Photo and painting of Gilda Snowden
Gilda Snowden, next to Delvona Johnson's portrait of her at the Red Bull House of Art.

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Gilda Snowden

Gilda Snowden was an instructor at the College for Creative Studies (CCS) for more than three decades. A few of her paintings and drawings are in the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), and many are owned by individual and corporate collectors around the world.

In 2009, she won a Kresge Fellowship in the Visual Arts; an NCA Vision & Excellence in the Arts Award in 2004; the Alain Locke Award in 2001, etc. Since 2015, the Kresge Foundation has awarded the Gilda Awards in conjunction with the Kresge Fellowships.

This bald recitation of facts does not do justice to her importance as a mentor to not just the artists enrolled in her classes but to the entire art community in Detroit and beyond. More telling are the informal honors, such as being included in the list of the art giants of Detroit. She was also a tireless supporter of Detroit's art galleries. Her inspiration and influence on almost every artist she came into contact with will never fade from our memory.

One of Prof. Snowden's paintings at Cobo Center

Tornado City 2, one of Prof. Snowden's paintings at Cobo Center.

Gilda Snowden documents artwork at Detroit Artists Market

Gilda Snowden documents artwork at Detroit Artists Market.

Current exhibitions

Even if her work is not in any exhibits in a gallery at the moment, you can still find her paintings in several public and private collections. Perhaps the most accessible is the one at the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit.

Upcoming exhibitions

Her work will continue to be exhibited in galleries. Since she was very prolific, it is likely we may yet discover old work of hers we did not previously know. Her family are slowly and methodically working through the estate, dividing it into various categories.

Past exhibitions

It's a very long list. On her CV, which she last updated in 2010, she listed solo shows at Sherry Washington, the Saginaw Museum of Art, and a few others; and duo shows with Carlos Diaz, Lisa Spindler, Michael Luchs, Yolanda Sharpe, Chris Whittey and Stephanie Crawford; and group exhibits at Neal Davis Gallery, Dell Pryor Gallery, etc.

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