Incorporated in 1982, Artcite Inc is a non-profit, registered charitable artist-run centre (member of the Canadian Artist-Run Network [ARN] and Artist-Run Centres & Collectives Ontario [ARCCO]). Windsor’s only artist-run centre dedicated exclusively to the presentation and promotion of contemporary and experimental art forms, Artcite Inc maintains a balanced and diverse program of visual art exhibitions and events, including: performance, film and video screenings, artist’s lectures and workshops, and presentations of experimental music and interdisciplinary art production. The organization is directed by a volunteer Board, staff and voting members, the majority of whom are working artists of various disciplines. Artcite Inc has been a focal point of the arts community since we opened our doors in 1982.
Currently located in the Capitol Theatre and Arts Centre in Windsor’s burgeoning downtown core, Artcite strives to present new and experimental art and exhibitions that are politically and socially engaged; changing monthly exhibits in the gallery space showcase a variety of local, regional, national and international artists. During our 20 years of operations, Artcite has featured diverse emerging and reknowned visual artists, collectives, performers, critics & curators such as Monty Cantsin, NYC’s Naked Eye Cinema, Jim Shaw, Peter Greyson, Jamelie Hassan, John Scott, Kiki Smith, Claus Oldenberg, Donna Ferrato, Kurt Kren, Edward Poitras, Allen Belcher, Eugene Chadbourne, Robin Rimbaud a.k.a. Scanner & Negativland’s Mark Hosler.
Art Gallery of Windsor
The Art Gallery of Windsor collects, conserves, interprets, and presents Canadian art. It is a place to view significant works of art by local, regional, and national artists; a place to see what Canadians have been making and thinking about for longer than Canada has been a country. The AGW is a valuable cultural resource for the Windsor area, and provides the special service of showcasing Canadian art in a city that has the busiest border crossing between Canada and the United States.
Media City is an international festival of experimental film and video art presented annually in Windsor, Ontario, Canada since 1994. The festival is a co-presentation of Artcite Inc. (Windsor’s artist-run centre for the contemporary arts) and House of Toast (Windsor’s film and video collective). Each year Media City screens approximately fifty new films and videos in all gauges and formats in its international competition programs. The festival also hosts retrospective screenings and discussions with featured artists and presents installations in Artcite Inc. and other venues.
Windsor International Film Festival
The Windsor International Film Festival is an an engaging ten-day event featuring a broad spectrum of fiction and nonfiction films. With a mandate to showcase critically acclaimed cinematic arts by distinguished directors; to present international film worthy of a Canadian audience; and to debut independent film in Windsor, the Windsor International Film Festival is committed to providing accessibility to Canadian and international audiences.
The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA)
The DIA has been a beacon of culture for the Detroit area for well over a century. Founded in 1885, the museum covers 677,000 square feet that includes more than 100 galleries, an 1,150-seat auditorium, a 380-seat lecture/recital hall, an art reference library, and a state-of-the-art conservation services laboratory.
The DIA’s collection is one of the largest, most significant in the United States, comprising a multicultural and multinational survey of human creativity from prehistory through the 21st century. A hallmark of the DIA is the diversity of the collection. In addition to outstanding American, European, Modern and Contemporary, and Graphic art, the museum holds significant works of African, Asian, Native American, Oceanic, Islamic, and Ancient art. Among these are the masterpiece sculpture Nail Figure from Zaire and a rare Korean Head of Buddha. In 2000, the DIA established the General Motors Center for African American Art as a curatorial department in order to broaden the museum’s collection of African American art.
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD)
The mission of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit is to present art at the forefront of contemporary culture. As a non-collecting institution, MOCAD is responsive to the cultural content of our time, fueling crucial dialogue, collaboration, and public engagement. Exhibitions focus on the fine arts, architecture, contemporary craft and design. Weekly public programs include lectures, musical performances, films, literary readings and educational activities for children.
Located on Woodward and Garfield between the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Detroit Institute of the Arts, Wayne State University and the College for Creative Studies, the Museum is an innovative addition to Detroit’s Cultural Center and functions as a hub for the exploration of emerging ideas in the contemporary arts. The 22,000 square foot building, a former auto dealership, provides raw, flexible and cavernous spaces, making the building well-suited to the exhibition of contemporary art
Cranbrook Art Museum
Cranbrook Art Museum is a contemporary art museum located at the heart of Cranbrook Educational Community, one of the nation’s greatest architectural complexes. The Art Museum offers both a glimpse into Cranbrook’s remarkable past through its collection and tours of the campus while offering changing exhibitions of the finest contemporary art. Cranbrook Art Museum gives voice to contemporary artists like Lynda Benglis, Mark Dion, Bruce Nauman, Gilles Peress, Alexis Rockman, Bill Viola, and Andrea Zittel, as well as promising newcomers like Cranbrook’s own Academy students.
The museum’s changing exhibitions are a continuing commentary on our society and world. From contemplative to cutting edge, the exhibitions challenge emotions and sensibilities. Its permanent collection–The Cranbrook Collection–showcases Cranbrook’s profound influence on the worlds of twentieth-century art, architecture and design through the work of its artists.
SB Contemporary Art
SB Contemporary Art is a commercial gallery space that showcases contemporary Canadian, established, mid-career and emerging, artists. The gallery has a focus on local artists’ works, but also highlights national and international artists. The gallery is situated in western Ontario, on the border of Canada and the United States, in the downtown core of the city of Windsor. This bridged city venue provides interested artists, patrons and collectors visiting or living in Essex county, or the Detroit area with an accessible commercial art location. SB Contemporary includes a yearly MFA show.