Confluent: Detroit Art and the University Art Collection

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December 6, 2022 View Recurrence Dates
Noon to 5 p.m.
Old Main Elaine L. Jacob Gallery
4841 Cass
Detroit, MI 48202
Event category: Show/Exhibition

Dates: September 22 through December 9, 2022
Gallery Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 12-5PM; Friday, 12-7PM

The Elaine L. Jacob Gallery, Wayne State University (WSU), is pleased to present Confluent: Detroit Art and the University Art Collection, September 22 through December 9, 2022.

“The university art collection and art created in Detroit over the past 50 years are confluent in nature. The collection is special and unique, and I believe the only collection that directly mirrors the diverse styles and artists of the community, capturing the depth and breadth of the cultural landscape. The collection is also a reflection of the impact that Wayne State University has had on the arts in the region and throughout the nation. Wayne State University, the university art collection, and the Detroit art community have been inextricably linked for decades.

This exhibition reveals how the university art collection continuously grows, and flows seamlessly, with the art that is created in Detroit today by artists who have deep connections to this university. Unlike many other educational institutions, there is no evident “Wayne State style,” but there is a spirit of curiosity and exploration that permeates all these works. The artists in this exhibition represent the many different generations who have passed through the university. Each has been invited to explore the collection and select works that have a connection to their own, with the intention of developing an interesting dialogue to one another.”  (Grace Serra, Art Collection Curator, University Art Collection, WSU)

This exhibition was curated by Grace Serra and features works by the following artists: 

Detroit Artists: Anita Bates, Jeanne Bieri, Darryl DeAngelo Terreel, Sergio De Giusti, Mariam Ezzat, Mary Fortuna, Marcia Freedman, M. Saffell Gardner, Laura Makar, Sandra Osip, Tom Pyrzewski, John Rizzo, and Donita Simpson. 

University of Art Collection: Diane Carr, John Egner, Brenda Goodman, Susan Hauptman, Douglas James, Gordon Newton, Kurt Novak, Judy Pfaff, Ellen Phelan, Robert Quigley, Robert Wilbert, and Don Willett.

December 2022