Creative Spaces: Inspiring Metro Detroit Art Galleries to Explore

June 9, 2023
Sculptures displayed at Annex Gallery

Photo courtesy of Annex Gallery/333 Midland

If you are clued into the art scene in Metro Detroit, you know there are big things going on. There are tons of artists working, creating, and showcasing their art right here at galleries in the area and all of them are worth checking out. From contemporary art to large sculptures, and ceramics to curated art collections, these art galleries are giving us the chance to see the very best in the art world right here in Metro Detroit. 

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

4454 Woodward Avenue, Detroit

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) showcases programs and exhibitions that explore the best of contemporary art. They give space for makers, artists, musicians, cultural producers, and scholars to experiment with art. Many of their exhibitions are from local artists or have a local connection to them. MOCAD is open Wednesday through Sunday each week and also hosts events such as film screenings and concerts.


333 Midland

333 Midland Street, Highland Park

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333 Midland is the site of the former Lewis Stamping Plant and is now a hub for artists and sculptors to create large-scale works of art as well as a gallery for those who enjoy viewing art. Lead curator and manager, Mike Ross, notes, “We pride ourselves on being a gallery for a wide variety of both artists and art lovers and collectors. We’re both a community gallery giving space to local and up-and-coming artists and art students, and a world-class high-end gallery featuring local, national and international career artists…We’re all artists ourselves here, and we’re passionate about helping emerging artists further their practice – and we also get very excited about showing cutting-edge work from seasoned and experienced professional artists and designers as well.” 333 Midland is the home to about 25 working artists and The Annex Gallery can be rented for art exhibitions.

Photo courtesy of Annex Gallery / 333 Midland

Pewabic Pottery

10125 West Jefferson Avenue, Detroit

Pewabic Pottery was founded in 1903 and is one of the oldest continually operating potteries in the world. Today, Pewabic is an active working pottery, architectural tile studio, and ceramic arts education center. Visitors can stroll around the store to shop for handcrafted ceramics as well as other ceramic work from artists across the United States. When time allows, visitors can take a guided tour through the production areas to see ceramic works being crafted by hand. They also have a collection of historic ceramics on the second floor. Admission to Pewabic Pottery is free and they are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm. 

Galerie Camille

4130 Cass Avenue, Detroit

Galerie Camille first opened its doors in 1987 in the heart of Midtown. They are a fine art gallery supporting established and emerging artists based both locally and internationally. Their exhibitions are continuously changing so there’s always something new to see at the gallery. Galerie Camille also sells art for those who enjoy collecting artwork.  

David Klein Gallery

Detroit and Birmingham

The David Klein Gallery started in 1990 and expanded in 2015 when David Klein opened the Detroit location on Washington Boulevard. “In 2015, the opening of a second location in downtown Detroit was David Klein’s realization of a lifelong dream. The scale of this architecturally significant space on historic Washington Boulevard marked the expansion of the gallery’s contemporary program and allowed for the production of large-scale exhibitions of painting, sculpture, photography and installation by emerging and mid-career contemporary artists,” says Audrey Schaefer, PR Manager of the David Klein Gallery. Their current exhibition in Detroit is “Together & Apart: A Legacy of Abstraction,” which is a group show of contemporary female abstract artists. David Klein Gallery also takes their art on the road to fairs across the country.

The works of Al Held displayed at the David Klein Gallery
The works of Al Held displayed at the David Klein Gallery
Exterior shot of David Klein Gallery in Detroit, MI

Library Street Collective

1274 Library Street, Detroit

Library Street Collective stretches far beyond their brick and mortar location as its mission is to connect Detroit to the international arts community. Visitors are welcome at their gallery on Library Street Wednesdays through Sundays from 12pm to 6pm, but you may have also noticed installations elsewhere throughout the Metro Detroit Area. Large-scale public projects as well as collaborations with major museums have put Library Street Collective at the forefront of Detroit’s art scene.