Kresge Arts in Detroit has announced the artists receiving 2021 Kresge Artist Fellowships and Gilda Awards in Literary Arts and Visual Arts and Darcel Deneau has been named as a 2021 Visual Arts Fellow for Glass.
Administered by the College for Creative Studies, Kresge Arts in Detroit represents one aspect of The Kresge Foundation’s investment in the artistic communities of metropolitan Detroit. Their Detroit Program is a comprehensive community development effort to strengthen the long-term economic, social, and cultural fabric of the city and surrounding region.
Since 2008, Kresge Arts in Detroit has awarded more than $6.7 million through 13 Kresge Eminent Artist Awards ($50,000 each), 238 Kresge Artist fellowships ($25,000 each), and 32 Gilda Awards ($5,000 each).
The selection criteria for Kresge Artist Fellowships included: A demonstrated track record of artistic achievement and high-quality work, the potential to grow and advance in one’s artistic career, and the potential to reflect, enhance, or impact communities within metropolitan Detroit.
DARCEL DENEAU has been inspired by Detroit for nearly 20 years. Using glass and objects she finds around the city, she builds images of Detroit that parallel its current growth, finding that there’s a striking similarity between the approach to her process and Detroit’s transformation. Her work has been widely collected and publicly displayed. In 2020, Deneau’s work was recognized as best in show at the Anton Art Center’s 2020 MI Fine Arts Competition, juried by Detroit Institute of Arts Director, Salvador Salort-Pons, and she has placed in the award category of the annual College for Creative Studies Alumni Exhibition for 3 years in a row.