The Detroit Artists Market

Featured Exhibition – 2015 DAM ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS & EXHIBITION - College for Creative Studies

2015 DAM ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS & EXHIBITION - College for Creative Studies

March 06, 2015 - April 11, 2015

The Detroit Artists Market (DAM) proudly presents its 2015 Detroit Artists Market Annual Scholarship Awards and Exhibition Program that includes the presentation of the scholarship awards to outstanding College for Creative Studies (CCS) students. The Detroit Artists Market exhibition will present works by the ten scholarship finalists and many distinguished alumni and faculty members. The DAM exhibition will open on Friday, March 6 with a member’s preview from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and a public reception from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Scholarship Finalists: Rachel Bertolini, Austin Brady, Leslie Cislo, Andrea De Rio, Andrea Martucci, Steven Padilla, Autumn Pollock, Hayden Richer, Shannon Schultz and Leah Waldo.

DAM Annual Scholarship Awards and Exhibition: College for Creative Studies
Opens Friday, March 6, 2015 and runs through April 11, 2015. Gallery Talk date to be announced.

Members' Preview: Friday, March 6, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Public Reception: Friday, March 6, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

This year’s scholarship and exhibition program commemorates eight decades of diversity and achievements by the College for Creative Studies and the Detroit Artists Market. In addition to the John F. Korachis Scholarship Awards, one of the finalists will be the recipient of the Gilda Snowden Scholarship Award. The student finalists of the John F. Korachis Scholarship Awards were chosen by the DAM scholarship and exhibition committee. The selection process began with an open invitation to College for Creative Studies art students and concluded weeks later with interviews and studio visits with each scholarship finalist. After lengthy deliberations by the scholarship committee, the recipients of the scholarship awards were finally chosen for their originality, dedication and exceptional art work.

This exhibition is extraordinary in many ways…In addition to celebrating and recognizing the contributions of two important institutions in our community, it also brings together many generations of fine artists, all of whom have been affiliated with the College for Creative Studies. Most importantly, it allows us to experience the eclectic creativity of the ten student scholarship finalists of the College for Creative Studies. This year’s individual studio visits with all the scholarship finalists allowed the Scholarship Committee to engage in meaningful dialogue and to discover extraordinary quality of work by young artists with a unique, intelligent and creative perspective. During the studio visits, we discovered an emerging artist whose craft is ancient in character as he works predominantly with wood, but derives great joy in combining metal, glass and ceramic into his pieces. The key focus in the various concepts found in his work is to express the relationship and interaction of all the different materials he uses which he describes as “the truth in materials.” Another artist who also creates both large and small scale sculptural objects uses a variety of mixed media, such as terra cotta, stained stoneware, porcelain, wood, steel, nichrome wire and cement. Her objective is to maintain an organic aesthetic that is representative of the natural abstract sculptures found in rocks and stones. When we visited a third student artist embracing mixed media, including cast glass, clay objects, fabricated steel and cast bronze elements to create his stimulating work, it quickly became evident that these young artists were thoughtfully experimenting with mixed media to express their ideas and talents.

The public will find that all the outstanding works of art on display by the generations of talented artists represented in this exhibition are available for purchase. The DAM gallery is open from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays. For more information on the exhibition, please contact DAM at 313.832.8540 or via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The Detroit Artists Market is located in the Detroit Cultural Center at 4719 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48201; three blocks south of The Detroit Institute of Arts, and one block east of Wayne State University. This event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the lot directly behind the DAM Gallery. Visit online at

Sponsors of this year’s scholarship program include The Law Offices of John F. Korachis & Associates, PLC, Gyro Creative Group, Raymond James, Constantine George Pappas, AIA Architecture/Planning, Inc., VIN°VI&CO., KOUZINA of Royal Oak.