I am the founder of the Detroit Art Review. The mission at the Detroit Art Review is to review art exhibitions in the Detroit Metro area. Philosophically, our audience is broad and diverse. I like A.O. Scott’s explanation, “that we are, in fact, all critics, because criticism informs almost every aspect of creation, social interaction, and private feeling.”
I was born in Detroit, attended graduate school at Wayne State University in painting, and I have always considered myself part of the Detroit Art Community. I paint and write full time.
In the writing of art criticism, there are primarily three types of writers: Journalists, Art Historians, and Artists. I fall into category three, as I have a visual art practice and have exhibited for over thirty-five years, primarily in southeastern Michigan. Because I had worked in public television as a writer / producer, I developed some writing skill, and when I retired from that profession, I turned my writing to art criticism and fiction.
I usually select an exhibit where I feel I might have something to say that is constructive. This would usually be a painting, photographic, sculpture, or mixed media exhibition. I prefer working on solo exhibitions that provide me with some space to go deeper into the work. I try to understand the perspective of the artist through an artist statement or an interview. I visit the exhibition space and take notes that capture my reaction to the work in the present. I do a rough draft as soon as possible and then begin the research process. I add the research elements and imagery to the polish. The final stage is submitting to an editor for his/her review. Each writer has their own style and approach to writing reviews at the Detroit Art Review. Contact: ron1441(at)comcast.net
Glen Mannisto teaches the “History of Modern Design” and has taught the “History of Video since the Sony Portapak.” at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit. As an art journalist he maintains a strong relationship with the Detroit art community often writing catalogue essays and reviews for Art Journals, galleries and museums. He has also edited two art and literary related journals, “Straits” and “Trait.”
Clara W. DeGalan
Clara W. DeGalan attended University of Michigan and just recently graduated with her MFA in painting from Wayne State University. She is a painter who exhibits in the Detroit metro area on a regular basis and has written for varies publications. She teaches drawing and painting as an adjunct instructor for various Universities.
Jonathan Rinck has lived, worked, and studied in Canada, Scotland, and Japan. In Addition to writing for the Detroit Art Review, he blogs regularly for the International Sculpture Center and review nonfiction for Publishers Weekly. His articles have appeared in Sculpture Magazine, Michigan History Magazine, and Ceramics: Art and Perception. A devoted fan of short-form essay, his favorite writers include John Updike, Simon Schama, Martin Amis, and Joan Didion.
Dennis A. Nawrocki
Dennis A. Nawrocki serves as adjunct faculty in the department of art and art history at Wayne State University. He directed Center Galleries at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies from 1990 to 1998, in addition to teaching art history there from 1990 to 2005. Author of Art in Detroit Public Places (Wayne State University Press, 2008) and a freelance critic, Nawrocki has reviewed national and international exhibitions for Art in America, Sculpture, American Ceramics,New Art Examiner, and Metro Times.
Ryan Standfest is a Detroit artist. He is the editor and publisher of ROTLAND PRESS, presenting publications of humor and despair, and founded the performance group Cabaret BLACK EYE, a hybrid of vaudeville and Absurdist theatrical tendencies. He is also a curator, assembling exhibitions that focus on different forms of humor in the visual arts. Standfest holds an M.F.A. in Printmaking from The University of Iowa.