A sculpture by Jake Chidester close to the door to Corktown Studios

A sculpture by Jake Chidester close to the orange front door to Corktown Studios.

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Corktown Studios

2707 14th Street
Detroit MI 48216

Opening receptions are usually on Saturdays, sometimes followed by a closing reception the following Saturday. The major exceptions are the anniversary shows, which occur on the same Sunday as the St. Patrick's Day parade on Michigan Avenue a couple of blocks south.

Located in Detroit's Corktown neighborhood, the gallery also has studio space for a few artists, and was for a long time the home base of the Rogue Satellites band and the Haunted Wood Revue concerts (featuring mostly singing guitarists).

Owned by Alisyn Malek, the gallery had, for the first five years, Lisa Poszywak as artistic director (as of August 2017, a successor was not yet named). Studio holders include Christopher Anderson and Paula Zammit.

After a renovation and expansion project in 2015 was completed, the gallery started looking for new artists to occupy the new studios, eventually adding Amy Fell, Paolo Pedini and Elizabeth Workman to their line-up.

In November of that year, the Knight Foundation named Corktown Studios as a recipient of a matching funds grant for a project to professionally record upcoming Haunted Wood Revue concerts.

Upcoming exhibitions

Past exhibitions

Paula Zammit with the Scillians

Paula Zammit with the Scillians.

J. J. and Tony with Sara

Sara Nickleson poses with J. J. (left) and Anthony Curis (right) at the opening of her show with Matthew Lisk at Corktown Studios.

On February 12, 2016, the studio holders pulled an all-nighter, starting work on a new piece at 7:00 p.m. that night. The following day they hosted the All-Nighter Open Studio. This was not a formal exhibit, and in any case some of those pieces were showcased at the 4th Anniversary Show.

We should also mention the pop-up event at the Jam Handy, a collaboration with the Detroit Drunken Historical Society (DDHS) to celebrate the city's birthday, which took place on Saturday, July 25, 2015. The silent auction included artwork by Barbara Campagna, Alonso del Arte, Oscar Oscar, to name just a few.

The studio holders (Alisyn Malek, Jake Chidester, Lisa Poszywak, Jaye Thomas, Paula Zammit, Christopher Anderson and new member Paolo Pedini) had an exhibit at Cass Cafe that opened on November 7, 2015 and was up until January 24, 2016.

The gallery participated in Noel Night 2015, with musical sculptures. And there was a Rogue Satellites LP release party for the album Bees and Snakes on December 19, 2015.

The studio holders and a few friends had a show at Janice Charach Gallery from May 15, 2016 to June 16, 2016.

On August 19 and 20, 2017, Corktown Studios hosted Richard Seaman for a portrait painting workshop.

The anniversary celebration slated for 2020 was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Jaye and Lisa in front of one of her paintings at Corktown Studios.

Jaye Thomas (left) and Lisa Poszywak in front of one of her paintings at Corktown Studios.



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