With a fresh perspective and rare images from twelve of Detroit's finest artists, gain a new appreciation for the city s art legacy. See the romantic flourish of Patricia Hill Burnett's mayoral portraits, Niagara's biting pen-and-ink social commentary and the monumental works of Gilda Snowden that are on permanent display at the Detroit Institute of Arts. 

Pause before the paintings of Frida Kahlo, a giant in the art world, whose painful depictions of life in Detroit are the basis for her most moving paintings. Discover the historically significant landscapes, portraits and still lifes of Detroit's earliest professional artists who reached the pinnacle of the art world. Get privileged access to the artists and the methods that made them great through in-depth interviews and new research.

Suzanne Bilek is an author, lecturer and art historian. She has held the positions of artist's agent, marketing manager and craftswoman. Ms. Bilek conducts extensive research on the art history of urban Detroit, especially as it relates to painting.

Her lectures on local culture and aesthetics cover a wide range of topics, from Detroit's first art collectors, when the city was still part of New France, to the impact of public art on civic pride in the twenty-first century. Ms. Bilek, who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, studying the people and history of Canada and Central America. She is an art collector and a curatorial assistant at the Detroit Historical Museum. She and her husband are both native Detroiters.

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