Mission Statement

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is a not-for-profit organization committed to promoting positive and meaningful images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community through artistic and intellectual means.

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit provides a platform for artistic exploration of various queer perspectives crossing generations and disciplines. The organization uses the contemplative spirit of the arts to foster understanding of the diversity of LGBTQ+ experience, which have been historically suppressed and overlooked by traditional institutional systems. It will achieve this through programming that promotes educational, civic and cultural engagement.

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit

The premise of Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is to gather together, for the first time, a grand-scale representation of the range and depth of Detroit queer art - and then, through panels, essays, and a printed catalogue inspire reflection and discussion. The exhibition will highlight the diversity of the LGBTQ+ Detroit community and aims to empower, affirm, and transcend via the artwork exhibited.

The exhibition will explore queer art by emerging and established Detroit artists. Celebrating artists, past and present, from Detroit and its metropolitan area, whose works manifest distinct but intersecting backgrounds. Mighty Real/Queer Detroit will occur in multiple venues simultaneously, including several evenings of music, film, spoken word and performance work at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Confirmed galleries include: Collected Detroit, Galerie Camille, Hatch, M Contemporary Art, Norwest Gallery, the Scarab Club, and Artcite in Windsor, Canada.

As a further exploration, Mighty Real/Queer Detroit will address loss and remembrance by including significant, rarely seen and unexhibited art objects. Works by artists who died of AIDS in the 1980s and '90s will be exhibited for the first time, including never before seen work by artists Brian Buczak, Timothy Gass, Marcus Mannino and Constatine Tsatsanis. A special tribute will be offered to the legendary Detroit artist, LeRoy Foster, and poets Beth Brant and Terri Jewell.

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit will open in June 2021, coinciding with the traditional celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride, presenting a month-long reflection on the diversity of the community and its longtime allies. Historically, this is a time to commemorate the advances of queer people, and to honor the past. Today, we do so with heightened significance, especially in the current moment of political uncertainty.

In conjunction with the exhibition, a calendar of events highlighting panel discussions, artist talks, performances, and poetry readings will be issued in all media; a catalogue of selected artwork, including essays examining the exhibit from a variety of historical, cultural and personal perspectives, will be available. The exhibition catalogue will feature the juried works of 100 plus artists as well as important essays by Dr. Tim Retzloff, Dream Hampton, Dennis Nawrocki, Eve Kurcharski, and the project's director, Patrick Burton.

The exhibition celebrates 140 plus artists, including: AustÄ—, Boswell, Robbie Aaron, Patrick Adams, Charles Alexander, Paula Allen, Audrey Banks, Susan Bankston, David Binder, Joan Jett Blakk, Tommye Blount, Miche Braden, Beth Brandt, John Briggs, Emmy Bright, Jeff Britting, Jan Brown, Shawntai Brown, Zac Bru, Brain Buczak, Josie Bullard, Mark Burton, Patrick Burton, Brian Carpenter, Aki Choklat, Justin Coleman, Andrea Costantini, Ijania Cortez, Robert Craner, Stephanie Crawford, Joe Culver, Robert Curtis, Christopher Cushman, Carl Demeulenaere, Julio Dominguez, Stephen Dueweke, Kaiden Dunn, Gary Eleinko, Alexander Daniels Escobar, Karen Finley, S.J. Fleck, LeRoy Foster, David Friend, Myles Gallagher, Timothy Gass, Neil Gates, Carl George, Bill Girard, Stephanie Glazier, John Glover, Javier Gonzalez, Brenda Goodman, Michael Gute, John Gutoskey, Katy Hait, Ari Hampton, Eugene Harris, Jefre Harwoods, Arturo Herrera, Bryan Hoffman, Stephanie Holloway, Holly Hughes, Johnny Ray Huston, Richard Jerzy, Terri Jewell, Kalimah Johnson, Ray Johnson, Urban Jupena, Alvaro Jurado, Deborah Kingery, Paul Kotula, Brian Kovach, Paul Kubek, Marcus Leatherdale, Tom Livo, Jim Lucky, Ron Madalinski, Marcus Mannino, Nadine Marshall, Darrin Marzorati, Renee McCoy, Taylor Mead, RV Mendoza, Billy Miller, T. Miller, Levon Millross, Monica Molinaro, Jeremy Noonan, Scott Northrup, Diana Nucera, Kasper Ray O'Brien, Taunde Olanirane, Matthew Papa, Ron Parent, Henry Petrucci, Maureen Petrucci, Jon Pickell, Kathyrose Pizzo, Ayla Raines, Lester Rambus, Nathan Rapport, Tim Retzloff, Deborah Rockman, Joyce Sabit, Julie Sabit, Ackeem Salmon, Jeffrey Sarasson, Peggy Sauer, Tylonn Sawyer, Ahya Simone, DSSence Smith, Terence Smith, Gregory Sobieraj, Peter Sparling, Karianne Spens-Hanna, James Stephens, Joe Sposita, Jon Strand, Jack O. Summers, Jarad Tacon-Heaslip, Jeremy Tacon-Heaslip, Adam Tendler, Darryl Terrell, Joyce Tinkham, Charzette Torrence, Gus Tsatsanis, Virgil Vogel, Patrick Webb, Warren Wells, Frederick Weston, Jack Whitehead, Vagner Whitehead, Tony Whitfield, Julius Wilkerson, Levester Williams, Marcus White, Ellen Wieske, and S. Kay Young.