Two Solo Shows and Ideas for Detroit on Napkins
Detroit, Michigan 48209
Two Solo Shows and Ideas for Detroit on Napkins features work in two separate solo shows of Jo Powers and A. M. Martens along with a group exhibition of illustrated ideas on napkins. Ideas for Detroit on Napkins is a group show of $50K ideas for Detroit illustrated on napkins by 22 Detroit and Detroit area artists. These artists include Amy Green-Deines, Annette Barbara, Benjamin Miguel Hernandez, Bethany Shorb, Brian L. Nelson, Cedric Tai, Christopher Gorski, Clinton Snider, D. Timlin, Danielle ~Doxie Kaltz, Darcel Deneau, Dave Roberts, Davin Brainard, Graem Whyte, Jason H. Phillips, Jean Wilson, Mary Beth Carolan, Meredith Louise Adamisin, Milan Filipec, Nick Tobier, Sabrina Nelson, Sean Bieri, Stacey Malasky, and Jerry Paffendorf.
About the solo artists:
Jo Powers was born in Detroit. She studied painting in Germany at the Karlsruhe State Academy of the Plastics Arts, earned her BFA at Wayne State and her MFA in painting at Syracuse University. She has taught art on military bases in Germany and in Metro Detroit, free-lanced in illustration for ten years for publications that include the LA Times and the Dallas Morning News, collaborated with the Detroit Dance collective, and benefited from several Michigan Council for the Arts. Ms Powers' work is in private collections in the U.S., Germany, and Australia.
A. M. Martens
A. M. Martens is a ceramics and installation-based artist. Born in a small town in Northwest Iowa and raised in South Dakota. A. M. spent her early years running around her grandparents’ farms creating forts and playing with the animals. As a teenager, Martens explored and aided her father as he constructed his custom built homes. In 1998, A. M. started working with clay making functional ware, and then in 2000 began focusing on the sculptural aspect of the medium. After acquiring a BFA in 2003 from Minnesota State University, Mankato she went and studied for a short time at Penland School of Crafts and at the University of Tennessee. In 2006, A. M. Martens returned to Minnesota State University where she began exploring the installation art form and received an MA degree in 2008. She is currently finishing up an MFA degree at Michigan State University where she was awarded a University Distinguished Fellowship.
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