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Nathan Reidt, Libby, Oil on panel, 16″x12″, 2015


Reception: February 24, 5-8 pm | Awards 7 pm

Gallery Talk:
Thursday, March 16, 6 pm

The 2017 Silver Medal Exhibition is an unthemed, all-media exhibition showcasing contemporary work of emerging and established artists from metro Detroit and beyond. 
In 1917 Scarab Club member Frederick Zeigen envisioned a medal which would be awarded to the artist whose work represented the  “most important contribution to the success of the exhibition” for the annual member show. He provided funding to have the medal designed by Alfred Nygard, and for the past hundred years a medal has been presented at two annual SC exhibitions–a gold plated medal for the member exhibition, and a silver plated medal for the annual exhibition open to all artists.
Since 2015 the Silver Medal has been given in honor of the late Gilda Snowden. Gilda’s husband, William Boswell, will present the medal at the reception for the exhibition on Friday, February 24th.
Juror: Jo Powers
Jo Powers grew up in Downriver, Wayne County where her father had his own sign painting business. Watching him work and associating with his materials greatly influenced her art sensibilities. As an undergrad at WSU, she combined art studies with German language studies, which led to a year of study abroad at the University of Freiburg. While there she also attended the State Academy of the Plastic Arts. After completing her BFA at Wayne State University, Ms. Powers entered Syracuse University where she earned her MFA in painting. She returned to the Frankfurt area in Germany where she taught for the University of Maryland’s European Division and worked for an English pantomime theater group painting stage backdrops. Back in Metro Detroit she free-lance illustrated for publications such the Detroit News, the Detroit Free Press, the Dallas Morning News, the L.A. Times, and for the Chicago Tribune. During this time Ms. Powers began exhibiting her paintings at the Detroit Artists’ Market and at the Detroit Focus Gallery.   She credits a grant from the Michigan Council for the Arts in 1985 with launching her painting career. Other grants funded her three-year artist-in-residence at Dominican High School, as well as collaborations with Detroit Dance Collective. In the late nineties, Jo Powers began teaching at Macomb Community College, College for Creative Studies, and at Oakland Community College. Ms. Powers has exhibited in Detroit and in Chicago. Her work is in private collections in the U.S., Germany, and Australia.

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Kelly Agius | Diane Alire | Robert Beras | Juanita Baldwin | Jan Brown
Elaine Carr | Nina Caruso | David Clements | Donald Cronkhite | Brian Day
Pamela Day | Aaron Deshields | Lex Dodson | Cole Eller | Liz Frankland
Dawn Gardner | Bruce Giffin | Charlene Gilbert | Melissa Jones | Alvaro Jurado Karpov | Desiree Kelly | Courtney Kincaid | Douglas LaFerle | Angela Larson
Kirsten Lund | Jamie Maciuszek | Brant MacLean | Garrett McDevitt
John McLaughlin | Italia Millan | Todd Mitchell | Thomas R. Morris | Gary Mulnix Bruce O’Farrell | Joan Painter-Jones | Kristine & Colin Poole | Nathan Reidt Christine Ritchie | Joanne Rochon | Denise Rohde |Christopher Schneider
Donita Simpson | Daniel Stine | Allen TenBusschen | Anna van Schaap
Andria Watha


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