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Also known as DAM and established in 1932, the Detroit Artists Market's main goal was to provide income and recognition to young local artists. It has come a long way since its inception, and today represents the best in Detroit's pulsating art scene. Its name was changed in 1936 from the original Detroit Young Artists Market to the present-day name to suit the changing trend of promoting artists of all ages. It is rightly regarded as the best place to purchase local art in Detroit. Located on Detroit's bustling Woodward Avenue, the DAM plays host to exhibitions by illustrious artists not just from Detroit, but all across the world and has become a major venue to identify budding talent.
Located on the Wayne State University, this is one of the best galleries in Detroit. Stroll through both levels of this gallery and you'll find contemporary art in every corner. The work often takes unique views and are supposed to be thought-provoking and challenging the boundary of the current art scenario. The gallery always has both local artwork and international talent on display.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Scarab Club, built in 1928, is a vivid example of protomodern, Arts and Crafts architecture. The boxy brick building sits alone among parking lots east of the Detroit Institute of Arts in the Cultural Center. It is a private club with a gallery and frequent shows open to the public. The club was founded in 1910 as the Hopkin Club, named after Detroit's first renowned painter, Bob Hopkin. The second-floor lounge has ceiling beams signed by local and national artists including Diego Rivera and Norman Rockwell. The art displayed is highly eclectic. Annual member shows include everything from photography and sculpture to poetry readings and concerts.
For a unique art experience, check out The Heidelberg Project (HP). Started as a way to introduce art to a rundown, underprivileged neighborhood, it is now a growing movement to beautify and add art to local low-income communities. On Heidelberg Street you will find a stretch of painted houses and yards that each take on a different artistic theme. A lot of the homes recycle trash and turn it into art installations. The best way to experience The Heidelberg Project is to park and simply walk the street yourself.
Housed in one massive four story building, this art complex strives to bring together local artists and their work under one roof. Featuring 31 different galleries, studios and offices throughout the four flours, 4731 Gallery showcases a variety of mediums. Everything from sculpture, photography, pottery, mixed media, fashion and interior designers to wedding planners and music promotional companies can be found here. The various galleries and offices are open to the public, but be sure to visit the website for opening times and business information.
One of Detroit's most famous art institutions, this is one of the few potteries that has been in operation since the era of the Arts and Crafts Movement in America. The 1903 Tudor Revival Building is a National Historic Landmark and a living museum preserving and displaying the work of founder Mary Chase Perry Stratton and subsequent Pewabic artists. Distinctive handcrafted ceramic wares produced here are part of many public buildings, homes and museum collections. Make sure to stop by the gallery to catch changing exhibits of the ceramic arts.