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Jack O. Summers

Mandala | collage | 2012

Artist Statement

Jack O. Summers (1938-2019)
Jack O. Summers was an artist, educator, mentor, friend, and a loved and respected voice in the Detroit arts community. He worked primarily in photography, collage, and mixed media, often incorporating his signature sly and wicked satire of social and political topics. He spent more than thirty years as an educator, teaching at Grosse Pointe South High School and the College for Creative Studies, where he influenced, inspired, and supported countless students.

Artwork/s at the following locations:
Scarab Club

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About MR/QD

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is an art exhibition in June 2022 devoted to 77 years (1945-2022) of Detroit LGBTQ+ art 

The exhibition presents a month-long historical examination of the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community and its longtime allies, featuring established & emerging Detroit artists, as well as artists whose careers were shortened by HIV/AIDS.

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to promoting positive and meaningful images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community through artistic and intellectual means. © 2023. All Rights Reserved.