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  • Detroit Colour Council March 2020 Meeting
    March 17, 2020
    12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

March 17, 2020 @ 12:00 PM (Registration begins at 11:30am)
Detroit Colour Council Presents:

Nancy Lockhart
John Sauvé

Venue: Detroit Institute of Art
5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
Parking:  https://www.dia.org/parking


Nancy Lockhart, Global Product Manager-Color – Axalta Coating Systems

Nancy’s presentation will cover Automotive color trends for the vehicles of tomorrow:

See how the combined relationships of coatings formulation, color technology, color forecasting and color popularity portray color combinations that are trending in the automotive industry. Both technology and personal preferences are driving an array of color selections for the global automotive market. Colors are exhibited in side by side comparisons in “Color Duos”.

As a leading industry expert in automotive color, Nancy remains at the cutting edge of coatings development in color forecasting as well as enabling the latest developments in color science and product innovation to design colors for the future of the automotive industry. Her passion is to create excitement around coatings color and the impact on global automotive consumer preferences and product innovation.

Her distinguished color career began in color formulation and development at Axalta’s technology center. There, she received hands-on experience designing and applying colors. Her knowledge in coating science and respect for nature have influenced her view into automotive color inspirations.

Nancy leads a team to release Axalta’s global color trend report and Axalta’s Automotive Color of the Year. As an automotive color historian, she has knowledge coatings technologies and trends and works to publish Axalta’s Global Automotive Color Popularity Report.

Supporting the future of the industry, Nancy works with students that strive to work in automotive, including those attending Drive One tech center and is a supporter of the Michigan Science Center. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies and Earth Science from Western Michigan University and is a member of the editorial advisory board for Paint & Coatings magazine.


John Sauvé, Artist

John will be presenting his Man in the City Sculpture Detroit Project:

The Man in the City International Sculpture Project is comprised of 100 sculptures located on the rooftops throughout the City of Detroit and Windsor. John Sauvé created the Man in the City project in 2008 and has exhibited on New York City’s Highline and most recently on New York City’s Governors Island. The Man in the City Project creates a metaphor for life that transforms the skyline and encourages people to look around. In the discovery process one becomes aware of their own sense of place within the City.

Isolated against the sky on Detroit/Windsor Skyline where buildings rise up on either side of the international waterway, these still and silent sculptures look out on the horizon, highlighting the significance of the architecture. The viewer is posed with the question, What can those figures actually see, how many more sculptures are out of sight, quietly witnessing events beyond our view? The Man in the City sculpture project engages the desire to look at familiar places in a new way. The intention is to get the sculptures as visible as possible against the sky, allowing each sculpture to be seen as a figure against backdrop of the city, entering in and out of visibility to those walking the streets.

John Sauvé, born in 1963 in Detroit, is an American artist and arts educator. His medium is sculpture and printmaking and has achieved national and international recognition. He was awarded a grant from the Marc Ecco Foundation for his work Man in the City, the first public sculpture exhibit installed on the Highline in New York City. John Sauvé studied art history at Michigan State University. After finishing his studies, he spent a year traveling through Europe continuing his education in art history. He then returned to Detroit to work for the Michigan Commission on Art in Public Places where he oversaw the installation of public art for the Percent for the Art Program. He concluded his studies with a degree in Arts Administration at Michigan State University.

John Sauvé references philosophy, literature and history by approaching the human figure with an idealized representation. Borrowing from Heidegger’s concept of “Dasein”, Jung’s interest in the shadow and the Faustian Legend, Sauvé’s sculpture is as much about the figure as the shadow it cast. This relationship highlights his interest in the question of being and the covenant the individual will make to exist. Sauvé challenges the viewer by presenting the figure in public spaces utilizing the environment as a way to question what it means to existence and relationship between the individual and the collective.

John Sauvé is currently installing the Man in the City project in the City of Detroit and the City of Windsor. The Man in the City is an international sculpture project comprised of 60 sculptures located on the rooftops of prominent buildings throughout the City of Detroit and Windsor. The Man in the City project creates a metaphor for life that transforms the skyline and encourages people to look around. In the discovery process one becomes aware of their sense of place within the City.

John Sauvé’s work has been exhibited in such high-­‐profile venues as the Venice
Biennale, Governor’s Island, the International Sculpture Exhibition in Chicago, Krasl Sculpture Biennale, The Highline, Art Chicago, Elon University Sculpture, Knoxville Sculpture, Birmingham Cityscapes, Delta College, The Ella Sharpe Museum, The Krasl Museum, Cliff Dwellers Chicago, EXPO Chicago, The Brighton Biennial and Millikan Park. John Sauvé’s sculptures have been or are currently displayed in numerous public spaces in the US, as well as in England, Canada, Germany, Japan and Italy.

In 2008 the American Institute of Landscape Architects recognized Sauvé’s Design of the Green Oak Village Place Sculpture Park with the Merit Award. He was awarded the Ferndale DDA Community Service Award (2014), City of Birmingham Proclamation (2013), the HMI Award of Excellence (2011), the City of Brighton Visual Art Award (2009), Nominated for the Governors Award for Arts Advocacy State of Michigan (2008), City of Royal Oak Resolution of Recognition (2007), Michigan Municipal League Community Excellence Award (2007), Boys and Girls Club Honor Roll (2007).

John Sauvé has served various arts and cultural organizations, including the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Michigan Commission on Art in Public Places, Birmingham Public Art Board, Brighton Mayor’s Commission on Art in Public Places and Concerned Citizens for the Arts.



Venue Phone: 313-833-7900

Venue Website:

5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan, 48202, United States


Parking: https://www.dia.org/parking