9338 Campau

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9338 Campau, along with its predecessor 2739 Edwin, hosted 50 exhibitions from March 2008 to April 2017.

The first show at 2739 Edwin was a survey of work by painter Kathleen Rashid. The final show at 9338 Campau was curated with, and contained art and writing by, The Writer's Block - a "growing collective and movement which, animated by creativity, supports personal and political transformations inside Michigan prisons." The final words at the closing event (a poetry reading) were spoken by James D. Thomas, a juvenile lifer sentenced to mandatory life without parole at 15 years old, who had been released the previous week after 30 years of incarceration. 

Projects that originated at 2739 Edwin and 9338 Campau went on to be shown at venues such as the Detroit Institute of Arts, The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, The Sculpture Center, and elsewhere. Other projects that the galleries were involved in establishing include the Hamtramck Free School, the Hamtramck Neighborhood Arts Festival, and the writing project Essay'd. In 2015, 9338 Campau was the only independent gallery to have a show listed in the Hyperallergic Top 10+3 Exhibitions across the US.

The image at the top of the page is from the "surveillance video" taken during the exhibition "Barriers" by Oren Goldenberg in 2016. 2739 Edwin and 9338 Campau aspired to an ethos of inclusion, and a porous divide between creator and consumer. We thank everyone who participated over the years.