Lansing Community College

LCC presents art on loan from the Mott-Warsh Collection

People exploring the Mott-Warsh Art Collection

LANSING, Mich. – Lansing Community College will display art on loan from the Mott-Warsh Collection, a privately owned, publicly shared collection of fine art that was established in Flint, Michigan by Maryanne Mott and her late husband, Herman Warsh. The collection contains over 700 works of art primarily by African American artists and other artists of the African diaspora.

The works selected for the exhibit, Celebrating a Cultural Heritage: Selections from the Mott-Warsh Collection, range in dates from 1973 to 2007 and exemplify the diverse interests, media, and artistic approaches explored by African American artists.

The artists represented in the exhibit include icons such as John Biggers and Elizabeth Catlett, along with contemporary artists Mark Steven Greenfield, Howardena Pindell, Alison Saar, Hank Willis Thomas, and Paula Wilson. Their works reflect present day ideologies and modes of expression, both representation and abstract. Through varied means, the artists in this exhibition examine issues of racial and cultural identity, history and forms of abstraction.

LCC is presenting these works for its students and the Lansing community as part of its continued participation in the national commemoration, 400 Years of African American History Commission Act. LCC has joined the nationwide observance of four centuries of African American history in the U.S.

The exhibit will be on display at the Downtown Campus, Grand River Room in the Gannon Building. It will open to the public April 1 - April 30, 2019. For exhibit times and to learn more about LCC’s yearlong commemoration visit

About The Mott-Warsh Collection

The Mott-Warsh Collection was established in 2001 by Maryanne Mott and her late husband, Herman Warsh, in her community of origin, Flint, Michigan. Their primary intent was to bring art into non-traditional venues where it could be encountered by people as they went about their daily lives. They formed community partnerships with institutions that had an interest in making the collection visible to their memberships, clients, visitors and participants. Today, rotating exhibits of MWC artists can be found in the public library, churches, health clinics, local colleges and universities, and the MW Gallery located in Flint, Michigan. The collection also lends to internationally and nationally touring museum exhibitions.


About Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College, founded in 1957, is one of the largest community colleges in Michigan, serving more than 23,000 students across a six-county area each year. LCC offers courses in general education for those interested in transferring to a four-year institution, career and workforce development, developmental education and personal enrichment. To meet the professional development and training needs of regional employees, the college offers customized programs for credit, non-credit and continuing education. The University Center at LCC offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from five partner universities on the downtown LCC campus. For more information, visit

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