The Artists' Society of Dearborn (ASD) was established by a small group of artists in 1949 with Pansy Taylor elected as the first president (an annual award is named after her). During its early evolution, it was also successively known with its present name, as the Art Institute of Dearborn, and as the Dearborn Arts and Crafts. In 1999, in honor of its 50th anniversary, the group restored the original name.
Throughout its history, the Society has maintained its primary goal to enrich the cultural life of the community by stimulating interest in fine arts and crafts.
The Artists' Society of Dearborn is one of the oldest active organizations of the Dearborn Community Arts Council, founded in 1969. ASD members participate regularly in the cultural, educational and fund-raising projects of the Council, and support special projects related to the promotion and preservation of local historical sites and events.
Their individual and collective contributions have been recognized with the reception of several Arts Awards.
Exhibits of several art categories are held in April and November at the Rotunda Gallery of the Henry Ford Centennial Library. A 'Summer Showcase' exhibit featuring specific categories is also displayed there. A mid-summer exhibit is also held at the Padzieski Gallery in the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center. Also, several members participate independently in State, National and International art exhibits.
“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”