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Anita Bates

Adjunct Faculty

PhD Candidate, Wayne State University
MFA, Wayne State University
MA, Eastern Michigan University
BA, Sienna Heights University
K-12 Teaching Certification, Wayne State University

Anita Bates (born, 1966) is an artist and educator living in the Detroit metropolitan area.

Anita Ricks-Bates
Research Interests:

Ms. Bates' research interests involve using culturally responsive pedagogy to create more meaningful art experiences for secondary students.

Professional Experience:

Anita Bates is an abstract painter, whose work has been exhibited in several venues including the G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, Dell Pryor Gallery, Detroit Artists Market and The River’s Edge Gallery in Wyandotte, Michigan. Ms. Bates has also exhibited in New York at A Gathering of the Tribes Gallery and most recently at the Ashara Ekundayo Gallery in Oakland, California.

The artist and her work have been noted and reviewed in several periodicals and publications such as The Detroit News and Free Press, Trait Magazine, BLAC Magazine, Imago Mundi: The Luciano Benetton Collection and Detroit Home.

Anita is a Fulbright Memorial Fellow in Japanese education and holds M.F.A. and M.A. degrees in painting from Wayne State University and Eastern Michigan University respectively. She is also a candidate for the degree Doctor in art education and curriculum and instruction.

She currently teaches art at Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies.

Significant publications/presentations/exhibitions:

  • 2018 Detroit Home Magazine
  • 2013 Imago Mundi : Luciano Benetton Collection, FABRICA, Italy
  • 2013 Michigan Nightlight, Melinda Clynes
  • 2013 Model D, Model D Staff
  • 2013 Romeo Observer, Chris Gray
  • 2012 Design Line, Jakki Kirouac
  • 2010 B.L.A.C. Magazine, Juanita Moore
  • 2007 Detroit Free Press, Melanie D. Scott
  • 2004 Metro Times, Vince Carducci
  • 2003 Michigan Catholic, Bob Delaney
  • 2003 Detroit Free Press, Keri Guten Cohen
  • 2000 Write, Right, Rite, Dr. Gerry Oglan
  • 1999 Trait Magazine, Vincent Carducci
  • 1997 Detroit News, Joy Hankanson Colby
  • 1997 Directory of Michigan Artists, Marilyn Fosburg
  • 1997 Ann Arbor News, Jo Collins Mathis
  • 1997 Detroit News, Joy Colby
  • 1996 Detroit Free Press, Frank Provenzano