Padzieski Gallery honors Detroit rock music history Sept. 9-Oct. 8

The Dearborn Community Arts Council, Padzieski Art Gallery and '60s Girl Productions present “An Exhibition of Detroit Rock Posters and Photography” with contributions from area artists beginning with an Opening Party & Reception on Friday, Sept. 9, from 6-8 p.m. and closing Saturday, Oct. 8.

The exhibition closing date of Saturday, October 8 will also be a major, all-day celebration at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center of the 50th Anniversary of Detroit’s legendary Grande Ballroom re-envisioned in the 1960s by Dearborn’s “Rock Royalty” Russ Gibb (visit for tickets and more info). The concert will feature The Yardbirds, Frijid Pink and many more.

Southeast Michigan’s important contribution to the art and photography of the '60s is not always appropriately recognized, especially in the realm of counterculture and psychedelic poster art. While some historians acknowledge San Francisco and Detroit as equally central to the art’s early formation, this exhibition presents the outstanding work of award-winning photographers Leni Sinclair and John Collier as well as world-famous poster artists Gary Grimshaw, Carl Lundgren, Dennis Loren and Mark Arminski, providing an opportunity for a second look at their social role and continuing impact.

“An Exhibition of Detroit Rock Posters and Photography” covers 1966 to 2016 and will include never-before-seen images of Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Janis Joplin, Bob, Seger, Jim Morrison and David Bowie - as well as iconic photographs of the MC5, John Lennon, Prince, and Jimi Hendrix. Original posters and prints of The Who, The Stooges and Donovan to Patti Smith, Kid Rock and The White Stripes will also be displayed and available for sale.

Nadia Aboumourad

“Highlights” Exhibition showcases Dearborn artists, students June 28-July 22

The DCAC and the Padzieski Art Gallery present an art exhibition of “Highlights” from recent shows by the Artists’ Society of Dearborn (ASD) and the Dearborn Public Schools with an opening party on Wednesday, June 28 from 6-8 p.m. This impressive exhibition representing a wide range of works from the many talented young artists of Dearborn Public Schools and the more experienced members of the ASD runs through July 22.

“Highlights: Artists’ Society of Dearborn and Dearborn Public Schools” is a display of outstanding artwork from local students created in 2-D and 3-D formats, including jewelry, ceramics and other media. The students' work is shown alongside some of the best from the ASD and their most recent exhibitions including their “challenge” to create a toy-themed work of art.

The opening party is FREE and open to the public on Wednesday, June 28 from 6-8 p.m. Refreshment will be served. The gallery’s regular program “Teatime with the Artists” scheduled for July 20 from 2-3 p.m. is also free. Come celebrate Dearborn’s talented youth along with the more experienced artists of our creative community.

The Padzieski Art Gallery is free and open Tuesdays through Fridays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Padzieski Art Gallery is located in the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center at 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn.

Dancers from the Mexican Patriotic Committee, winner of the Arts Organization Award, perform at the Mayor's Arts Awards on Feb. 11.

Nominations open for 29th Mayor’s Arts Awards

Who are the top artists and arts organizations of 2016 in the Dearborn area?

Help the Dearborn Community Arts Council honor them by nominating an individual or organization for the Mayor's Arts Awards!

Awards are presented annually in the following categories:

The Artist/Performer Award: To be given to a fine arts artist or performing artist from the greater Dearborn community who has consistently made an impact in his or her artistic discipline.
The Arts Educator Award:  To be given to an arts educator from the greater Dearborn community who has provided students with exemplary educational opportunities and has shown the importance of the arts through example.
The Mayor's Award: To be given to a citizen who has achieved prominence in the arts through support or performance. Dearborn Mayor John B. O'Reilly, Jr. selects this honoree from those submitted for his consideration.
The Patron Award: To be given to individuals, businesses or corporations that have supported excellence in the arts by contributing to an arts organization or to the greater Dearborn arts community.
The Organization Award: To be given to an arts organization recognized for outstanding contributions to the advancement and support of the arts in the greater Dearborn community.
The Volunteer Award: To be given to an individual who, through his or her volunteerism, has demonstrated significant accomplishment in advancing and supporting the arts in the greater Dearborn community.

Nominations are due by Feb. 24, 2017. Nominations can be made online using the form below, or by submitting a printed MAA nomination form.

The Mayor’s Arts Awards will be presented at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 in “Studio A in Dearborn’s Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave. The evening includes the awards presentation, as well as performances by local artists. A reception will follow.

Click here for more information on past Mayor's Arts Awards honorees. 

Mayor's Arts Awards Nominations

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Nominations must include:

  1. The completed nomination form.
  2. A written statement explaining why they feel the candidate should be considered.
  3. A biography of the candidate or organization and/or a resume listing artistic achievements and contributions.

To send attachments to your nomination, please email DCAC Director Ralph Valdez at