UPDATE FEB. 10, 2012

The Archives of American Art in Washington DC has recently agreed to accept over thirty years of material from Detroit Focus. This includes call for entries, exhibition announcements, catalogs, grants, yearly programing, and issues of the Detroit Focus Quarterly. Scholars will have a unique insight into a non-profit artists' group as it has exited in Detroit since 1978.

Photo caption: Co-Directors Michael Sarnacki and Gere Baskin review the Detroit Focus Archive before sending it to the Smithsonian National Museum - Archives of American Art.

[Note: Click on any image below for a larger version.]

1978/1979




May 3, 1979: Art Words / Words Art
June 14-30: FOCUS DETROIT

July 18 - Aug. 12: FINE CRAFTS

Aug. 19-23: WORKS ON PAPER

Sept. 30 - Oct. 28: ALL MEDIA

Nov. 4-25: 3- DIMENSIONAL

Dec. 2 - Jan. 30: UNDER 6" OR OVER 6’

Feb. 3 - 24: PLIABLE STUCTURES

March 3 - 24: PHOTOGRAPHY

April 7 - May 1: ALL MEDIA

May 3: ART WORDS / WORDS ART

June 2-30: 10 AT 1010

1979/1980

Sept. 22 - Oct.: 20 FIGURE

Oct. 27 - Nov. 24: SERIES

Dec. 1-22: JURORS’ CHOICE

Jan. 26 - Feb. 23: PHOTOGRAPHY/ 80

Feb. 28 - March 2: MOVING IMAGES ( Exhibition poster art )

March 8 - April: IN AND OF DETROIT

May 31 - June 28: 8 ARTIST AT 1010: 2ND ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION

July 11 - Aug. 2: FOCUS EXTENDED

1980/1981




48226: A Mail Art Show
Oct. 25 - Nov. 22: REVIEW COMMITTEE ANNUAL SLIDE REVIEW

Nov. 29 - Jan. 3: FROM NEGATIVE TO POSITIVE

Jan. 14 - Feb. 6: ART FROM CRAFT MATERIALS: GLASS/FIBER/CLAY

Feb. 14 - March 14: PAPER WORK

March 21 - April 18: 3+3 = 6

April 25 - May 23: REVIEW COMMITTEE SELECTIONS

June 6 - July 4: SCULPTURE

July 11 - Aug. 8: INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR LANDSCAPES

Aug. 15 - Sept. 12: 48226: A MAIL ART SHOW

1981/1982

Sept. 18 - Oct. 17: SIX AT DETROIT FOCUS

Oct. 24 - Nov. 21: DRAWING

Nov. 2 8- Jan. 2: SELECT PHOTOGRAPHERS

Jan. 9 - Feb.: SELF- PORTRAITS

Feb. 13 - March 13: INSTALLATIONS

March 20 - April 17: REVIEW COMMITTEE SELECTIONS

April 24 -May 22: DETROIT FOCUS INVITES

May 29 - June 26: WORKS IN WOOD

July 3 - July 31: FOUR POETIC VIEW-POINTS

1982/1983




1983: Gil Silverman Selects
Sept. 15 - Oct. 16: REVIEW COMMITTEE SELECTIONS

Oct. 23 - Nov. 20: ONE GOOD PRINT DESERVES ANOTHER

Nov. 27 - Dec. 3:0 THE NUDE

Jan. 8 - Feb. 5: ARTISTS CHOOSE ARTISTS

Feb. 12 - March 12: SCULPTURE WITH PEDESTAL

March 18 - April 16: PETER PICKS PAINTINGS

April 23 - May 12: RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

May 27 - June 25: GIL SILVERMAN SELECTS

July 1-30: REVIEW COMMITTEE SELECTIONS

1983/1984




1983: Art Ball T-shirts
Sept. 10 - Oct. 15: REVIEW COMMITTEE SELECTIONS

Sept. 11: ART BALL SOFTBALL

Oct. 22 - Nov. 19: PAINTING AND DRAWING

Nov. 26 - Dec. 30: CLAY/10

Jan. 7 - Feb. 4: ARTISTS CHOOSE ARTISTS

Feb. 11 - March 10: IMAGES OF VIOLENCE

March 17 - April 14: CROSS PORTRAITS

April 21 - May 19: REVIEW COMMITTEE SELECTIONS

May 26 - June 23: INSTALLLATIONS/OUTDOOR SITES

July 7-28: COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY

1984/1985




1984: Sustained Visions: G. Alden Smith
Sept. 8 - Oct. 6: ARTISTS CHOOSE ARTISTS

Oct. 13 - Nov. 10: HEROS AND IDOLS

Nov. 17 -Dec. 20: SUSTAINED VISIONS: G. ALDEN SMITH

Jan. 9 - Feb. 2: REVIEW COMMITTEE SELECTIONS

Feb. 13 - March 9: REVIEW COMMITTEE SELECTIONS

March 16 - April 13: ART

April 20 - May 18: ARTISTS SPACES COLLABORATE

June 1-28: AUTO EFFLUVIA

July 3-27: PHOTOGRAPHY: BIG PRINTS, POLAROIDS, XEROX

1985/1986





1985: Sustained Visions: Ellen Wilt
Sept. 7 - Oct. 5: ARTISTS CHOOSE ARTISTS

Oct. 11 - Nov. 9: ARTISTS TO WATCH

Nov. 15 - Dec. 21: SUSTAINED VISIONS: ELLEN WILT

Jan. 10 - Feb. 8: CONSTRUCTIONS

Feb. 14 - March 15: PHOTOGRAPHY

March 21 - April 18: REVIEW COMMITTEE SELECTIONS

April 26 - May 23: MICH. N.E.A. FELLOWSHIPS 1965-1985

May 31 - June 27: FROM THE STUDIOS OF...

July 3 - 26: DETROIT & VICINITY

1986/1987




1987: Sustained Visions: Morris Ambrose
Sept. 10 - Oct. 3: ARTISTS SPACESCOLLABORATE- INDIANA

Oct. 10 - Nov. :7 REVIEW COMMITTEE SELECTIONS

Nov. 14 - Dec. 20: PHOTOGRAPHY

Jan. 9 - Feb. 7: ARTISTS CHOOSE ARTISTS

Feb. 13 - March 14: RECENT WORKS- MICHIGAN ARTISTS

March 20 - April 17: NU BODIES

April 24 - May 23: SUSTAINED VISIONS: MORRIS BROSE

May 29 - June 27: DIRECTIONS 1987

July 2 - 31: FROM ARTISTS STUDIOS/ CURRENT WORK
                    ( Exhibition poster )

1987/1988

Sept. 11 - Oct. 10: REVIEW COMMITTEE SELECTIONS

Oct. 16 - Nov. 14: ARTIST SPACES COLLABORATE- ARTEMISIA GALLERY, CHICAGO (IL)

Nov. 20 - Dec. 19: DIRECTIONS 1988

Jan. 8 - Feb. 6: ARTISTS CHOOSE ARTISTS

Feb. 12 - March 12: PRESENT TENSE/ PHOTOGRAPHY

March 18 - April 15: A MATTER OF PAINTING/ AREA MFA CANDIDATES

April 22 - May 20: SUSTAINED VISIONS: SUSANNE AND JOHN STEPHENSON ( Exhibition catalog )

May 26 - June 25: REVIEW COMMITTEE SELECTIONS

June 30 - July 30: FROM ARTIST STUDIOS/CURRENT WORK



1989 Sustained Visions: Charles Mcgee
 

1989: Artists Studios / Current Work

1988/1989

1988/1989: 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF DETROIT FOCUS ( Photo used on catalog cover )

Sept. 9 - Oct. 8: REVIEW COMMITTEE SELECTIONS

Oct. 14 - Nov. 11: COMMERCIAL ART: ILLUSTRATION, GRAPHIC AND IDUSTRIAL DESIGN

Nov. 18 - Dec. 22: ARTISTS CHOOSE ARTISTS

Jan. 6 - Feb. 3: ABSTRACTION/GROUP EXHIBITION

Feb. 10 - March 10: AFTER TEN YEARS: DETROIT FOCUS (PART I)

March 17- April 14: AFTER TEN YEARS: DETROIT FOCUS (PART II)

April 21- May 20: SUSTAINED VISIONS: CHARLES MCGEE

May 26 - June 24: URBANOLOGY

June 30 - July 28: ARTISTS STUDIOS/CURRENT WORK

Sept. 8 - Oct. 7: REVIEW COMMITTEE SELECTIONS

1990

April 27 - June 1: SUSTAINED VISION: GEROME KAMROWSKI

June 8 - July 7: SCULPTURE

July 28: WATCH ART TAKE SHAPE

July 13 - Aug. 3: FROM ARTIST STUDIOS/ CURRENT WORK ( Exhibition catalog )

Sept. 7 - Oct. 6: REVIEW COMMITTEE SELECTIONS

Oct. 12 - Nov. 10: CONTINUUM

Nov. 16 - Dec. 21: REVIEW COMMITTEE SELECTIONS


2000

In November 2000, Detroit Focus, an artists' alliance, coordinated the largest visual arts event in the city's history. Detroit Focus 2000 consisted of well over one hundred exhibitions and dozens of lectures and special events. It provided an opportunity for hundreds of artists and photographers to display their work throughout metropolitan Detroit and the surrounding communities of southeastern Michigan.

This portfolio includes some of the finest photographs shown in the festival. It was assembled in order to provide one more opportunity to showcase the work of thirty-nine astonishingly gifted photographers, and to provide a means to complete the financial obligations that Detroit Focus incurred during the festival. The small financial deficit was in fact a silver lining, because if it did not exist neither would this wonderful portfolio.

The individuals included are seasoned professionals at the top of their craft. They come to us, each with a unique archive of images. Their work represents years of assignments, projects and artistic exploration, as well as years of competition, struggle and commitment.

The existence of this portfolio also represents a special camaraderie among respected colleagues, and a profound act of generosity. Each individual in the portfolio was asked to contribute ten signed photographs of one of their most compelling images. What we asked for and received from these important artists is incredibly significant. We extend our sincere appreciation to each of them and are humbled by their kindness and generosity of spirit.

Three special guests also were asked to participate in the project. The fine poets Philip Levine and Jim Daniels often write about the people and places in their hometown. Hence it was quite fitting to invite them to participate in this unique Detroit project. A.D. Coleman, photography's most well-respected writer and critic, came to Detroit during the festival and shared his insights about the world of photography today and a suggested vision for its future. We are pleased and honored to have these special writers as part of this portfolio.

Detroit Focus Portfolio Photographers

Mel Adelglass
Michelle Andonian
Darryl Baird
Martha Berriman
Howard Bingham
John Collier
Joe Crachiola
Manny Crisostomo
Don Doll, SJ
James Dozier
Andrea Eis
Santa Fabio
Sherry Gabbard
Bruce Giffin
Lisa Goedert
Jose Antonio Gomez
Stephen Graham
Susan kae Grant
David Griffith
Patti Izzo
Mary Keithan
Balthazar Korab
Lisa Luevanos
Jerome Magid
Russ Marshall
Bill Rauhauser
RIT -Peres
Edward Roberson
Christine Saari
Jim Salzano
Michael Sarnacki
Laurie Tennent Scheiwe
Bill Schwab
Miri Stebivka
Louis Stettner
David Turnley
George Waldman
Todd Weinstein
Taro Yamasaki

Special Portfolio Contributions:
• The Perils of Pluralism...by AD Coleman
• Photo Opportunity...by Jim Daniels
• Listen Carefully...by Philip Levine

We have been aware and sensitive to the fact that some very good photographers, and many fine individuals that were important to the success of Detroit Focus 2000, were not invited to be part of this project. Detroit is a photographers' city and it has an important and rich photographic heritage. We regret being unable to include many other fine photographers. Therefore, the individuals included in the portfolio not only represent themselves, but also the work of the nearly three hundred other photographers who were part of this festival of photography.



The Detroit Public Library premiered the Detroit Focus 2000 Portfolio in March 2001. [Above.]
This wonderful institution has a long history of providing exhibition opportunities for photographers and it was fitting that this body of work begin its journey there.

As this work leaves our hands, we hope that those who view this portfolio are aware of the deep commitment of these artists, are inspired by their imagery, and are moved by the giving nature of these fine individuals.

The Detroit Focus Portfolio is available for exhibition.

The Detroit Focus Portfolio collection is available for exhibition to all non-profit institutions.
Please contact the Detroit Focus executive director for availability and exhibition requirements.

View the Detroit Focus Portfolio online.

You can explore the entire Detroit Focus 2000 Portfolio online by clicking here.
[Note: the link above will open a new window in front of this window. When you are through exploring the portfolio, close that window to return to this page.]

List of places with the Detroit Focus Portfolio…

Detroit Institute of Arts
The University of Michigan Museum of Art
The Mira Goddard Center for Photography at Ryerson University – Toronto
Kresge Art Museum at Michigan State University – East Lansing
Five of the portfolios were sold in 2001/2003 to private collectors to cover the cost of the festival.
And one portfolio remains framed and crated for future exhibition.

Home   |   About Detroit Focus  |  Past Projects  |  Current Projects  |  Contact Information

Copyright 2009 Detroit Focus. All rights reserved.