The Robert Wilbert Project






"Ennobling the Ordinary"
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In 2009 Detroit Focus received a grant from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, which included money from the National Endowment for the Arts. The purpose of the funding was to create a publication about artist Robert Wilbert and his impact on the artist community during his 38-year career at Wayne State University. [For a self-portrait of Robert Wilbert, click here.]

The book is a full color publication , sumptuously photographed by Dirk Bakker, the former Head of the Detroit Institute of Arts Photography Department. All information in the text came from primary sources approved by Mr. Wilbert. The essays reveal an art practice that is comparable to nationally recognized American artists of the 20th century.

The book will lead to new understanding of an art practice that requires visual rigors, discipline, and creates wider possibilities for artists and teachers by its example.

Those committed to the project are:

Dirk Bakker, former Head of the Detroit Institute of Arts' Photography Department,
Florence Morris, the Donald Morris Gallery,
Marsha Miro, Founding Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD)
Peter Williams, artist and former colleague of Robert Wilbert at Wayne State University
Ellen Phelan, artist and recent recipient of the Smithsonian Archives of American Art Medal,
Susanne Hilberry, the Susanne Hilberry Gallery, and
Gere Baskin, Editor, Detroit Focus.




Order your copy of "Robert Wilbert: Ennobling the Ordinary" (Gere Baskin, Editor)

Books can be obtained at the Susanne Hilberry Gallery (Ferndale, MI) or directly from Detroit Focus.
See the attached order form below. Cost: $50.00 per book
Download order form in PDF format: RobertWilbertOrderForm.pdf (8k)




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