Friends of CCS Galleries provide crucial funding that directly supports exhibitions in our galleries; expands student opportunities in curatorial practice and other specialized activities; supports the Woodward Lecture Series and other public programs; and helps us to deepen our engagement with the community and strengthen CCS’s impact as a major cultural anchor.

Joining the Friends is a great way to make a meaningful contribution to CCS and to the arts in Detroit. 

Bizarre Bazaar

September 21, 2019
At dusk


You are cordially invited to Bizarre Bazaar, a bacchanalian toast to the twentieth anniversary of Center Galleries, the Woodward Lecture Series, and Michelle Perron’s role as Director of Exhibitions at the College for Creative Studies.

Bizarre Bazaar, a soirée for the Office of Exhibitions & Public Programs at CCS hosted in Gretchen & Ethan Davidson's backyard, is an enchanting evening of clandestine performances, allegorical fabulism and celestial effervescence; a feast for five senses, a temple of jubilant mischief, candlelit ritual and floral delight; a swell of live music, bending light, aerial dancing, and underwater conjuration. Bizarre Bazaar is a celebration of the past and an incantation of the future. Join us for food, libations, and mystery.

Bizarre Bazaar is curated by Gretchen Davidson and Michelle Perron and styled by Aki Choklat. Dress whimsically and magically, in the spirit of Bohemian shamelessness. Flat shoes highly recommended.

Purchase Bizarre Bazaar Tickets

Bizarre Bazaar is generously sponsored by:
Marcia & Jim Bonahoom
Ashley & KC Crain
Gretchen & Ethan Davidson
Nicole & Stephen Eisenberg
Lynn & Bharat Gandhi
Jennifer & Dan Gilbert
Kelle & Christopher Ilitch
Bonnie Larson
Levy-Dresner Foundation
Don Manvel
Robert Taubman
Molly & Mark Valade
Marissa & Jonathan Wege
Karen & Rick Williams

20 Reasons to Support CCS Exhibitions & Public Programs

  1. Six distinctive galleries to experience compelling art and design
  2. More than 15 public exhibitions produced each year
  3. You get one-of-a-kind encounters with famous artists, designers, critics and curators like Kara Walker and Jerry Saltz
  4. Join at the $1500 Sustaining Level to enjoy special happenings with our visiting lecturers
  5. Discounts on art purchases at all CCS Galleries
  6. Our programming is always free!
  7. Become part of an important community asset
  8. We connect you to Detroit’s dynamic arts community
  9. Hands-on curatorial training activities for our students
  10. Exclusive members-only studio visits and tours with Detroit artists
  11. Your support provides direct funding to artists so they can realize their dream projects
  1. Invitations to unique parties
  2. Fun, informal talks about art and travel
  3. Tickets to the annual CCS Student Exhibition Opening
  4. Learn about new artists – local, national and international
  5. Great CCS swag including totes, Post-Its, artists’ books, and more
  6. You help animate the ongoing dialogue around contemporary art
  7. Experience our dynamic campus in Midtown Detroit's arts district
  8. You help create a flourishing future for art education in Detroit
  9. Join today and help amplify the voices of artists

Membership Levels for the Friends of CCS Galleries

Sustaining Member

Benefits include Distinguished Membership plus:

  • Two tickets to the Collector’s Preview and Private Reception at the annual CCS Student Exhibition Opening and Sale. The fair market value of these tickets in not tax-deductable. You may opt out of this benefit to receive 100% tax deduction of your gift.
  • Invitations to exclusive one-of-a-kind events throughout the year
  • Sustaining Member party at the home of a private collector
  • 20% discount on all Center Galleries art sales
  • Public recognition as a Sustaining Member of Center Galleries

General Member

Benefits include:

  • 15% discount on Center Galleries art purchases
  • Complimentary exhibition catalogues
  • Invitations to special events and lectures
  • Subscription to CCS’ “C” Magazine
  • Listing in “C” Magazine Donor Honor Roll listing

Premiere Member

Benefits include those of General Member plus:

  • Special invitation for two to a private preview reception

Benefactor Member

Benefits include those of Premier Member plus:

  • Two General Admission tickets to the annual CCS Student Exhibition Opening and Sale. The fair market value of these tickets in not tax-deductable. You may opt out of this benefit to receive 100% tax deduction of your gift.

Distinguished Benefactor Member

Benefits include those of Benefactor Member plus:

  • Exclusive invitation to dinner with a visiting artist from the Woodward Lecture Series