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Peggy Sauer

Organic Form | 17″ x 22″ x 18″ | Polished Black Walnut | 1964

Artist Statement

Margaret Elizabeth Sauer aka Peggy Sauer (1925 – 1986).
In 1955 Peggy Sauer became a member of Harley Earl’s ‘Damsels of Design’ – a group of women designers the chief General Motors designer hired to design the interiors of GM automobiles. After GM, with designer Raymond Loewy, she worked on the 1963 Studebaker Avanti model. 
With her achievements in automotive design, and her multiple talents in her personal body of work — in sculpture, ceramics and drawing; her control of diverse materials — stone, metal, clay and wood; and her desire and ability to share, she became a professor of art and design at several colleges until 1985. 
G. Alden Smith, Professor Emeritus Wayne State University said, “My remembrances of Peg Sauer extend through decades of shared ideas, mutual respect, and happy occasions. The strength and forcefulness of Peg’s work, her responsiveness to inherent qualities of the material she chose, whether stone, wood, metal or clay are immediately, almost insistently apparent.”

Artwork/s at the following locations:
Collected Detroit
Galerie Camille
Playground Detroit

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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.