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Fine Art Gallery Exhibition Schedule 2023-2024

Upcoming Exhibits

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Soft Spaces

By Mikayla Portee

Exhibit Dates: November 16 - December 15 

Opening and Artist Talk: November 16 at 5 - 6:30 p.m.


Soft Spaces by Mikayla Portee

Soft Spaces by Mikayla Portee

“I find it hard to be vulnerable. Embarrassed, I try to keep my body and my emotions contained, neat and presentable. Despite my best efforts, my humanity always finds a way to slip through the cracks, like water in tightly clasped hands. My map-like imagery serves as a guide to the soft places, where my fragility lies. The rabbit represents where feelings of anxiety and vulnerability meet. The rabbit, much like me, is reluctant to show any form of weakness. They are notoriously cautious and reserved. Being vulnerable is hard without an invitation, however my painting process creates a space where I can express my thoughts and feelings without fear.”

Mikayla is an interdisciplinary artist who primarily focuses on drawing and painting. Getting her pet rabbit 'Lou' ended up being a catalyst for her future work. As she interacted and observed his behaviors, she found commonality in his fear of being a vulnerable animal of prey. Her work touches on topics of identity, womanhood, anxiety, and emotional intimacy. Mikayla currently resides in Grand Rapids Michigan and works with Grand Rapids local artists and KCAD students and alumni to sell their work in ‘The Spark’ retail space on KCAD’s campus.

Tylonn Sawyer

Exhibit Dates: January - February 2024

Tylonn Sawyer

Tylonn Sawyer

Tylonn J. Sawyer is an American multidisciplinary artist educator and curator. Trained in figurative arts-based practices Sawyer’s work juxtaposes themes of identity–both individual and collective–with investigations of race and history in popular culture. 

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Sawyer has been included in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad including the Venice Biennale, Italy; Texas A & M University, Texas; The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, The Detroit Institute of Art, Michigan; Heron Arts, San Francisco; Kravets/Wehby Gallery, Rush Arts & The New York Academy of Art, New York, amongst others.

Sawyer holds an MFA in painting from the New York Academy of Art: Graduate School of Figurative Art program and a Bachelor of BFA (drawing & painting) from Eastern Michigan University. Sawyer currently lives and works in Detroit, Michigan, USA

Please contact us if you have a potential exhibition.

Contact: Carrie Weis, Gallery Director, 231-591-2536