The Anton Art Center will welcome a new visual art exhibition to its gallery from July 28 through September 5. Motherhood, a juried collection presented by McLaren Macomb, features works on the complexity of mothering. Participating artists developed works reflecting how motherhood affects a person’s body, mind and identity. The pieces also demonstrate how motherhood influences creative work or vice versa.
“We’ve not had an exhibit inspired by motherhood since The Art Center was founded nearly fifty years ago, when the Detroit Institute of Arts loaned us our inaugural show, titled ‘Mother and Child.’ We hope that this exhibit inspires our community to reflect on motherhood and be a part of this meaningful conversation,” said Executive Director Phil Gilchrist.
The exhibit features 42 selected artworks by 25 artists from near and far, including regional artists from southeast Michigan, out-of-state artists from Texas, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Ohio, New York and Missouri and international artists from Singapore and Canada. A variety of media used includes photography, ink, graphite, colored pencil, charcoal, felt, oil paint, watercolor, mixed media, sterling silver, breast milk, nursing pads, mohair, acrylic, etc.
Motherhood is juried by the Anton Art Center exhibition committee, with nearly $1,000 in cash prizes and additional honorable mention awards. Accepted artwork will be on display in the first floor gallery. An opening reception will be held at the Anton Art Center on Saturday, July 28th, from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., with awards to be announced at 3 p.m. and refreshments provided by SisterFriends Detroit.
Megan Ochmanek is a communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.