Art @ The Max returns: DSO atrium will feature artwork by Detroit artists; Opening reception October 17

- Project made possible by the Applebaum Family Foundation

Detroit, (October 11, 2019) – With the generous support of the Applebaum Family Foundation, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) will continue its Art @ The Max initiative during the 2019-2010 season.

Art @ The Max is a rotating, multi-year exhibition that brings visual art created by Detroit-area artists to three levels of the William Davidson Atrium at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center. Art @ The Max is a collaboration between the DSO, Essay’d, and gallerist Steve Panton. Learn more about Art @ The Max and the works on display at

An opening reception for Art @ The Max VI is scheduled for Thursday, October 17 at 6 p.m. Reception visitors can view the pieces on display and talk with the artists who created them.

A DSO ensemble will also perform an original piece inspired by one of the works on display, Scott Hocking’s Celestial Ship of the North (Emergency Ark) aka The Barnboat. The musicians include Principal Percussion Joeseph Becker (Ruth Roby and Alfred R. Glancy III Chair), Assistant Principal Percussion Andrès Pichardo-Rosenthal (William Cody Knicely Chair), and David LeDoux, cello.

Throughout the 2019-2020 season, patrons at all events at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center are welcome to view the works on display at Art @ The Max. This includes performances by the DSO, Detroit Public Theatre, and other acts at The Max, as well as meetings, rental events, and special events where the William Davidson Atrium is open.

Artists represented at Art @ The Max VI include Ash Arder, Rose E. DeSloover, Megan Heeres, Scott Hocking, Mel Rosas, David Rubello, Robert Sestok, and Graem Whyte.

“We are pleased to support the now sixth exhibition of great works of art from Detroit-based artists at the DSO,” says Pamela Applebaum, CEO & President of Applebaum Ventures LLC and Applebaum Family Philantrhopy. “We look forward to exposing these artists to new audiences and new audiences to the DSO. Building on this synergy is the ultimate goal of Art @ the Max.”

List of Artworks

Untitled (mean wind)
Single channel video (1 min 38 seconds), 2018
Ash Arder (b. Flint, MI, 1988)

Kryptonite Wares
Found objects and housepaint, 2015/2019
Rose E. DeSloover (b. Monroe, MI, 1940)

Home. HomeGrown
Mixed media, 2012/2019
Megan Heeres (b. Battle Creek, MI, 1979)

Celestial Ship of the North (Emergency Ark) aka The Barnboat
Single channel video (24 min 1 second) and archival inkjet print, 2015
Scott Hocking (b. Redford, MI, 1975)

Color Moves #15, #87, and #88
Acrylic on canvas, (from the Color Moves series 2015 – present)
David Rubello (b. Detroit, MI, 1935)

La carreta
Oil on canvas, 2013
Mel Rosas (b. Des Moines, IA, 1950)

La excursion
Oil on canvas, 2013
Mel Rosas (b. Des Moines, IA, 1950)

The Day of the Panther
Oil on panel, 2015
Mel Rosas (b. Des Moines, IA, 1950)

Rhythm Ramp
Skateboard ramp top surface, paint, and skateboard marks, 2019
Paint: Robert Sestok (b. Detroit, MI, 1946)
Skateboard ramp: Ramped Construction (Detroit, MI)
Skateboard marks: Community Push Skateboard Collective (Detroit, MI)

Venue for Advanced Conflict Resolution
Modified ping pong table, paint, and mixed media, 2011/2019
Graem Whyte (b. Royal Oak, MI, 1970)

About Applebaum Family Philanthropy

Applebaum Family Philanthropy is defined by and follows the extraordinary legacy of the leadership, mentorship, and philanthropy of Eugene Applebaum. The mission of Applebaum Family Philanthropy is to provide unique and invaluable opportunities that will inspire and promote leadership, entrepreneurship, independence, and well-being. Priority areas of philanthropic focus are to advance education, promote health and medical research, enhance arts and culture, and strengthen Jewish community – all toward a stronger collective. Learn more at

About the DSO

The most accessible orchestra on the planet, the acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra is known for trailblazing performances, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and a deep connection to its city. As a community-supported orchestra, generous giving by individuals and institutions at all levels drives the continued success and growth of the institution. Conductor Leonard Slatkin, who recently concluded an acclaimed decade-long tenure at the helm, now serves as the DSO’s Music Director Laureate, endowed by the Kresge Foundation. Celebrated conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik is the orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor, while the outstanding trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard holds the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Director Chair. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall within the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, the DSO offers a performance schedule that features Classical, PNC Pops, Paradise Jazz, and Young People’s Family Concert series. One of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, Orchestra Hall celebrates its centennial in 2019-2020. In addition, the DSO presents the William Davidson Neighborhood Concert Series in seven metro area venues, as well as a robust schedule of eclectic multi-genre performances in its mid-size venue The Cube, constructed and curated with support from Peter D. & Julie F. Cummings. A dedication to broadcast innovation began in 1922, when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series, which also reaches tens of thousands of children with the Classroom Edition expansion. With growing attendance and unwavering philanthropic support from the people of Detroit, the DSO actively pursues a mission to embrace and inspire individuals, families, and communities through unsurpassed musical experiences.