5 Must-See Art Galleries In Detroit

In addition to its vibrant graffiti and street art scene, Detroit is home to an array of intimate and unique art galleries. If you’re in the mood to peruse art from the city’s best local artists, here are five galleries we love in Detroit.  

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Detroit Artists Market: Visit the Detroit Artists Market for a collaborative art gallery experience in which the space doubly serves as a nonprofit contemporary art gallery and a haven for Detroit-based artists and collectors. The Artists Market is located in the heart of Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood and is free for the public to visit Monday through Saturday each week. Don’t miss the gallery’s upcoming Art For The Holiday Market from now through the end of the year, which is held annually and features one-of-a-kind gifts crafted by local artisans.

4731 Gallery and Studios: Originally founded in 2000, Detroit’s 4731 Gallery and Studios has since grown to include 31 artist’s studios and a first-floor art gallery that has housed the work of over 300 artists. The award-winning gallery currently features the work of Detroit artists Bryant Tillman, Jack Johnson and Ric Geyer, each with distinct styles of artistry. In addition to showcasing local art, 4731’s gallery also hosts weekly poetry readings, live music, weddings and receptions.

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Simone DeSousa Gallery: The Simone DeSousa Gallery opened in 2008 and has since been serving Detroit with thoughtfully curated contemporary art exhibits. In the past, the gallery has highlighted the work of renowned artists such as Ian Swanson, Kate Silvio, Cedric Tai and more. Don’t miss the gallery’s current exhibit, which features the eye-catching and abstract sculpture work of Iris Eichenberg, through November 2017.

The Scarab Club: Detroit’s Scarab Club is a unique and historic space that serves the city’s art community by acting as a club, gallery and studio for creatives. When it was originally founded in 1907, the Scarab Club served as a forum for Detroit artists and art-lovers to meet in a shared space to discuss their common interests. Looking for an upcoming exhibit to visit this fall? Check out the Scarab Club’s full exhibit calendar, which includes exhibits like the “104th Gold Medal Exhibition,” “Transitory Conversations” and more.

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The N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art: Located in the heart of Midtown Detroit, The N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art is a nonprofit dedicated to education and enlightenment through the arts. Led by experienced art dealer George N’Namdi, the center hosts an array of art shows, lectures and family events throughout the year. Don’t miss the center’s lineup of current exhibitions, which includes the works of six contemporary African artists curated by Osi Audu. Before you leave the gallery, stop by the gallery’s in-house vegetarian restaurant, Seva, to get your fill of delicious, healthy eats.

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