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  Detroit Colour Council presents:


Automotive Color Trends for the Vehicles of Tomorrow


Presented by: Nancy Lockhart & John Sauvé


Date:  September 20, 2022
Time:  Registration at 11:30, Lunch served at 12:00


Venue: Detroit Institute of Art
5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202


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


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Nancy Lockhart, Global Product Manager-Color – Axalta Coating Systems
Nancy’s presentation will cover Automotive color trends for the vehicles of tomorrow:

See how color trends are conceptualized into a dynamic palette of automotive colors.  Driven by today’s mega trends of sustainability, social influences, lifestyle, and changes to the mobility sector – colors are displayed for the future market. Nancy Lockhart, Axalta Global Product Manager of Color, will showcase the colors and the meaning behind the trends. Color design is ever-changing, and so is our connection to color.  These connections enhance our experiences and define color preferences for today and tomorrow. Looking back, we will also see how color preferences have changed over the last few decades.

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. In keeping with today’s mobility trends, innovation and governance around functional coatings and sustainability are in the forefront of her work in color.

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 Sauve, 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 Sauve 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.

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. 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 the 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 reference’s 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 Cityscaes, 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 o 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 (2008), City of Royal Oak Resolution of Recognition (2007), Michigan Municipal League Community Excellence Award (200&), Boys and Girls Club Honor Roll (2007). John Sauve has served various arts and cultural organizations, including the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, Michigan Commission of Art in Public Places, Birmingham Public Art Board, Brighton Mayor’s Commission on the Art in Public Places and Concerned Citizens for the Arts.


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The Detroit Colour Council is a professional society based in the metropolitan Detroit, Michigan area, which promotes communication and education around color and design quality issues with emphasis in the automotive sector. Members represent a wide variety of professional functions including engineers, designers, salespeople, scientists, consultants, lab technicians and students.