A couple of nights ago I went to the welcoming reception for the new grad students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The event was held in the Sullivan Galleries smack in the middle of Detroit USA: Material, Site, Narrative, an exhibit with works by Danielle Aubert and Maia Asshaq, Jon Brumit, Kate Daughdrill and Mira Burack, Design 99, Scott Hocking, Chido Johnson, Jessica Care Moore, Catie Newell, Gilda Snowden and Corine Vermeulen.

The art was strong and I have to say it gave me a sense of pride given that I have been connected with Detroit since my early beginnings. Born and raised in Windsor, Detroit’s skyline was my daily view. I crossed the border to go to school, to visit friends and relatives and experience Detroit’s cultural riches. And now, Detroit is part of my artistic community. The city is in my blood and seems to be following me wherever I go.