Supporters and partners

Essay’d could not have reached this stage without the generous support of numerous people and organizations.

We are grateful to Kim Fischer, Dan Graschuk, Michael Stone-Richards and Addie Langford, and Sharon Zimmerman – all of whom have personally donated money to the project at critical times. Our lawyer Noel French (of Thrive Legal) has done so much to help the project that it is hard to know where to start thanking him.

Regional art centers are vitally important to the Detroit Art Scene, and we are delighted to collaborate with the Anton Art Center, in Mount Clemens, and the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center on a monthly series of Essay’d artist talks, alternating between the two venues. Both organizations also generously provide financial support for the core writing project. We want to specifically acknowledge Annie VanGelderen (President and CEO of the BBAC), and Phil Gilchrist (Executive Director at the Anton Art Center) for their personal support.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit generously hosted the Essay’d book launch in August 2016, and also funded an Essay’d writing workshop in conjunction with their Fall 2016 Sanford Biggers exhibition. Their commitment to art criticism in the city has allowed us to create a curriculum and collateral.

Wayne State University Press have been great partners in producing the printed version of Essay’d, and also promoting the project in a more general way. In particular, Jane Ferreyra, Kathy Wildfong, and Emily Nowak have been consistently supportive.

We are grateful to Detroit Symphony Orchestra for entrusting their 2017 visual art programming (Art@theMax) to Essay’d. In particular we wish to thank Anne Parsons (President and CEO) and Chris Harrington (Managing Director and Curator @ The Max) for their vision and support.

Lynne Avadenka (of Signal Return Press) has been incredibly generous in introducing Essay’d to her personal network of contacts. The connections with Wayne State University Press, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the BBAC were all due to her.

Finally, we are extremely grateful to the Knight Foundation for providing funding that is central to putting the project on a sustainable financial footing and allowing it to grow.