DIA Plaza | Midtown Cultural Connections Project | RFQ

By Annmarie Borucki

Tagged: Art Center

Detroit Institute of Arts in Partnership with Midtown Detroit Inc.
announce design competition for DIA Plaza and Midtown Cultural Connections project


April 3, 2018 (Detroit)—The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) and Midtown Detroit Inc. (MDI) announced today it is sending a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to landscape architecture and urban design teams for a “DIA Plaza and Midtown Cultural Connections” design competition.

Lecture: John Plunkett, Founding Designer of Wired Magazine

Play Ball! Baseball at the DIA


Thu, Mar 29, 2018 — Sun, Sep 16, 2018

Play Ball! Baseball at the DIA

Take a step back in time and celebrate the great American pastime of baseball at Play Ball! Baseball at the DIA, featuring items from the Michigan-based E. Powell Miller collection and the Detroit Institute of Arts.

Making Home: Contemporary Works From the DIA


Fri, Dec 1, 2017 — Wed, Jun 6, 2018

Making Home: Contemporary Works From the DIA

Making Home: Contemporary Works from the DIA presents a range of works by artists from the DIA’s collections of Prints, Drawings and Photographs and Contemporary art that are concerned with idealistic representations of home. Around 50 works in a variety of media both affirm common symbols of domestic space and question popular ideas of home as a symbol of comfort, belonging and permanency.

Monet: Framing Life

Monet: Framing Life

Sun, Oct 22, 2017 — Sun, Mar 4, 2018

Lecture: Brian Boucher, Art Critic & Journalist

Seasoned art critic, reporter, and editor Brian Boucher writes for Artnet News, the world’s only 24-hour art news website and the leading online resource for the international art world. Boucher covers many facets of the art world, including the market, issues in art law, current exhibitions, and breaking news. Previously he spent 10 years as a writer for Art in America. Boucher received his Master’s Degree in the history of art from Williams College in Massachusetts, and completed his undergraduate degree at Vassar College in New York.


February 21-March 31, 2018


February 21 – March 31, 2018
Reception | Friday, February 23, 5-8 pm
Gallery Talk | Thursday, March 1, 6 pm

The Snowden Exhibition (formerly called the Silver Medal Exhibition), is an annual unthemed, all-media exhibition, open to all artists. 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 presenting the top prize for the Silver Medal exhibition in her honor. Beginning in 2018 the exhibition is named for her.

Lecture: Jim Shaw, Multimedia Artist

Cost: Free

Description: One of the most inimitable artists of the last three decades, Jim Shaw descends upon and makes use of dystopic, suburban American motifs, cult ideologies, counterculture iconography, and an unrestricted range of material from the ever-evolving cultural scene. Raised in suburban Michigan before relocating to Los Angeles, Shaw’s work enunciates the nuances of American life, consumer malaise, and religious zeal with theater sets and backdrops, banners and posters, drawing, painting, ephemera, found paintings and performance.

Life, Art & How to Tell Better Visual Stories with Karla Ortiz

Karla Ortiz is a Puerto Rican, internationally recognized award-winning artist. With her exceptional design sense, realistic renders, and character-driven narratives, Karla has contributed to many big budget films, including Jurassic World, World of Warcraft, Rogue One: A Starwars Story, Marvel’s Thor Ragnarok, Black Panther, Infinity Wars, and most notably her design of Doctor Strange for Marvel’s Doctor Strange.