Barbed Magazine is a contemporary art publication in Metro Detroit. Barbed features studio visits, mini-show reviews, of artists who live in the area. Founded in 2014, Barbed promotes artists of color, LGBTQ+, female, allies, and other communities.

Barbed is a limited edition publication, available for purchase locally in Detroit, at MOCAD (Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit,) in San Francisco at Adobe Books. Barbed is also available in McNally Jackson Books, in Manhattan, New York. All issues are accessible for viewing at the University of Michigan Library, at the Room Project - Communication Library, Midway Contemporary Art libraries in Minneapolis, and the Cranbrook Academy of Art Library.  

Barbed is a proud member of the W.A.G.E. Coalition, a growing group of artists, art workers, and arts organizations that share Barbed's goal of building a sustainable business model in which artists are paid for their work. W.A.G.E. (Working Artists and the Greater Economy) is a New York-based activist organization focused on regulating the payment of artist fees by nonprofit art institutions and establishing a sustainable labor relation between artists and the institutions that contract our work.

Grant awards:

Flourish Fund grant, Andy Warhol Foundation, CultureSource, 2023
NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant Program, 2019
Red Bull Arts Detroit Micro-Grant, 2019
EPICentre Cross Border Entrepreneur Research Grant, 2015
Arts, Culture + Heritage Fund (ACHF), 2015


Founder Editor
Cherry Wood

Thanks, to those who were part of the magazine in previous issues!

Ashley Ward, Editorial Intern, Issue #07
David Morales, Editorial Intern, Issue #07
Iain Baxter&, Creative Consultant
Martin Stevens, Design Consultant
Dennis Hunkler, Online Interviews
Sasha Opeiko, Art Director
Bree Arbor, Assistant Editor
Jon R Flieger, Editor
Jude Abu Zaineh, Sales Manager
Alana Bartol, Managing Editor
Stuart Sparling, Promotional Coordinator
Pearl Van Geest, Contributor Writer
Louise Chance Baxter&, Creative Consultant

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