The Southwest Artists’ Network of Detroit  Presents: “Exit Detroit”: Update

The Southwest Artists’ Network of Detroit Presents: “Exit Detroit”: Update

Work by New York artists, formerly from Detroit
March 20 – April 17, 2010
Curated by Robert Sestok
at the Lady Bug Gallery, 1250 Hubbard, Detroit 48209

EXIT DETROIT Exhibition Closing Party, April 17th, 6-9 pm

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SWAN-Detroit will host an exhibition of work by former Detroit artists now living and working in New York. The exhibit, curated by Robert Sestok, features work by a selection of significant artists who got their start in Detroit, including several from the original Cass Corridor group. Sestok, himself a Cass Corridor artist, states:

“…with this opportunity to curate a show for the Southwest Artists’ Network of Detroit I was able to call on my friends who live in New York to exhibit their work and to share their insights and visual expressions of what they have come to create in New York – a city which has become the art capital of the world. …if location or environment makes a difference to the work that’s created, as far as I can tell the only difference is in opportunity and commitment made towards support for artists. These former Detroiters are front and center, and represent a fraction of what our City has given to the world of contemporary art”.

Participating artists are: Bill Antonow, Kiersten Armstrong, Molly Blieden, Nancy Bonior, Glenn Booth, Mike Casey, James Chatelain, Patricia Cowan, Richard Dennis, Bill Dilworth, John Egner, Steve Foust, Brenda Goodman, Patty Haupert, Christine Hughes, Doug James, Leah Keller, Gary Mayer, Nancy Mitchnick, Ron Morosan, Kurt Novak, John Obuck, Sandra Osip, Scott Pfaffman, Mike Schneider, Mary Sobiechowski, Erin Sommervile, Nick Sousanis, and Vimala Steadman.

An opening reception will be held at the Lady Bug Gallery on Friday March 20th, from 5:00-9:00pm. Gallery hours during the exhibit are Wednesday through Saturday, from 1:00 – 6:00pm.

The 1,890 square foot gallery is located at 1250 Hubbard St. at Porter, in the basement level of the historic Whitdell Building. In 2007 Southwest Housing Solutions completed development of the 32-unit building into artist housing. SHS and CAID, the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, market these units to low-to-moderate income artists.

The Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit is a community based non-profit organization. CAID fosters and promotes the essential link between contemporary arts and contemporary society through its exhibitions, performances, critical and public discourse, and the funding of contemporary arts and art related activities.