Thursday, December 01, 2005

Detroit Graphics Exposition

We all know that Detroit is famous for its cars, its musical stars, and its world-champion basketball and hockey teams. But did you know that Detroit is also quickly making a name for itself in the art world?

Surprised? Don't be - from the real-life art of Tyree Guyton's Heidelberg Project, to the city's various galleries and exhibitions, Detroit's creative movement has picked up steam and shows no signs of slowing down (just browse the latest edition of The Detroiter's weekly arts calendar and you'll see what I mean).

The Detroit art scene is finally getting the attention it deserves, and the public is beginning to understand that the D is much more than an old factory town. In fact, it's quite the contrary.

Image by Philip Mason

Take tomorrow night's Detroit Graphics Exposition (DGE), for example.

The DGE - presented by CreateDetroit and sponsored by a host of big-name companies like Apple and Mercedes-Benz Credit - promises to bedazzle event-goers with its gala-style reception at the Fisher Building Concourse, as well as to introduce them to more than four dozen of the area's most notable graphic artists.

Anyone attending the event, which begins at 7 pm, will have the opportunity to voice his or her opinion for "Best in Show", an accolade that will be awarded to the event-artist that best meets all of the project criteria. (Good luck Jeffrey and Boswell!)

In addition, DGE-attendees will be given the chance to take home some of the original artwork presented tonight. Each artist has created one poster reflective of the theme Detroit Propaganda, and 10 copies of each poster will be printed on site and hand-signed by the artist, and then auctioned off to the highest bidder. Proceeds will benefit CreateDetroit and the respective artists.

It's not too late to support Detroit's growing art-movement at this year's DGE - tickets are still available. At a mere $35 each, this is a great opportunity to support the city's art movement, and enjoy a festive party at the same time. For more information, please visit

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