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Detroit Institute of Arts Founders Junior Council presents Samurai: Beyond the Sword Artseen - Proceeds of May 1 event to benefit DIA

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Contact:   Pamela Marcil       313-833-7899
                  Caroline Marks    313-506-6307

(Detroit)—Founders Junior Council (FJC), the young professionals auxiliary for the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), is hosting Samurai: Beyond the Sword Artseen on Thursday, May 1, at the DIA from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., celebrating the exhibition Samurai: Beyond the Sword, which explores both the military  and cultural arts of Japan’s revered samurai. 

With a nod to the exhibition, ArtSeen attendees will be treated to a sushi and sake tasting from 6:30 to 8 p.m., followed by aikido demonstrations, music, light appetizers and a cash bar. Guests will also have the opportunity to view the exhibition in a more intimate setting. 

Samurai: Beyond the Sword is such a unique exhibition; we had to take advantage of the opportunity to throw a one-of-a-kind party,” said Blake Ellis, FJC president. “Between the sake, sushi and swords, we hope to really capture the energy of the exhibition and give our guests a night to remember.”

Samurai: Beyond the Sword offers an in-depth look at the samurai, who sought balance between military and cultural pursuits. The exhibition explores artworks that project the image of the samurai not only as fierce warriors but also as patrons of the arts and sophisticated artists and scholars during the relatively peaceful Edo period (1603–1868). 

Tickets for ArtSeen are $70 for FJC members and $85 for nonmembers and are available at or by calling (313) 833-4005. Purchase includes 2 drink tickets. Valet parking will be available.  Limited tickets will be available at the door; advance registration is recommended.

For more than three decades, FJC has been committed to inspiring new generations of art lovers to show their support for the DIA, one of North America’s leading art museums. By bringing together young professionals with a shared interest in promoting the arts, FJC has been credited with hosting some of Detroit’s premier social events while encouraging lifelong participation with the museum. For more information on FJC, visit


The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self-Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA’s collection is known for its quality, range, and depth. The DIA’s mission is to create opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art.

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