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Welcome to the Irwin House Global Art Center & Gallery. Our physical space is under construction but we look forward to keeping in touch with you here, in cyberworld, and keeping you up to speed on all things art in Detroit! Soon, we’ll be welcoming you at our doorstep! Stay tuned…

About

The Irwin House Global Art Center and Gallery has been in the making since 2012. An arts destination that will provide local and visiting artists with exhibition opportunities, engage the community through arts exposure and education, and serve to nurture and empower collectors of art, Irwin House is an outgrowth of the vision of the late Council B. Irwin, Jr. and his lovely wife, Valerie.

Avid enthusiasts and collectors, The Irwins traveled the world, collecting art from the earth’s far reaches along the way. In addition to their appreciation for indigenous arts, the couple expressed a keen eye for local talent by collecting and supporting both emerging and established artists from the Detroit area and around the United States. This Center will become a public home for their proud collection, and will provide space to showcase the works of African-American and underrepresented artists from the local and international communities.

Council Irwin, Jr., who owned and operated Travels Unlimited two doors away, was committed to strengthening his community and building minority business. He encouraged everyone around him to do the same, and supported others in their efforts wherever he was able. The Irwin House was born from that determination. It is one small step toward revitalizing the West End Detroit neighborhood (WEdetroit) and bringing artists and enthusiasts together in a creative and nurturing environment.

The Center’s programs will include a robust schedule of themed solo and group exhibitions, an artist-in-residency program, regular artist talks and educational workshops, as well as hands-on opportunities for youth groups and seniors. We look forward to engaging the community, supporting our local talent, and inviting the global art world to experience and contribute to the wealth of our great city. We appreciate your support (and welcome your feedback!) as we perfect our space and roll out our programs.






Mission

It is our mission to serve, invigorate, and strengthen the West End Detroit (WEdetroit) neighborhoods of Virginia Park, LaSalle Gardens, and NW Goldberg through exposure, engagement and education through the arts. The Center’s programs will include a robust schedule of themed solo and group exhibitions, an artist-in-residency development program, regular artist symposiums and educational workshops, as well as hands-on opportunities for youth, community, veterans and seniors groups.

We look forward to engaging the community through the arts, supporting our local talent, and inviting the global art world to experience and contribute to the cultural wealth of our great city.

News!

Sims Detroit Residency: Closing Reception & Presentation

In early November 2019, the Irwin Gallery welcomed Detroit native, conceptual artist, writer and producer, John Sims, as its inaugural Artist-In-Residence. While working and residing on site, Sims has been developing a three-part multimedia project based on his childhood block on Detroit’s West Side. Entitled Sorrento: Portrait of a Detroit Block, the project is Sims’ deeply …

Artist John Sims looks at his childhood neighborhood…by Lee DeVito | Detroit Metro Times

Artist John Sims looks at his childhood neighborhood in ‘Sorrento: Portrait of a Detroit Block’ Last year, Detroit’s Irwin House Global Art Center & Gallery opened its doors earlier than originally planned following the death of Aretha Franklin, who grew up nearby, in order to mount an exhibition dedicated to her life. Artist John Sims, a …

A Detroit Diaspora Day Party Thanksgiving Weekend…

Saturday, November 30, 2019 – Thanksgiving Weekend – The Irwin House Gallery was thrilled to welcome Detroit Diaspora for a day-party welcoming “natives, ex-pats, transplants, and those dispersed souls from the D as well as those visiting, and those who feel an undeniable, almost spiritual, desire to represent the D world wide.” The evening featured sets from …

Contact

The Irwin House Global Art Center and Gallery is located at 2351 W. Grand Blvd., just minutes away from the Motown Museum and Henry Ford Hospital. We are currently under construction but welcome your inquiries! Please feel free to leave a message below, or contact us at info@irwinhousegallery.org or 313.932.7690.