Artist in the House

An artist is defined as “a person who creates art.” Defining “art” is a bit more challenging. I think everyone who knows Maurice Greenia, Jr. can attest to how creative he is. His life reflects his creativity and, to me, this describes what an artist really is.

Maurice is a native of Detroit and has worked at the University of Detroit Mercy Libraries/Instructional Design Studio since 2001. His work grows out of the city itself. The introduction on his archive tells us:

“Thousands of people see his work every year, but many do not know the artist or the multitude of formats in which he works. This site is aimed at the preservation of his work, some of which cannot be physically preserved, and is viewable only in photographs; the chalk drawings on the old Hudson’s Building being a prime example of work preserved only photographically. But to try to define what his artistic production has been and continues to be is almost impossible. Browse through the site and see the range of creativity in medium and expression, ranging from poetry to drawing to sculpture, with many stops along the way, and often involving found objects.”

Digital Special Collections is pleased to offer a collection of Maurice Greenia, Jr.’s art work that spans over 35 years. Explore the images in twelve collections ranging from black and white drawings, to painted magnets, to a publication titled “The Poetic Express.” This archive is constantly changing, growing and evolving … just like art itself.

Blue Drawing, image 50, Color Drawings Collection