9338 Campau is a non-commercial gallery based in the Detroit enclave city of Hamtramck. Together with its previous location, 2739 Edwin, it has developed over 40 exhibitions since 2008.
The gallery's programming is informed by the surrounding social and cultural environment, and shows often involve substantial research and gallery-based discussion. We measure the success of our exhibitions by their long-term impact, and prefer to collaborate with artists who are similarly motivated.
Our objective is to work fundamentally and collectively. Among the initiatives we have been directly involved in establishing are Essay'd, the Free School of Hamtramck and the Hamtramck Neighborhood Arts Festival.
2015 in summary
Here are some of the highlights of 2015 - the first full year in our new location, and one in which we put on a total of 10 exhibitions (including solo shows by Lynn Bennett-Carpenter, Ben Hall, Trevor King, Kate Levy, Tsz Yan Ng, and Frank Pahl) and a total of 19 exhibition-related events (including discussions with major writers and thinkers such as Jerry Davis, Bryce Detroit, Martin Murray, Richard Raubolt and Beryl Satter)
* 9338 Campau was the only independent gallery to be listed in Hyperallergic magazine's top 10+3 exhibitions across the U.S. (for Tsz Yan Ng's solo show - “The Invisibility of Labor.”)
* The Essay'd project reached its 40th installment, and was offered a publishing contract by Wayne State University Press. Expected publication date August 2016.
* Trevor King's solo show “Listener,” which was first shown at 9338 Campau in March/April 2015 traveled to the International Sculpture Center in New Jersey.
* Tirtza Even's project “Natural Life,” which premiered at 2739 Edwin in 2013 traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.
* Corine Vermeulen's project “The Detroit Walk-in Portrait Studio,” which originated as part of the “Walking Distance” show at 2739 Edwin was the subject of a large exhibition at the Detroit Institute of the Arts.
* The gallery-based discussion “from all sides,” inspired by the Marsha Music essay, “The Kidnapped Children of Detroit,” traveled to the One Mile Project in Detroit's North End.