Carrie Fonder

Carrie Fonder is a sculptor, installation, and video artist whose work uses uses humor to play with issues of power. Fonder earned her MFA in sculpture at Cranbrook Academy of Art and her BFA in sculpture at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. In 2010 she was awarded a Fulbright Nehru Award to explore the influence of culture on gender identity via depictions of the feminine in India. Currently, a member of Good Children Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana, she has exhibited her work nationally and internationally from Detroit to New Delhi. Fonder is a Assistant Professor of Art at the University of West Florida.

Carley Zarzeka

Carley Zarzeka builds found object sculptures and installations to investigate the standardization of construction materials in the United States and their relationship to the domestic space. Utilizing strategies of juxtapositions in assemblage that highlight lines, gravity and balance, Zarzeka calls attention to the objects’ material and formal qualities rather than their initial function. By intentionally sourcing genetic objects, her work simultaneously operates on both a universal and personal level. Her work has been exhibited at The Ackland Art Museum (NC), The Trout Gallery (PA), and The Cleve Carney Gallery (IL), amount others. Most recently, Zarzeka exhibited in 215/610 Contemporary, juried by Jean Shin and was awarded Second Place. 

Zarzeka received her MFA at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and was awarded Top MFA prize by Diego Cortez. She is currently a nomad, making work where she can find an open table, and attending residencies throughout the United States. 

Carly continued to investigate domesticity and the standardization of object during her residency at Popps by physically weaving together found material. These objects are familiar but not necessarily personal and stem from her interest in the built architecture of living spaces as well as the psychological and cultural constructions of family. This allows her to construct a framework of time and place, creating an identity not of herself but the generic. She refrains from allowing the work to become biographical or specific; aiming for individualism that falters due to unconscious, generic consumerism.

5/30/19 Together We Sound Festival

Popps Packing is excited to be a part of the Together We Sound Festival in hosting a night of Detroit-based music with the Acropolis Reed Quintet, New Music Detroit,  and Detroit Bureau of Sound+Kristen Carey & Chris Sies!

Thursday, May 30th from 7 pm – 11 pm @ Popps Packing 12138 St. Aubin St., Hamtramck, MI 48212


$10 door suggested donation (currently no advanced ticketing)
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5/23/19 Creators of Culture Grants Information Session


Join CultureSource at Popps Emporium for an info session on the 25 grants they offer to the creative arts community!

Many types of arts activities happen in Southeast Michigan regularly, and regardless of scope and scale, they can contribute to the vitality of our communities. Through this program, each year for the next three years, CultureSource will offer 25 $3,000 grants to creators of culture, in collaboration with the Detroit Arts Support program.

Thursday, May 23 from 5:30-7pm  @ Popps Emporium, 2025 Carpenter St., Detroit, MI 48212 

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5/18/19 (W)here: Opening Exhibition

Group exhibition with artists Ashely Beatty, Madelain Corbin, and Jeff Schofield

Opening Reception: Saturday May 18, 2019 from 6-9 PM

Popps Emporium, 2025 Carpenter, Detroit

Popps Emporium presents a group art exhibition, “(W)HERE”, showcasing sustainable artwork by three locally based artists, Ashley Beatty, Madelaine Corbin and Jeff Schofield.

“(W)HERE” features artwork expressing humanity’s complicated relationships with natural landscapes and urban terrains. This exhibition explores critical narratives about our globalized civilization that convey ecological concerns of life in the Anthropocene. While celebrating natural phenomena as essential elements of human existence, “(W)HERE” also explores human transgressions of both natural and constructed environments.

Michael Hubbard

Michael Hubbard, born just outside of Detroit, currently lives and works in Midland, Texas. Working primarily in the mediums of painting and installation, his work aims to create an imaginary architecture of punk feminist history. His work has been exhibited nationally. His most recent solo shows were at 1600 Gallery in Atlanta GA, and Hartnett Gallery in Rochester, NY. He was a 2015 finalist for the prestigious Hunting Art Prize. He received a BFA in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design, and an MFA in Visual Art from Washington State University. He is currently Assistant Professor of Painting and Gallery Director at Midland College. 

Gabrielle Egnater

Gabrielle Egnater was born in Los Angeles, California to a family of printmakers and lighting designers. She transplanted to Chicago to pursue a BFA in Sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During her time in undergrad, Gabrielle interned for the Kohler Arts/Industry Program. After graduation, She remained in the Midwest as a Classroom Coordinator for the Cranbrook Art Museum. She is currently a Metal Shop Technician at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit and Adjunct Faculty for the CCS Community Arts Partnership Program.

Egnater’s practice can be described as mini-monuments that embrace oddity, design, craft, gastronomy, and remembrance. Each mini-monument questions what objects can “mark importance” or what object is a “marker of importance”. Egnater’s newest works aim to allow the audience to place their own memories and desire on the “marker of importance” by creating “adjustable monuments”.

5/18/19 Weed Walk With Zarah!

Join us 5/18/19 from 10-2pm for the second of the series of Weed Walks through Popps’ gardens with herbalist Zarah Ackerman!

These workshops will introduce participants to native plant and flower identification as well as how to forage a wild salad and make healing/nourishing remedies. Participants will be empowered to go home and meet the plants that grow right outside their door.

Participants are also welcome to browse through the Seed Library. Zarah has collected over 75 varieties of seeds throughout the years and they are housed in Popps Emporium to be shared with the community.

Zarah Ackerwoman is a Detroit based Performance Artist and Green Witch who is currently apprenticing with the radical author and herbalist Susun Weed, exploring the spirit and practice of the Wise Woman tradition.