The Detroit-based Hellenic Museum of Michigan has been closed to the general public due to the pandemic. This month, it reopens its doors with the debut of the Inaugural Hellenic Art Exhibition. The juried exhibit will highlight the work of Greek/American artists who show “creativity of concept, excellence of design, and expertise of media.”
The exhibit runs from March 21 to July 25 and features a range of work by nearly 20 artists from places including Michigan, Greece, Florida, Arizona, and New York. Detroit photographer Donita Simpson, Ferndale mixed-media artist Espacia Fotiu, and Detroit fine artist Lexi Takis are among the local creatives who will showcase pieces.
Evans Tasiopoulos, a Greek-American artist and founder of The MATI Group, which presents the annual Detroit Artist Ball, serves as the juror for the exhibit. Tasiopoulos’ artwork has been featured at Detroit’s Museum of New Art, The Scarab Club, and the Marlene Boll Gallery. His photography has also been shown internationally at galleries in Italy and locally in the lobby of the GM Renaissance Center.
The Inaugural Hellenic Art Exhibition is part of a larger, year-long effort by the museum to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Greek Revolution of 1821. Along with the exhibit, the Hellenic Museum of Michigan will kick off a series of programs that include a lecture on Archbishop Iakovos of America and music performances led by Kyrpos Markou, professor and director of the University Symphony Orchestra at Wayne State University.
Capacity at the museum, located on Wayne State’s campus at 67 E. Kirby St., is limited to 50 percent when it reopens. Time slots must be reserved online, and masks and social distancing are required.
The Hellenic Museum of Michigan — which aims to present, promote, and teach about Hellenic culture, heritage and history by educating the public about topics such as ancient civilizations and the Golden Age of Greece — is open from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. A suggested donation of $5 is welcome at the door.
For more information, visit hellenicmi.org.