ArtCorp is a boutique consulting firm based in Detroit and Brooklyn. The firm is dedicated to the creation and promotion of cultural entrepreneurship models that connect capital investment with artists, galleries, and businesses. ArtCorp was founded as a way to provide the essential tools necessary for various disparate and seemingly unconnected strains of the art, tech, and finance worlds to unite in the development of new creative corridors.
From art consulting services to community development projects, ArtCorp is committed to aggregative models for growth that emphasize diversity and sustainability alongside economic regeneration.
As a New York-based international artist for over thirty-five years , Peter Hopkins has been a witness and an integral part of the creation of five distinct artistic communities in New York City—the East Village, SoHo, Williamsburg, Chelsea, and most recently, Bushwick—as both an exhibiting painter and currently as a gallerist.
From experiencing these complex systems firsthand, Hopkins concluded that the re-growth of urban sites can and will be accelerated by the convergence of the creative community with thoughtful urban planners and real estate developers.
Hopkins moved to New York City in 1982. His work has been featured in over fifty solo exhibitions, nationally and internationally, as well as numerous prestigious surveys and institutions including the Corcoran Biennial, Documenta IX, PS1, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 1983 he helped establish one of the very first artist loft buildings—19 Hope Street—in Williamsburg. In 1985 he co-founded American Fine Arts Co. gallery (formerly Vox Populi) in the East Village with legendary meta-gallerist and long-time collaborator Colin DeLand (1955-2002). In 2010 Hopkins curated and developed the first central gallery/studio building in Bushwick, 56 Bogart Street. In 2012 he opened the short-lived but influential Bogart Salon. In 2013 Hopkins launched ArtHelix, a new art gallery model that playfully re-interprets art and culture tropes using game theory. In 2012 he created citydrift (Bushwick ‘12, Detroit ’13, Portland, Maine ’14 ), a large-scale, travelling art event that employs the Situationist derive, or drift, as its unifying theme.
Hopkins earned a B.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1978, and attended the M.F.A. program at the University of Wisconsin—Madison from 1979 to 1982.
Katie Grace McGowan is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and entrepreneur from Detroit. Having grown up working in her family’s concert venues and clubs, McGowan has always lived with one foot in the art sphere and the other in the active, high pressure world of start-up businesses. Her broad skillsets in the realm of New Media art, academia, and entrepreneurship compliment Hopkins’ art world provenance.
McGowan spent the aughts conducting research–a key component of her art practice–and performing, working as a freelance journalist, running her own bespoke clothing line, then teaching at a commercial art college in Southern California. Following a long-term artist residency with Croatian performance collective, Prostor Plus, McGowan returned to her hometown in 2011 to work as Curator of Education at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), where she later also become program coordinator for the Mike Kelley Mobile Homestead.
Some recent artistic endeavors include stints at Grinnell College (IA) and Provisions Library at George Mason University (VA), guest lecturing at The University of Split (Croatia) and Vanderbilt University (TN); the debut of the Virtual Drill Sergeant Mobile Web-Application, with Jon Winet, at Camp CARPA (Joshua Tree, CA); performances at the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (CAID), the Co-Prosperity Sphere (Chicago, IL), and in the artist Daniel Knorr’s Naked Corner at the 2010 Liverpool Biennial. Personal highlights of the last few years include teaching Sculpture at the College for Creative Studies, with Chido Johnson; co-curating, with Jon Brumit, an exhibition called Post-Industrial Complex, which highlights human-scale production and ingenuity in Detroit, and teaching a Graduate Seminar in Creative Writing at Eastern Michigan University.
McGowan holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Wayne State University in English and Creative Writing, respectively, and an M.F.A. from the prestigious Intermedia program at the University of Iowa.
McGowan loves Detroit and its myriad cultures; and is excited to engage in this current, especially vital, chapter of its history.