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Progressive Art Studio Collective, launched in January 2021, is the first progressive art and design studio, and exhibition program, in Detroit and Wayne County, dedicated to supporting artists with developmental disabilities and mental health issues to advance independent artistic practices and build individual career paths in the art and design fields. PASC is a program of Services To Enhance Potential.
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 9, 5-8 pm
“From Periphery to Center” is the first in-person exhibition of artwork by artists in the Progressive Art Studio Collective (PASC), an art and design studio dedicated to supporting artists with developmental disabilities and mental health issues in Detroit and Wayne County. The title references the acknowledgement that this exhibition represents a shift for these PASC artists, both as artists and as disabled people, from a position outside the artworld to a place inside or from a state of non-recognition to one of acknowledgement.
PASC is a program of Services to Enhance Potential (STEP) a non-profit service organization, founded in 1972, that provides services and supports for 1300+ individuals with disabilities and mental health issues in Southeastern Michigan.
For most of these artists, whose ages range from mid thirties to late seventies, this is their first exhibition. The exhibition features artwork by over 25 artists, showcasing a wide variety of styles, sources of inspiration, and approaches to making. The artwork ranges from thick expressionist paintings by Eric Green to line-driven watercolors referencing archaeological masks and sculptures by Alsendo Owens, to highly detailed watercolors landscapes and cityscapes by Keisha Miller.
Shawn Jackson’s drawings representing iconic televisions shows of the 1990s will be seen alongside Lewis Foster’s encyclopedic sketches cataloguing mid-century furniture. Overall this exhibition represents a spectrum of neurodivergent approaches to expressing one’s lived experience.
Organized by PASC curator Anthony Marcellini and guest curator Laura Mott.
Public Program: Disability Art, and Architecture in Creative Placemaking Virtual talk on September 30 from 6-8pm
What role can a disability art center play in developing creative placemaking in Detroit? This conversation between Anthony Marcellini, the manager and project lead for the Progressive Art Studio Collective Program (PASC), Ian Dickenson, Principal, at Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects [LOHA], DisArt, a production company and arts and culture organization that focuses its energy on creating public art events that cultivate and communicate a disability culture; will explore the subject of inclusivity in creative placemaking. By highlighting disabilities, we acknowledge a group often left out of discussions on Detroit culture, and the importance of elevating disability in our collective visions of Detroit.