“LET’S ZOOM” traveling exhibition opens July 17th


Artist, Amanda Koss is proud to present “Let’s Zoom: Self-Portraits of Our Artist Communities” Traveling Exhibit opening at Irwin House Gallery on Saturday, July 17, 2021.

The exhibition is composed of nearly 50 artists and counting, from across the state of Michigan who created a self portraits inspired by living within the Covid-19 Pandemic. The mission of this exhibit is to not only preserve this time in history by creating a monumental panel-style exhibit, but also give artists a chance to exhibit in multiple locations despite the complications of the pandemic.

Koss worked with artists Marta Carvajal and Debbie LaPratt tp produce “LET’S ZOOM”. The exhibit runs through August 9, 2021 at Irwin House Gallery and moves to Brewery Park thereafter.


HEART public art exhibition unveiling

As if the HUE:::INTUITION Book Signing wasn’t enough, we had to cap the afternoon off with the unveiling of HEART – an outdoor installation celebrating Detroit artists as the “heart and lifeblood of the city.”

HERE are a few highlights from the May 29th event. See more HERE.

Featured artist, Scott McDuffee
Artist, Brittini Ward, serving up B. Vegan tacos!
Photo: Glenn Kujansuu
Featured artist, Marta Carvajal
Featured artist, Oscar Lopez
Featured artist, Warren Wells
Featured artist, Cameron Jenkins
Featured artist, Kayla Childress
Featured, Allen Williams
Featured artist, Hosanna Kline
Featured artist, Kirah Price
DJ Blaaq Gold

Richard Reeves with his portrait by Demien DeYonte

A few great HUE:::INTUITION moments

Irwin House Gallery was proud to welcome artist, Priscilla Phifer, for a book talk and signing of the long-awaited second (and final!) print of her illustrious book, HUE:::INTUITION.

Published by Urban Organic Press, HUE:::INTUITION beautifully features the artist’s abstract works, while telling her story and showcasing Detroit’s art collecting community.

Here are a few highlights from the afternoon. See more HERE.

Photos courtesy of Charlene Uresy

HUE:::INTUITION is available at Irwin House Gallery while supplies last.

Come for the HUE:::INTUITION Book Signing: Stay for the HEART Public Art Unveling!

2 PM SATURDAY MAY 29, 2021 — Irwin House Gallery is proud to welcome artist, Priscilla A. Phifer for her first appearance and signing of the second and final print run of HUE:::INTUITION!

Assembled throughout the tumultuous year of 2020, HUE:::INTUITION hit the shelves earlier this year and became a hard and fast Collector’s Item — and for good reason! The book sold out quickly via on-line sales and book events at Hannan CenterUmoja Fine Arts and other cultural spaces. We have all awaited a second (and final!) print of HUE:::INTUITION and, at last, it is here!

HERE ARE SOME TIPS: 1) If you already have a copy, you may one to get another for posterity. 2) If you are an art-enthusiast and HUE:::INTUITION is not yet on your bookshelf or coffee table, please know that your collection is not complete without it. 3) This is the LAST print of the book. You may pay a premium (not here, but somewhere!) if you don’t get your copy now.

This is a beautiful publication, not only about this amazing artist and her work, but about ALL OF US that keep Detroit’s creative fire burning LIKE NOWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD!

View the invite and RSVP HERE.

5 PM SATURDAY MAY 29, 2021 — As part of the Closing reception for our Move The World Exhibition, Detroit artists came together to express themselves in Live Art afternoon on the gallery grounds. Panels created by the artists during that event will be installed as part of a 6 month long Public Art Exhibition entitled HEART, celebrating Detroit artists as the heartbeat and lifeblood of the city.


Participating artists include Allen Williams, Brittini Ward, Cameron Jenkins, Errin Whitaker, Demien De Yonte, Hosanna Kline, Kayla Childress, Kirah Price, Maliek Phillips, Marta Carvajal, Matthew Hughes, Nonnie Williams, Oscar Lopez, Scott McDuffee, Warren Wells, and ZurixZuri. The event includes Pop-Up Tacos by B. Vegan, art-making for youth & community from 5-7 pm, and music vibes provided by DJ Blaaq Gold. | View the Facebook invitation HERE.

Enjoy this awesome video of the live art-making event: HERE!

MTW Closes with a Live Art Event!

On Saturday, May 1, 2021 we celebrated the closing of the Move The World Exhibition and the opening of Spring with a live art event featuring local artists: Allen Williams, Cameron Jenkins, Demien DeYonte, Errin Whitaker, Hosanna Kline, Kayla Childress, Kirah Price, Maliek Phillips, Nonnie Williams, Oscar Lopez, Scott McDuffee, Warren Wells, and ZurixZuri.

Big fun and great messes were had by all! The art created will be featured in an upcoming outdoor installation entitled HEART and simply focusing on Detroit artists as the “heartbeat and lifeblood of the city.”

The exhibition will be unveiled at the end of the month. Stay tuned for more details. For now, please enjoy this great video of the day produced by B. Ward Designs.

Special Thanks to NASP Detroit & Founder’s Brewing Co.

We’d like to extend a special thanks to the National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP) Detroit and Founder’s Brewing Co. for sponsoring the Move The World Exhibition and it’s programs.

NASP joined us for two special events and – as an organization dedicated to helping minorities to achieve equality and inclusion in the financial securities industry – some of their members shared these thoughts on the importance of art, collecting, and investing:

Thank you for your votes of confidence in our work!

Move The World LIVE ART Closing Reception

SATURDAY, MAY 1, 2021 — Irwin House Gallery will host an Outdoor/Indoor Closing Event for its current exhibition, Move The World. Activities will take place outside, on the gallery grounds, with (limited) open access to the gallery to view and enjoy the last day of the exhibition.

The FREE event will feature music by DJ Deadphone, a performance by the exhibition’s Poet Laureate, Brittini Ward, and LIVE ART being created on site by a team of local Detroit artists including: Allen Williams, Cameron Jenkins, Demien DeYonte, Errin Whitaker, Hosanna Kline, Kayla Childress, Kirah Price, Maliek Phillips, Nonnie Williams, Oscar Lopez, Scott McDuffee, Warren Wells, and ZurixZuri.

The Live Art being created on-site will become part of a semi-permanent outdoor installation, entitled Heart, to be unveiled later in the month along West Grand Blvd., at the gallery site.

Move The World Curator’s Talk with Omo Misha 4/29 | Detroit Public Library

A Curator’s talk with Omo Misha with special performance by the exhibition’s Poet Laureate, Brittini Ward

About this event

Irwin House Gallery Director and Curator, Omo Misha, discusses the art and artists of Move The World – the gallery’s current exhibition celebrating ‘the extraordinary lives of ordinary sisters and queens’. The exhibition, which ran through Black and Women’s History Months and has been extended through May 1st, has been inspired by the recent political and professional contributions of Black women, and explores the everyday strengths, triumphs, and traumas of Black girl and womanhood through paintings and mixed-media fine artworks, photography, fiber art, installation, and spoken word. Featured Detroit and visiting artists include: Jide Aje, Ricky Weaver, Jonathan Harris, Damien Mathis, BAI, Laura Gadson, Donn Thompson, and Geoffrey Holder.


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Move The World: Meet Poet Laureate, Brittini Ward

Brittini Ward is a Detroit emerging visual artist, writer, and content-producer. She describes herself as “an old soul at heart, a spiritual being, healer, lightworker, backed by her ancestors, guided by the spirit, and loved by God.” Her hope is that her poetry and art will connect to and awaken hearts and minds or highlight perspectives that need to be told. Brittini received an Emmy Award for her poem ‘Passion Towards Purpose” and received the Kwaanza S.A. Committee Unity Award in 2017. Ward acquired a degree in Professional Communications and Graphic Design from University of Michigan, Flint, where she also “found her voice” through involvement with the Black Student Union. Soon after graduating, she joined AmeriCorp for two years and impacted young lives through mentorship in San Antonio, TX. Brittini Ward went on to receive a Graduate Degree from Ann Prescott College in Arizona, where she participated in a program that involved social justice work throughout the world. As Poet Laureate of “Move The World” Brittini’s poetic expressions address women’s, current, and black cultural concerns, and provide a soundscape for the exhibited art.