Throughout the run of the landmark exhibition Skilled Labor: Black Realism in Detroit, Cranbrook Art Museum hosts artist-led tours for small groups. These tours will be led by artists included in the exhibition and have been paired together based on connections to each other and their work. The tours will be informal discussions about the artwork and this community of Detroit artists. 

Senghor Reid, the Artist-In-Residence at Cranbrook Schools and Jamea Richmond-Edwards are each known for their brightly rendered large-scale paintings that make use of rich symbolism.   


Senghor Reid lives in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and has a studio in Detroit, where he was born and raised. He graduated from University of Michigan (BFA, 1999), Wayne State University (Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT),), Detroit, and attended the Marathon Program at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture. 

Reid explores the interactions between the human body and the environment, creating visual representations of dreams, memories, and traces of human contact with nature. 

Reid is an artist-in-residence at Cranbrook Schools in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and is a national board-certified visual arts educator. He has received many awards including, a Kresge Visual Artist Fellowship in 2009 and the prestigious Governor’s Award for Emerging Artists in Michigan in 2001. Reid’s work has been exhibited in the United States and abroad in galleries and museums including, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit; Kentler International Drawing Space, New York; St. Catharine Museum, Canada; and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library. His work is in numerous private, public, and corporate art collections. 


Jamea Richmond-Edwards lives and works in Detroit, where she was born and raised. She studied painting and drawing at Jackson State University (BFA,2004) and graduated from Howard University (MFA, 2012).   

An interdisciplinary artist, she creates paintings, monumentally scaled assemblages, and immersive installations. While utilizing imagination, mythos, and creativity, she also draws inspiration from her childhood, growing up during the crack and AIDS epidemics, as well as from the hip-hop fashion aesthetics from her youth. 

Richmond-Edwards has exhibited at the Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington; the California African American Museum, Los Angeles; the Charles Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit; and Kravets/Wehby Gallery, New York. She is a 2018 recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant. Richmond-Edwards recently returned to Detroit from Maryland. 


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