Happy 2018 from The Irwin House!

Happy New Year! I can’t believe it’s been 365 days since we uttered these celebratory words!

Our doors have not opened to the public yet, but we’re happy to have  strengthened our alliances with community partners, supporters, friends, and artists in this past year, and witnessed positive changes coming to our WEdetroit community. And, yes, we’re making strides of our own!

Admittedly, summer was challenging as we attempted to focus on the exterior of our establishment – including signage, landscaping, painting, and external repairs to the structure. Given the unforgiving Michigan winters (in full swing right now!) we’d hoped to complete these outdoor tasks so we’d be curb-ready in the event of winter grand opening.

Thanks to our friends at RockStar Group, we did make headway on the signage (below). But, to put it nicely, we never seemed to forge the right relationships with the right contractors to get the rest of the work completed before snowfall. We’re still working on that, and welcome your recommendations.

Until Spring (which seems so far, far away) we’ve focused our attentions back indoors, and may indeed have a blustery Winter opening. We’ll keep ya posted! In the meantime, we were proud to exhibit work at The Carr Center as part of the Detroit Diaspora exhibit curated by Michael Kelly Williams and Dr. Cledie Taylor. We are also looking forward to showing work from the Irwin Collection in an upcoming group exhibit at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.  (Your invitation to the opening is in the mail!) We’re looking forward to a great year ahead, making new friends, supporting and building the arts in Detroit, and so much more.

Here are a few highlights from the year past:

Exterior work in-progress on the gallery house
Picking up a few landscape jewels from Detroit’s Eastern Market
A little landscape inspiration from this charming WEdetroit home!
Works from our collection in the Detroit Diaspora exhibit
With “Detroit Diaspora” artists & curator/artist, Michael Kelly Williams. Carr Center, Detroit

Thank you so much, Detroit and beyond,  for being a part of our journey!



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