The Concrete Connection: Paving the Way

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About This Installation

This ArtPath location is made possible in part by generous contributions from
Jay Pelc

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Under the 496 Bridge - Columns

The columns under the 496 Bridge span from the river bank into the river. A few of these large, concrete columns will be reimagined this year.


About The Artist

Brian Whitfield
, MI

My experience working on large-scale murals began in 2017 with the Under the Bridge Project which encompances four large murals on Michigan Ave. under the I-127 overpass. I have designed and painted 19 murals to date. I have worked for the Michigan Department of Transportation for over 26 years. I received my MFA from the Maryland Institute Collage of Art - Baltimore, MD; designed an International award-winning Michigan License Plate; painted 35+ portraits for the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. presidents and executive directors. I am also a two-time ArtPrize winner: 2021 Contemporary Black Artist Award and 2022 Runner-up in the Installation Category.

My art is inspired by how, as a community, we collectively view the world, our common victories, and personal struggles we all share. My subjects include simple everyday living, to solo jazz sessions, to comic book style images. I’m attracted to bright bold colors that are designed in geometric patterns mixed with curvy flowing lines within a variety of perspectives. I am always striving to learn and grow better as an artist as I continue to reach outside of my comfort zone.

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