The Artistry of M. Saffell Gardner

04 February 2015
The Artistry of M. Saffell Gardner

Experience the acclaimed works of artist M. Saffell Gardner at the University of Michigan Detroit Center, February 19 – March 20, 2015 with the exhibition “The Artistry of M. Saffell Gardner.”

Located in Lester P. Monts Hall, “Artistry” features an extensive collection of Gardner’s paintings and creative works. An opening reception for this exhibition is scheduled for Thursday, February 19 from 6-9 p.m. Beginning at 7 p.m., M. Saffell Gardner will lead a gallery discussion about his work and career.

The reception is open to the general public and includes complimentary admission, parking and light refreshments. 

About the Artist: M. Saffell Gardner is a master painter, mixed media artist, art historian and educator. A graduate of Wayne State University holding a BFA and MFA in painting, Gardner's artistic talents have transcended a career spanning more than five decades. As recently as 2014, Gardner's work appeared at the 9338 Campau Gallery and 2014 ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids. In 2013, he was invited to participate in “The Venice Biennale 2013." In 2000, he was selected as the Chivas Regal Artist in Residence at the Charles H. Wright Museum. A commissioned painting entitled “Door of No Return” is currently in the museum’s permanent collection. Gardner has also co-curated “Vision in a Cornfield” for the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. Gardner’s work can also be found in the permanent collections of multiple healthcare systems including: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Henry Ford Hospital, Total Healthcare and the Detroit Medical Center. His work is also on display at several Detroit Public Schools including Cass Technical High School, Renaissance High School, Southeastern High School and the Detroit School of Arts. In addition, to his work the metro Detroit area, Gardner has also exhibited throughout the United States, Jamaica, Brazil, Ghana and Africa.

For more information, please contact the Detroit Center: (313) 593-3584 or detroitcenter@umich.edu