Trumbull & Porter Showcases its Detroit Art Collection in New Book

Proceeds from the hotel’s project benefit a local poetry nonprofit
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The hotel’s new book features more than 55 pages of artist spotlights. // Photograph courtesy of Trumbull & Porter

Trumbull & Porter, a boutique hotel located in Corktown, has released a new coffee table-size book that celebrates the artwork that lines its walls as well as gives back to the local creative community.

At just over 55 pages, the full-color, soft-cover release by the “artisan hotel” features spreads devoted to more than 20 metro Detroit artists. Highlights include pages on Ellen Rutt, whose four-story “L’espirit D’escalier” mural is located on the southwest corner of the property; Jan Kaulins, whose more than 35 photos are located throughout the hallways and “Born in Detroit” piece is located in the main lobby; and Tony Roko, who has four original pieces in one of Trumbull & Porter’s meeting rooms.

The book also focuses on a collaborative mural project by illustrator Don Kilpatrick III, who has served as the College for Creative Studies Illustration Department chair for nearly 10 years, and Joe Benghauser, who is a graphic designer at Carhartt. Set above Trumbull & Porter’s Pump Room Bar & Patio, the duo’s three-story outdoor mural pays homage to the poem “Detroit (While I Was Away).” The work is by the late poet David Blair, who is also featured in the hotel’s art book.

“This poem resonates with us and sums up what Detroit and staying at Trumbull & Porter means to us,” says Gail Major, director of sales and marketing at the hotel. Passages from “Detroit (While I Was Away)” are also displayed on Trumbull & Porter’s lobby walls.

Considering the hotel’s devotion to the local arts and the impact Blair’s poem has had on the space, Major says it made sense for Trumbull & Porter to connect with CityWide Poets, which will receive 100 percent of the profits from the book. The after school program is run by nonprofit InsideOut Detroit, and it provides Detroit teens with opportunities to collaborate on written and spoken-word poetry projects.

The book retails for $40, and it’s available for purchase at the hotel and at The team at Trumbull & Porter used Shutterfly to print and publish the first run. Major says as the hotel grow its partnership with CityWide Poets and the popularity of the book increases, it will look for opportunities to produce a second edition or continue running the first edition with a local publisher.

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