The Gallery was created in 1994 as a venue for the exhibition of work of the artists (60 and older) studying in Hannan educational programs. Named to honor Ellen Kayrod, long-time manager of Hannan House and executive director of the Foundation, it has continued to highlight the work of older artists. Under the leadership of Mary Herbeck as curator from 2002-2010, the format was expanded to 6 exhibits each year, open to all artists in individual invitational shows as well as open exhibits which bring together amateur and professional artists. The Hannan Café also serves as a venue for art exhibition highlighting work from community projects, master artist workshops as well as individual artists.
Through January 13th, the annual Sight Fest will be featured in the gallery and spill into the café , as more than 40 artists from throughout the Detroit area display their work. Sight Fest has become a popular mixed media show bringing together professional and non-professional artists.
2017 promises to be an exciting year for the gallery with the assistance of guest curators and the support of the rich community of artists in the Detroit area. The winter season will open with a collage invitational, followed by a Latino exhibition in April and a photography show “Detroit Greats of Gospel Music” in May. Details will be posted here and on Ellen Kayrod Gallery on Facebook.
The permanent installations “Transitions” and “Sunbeam Sculpture” are located in the foyer and outside garden respectively.