The Kresge Eminent Artist Award of $50,000 is unrestricted and given annually to one artist who:

  • Lives and works in the metropolitan Detroit tri-county area (Wayne, Oakland, or Macomb counties) and has resided in the area for a significant number of years
  • Has a distinguished record of high quality work and professional achievement in the arts
  • Has made a significant impact on their chosen art form
  • Shares their talent and expertise with the broader arts community and community at large
  • Has contributed generously to the growth and vibrancy of Detroit’s cultural environment

Selection Process

Each year, a group of local artists and arts professionals are convened by Kresge Arts in Detroit to review the Kresge Eminent Artist Award nominations and, utilizing the guidelines and selection criteria, select the Kresge Eminent Artist.

Panelists are experienced and well-respected for their knowledge of and involvement in the local cultural community. They represent a diversity of artistic disciplines, ages, ethnicities, genders, and professional backgrounds.

From 2013-2018, the Advisory Council, a volunteer group of leaders in the metro Detroit cultural community, selected the Kresge Eminent Artist.

Artist Nominations

Kresge Arts in Detroit constituents, including past Advisory Council members, past Kresge Eminent Artist panelists, and past Kresge Eminent Artists, nominate artists for the Kresge Eminent Artist Award each year. An artist may not self-nominate.

Once an artist has received the Kresge Eminent Artist Award, they are not eligible to receive another Kresge Eminent Artist Award or to apply for a Kresge Artist Fellowship. However, if an artist has received the Kresge Artist Fellowship, they are eligible to be nominated for the Kresge Eminent Artist Award.