News & Events


Ellen Rutt: Open Call for “At Whose Expense?” Billboard Exhibition

March 19, 2021

Submit work examining the climate crisis for “At Whose Expense”, a billboard exhibition organized by Eradajere Oleita and Ellen Rutt (BFA ‘12) in collaboration with SaveArtSpace.

“At Whose Expense?” is a question directed towards corporations, developers, and the government agencies demanding accountability, change and healing for the years of harm inflicted on historically marginalized communities. Climate justice IS social justice.

What do you wish you could show or tell our leadership about climate justice? What messages of solidarity are you called to express? What visions for a better future are possible, urgent and necessary? We invite you to submit work that examines the climate crisis which could include visualize solutions, celebrating life, processing grief, interrogating harmful systems and more. All two-dimensional media including writing is welcome. The deadline for submission is April 26, 2021.

Increased lead levels, unregulated air pollution, frequent water shut-offs, housing foreclosures and food insecurity disproportionately affect the Black and Brown communities that makeup 80% of Detroit’s population.  Because Detroit is at the center of many intersecting issues, the billboard exhibition is an opportunity to illustrate concerns, needs, and dreams in a highly visible public platform and boldly assert that these egregious crimes will not be tolerated.

“We keep using big words to explain a visual problem, if it’s happening SHOW them!” says Eradajere Oleita, one of the curators of this project. “Now is the time for artists of all kinds from every community to come together and bring their light out into the streets.”

Open Call: At Whose Expense? A billboard exhibition in Detroit addressing climate justice and environmental racism
Deadline: April 26, 2021
Learn more:
Winning entries will be announced in May; billboard exhibition will be on view for the month of June 2021 in Detroit.


Ellen Rutt: Open Call for “At Whose Expense?” Billboard Exhibition