As an artist teacher, mentor and friend, few people had as great an impact on our community as Gilda Snowden. After her death in 2014, the SC began giving out the top prize for the Silver Medal exhibition in her honor. In 2018 the exhibition was renamed in her honor.
The purpose of the Snowden Memorial Exhibition is to recognize the diversity and achievement of artists whose work shows creativity of concept, excellence of design and expertise of media; to display these works to regional audiences and to be an educational opportunity for students.
Sue Carman-Vian has had a thirty-year career as a painter, performance artist and film and video maker. She received an MFA from Wayne State University in 1984. She received the Michigan Council for the Arts Grant in 1986 for the Public Billboard Project, and was an award winner in the Ann Arbor Film Festival in 1991. Sue has written, directed, produced and performed in nine productions from 1984-2008. Some of these productions were sponsored by Marygrove College. She has written, directed, produced and performed in eleven films/videos from 1986-2009. Most of these were made in conjunction with her performance art pieces. Sue has exhibited in numerous one- and two-person exhibitions and many group shows from 1986 to present. She has taught performance art at Wayne State University and Marygrove college in Detroit, MI. Since 2010 she has collaborated on a public arts billboard project and continues to perform her pieces in group performance events. Her work is narrative and autobiographically inspired by events in her life as they relate to her as a person and artist. Her use of universal themes help the viewer become aware of the value, relevance and place of art in society.
Jim Aho | Charles Alexander | Cathryn Amidei | Sylvia Bandyke | Kristina Beaty | Gail Borowski | Holly Branstner | Jan Brown | Hailey Callahan | Jessica Care Moore & Alex Atway| Lorenza Centi | Erica Chappuis | Yolanda Conley | Donald Cronkhite | Aaron Deshields | Rose DeSloover | Pat Duff | Paul Erlandson | Mark Esse | Elizabeth Fall | Kim Fay | Thomas Frank | Liz Frankland | Marcia Freedman | Bruce Giffin | Megan Grierson | Christina Haylett | Erik Henderson | Birgit Hutteman-Holz | Kip Kowalski | Brian Lacey | Douglas LaFerle | Angela Larson | Brant MacLean | Loretta Markell | James Markley | Janice Milhem | Jeanne Poulet | Joan Painter-Jones | Alan Paulson | Jeanne Poulet | Josephine Primeau | Ted Ramsay | Tom Ridout | Christine Ritchie | Allie Runyan | Christopher Schneider | Donna Shipman | Krysti Spence | Deborah Sukenic | Allen TenBusschen | Larry Zdeb | Rebecca Zeiss | Matthew Zivich
Image: Christina Haylett, Jitterbug, Mixed media, 12″ x 9″, 2019
The Scarab Club is proud to host an exhibition of work by the late Ellen Tallant (1943-2017). The solo exhibition showcases a variety of her works in watercolor, oil, collage and mixed media.
In her many years as a Scarab Club member Ellen became a loved and respected part of the community. She shared her time and talent generously, serving on the board of directors as well chairing many projects and committees. In1985 she was awarded the prestigious Scarab
Club Gold Medal when her painting was recognized as “Best in Show” in the annual member exhibition. Ellen was also a member of the Detroit Society of Women Painters and Sculptors and the Michigan Watercolor Society.
Ellen received a Bachelor of Arts, in art education from Michigan State University and a Masters in Art from Wayne State University. She spent her career as an art teacher at several elementary schools, primarily at Roseville Elementary School.
In the historic room, you’ll find works from the Scarab Club’s permanent collection, including an original Robert Hopkin. Hopkin was one of Detroit’s leading painters in the mid to late 19th century in Detroit, producing seascapes, landscapes and decorative works, including the interior of the Detroit Opera House (1869). In 1907, the Detroit Museum of Art held an exhibition in his honor, at which time his fellow artists founded the Hopkin Club, which later became the Scarab Club.