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Kresge sponsors Art X Detroit: A new Detroit arts experience in Midtown, April 6-10, 2011

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The event, located in the city’s cultural district, will showcase new works of Kresge’s Eminent Artists and Fellowship winners.

TROY, Mich. – The Kresge Foundation will sponsor Art X Detroit, a free, five-day series of exhibitions, presentations, readings, discussions, concerts and dance performances for the Detroit community. Art X will showcase newly commissioned works from the 36 winners of Kresge Artist Fellowships and its two Eminent Artists, renowned visual artist Charles McGee and iconic jazz musician Marcus Belgrave.

In 2008, the foundation established a new program that has provided more than $1 million to Metropolitan Detroit-based individual artists working in the visual, literary and performing arts through its Eminent Artist Award and Kresge Artist Fellowships. This first-ever public celebration of the 2008-2010 Kresge Artists will take place from April 6-10, 2011, in many cultural organizations located in Midtown Detroit, the City of Detroit’s cultural center.

“Arts and culture animate the Detroit community, opening our eyes to new and different ways of viewing ourselves and our place in the future,” says Rip Rapson, president of The Kresge Foundation. “The festival promises to feature the kind of reflection and creativity that nurture individual development, draw communities into closer relationships, and strengthen the fabric of daily life.”

Art X Detroit is being presented by several institutions — the Midtown-based University Cultural Center Association (UCCA), College for Creative Studies, and Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), in addition to ArtServe Michigan. Art X is produced by the UCCA.

“This is an exciting collaborative effort to showcase great talent as well as familiarize more people with the Midtown area,” said UCCA president Sue Mosey. “Midtown is home to Detroit’s Cultural Center where creativity is greatly valued and encouraged. Thanks to the Kresge Foundation, we can offer the entire event as a special gift free to the public.”

Art X begins on April 6 with the unveiling of a new major public art installation by Charles McGee, to be followed by an evening reception at MOCAD. Marcus Belgrave will also perform at the Art X opening.

Residents and visitors will be invited to attend Art X experiences throughout Detroit’s Midtown area. Venues include, but aren’t limited to, MOCAD, College for Creative Studies, the Detroit Institute of Arts, Scarab Club, Detroit Science Center, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Leopold’s Books, the Magic Stick, N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, Orchestra Hall, the Virgil H. Carr Cultural Arts Center and Wayne State University. While Art X officially ends on April 10, a special exhibition of new works created by the Kresge Visual Artist Fellows will continue on at MOCAD through April 24, 2011.

2008 – 2010 Kresge Eminent Artist and Fellowship winners:

Eminent Artists
Charles McGee (2008)
Marcus Belgrave (2009)

Visual Arts Fellows (2009)
Shiva Ahmadi
Hartmut Austen
Lynne Avadenka
Kristin Beaver
Ed Fraga
Susan Goethel Campbell
Tyree Guyton
Chido Johnson
Rod Klingelhofer
Abigail Anne Newbold
Gordon Newton
Russ Orlando
Senghor Reid
Michael Edward Smith
Gilda Snowden
Cedric Tai
Sioux Trujillo
Corine Vermeulen-Smith

Literary Arts Fellows (2010)
Louis Aguilar
Vince Carducci
Lynn Crawford
Vievee Francis
Rachel Harkai
Steve Hughes
Matthew Olzmann
Chris Tysh
Craig L. Wilkins

Performing Arts Fellows (2010)
Haleem Ar-Rasheed “Stringz”
A. Spencer Barefield
Monica Blaire
Timmy Lampinen “Timmy Vulgar”
Valeria Montes “La Chispa”
Frank PahlJoel Peterson
Rick Robinson “Mr. CutTime”
IIana Weaver “Invincible”


A schedule of Art X events is available at

In addition to the website, you can stay up to date on Art X happenings via the Art X Facebook page.