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NEXT WEEK: DAM presents Its Like Toys in Here - curated by Andrew Thompson - Opens Jan 16th 2015



It's Like Toys in Here: three generations serious about play


January 16, 2015 – February 14, 2015


DETROIT  --  The Detroit Artists Market (DAM) is pleased to present It's Like Toys in Here.  Artists from three generations –Baby Boomer, Gen X, and Millennial—each convey their own child-like curiosity through art that combines serious themes with playful interface and fun aesthetics. The works in this exhibition are not exclusive ely toys, rather a range of art that captures the spirit of play, storytelling and mediated experience associated with the history of toys. Curated by Andrew Thompson, the exhibition runs January 16 – February 14, 2015. DAM will host an opening reception Friday, January 16 from 6-9pm.

Exhibiting Artists include Andy Malone, Mary Fortuna, Shaina Kasztelan and a special tribute to the late Matthew Blake.


Curator - Andy Thompson

Andrew Thompson is a sculptor and installation artist, educator, curator, musician, and gardener. Thompson received his BFA in Sculpture from the Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has been exhibiting his sculptures and installations throughout Southeast Michigan for a decade and helps to curate and coordinate shows as an exhibition committee member with Paint Creek Center for the Arts and Detroit Artists Market. Recent exhibitions have included "Break With Tradition" (PCCA, 2014), "It's Like Toys In Here: 3 Generations of Detroit Artists" (DAM, 2015), and "Place Names The Place" (2015) at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI. He currently has a one-year teaching appointment at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH.


About Detroit Artists Market

Detroit Artists Market (DAM) was established in 1932 and is the oldest, continuously operating nonprofit contemporary art gallery in the Detroit area. The DAM fosters a vibrant and distinctive artistic community in Detroit and Michigan by promoting, exhibiting, and selling the work of emerging and established artists, through educational programming and art exhibitions, and by serving as a resource to all who seek to expand their knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of art.. DAM is located at 4719 Woodward Avenue at Forest St. in Detroit (three blocks south of the Detroit Institute of Arts). Regular hours are 11am to 6pm Tues-Sat. Exhibitions and events are free of charge. On-site parking is available. For more information, please call 313-832-8540, or visit


Detroit Artists Market
4719 Woodward Ave., Detroit MI 48201