Mission and History
We are Detroit Art. Detroit Artists Market is a non-profit gallery committed to contemporary art and to connecting artists, collectors and communities.
The foremost destination to exhibit, collect and learn about contemporary art in Detroit.
DAM is committed to exhibiting and selling the work of local artists. Each year DAM sells $150,000 in original artwork and distributes $100,000 in commissions to 500 local artists, more than any other nonprofit gallery in this area. Your contribution allows us to showcase Detroit artists and contribute significantly to their livelihood.
The Detroit Artists Market (DAM) was founded in 1932, in the midst of the Great Depression. A group of local art patrons, led by Mrs. H. Lee Simpson, recognized that local artists needed a place to exhibit and sell their work. Originally called Detroit Young Artists Market, the gallery was created to provide a source of income for artists under the age of 30.
In 1936, the gallery’s name changed to Detroit Artists Market (DAM), which reflected the growth of the organization as it began to exhibit both emerging and established Detroit artists of all ages and stature.
In addition to providing artists with the means of a livelihood, DAM’s founders had another goal: educating public taste through the exhibition and sale of work by the finest of Detroit’s local artists. DAM ran solely on the help of volunteers and board members, up until the first salaried manager in 1969.
Today, the gallery is rooted in the history of Detroit art and culture, and continues to be one of the finest nonprofit contemporary art galleries in the Midwest. DAM has a distinguished history of creating a lively culture characterized by experimentation and artistic creativity.
Matt Fry, Director
Helen Vachon, Exhibitions Manager
Charlene McNary, Bookkeeper
Mike Kearns, Art Installer
Jenny Callans, Board Chair, Ford Motor Company
Tracy Irwin, Vice Chair, Detroit Historical Society
LInda Cassidy, Secretary, Learning Care Group
Jeff Cancelosi, Exhibitions Committee Chair, Artist/Curator
John Labut, Ernst & Young
Kate Baker, ED Oakland Housing
Hubert Massey, Artist
Effie Steele, Consultant
Maureen Devine, Cobo Center Curator
Mark Brown, Attorney
Elie Boudt, Elie’s Wine Co.
Nancy Cummins, Plante Moran
Kathryn Dimond, Cranbrook Educational Community
Hannah Fielstra, Rothstein Law Group
Honorary Board Members
Peter van Dyke