The Grosse Pointe Artists Association is dedicated to living up to its motto, combining creativity and community, by providing:

  • a range of art classes lead by high caliber instructors;
  • exhibitions to celebrate experienced artists and inspire new talent;
  • programming to engage and educate the general public.

Always the goal of the Association is to partner with existing community groups to find new ways to integrate visual arts components into their already successful programming.

Organization background

The spirit of the Grosse Pointe Artists Association (GPAA) began in 1927 when a group of artists organized a juried exhibition at a local club. Soon after, the association began offering art classes and by 1942, the American Federation of the Arts listed GPAA in its American Art Annual. The association has had many homes in its 90-year history. Its first home was at The War Memorial, and after years of moving from one commercial space to another, GPAA returned to The War Memorial in May 2016. In a published history of the organization, GPAA founding member John Vogt passionately describes the organization’s efforts to “improve the quality of life in the Pointes by making art an integral force in the community.” Ninety years later, the only change is that GPAA has broaden its scope to include the Pointes and their neighbors.

Current Programming of Your Organization

GPAA has 35 classes and workshops scheduled through early December 2017 offering hundreds of hours of instruction from an art studio experience to drawing fundamentals. All are held at The War Memorial and are taught by instructors chosen for their reputations as artists and teachers.

Past exhibitions include Joy and Wonder; Interiors; African American Quilts; High School Artists from Grosse Pointe South, Grosse Pointe North, University Liggett and Harper Woods; GPAA Members Show; Automotive Fine Art; GPAA student/teacher show; Our Rivers Our Lakes. All shows open at The War Memorial and travel to SOC.

Collaborators include the Great Lakes African American Quilters Network; the art teachers at the local schools and the Detroit, EyesOn Design and the Detroit Area Camera Council.

Programming includes:

  • A Morning Out — a program held twice a month that includes discussions with artists and art making projects for the elderly in the community and their caregivers.
  • Art After School — a program held every Monday after school for high school students from Grosse Pointe South, Grosse Pointe North and University Liggett offering studio time, demonstrations and lectures by professional artists.
  • Your Old Mansion: a lecture and tour series in collaboration with the docents at The War Memorial, the Grosse Pointe Garden Center, Pewabic Pottery, Quinn Evans Architects, American Association of Interior Designers and Johnstone and Johnstone Realtors.
  • Everyone has a story to tell — a program to encourage people to collect their memories and share them in collaboration with SOC.

The Value of Art

“Art is a nation’s most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves and to others the inner vision which guides us as a nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish.” –Lyndon Johnson, on signing into existence the National Endowment on the Arts

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Grosse Pointe Artists Association—Board of Directors

Karen Pope (President)
Pete Gargasoluas 
Ken Miller (Secretary)
Linda Hundhammer
(Recording Secretary)

Suzanne Berschback
David Mikesell
Angelo Sherman

Carolyn Van Dorn
Rita Walsh
Angela Wyrembelski

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