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When asked if his art follows a particular path, 33-year-old impassioned artist, self taught painter and curator, Jonathan Harris, responds with calm, yet firm declaration that he’s painting the times. While focusing on the creation of pieces that reflect evolving societal conversations, Harris also pridefully captures the essence of...
Rooted in the activation and elevation of relationships with art, Friends of African and African American Art (FAAAA) was established in 1962 and serves as one of Detroit Institute of Arts’ (DIA) oldest auxiliaries. The esteemed Auxiliary welcomed seven new board members in October to continue driving the mission...
Octavia Mingerink is the Artist of the Week. The Artist of Pretty in Ink Press + Studio — is an afro enthusiast printmaker, illustrator, graphic designer, wife and cat mom based in Grand Rapids by way of Chicago, IL.  Evident through her telling printmaking,  Mingerink’s business is “Powered by liberation...
Why It’s Still So Important For The Future of Our Youth As young people transition back to school at such a time as the existing global pandemic, there is bountiful room for more discussions on the state of our children, their futures, and how we must craft further avenues for...
Jessica Care-Moore, an interdisciplinary artist who was born and raised right here in Detroit, made history in 1995 when she was the first artist to win the Showtime at the Apollo showcase five weeks in a row. Growing up, she spent her time daydreaming while staring at the sky,...
The Who’s-Who List of Artists to Watch In Detroit. With multiple highly-ranked art schools, organizations and avenues dotted across the map, Metro Detroit is a wellspring of creativity and unique style and Fall is the time to honor our artists. Artivist, long-time educator and creative free spirit Sabrina Nelson helped...
Deniece Daniels is our Detroit Artist of the Week. A sculptor since elementary school, Daniels’ artistry spans over six decades. After graduating from Martin Luther King High School, she was welcomed as a sculptor for the esteemed Detroit Institute of Arts. Throughout her career, Daniels has nurtured and sharpened...
Sheefy Mcfly, a proud Detroiter, painter and visual artist amongst other creative expressions as a rapper, DJ, and producer, is BLAC’s Artist of the week. Designing across an array of elements, Mcfly’s work is locally and globally present from his diverse fan base of art collectors and enthusiasts as...
Grand Rapids is known as a city for the arts. Piper Adonya is a leader of the Renaissance movement combining unique artistry and social justice messaging into her work. The powerhouse Art Prize winner is creating experiences through art, those we at BLAC foresee will be talked about for...
Comic book creator, Martheus Wade, brings a breath of fresh air to the world of graphic novels. Alongside his wife, Janet Wade, they use his martial arts background to tell relatable, fantastical stories. His art shines a light on diversity by putting an array of different characters at the...
This week’s #ArtistOfTheWeek goes to Jamaal Barber, @jbarberstudio. An artist and printmaker exploring Black identity, Barber’s primary medium is printmaking. His wood cuts and mixed media prints have been featured in many local Atlanta shows, including the Decatur Arts Festival, Atlanta Print Biennial Show and more. He’s also done...
Doug Jones is a multifaceted artist from Jackson, MI whose practice encompasses everything from paintings and murals to video and garden architecture. Although his creative output manifests itself in different ways, it all stems from the same place – his dauntless creativity, and love for community. Jones is a graduate...
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