Big Read Dearborn Art Competition Call for Entries

The Dearborn Public Library presents the “Do You Know Poe?” art competition in conjunction with The Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in partnership with Arts Midwest. The book selected for The Big Read Dearborn, a community-wide reading initiative, is “Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe.” Art entries should reflect the theme of The Big Read Dearborn: “Dreaming Dreams No Mortal Ever Dared Dream Before.”

Artists must be 16 years of age or older, and can submit up to two works for consideration. Entry fees  are $25 per submission, or two for $30. Reduced entry fee for students and Artists' Society of Dearborn members.

The show will be held in the Rotunda Gallery of the Henry Ford Centennial Library, 16301 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn, from Feb. 6-25.

Click here for details and entry form.

Gallery Brings Out Dearborn’s “Highlights” In June

The Dearborn Community Arts Council is presenting an exhibition featuring the best of the Artists’ Society of Dearborn and the district wide Dearborn Public Schools Art Show through June 26 at the Padzieski Gallery, located inside of the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michgian Ave.

The opening reception for “Highlights: Artists’ Society of Dearborn & Dearborn Public Schools” is Wednesday, June 3 from 6-8 p.m. All are welcome to attend the opening which features local artists, local students and a variety of snacks and refreshments.

This exhibit offers a showcase for the diverse talents of our community including outstanding student artwork done in 2D and 3D formats, as well as award winning examples of the ASD’s recent “group challenges” which present the themes of “Trains” and “Spring” in a variety of media.

In their regular program “Teatime with the Artists”, The Padzieski Gallery will present the ASD’s John Angus and Dave Gorden from 2-3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17 for a free, informal art talk with refreshments.

Graphic Art Show “Re-Examine / Re-Purpose” Open Through April 10

"A New Look at Propaganda and Pinup Art," a show of the work of graphic artist Paul Sizer, opens March 11 at the Padzieski Gallery.

"A New Look at Propaganda and Pinup Art," a show of the work of graphic artist Paul Sizer, opens March 11 at the Padzieski Gallery.

The artwork of Michigan graphic novelist and designer Paul Sizer is the subject of “Re-Examine / Re-Purpose - A New Look At Propaganda & Pin-Up Art,” presented in a first-time collaboration between the Dearborn Community Arts Council (DCAC) and Green Brain Comics at the Padzieski Art Gallery from March 11 through April 10.

The gallery is located inside of the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center at 15801 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn.

Sizer is a graphic designer and comic artist who has spent most of his professional career trying to find the common ground between these two areas of art. The collection of posters and prints exhibited shows a mix of drawing styles and typographic design re-purposed to create a hybrid style that examines different ways to look at elements of the historic propaganda style poster and new directions for traditional pin-up art, making them both more diverse and positive in their transmission of message. While maintaining a powerful yet playful impact, Sizer’s artwork also manages to include a variety of cultural and gender diversities in his imagery, re-purposing the often clichéd roles of victim into hero and heroine.

A Teatime with the Artist, with special guest Dan Merritt of Green Brain Comics, will be held March 18 from 2-3 p.m. The teatime is free and open to the public.

Paul Sizer lives and works in Kalamazoo, Michigan with his wife and fellow comic artist Jane Irwin. He runs Sizer Design + Illustration, his freelance design business of more than 20 years, and self-publishes his graphic novels under his Café Digital Studios imprint. His graphic novels include LITTLE WHITE MOUSE, MOPED ARMY, B.P.M., MIXTAPE: 1984, and the upcoming DAUGHTERS OF THE OCTOPUS. You can see more of his design and comic work at