Barbed Magazine is a contemporary art magazine in Metro Detroit. Barbed features studio visits, mini show reviews, and artists’ works who live in the area. Founded in September 2014, Barbed promotes the work of artists from emerging, LGBTQ, female, and other minority communities.

Barbed is a limited edition publication, printed twice annually; in the spring and winter. 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.

Awards, Working grants:

NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant Program, 2019
Red Bull Arts Detroit Micro-Grant, 2019
Arts, Culture + Heritage Fund (ACHF), 2015


Founder Editor
Arturo Herrera

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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