Celebrating the DCAC’s 50th Anniversary

The year 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Dearborn Community Arts Council.

To celebrate this milestone, the DCAC held a 50th anniversary celebration in July in conjunction with a show of works by members of the Artists' Society of Dearborn.

Photo collage by Sylvia Bandyke

More about Sylvia: I have a long time interest in photography and took it to a new level when I joined the Artists’ Society of Dearborn in the Fall of 2017.  Doing so gave me the opportunity to display at the Padzieski Gallery and the Henry Ford Centennial Library in the city.  From there I branched out to exhibitions in Livonia, Muskegon and Detroit and then onto exhibitions nationally from the East to West Coasts and North to South.

I like using the collage format to integrate associated images into a well-balanced, cohesive unit that is even more compelling and eye-catching because of the embedded story or theme.  Initially I began using this format when I displayed in ArtPrize in Grand Rapids from 2014 – 2018.   I have even been included in online international exhibits with my collages so I am finding acceptance of the format in many different venues.


Buy, sell art at the DCAC’s Art Exchange Aug. 15-18

The DCAC is inviting all art collectors, artists and art enthusiasts to participate in its 4th Annual Art Exchange. This exciting Art Sale is also a fundraiser offering participants a chance to display and sell artwork with a portion of sales benefiting the Padzieski Art Gallery and its many community projects and programs.  

With an open invitation to all, the Dearborn Community Arts Council’s Padzieski Art Gallery is holding an Art Exchange and Art Sale on Aug. 15-18 from 12-7 p.m. 

This is the fourth Art Sale fundraiser to benefit the gallery and it offers a special opportunity for artists and collectors to sell their art. The Art Exchange also provides a venue for those looking to purchase beautiful gifts of art for the upcoming holidays or just to freshen up their own collections with new art.

The art exchange is a fundraiser for the Dearborn Community Arts Council. There is no admission fee to attend.

How to submit art

The DCAC will choose work from submissions from throughout our region. These works include paintings, prints, photography and other fine and decorative art.  Participating artists and collectors will split proceeds from the sale of their art with the DCAC for support of its various community programs and upkeep of the Padzieski Art Gallery.

Donations of art are also appreciated.

All art must be dropped off Thursday, Aug. 8, Friday, Aug. 9 or Tuesday, Aug. 13 between the hours of 3-7 p.m. at the gallery.

Artwork submitted must be properly wired and ready to hang.

Participants may submit their paperwork for including their art in the exchange by using the form below, or may pick up the form in the gallery.

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

Art Exchange Submission Form

Fields marked with a * are required

You may submit up to five works of art for consideration. Please list all works in one form.


Celebrate Dearborn’s “HIGHLIGHTS” in June

From June 6 - 30, The Padzieski Art Gallery presents its annual “HIGHLIGHTS” exhibition. The show is comprised of recent works by the Artists’ Society of Dearborn (ASD), which this year also includes work from the Arab American National Museum’s award-winning SURA Arts Academy, a student photography program. Featured artists will speak at the DCAC’s FREE Gallery Art Talk “Art & Appetizers” on Thursday, June 27, from 5-7 p.m.

“HIGHLIGHTS: Artists’ Society of Dearborn & SURA Arts Academy Student Photography” is an exhibition of outstanding and wide ranging artwork from the ASD in 2D and 3D formats including oil and water based paintings as well as pastels, mixed media and photography. The AANM, dedicated to nurturing the next generation of artists, is sharing eight works from their SURA Arts Academy – an after-school program providing professional photography lessons to middle and high schoolers in Dearborn and metro Detroit through ACCESS since 2000.

Equipped with cameras supplied by the AANM, students from different cultural backgrounds develop an understanding of the mechanics of photography and career opportunities in the field. Professional photographers and educators, including the DCAC’s own Bruce Harkness, have lead these discussions and explorations, helping students gain insight into issues of identity, ethnicity, diversity, and community history. The eight images included in “HIGHLIGHTS” – of the students’ families, friends and communities – represent just a portion of the inspiring creative output of the SURA Arts Academy.

The next SURA program is a summer camp and takes place July 29-Aug. 2.  Students will embark on daily field trips, exploring, documenting and photographing their surroundings. This semester, students will focus on issues of home, community and culture, telling their story and capturing experiences through their photographs. More information at: www.arabamericanmuseum.org/sura

The student’s work is shown side by side in the Padzieski Gallery with some of the best from The ASD and their most recent exhibitions. The ASD (www.dearbornart.com) includes theme challenges, such as an exploration of texture, which encourages their group to explore creativity within specific guidelines. These theme challenges will also be on display.

The exceptional quality of the student work often presents its own fun challenges as viewers enjoy  trying to distinguish between the art shown by these talented local youngsters and the more experienced members of the ASD. 

The Padzieski Art Gallery is free to visit and open Tuesdays through Fridays from 12-6 p.m. and also select weekends. The Gallery can be reached by phone during hours of operation at 313-943-5377 and the DCAC website provides more information at www.dcacarts.org.

This impressive exhibition represents a variety of works from the many talented young artists of Dearborn and the ASD and will be on display at the Padzieski Gallery through June 30.