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.