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AFRICAN DIASPORA ARTWORK CELEBRATED Mott-Warsh Collection Opens Cutting-Edge Art Gallery in Downtown Flint The growing arts scene in downtown Flint is getting a major boost with the opening of the world-class MW Gallery. The new gallery will feature works by artists of the African diaspora and those who reflect on it, from the distinguished Mott-Warsh Collection. The gallery is located at 815 S. Saginaw Street (the old IRS building), following its opening on June 10th during the 2nd Friday ARTWALK.  “We are eager to make more of the collection available to the community, and their engagement with it more meaningful,” said Maryanne Mott, the co-Founder of the Mott- Warsh Collection. “The MW Gallery will give us the opportunity to facilitate inquiry and discussion, interact with our visitors, offer programs, and share far more of the collection with the community.”  The Mott-Warsh Collection (MWC) is a private fine art collection comprised of more than 600 artworks by more than 185 artists working in varied media and stylistic approaches. Artists represented in the collection include post-World War II masters, such as Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Samella Lewis, and Charles White; and contemporary innovators such as Carrie Mae Weems, Wangechi  Mutu, Kehinde Wiley, and Hank Willis Thomas. Collectively, they cover a wide range of media—drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and 94 Innovative Health - Summer 2016 Kehinde Wiley, Passing/Posing (St. Zeno), 2004, Oil on canvas. Passing/Posing (St. Zeno) © Kehinde Wiley. video. The collection celebrates diverse, innovative, and compelling artworks by artists who have influenced the character of 20th- and 21st-century American art.  “We are thrilled to join the existing galleries, businesses, and institutions that bring lively art experiences to the downtown district,” said MWC Curator and Collection Educator Stephanie James. “This year marks the 15th anniversary of the founding of the Mott- Warsh Collection; I can’t think of a more fitting celebration than opening a permanent gallery that will facilitate more expansive exhibitions and be a hub for discussions about art.” The Mott-Warsh Collection, based in Flint, is a private collection of fine art created by artists of the African diaspora. Maryanne Mott and her late husband Herman Warsh established the Mott-Warsh collection in 2001 as a means of providing fine art to a broader audience in the City of Flint and beyond. They were troubled by the steady decline of art education in public school systems across the United States and the lack of art by people of color in many of the nation’s fine art museums. In response, they committed themselves to developing a first-rate collection and making art accessible to the broadest audience possible and providing outlets to see visual art created from a unique African-American perspective. The intention of the collection is to educate viewers in art appreciation, art making processes, art history, 20th century American history, and the history of the African diaspora.  MW Gallery hours are Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. The gallery will be open until 9 p.m. on the 2nd Friday of each month for Flint ARTWALK. The gallery is located on the corner of S. Saginaw Street and E. Court Street; the entrance located on E. Court Street.    MW Gallery 815 S. Saginaw Street, Flint 810.767.3989 www.m-wc.org • stephanie@mfo.com


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