATES

I am an abstract painter.

I have been working as an artist for 20 years.

My work has been exhibited in New York and in Detroit galleries including the G. R. N’Namdi Gallery and the Dell Pryor Gallery. Some of my art is on display at the Brown and Juanita C. Ford Gallery at WCCCD’s downtown campus through July 9.

The work of Detroit artists transforms the city by educating and enhancing the people and the landscape, respectively. There should be a push to colonize many of our blighted neighborhoods and abandoned structures with artisans, artists, art educators and promoters. Imagine a whole neighborhood taken over by artists and transformed into something that is stable, visually stunning and purpose driven.

CAROLE MORISSEAU

I am a painter.

I have been working as an artist for more than 20 years.

My work has been exhibited in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and other cities. Later this year, some of my paintings will be displayed in Pasadena, Calif., and Durham, N.C. I have work now on exhibit at the Affirmations Gallery in Ferndale, the Michigan chapter of the National Conference of Artists’ gallery and the Scarab club in Detroit.

The work of Detroit artists transforms the city by bringing more global attention to our area. We have a unique story to tell and there are many areas in the nation and worldwide that are curious about our city, its problems and successes.

CLIFFORD HARRIS

I am a drawing portrait artist, working primarily in charcoal, graphite and oil pastels.

I have been working as an artist for more than 32 years.

My work has been exhibited at the Greater Flint Arts Council Gallery, the Pontiac Creative Arts Center, the Southfield Civic Center and other local galleries. Some of my drawings will be included in an exhibit, opening July 15, at the College for Creative Studies’ Center Galleries.

The work of Detroit artists transforms the city by representing the cultural richness of this city and its surrounding communities. During difficult economic times, arts often suffer in our school systems. Still, we artists continue to find and nurture the creative spirit of our Detroit youth. The future of the arts in Detroit is bright, innovative and eternal.

EILEEN MONTEIRO

I am a painter, primarily watercolor, and a photographer.

I have been working as an artist for 40 years.

My work has been exhibited in New York and Atlanta, as well as Birmingham Community House, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and other Detroit venues. This month, some of my art can be seen at the G. R. N’Namdi Gallery.

The work of Detroit artists transforms the city by providing a visual journal of the beauty and the struggles of a vibrant and troubled city. We are unique in that there are more African-American owned and operated galleries here than anywhere in the world. The quality of art produced here should be touted as one of the most positive aspects of our city.

RENEE M. DOOLEY

I am a mixed media and collage artist.

I have been working as an artist for 24 years.

My work has been exhibited at Detroit Artists Market, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Dell Pryor Gallery and other local art spaces. I will soon have art on display at the Affirmations Gallery in Ferndale

The work of Detroit artists transforms the city by sharing our various visions of beauty and creativity in ways that inspire others to express themselves in positive ways.

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Jul 22, 2011 12:13 pm
 Posted by  8FreeSpirit

Greetings,

These artist are all excellent. But you left out the greatest one that gets little no exposure, who is also the nephew of the most well known civil/humans rights leader, Rosa Parks. Asheber Macharia who was know before as Brian McCauley. Is probably one of the best artist I've ever viewed. His choice is figurative and is in a category of his own. He has displayed and the Charles H. Wright Museum. That's where I discovered him. He's is a wonderful artist that works quietly at his home as he told me then. He is known to small group of people. I think he may soon have a show a N'namdi Gallery. Please look him up to do an article on him as soon as you can! You will NOT be disappointed. An amazing very little known talent. I've ran across his work in some very prestigious homes in the Detroit area! Asheber Macharia 313.748.8356.

Jul 22, 2011 01:00 pm
 Posted by  Bill Sanders

Great Article...

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