Essay’d can provide the following: (i) an unparalleled domain knowledge of the Detroit art ecosystem; (ii) over thirty years of professional experience in education, business, and technical consulting; and (iii) an independent position that allows us to provide candid, impartial advice.

We are pleased to offer paid services in the following areas:

Writing + Editing: our editorial process has helped numerous writers through their first published work. We are happy to help you sharpen up your artist statement or art writing. We are also open to commissions for catalog essays, artist statements, articles, and general art/culture writing.

Art Consulting: we have unparalleled knowledge of the Detroit art world and are always willing to make this available to collectors, designers, and general art enthusiasts. We can advise on art selection and arrange professional installation.

Curation and Exhibition Production: we have curated/produced over 60 exhibitions including many that have gone on to be shown at major institutions and achieved national recognition. Our strengths are an unparalleled domain knowledge of the Detroit art world, good professional skills, and a proven curatorial process.

Consulting and Value Stream Mapping: we have a deep understanding of cultural production in the Detroit ecosystem. We are happy to work with foundations and institutions to ensure that you maximize the value from your investment funding.

Workshops: we can provide inspiring and highly collaborative workshops in curating or art writing. We can turn ideas into achievable projects, and groups of individuals into high-achieving teams. For specific feedback on past workshops see here and here.

To discuss your requirements, please don’t hesitate to contact steve (at) or matthew (at)