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ADESHOLA MAKINDE TO DEBUT SOLO EXHIBITION “RELEVANT” HIGHLIGHTING CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT IN DETROIT, MICHIGAN

RELEVANT is Chicago-based artist Adeshola Makinde’s debut solo exhibition curated by Juana Williams, highlighting the fervor of the Civil Rights Movement, a significant moment in African Americans’ long-held fight for the same constitutional and legal rights other Americans benefited from. He is particularly referencing protest signs from the Civil Rights era to encourage a discussion […]

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Patrick Ethen’s Two-Day Exhibition DREAM SEQUENCE Opens June 25-26th at Eightfold

DREAM SEQUENCE is a light installation of an ever-changing projection of interactive color shadows in space by Patrick Ethen. From the artist: To remember is to experience a past aesthetic, like the touch of a distant star, long faded, but whose light carries onward. DREAM SEQUENCE Founded in 2021 and enshrined with a mission to […]

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Depth of Field: Group Exhibition ft. 20/20 Emerging Artists Fellow Sheila Nicolin + Jackson E. Joyce, Michael Polakowski opens July 11th

PLAYGROUND DETROIT presents Depth of Field, a group exhibition that explores the interaction between physical and mental space, opening to the public on Friday, June 11th from 7-10pm with RSVP. Featuring new works by Sheila Nicolin, Jackson E. Joyce and Michael Polakowski, this show challenges the nature of reality versus full-color experiences through a surrealist […]

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Frank Lepkowski Solo Exhibition “Afterimage” Opens on May 7th at The Riverside

“Afterimage” is Frank Lepkowski’s debut solo exhibition, opening to the public on May 7th at 8711 Grand River. An “afterimage” is the phenomena of seeing a ghost image after being exposed to bright or bold stimuli. In this series of work, Lepkowski explores the concept of an afterimage while thinking about our relationship with online […]

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“Show of Hands” Caroline Del Giudice Solo Exhibition Features Sculpture with An Attitude

Show of Hands is Caroline Del Giudice’s solo exhibition featuring sculpture that emphasizes the mechanized qualities of post-cyberspace and surveillance capitalism, fusing the disembodied online experience with tangible Emoji hands symbolism. Caroline Del Giudice is a mixed-media artist and fabricator based in Detroit, Michigan. In 2020, she completed her Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture at […]

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“Change of Plans” Exhibition + Book Release by Sidd Finch & Anna Orletski Opens on July 30th

PLAYGROUND DETROIT presents Change of Plans: a collaboration between photographer Sidd Finch (@sidd__finch) and illustrator Anna Orletski (@orletskeet). The project began as an exercise during a challenging and creatively-stifling time during the COVID-19 pandemic and has grown into an impactful portrait series documenting the experiences and highlighting the strength of the Motor City’s creative inhabitants. […]

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Tiny Canvas Exhibition Proceeds Will Be Donated to Detroit Justice Center & Forgotten Harvest

To support those in need, a selection of Detroit artists have transformed 15 handcrafted canvases. Proceeds from artwork sales will be shared with artists, and donated to Forgotten Harvest and Detroit Justice Center. For every canvas sold, 100 meals will be provided to local families in need due to the coronavirus. Canvases were generously made and provided by Pence Fine […]

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20/20 Emerging Artists Fellowship Awardees Announced: Ten Artists Receive $2000 and Exhibitions

PLAYGROUND DETROIT is pleased to announce the selection of 10 Artist Fellows chosen for the inaugural 20/20 Emerging Artists Fellowship, a two-year juried program. Starting in 2020, twenty emerging Detroit artists will receive $2,000 awards each to develop their individual practices. As a result, new bodies of artwork will be created and accompanied by programming […]

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“The Hum & Glow of Winter” Public Art Installation by Michael Polakowski debuts at Beacon Park on February 27th

“The Hum and Glow of Winter” is a new public artwork series by Michael Polakowski that will be on view throughout this winter at Beacon Park, in downtown Detroit. These bold and graphic art installations are on display at Beacon Park in the garden beds along Grand River Avenue through mid- March for park visitors […]

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Call for Artists: PLAYGROUND DETROIT Announces 20/20 Emerging Artists Fellowship

The 20/20 Emerging Artists Fellowship from PLAYGROUND DETROIT will provide financial support and professional mentorship for artists to develop their individual practices, to identify, elevate and promote Detroit-based artistic excellence. The Call for Artists 2020 Fellowship Application opens for submissions on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. 20 Emerging Detroit artists each receive $2,000 Fellowship Award from […]

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“Sit Down Somewhere” Sydney G James Solo Exhibition to Honor Black Women

Sydney G James has known she was an artist since she was three years old.  “To me, Art is life. Life wouldn’t exist without it. I honestly can’t imagine my life any other way.”  The Detroit-bred and based visual artist and muralist earned her BFA at the College for Creative Studies and began her career […]

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Patrick Ethen debuts “Field Condition” Solo Exhibition X Detroit Month of Design on September 7th

Field Condition is a hyper-sensory art exhibition that centers around a body of ephemeral, immersive light sculptures by artist and designer Patrick Ethen. He uses light as a medium to explore emergent behavior, using meticulously wired arrays of electronics to build installations which envelop the viewer in a meditative, immersive aura which feels simultaneously human […]

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