Announcing the 2013 Kresge Artist Fellows!

For Immediate Release

2013 Kresge Artist Fellows Highlight Metro Detroit’s vibrant creative community

$450,000 to literary and Visual artists

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – JUNE 26, 2013 – Kresge Arts in Detroit is pleased to award Kresge Artist Fellowships to 18 metropolitan Detroit literary and visual artists. Each of the fellowships includes an unrestricted prize of $25,000, rewarding creative vision and commitment to excellence within a wide range of artistic disciplines.

The fellowships represent The Kresge Foundation’s desire to elevate the profile of the area’s artistic community and advance the careers of artists living and working in metropolitan Detroit, comprised of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.


2013 Kresge Artist Fellows in the Literary Arts Group Photo Literary Artists
Terry Blackhawk, poetry
adrienne maree, fiction
Arthur R. LaBrew, creative non-fiction
Cary Loren, arts criticism/interdisciplinary
Dunya Mikhail, poetry
Chace “Mic Write” Morris, spoken word
Peregrine Workshop: Andrea + Gary Urbiel Goldner, interdisciplinary
Carolyn Walker, creative non-fiction
Michael Zadoorian, fiction

2013 Kresge Artist Fellows in the Visual Arts Group PhotoVisual Artists
Jon Brumit, interdisciplinary
Coco Bruner, drawing
Jason E. Carter, painting
Kate Daughdrill, interdisciplinary
Oren Goldenberg, video art
Marie T. Hermann, ceramics
Charlie O’Geen, installation
Bryant Tillman, painting
Carl Wilson, printmaking


Detroit’s College for Creative Studies administers the fellowships. ArtServe Michigan provides professional practice opportunities for the fellows.

“Every year we look forward to putting a spotlight on some the extraordinary talent here in metropolitan Detroit – and to getting better acquainted with some of the creative people who contribute so much energy to their community,” says Rip Rapson, president of The Kresge Foundation. “We know well that the creativity and innovative thinking of these artists inspires people across all walks of life. So in addition to appreciating the fellows’ art for its own sake, we also recognize the role their activities have in adding to the vitality of the region.”

More than 700 applications were reviewed through a competitive process for literary and visual arts fellowships by two independent panels of national and local artists and arts professionals. The panelists provided a balance of artistic perspectives and an understanding of the local artistic environment, as well as extensive knowledge of the art forms being reviewed.

2013 Literary Arts Panelists
• Wanda Coleman, poet and author
• Bill Harris, playwright, poet, critic and novelist
• Claudia La Rocco, performance critic for The New York Times and editor-at-large for The Brooklyn Rail
• Ken Mikolowski, poet, editor, publisher and lecturer in English at University of Michigan
• Robert Polito, director of writing programs at The New School and incoming president of The Poetry Foundation

2013 Visual Arts Panelists
• Eric Fischl, painter and sculptor
• Rebecca Hart, associate curator of contemporary art, Detroit Institute of Arts
• Nancy Mitchnick, painter and educator
• Shinique Smith, visual artist
• Hamza Walker, associate curator for the Renaissance Society, University of Chicago

The annual Kresge Artist Fellowships, Kresge Eminent Artist Award and multi-year operating support grants to arts and cultural organizations constitute Kresge Arts in Detroit, the foundation’s effort to provide broad support to the regional arts community. Kresge Arts in Detroit is one facet of the foundation’s Detroit Program, a comprehensive framework that seeks to change the city’s trajectory to one of long-term economic opportunity that advances social equity, promotes cultural expression, and re-establishes the city as the center of a vibrant region.

Since 2008, Kresge Arts in Detroit has awarded more than $2.5 million to metropolitan Detroit artists working in the literary, performing and visual arts. Information on next year’s 2014 Kresge Artist Fellowships will be available November 1, 2013.

“The Kresge Arts in Detroit program continues to nurture and celebrate Detroit’s extraordinary artists,” says Richard L. Rogers, President of the College for Creative Studies. “The Kresge Foundation’s generosity and foresight not only help to advance the careers of very talented individuals, but they also add to the cultural richness of this region. Detroit’s creative community is being featured more and more on the national stage, and the Kresge Arts in Detroit program is a big reason why.”

Biographies and images of the 2013 Kresge Artist Fellows are attached. For further information, please contact Erin Marie McDonald at or 313.664.7941.

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