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KNIGHT FOUNDATION NAMES 36 WINNING IDEAS TO SHARE OVER $1.3 MILLION IN THE 2019 KNIGHT ARTS CHALLENGE DETROIT

DETROIT – Oct. 9, 2019 – Chosen from hundreds of ideas submitted earlier this year, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has named 36 winners in the 2019 Knight Arts Challenge Detroit. Now in its seventh year, this community-wide Knight Foundation initiative seeks to find and fund the best ideas for engaging and enriching […]

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Metro Times // Detroit artist Sydney James is set to debut her first solo show

By Lee DeVito  For her first solo exhibition, Detroit-based fine artist Sydney James has been trying her best to keep things under wraps — no easy task in the age of social media. “That’s what Tylonn did last year for his solo show,” she says of her friend, the fellow Detroit fine artist Tylonn Sawyer. “We […]

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Knight Foundation Announces 62 Knight Arts Challenge Detroit finalists

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation named 62 Knight Arts Challenge Detroit finalists (including PLAYGROUND DETROIT) today for a share of $2 million to bring their ideas to life. The finalists propose a range of artistic projects that tell unique Detroit stories, spotlight the city’s history and culture, and connect people to their […]

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Artsy // As Detroit’s Art Scene Grows, Local Artists Face New Challenges

Written by Claire Voon, Aug 13, 2019 6:21pm Work by Pamela Council, in “Resident Artist Exhibition,” at Red Bull Arts Detroit, 2019. Photo by Claire Gatto. Detroit’s Black Bottom neighborhood was razed in the 1950s to accommodate a freeway and a Mies van der Rohe–designed residential development. Before then, it was the heart of the city’s […]

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MetroTimes // Artist Judy Bowman explores ‘Detroit Swag’ with exhibit at Playground Detroit

Raised in Detroit’s Black Bottom neighborhood, artist Judy Bowman has left more than a mark with her art — she’s sparked a relatable cultural conversation about relationships, faith, and love.  Bowman, who is now 67 years old, majored in art, and as a student was commissioned by Martin Luther King Jr.’s family to provide art […]

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PRIDE SOURCE // SaveArtSpace and Playground Detroit Present ‘Signs of The Time’ Exhibit Through Aug. 4

DETROIT — Brooklyn/Detroit-based public art nonprofit​SaveArtSpace​and Playground Detroit​ will present “Signs of the Time,” a cross-media gallery and public art exhibition curated by Ellen Rutt. The selected exhibiting artists are Bre’Ann White,​ Dessislava Terzieva,​ Elysia Vandenbussche, Erik Henderson,​ ProjectArt, Adeshola Makinde,​ Jonah Welch, Viscaya Wagner and Thomas “Detour” Evans. This exhibit will display the work […]

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Free Press // The story behind hopeful billboard at vacant Detroit intersection

Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press At a mostly vacant, overgrown intersection on Detroit’s east side, a new billboard is quietly spreading encouragement with a simple message: “Trans people are sacred.” The colorful, whimsical billboard, created by 27-year-old non-binary artist Jonah Welch, is part of a new Detroit public art project called “Signs of the Times.” Hosted by nonprofit SaveArtSpace, […]

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Observer // Detroit Art Week’s Second Edition Energizes the City’s Creative Scene

Detroit Art Week (DAW) kicks off its second installment today (running through July 21), offering both locals and visitors a crash course in the city’s creative scene. From a solo show staged in an artist’s apartment to a curatorial round-up hosted in twelve rooms at the Trumbull & Porter Hotel, DAW aims to showcase what makes the […]

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Detroit Metro Times // Artist Ellen Rutt takes on climate change and interconnectivity in new exhibition

By Jerilyn Jordan Artist Ellen Rutt will soon turn 30 and she’s nervous — but it has little to do with her milestone birthday, general aging woes, or the pressure to fulfill the “30s are the new 20s” trope. She’s concerned with the Earth, global warming, and how to make people care. “If I’m going to […]

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Detroit Metro Times // Gisela McDaniel confronts sexual trauma and inspires empowerment in striking exhibition at Playground Detroit

Posted By Jerilyn Jordan on Thu, Jun 13, 2019 at 10:17 am For the past three years, Detroit-based artist, Gisela McDaniel, has retold her multiple experiences with sexual trauma almost every time she’s picked up a paintbrush. But she did so willingly, as part of her debut solo exhibition Lush P(r)ose — which debuts at Playground Detroit on Saturday, June 15 — and has reclaimed […]

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Detroit Art Review // Dustin Cook @ PLAYGROUND DETROIT

April 7, 2019. In a recent New York Times review of the exhibition “Lucio Fontana: On the Threshold” held at the Met Breuer in the Winter of 2019, critic Holland Cotter wrote of the Argentine-Italian Modernist “As for Fontana, he understood that his own most important contribution remained the “Holes” and “Cuts,” which both brutalized […]

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MetroTimes // Detroit artists can have their work featured on a billboard this summer

Posted By Lee DeVito on Thu, Apr 4, 2019 at 11:49 am Attention Detroit artists: Here’s a chance to have your work seen by thousands. Playground Detroit is partnering with SaveArtSpace to put the work of Detroit-area artists on six billboards around the Motor City this summer.  The campaign will be curated by Detroit-based artist Ellen Rutt. Artists are invited to […]

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