ESSAY’D: Profiling Detroit Arts, 750 Words at a Time


At the site, four local writers from disparate backgrounds, connected only by a shared fascination and appreciation for fine art, regularly contribute 750 word profiles on a number of high-caliber, Detroit-based visual artists.


They’re respectful, accessible, and informative write-ups that capture the city’s contemporary art scene. So far, they’ve examined more than 50 painters, photographers and sculptors, including Frank Pahl, Lynne Avadenka, Clinton Snider and Corine Vermeulen


Wayne State University Press took notice and compiled the first 30 essays for a book titled ESSAYD//30 Detroit Artists. There’s a book launch party this Thursday at MOCAD

WDET’s Travis Wright  spoke about the project with ESSAY’D writer Matthew Piper

Matthew Piper


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