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Date(s) - May 5, 2022
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Gregory Allicar Museum of Art, University Center for the Arts

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Special event co-sponsored by Gregory Allicar Museum and the Creative Writing Reading Series: “Dead and Lost in Detroit: A Graphic Novel”


Exhibition curated by Mary Crow, Emeritus Professor of English at Colorado State University, poet, and translator, who served as the poet laureate of Colorado for 14 years.

Dead and Lost in Detroit is Carl Wilson’s graphic story, in progress, of a worker’s experience in an auto factory with dangerous working conditions, racism, and a bullying supervisor. Parallel is the tale of his abusive marriage which intensified his job misery. Both threads magnify his sense of being lost in a labyrinth of pain as he obsesses about his failures.

His wife has insisted that he take this job because of his low wages; she resents their poverty and berates him as a failure. In spite of rumors of the horrible working conditions in this industry’s factories, he feels forced to give in.

Carl Wilson’s work has been shown in Detroit’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Birmingham-Bloomfield Art Center, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Hatch Gallery, ShiftSpace Detroit’s Café, and other venues. He has been awarded commissions by The Kresge Foundation and Calvin College and residencies at MacDowell and Yaddo as well as a Visual Arts Fellowship from The Kresge Foundation.

In addition to four solo exhibitions, his graphics have been included in seven group exhibits, one of them in Saint Etienne, France. He was interviewed for PBS TV and featured in, “20 Detroit Artists You Should Know,” published online by Complex.

Support for this program is provided by the FUNd endowment at CSU. Additional support for the related exhibition has been generously provided by the FUNd Endowment at CSU, the City of Fort Collins Fort Fund,  and Colorado Creative Industries. CCI and its activities are made possible through an annual appropriation from the Colorado General Assembly and federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

This exhibition is also made possible in part through a grant from the Lilla B. Morgan Memorial Endowment. This fund works to enhance the cultural development and atmosphere for the arts at Colorado State University and benefits from the generous support of all those who love the arts.