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Gilda Snowden Memorial Opening Reception

  • 22 Feb 2019
  • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • The Scarab Club

Reception: Friday, February 22, 5-8 pm



Join us for a reception for the annual Gilda Snowden Memorial Exhibition and an exhibition of work

in the lounge gallery by the late Ellen Tallant.

As an artist teacher, mentor and friend, few people had as great an impact on our community as

Gilda Snowden. After her death in 2014, the SC began awarding the top prize for the Silver Medal

exhibition in her honor. In 2018 the exhibition was renamed in the Gilda Snowden Memorial

Exhibition. The all-media exhibition, juried by Sue Carman-Vian, was open to all artists.

The purpose of the Gilda Snowden Memorial Exhibition is to recognize the diversity and

achievement of artists whose work shows creativity of concept, excellence of design and expertise of

media; to display these works to regional audiences and to be an educational opportunity for



Sue Carman-Vian has had a thirty-year career as a painter, performance artist and film and video

maker. She received an MFA from Wayne State University in 1984. She received the Michigan

Council for the Arts Grant in 1986 for the Public Billboard Project, and was an award winner in the

Ann Arbor Film Festival in 1991. Sue has written, directed, produced and performed in nine

productions from 1984-2008. Some of these productions were sponsored by Marygrove College.

She has written, directed, produced and performed in eleven films/videos from 1986-2009. Most of

these were made in conjunction with her performance art pieces. Sue has exhibited in numerous

one- and two-person exhibitions and many group shows from 1986 to present. She has taught

performance art at Wayne State University and Marygrove college in Detroit, MI. Since 2010 she has

collaborated on a public arts billboard project and continues to perform her pieces in group

performance events. Her work is narrative and autobiographically inspired by events in her life as

they relate to her as a person and artist. Her use of universal themes help the viewer become aware

of the value, relevance and place of art in society.

The Scarab Club is supported in part by awards from the Kresge Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation and the National  Endowment for the Arts.

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