In the midst of the Great Depression, Detroit artists found support through the Detroit Artists Market, created in 1932 to provide a physical location where works could be exhibited and sold.
In the decades since, DAM has helped many local artists further their careers and offered an outlet where resident Detroiters can learn more about the creative types within their midst. Renowned artists like Hughie-Lee Smith and ceramicist Richard DeVore received their first exposure at DAM. For its first 50 years, the organization was completely volunteer-staffed; DAM has only recently hired a professional manager. The market has relocated several times through the years but has always remained within Detroit city limits. The current Midtown location on Woodward Avenue situates DAM to enjoy increased traffic thanks to Detroit's cultural and housing boom.
The 5,000-square-foot space is home to rotating exhibits in a range of media that represents sculpture, oil, watercolor, textile and print; Detroit-themed artwork for sale; jewelry; and Michigan-themed souvenirs. Books about Detroit artists and landmarks are also available. And business owners who want to cover their walls but are low on cash can rent pieces in six- or 12-month installments. Best of all, DAM admission is free.