Jerome Patryjak, from the northeast corner of Detroit, grew up loving the city. Family excursions were to the city center to the Detroit Institute of Art, the Main Detroit Library, the Detroit Historical Museum, and to Belle Isle park for the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Aquarium, the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory and gardens, to Dearborn for the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, and to Royal Oak for the Detroit Zoo.
Nearby Eastland Mall, then newly built, was an environment filled with murals, mosaics, fountains and sculpture including Marshall Frederick's Lion and Mouse. He recalls his Dad pointing out that the Spirit of Detroit statue was by the same person, a Detroit artist and local hero. Art, design and creativity was everywhere.
After earning a BFA from Wayne State University Jerome was invited by Edgar Yaeger to join the Scarab Club, but instead decided to go to Illinois to earn his MFA at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. On return to Detroit he set up a studio as an illustrator, designer and art instructor. Joining the Michigan Chapter of Artist Equity he developed community fine art exhibitions and worked in promoting legislation for the arts. Exhibitions with the MCAE included juried shows in Detroit and Lansing, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario.
Art instructor positions include as teacher for Holy Redeemer High School in Detroit, as a mural instructor for the City of Detroit Council for the Arts Summer Youth Employment Program partnering with Steve Pablo Davis, for various Art and Community Center programs, as an artist for the Pontiac Public Schools Art in the Schools program, and at Baker College teaching graphic design courses.
At the Pontiac Art Center he worked as House Manager, in a year developing and installing over twenty art shows and events. He was responsible for the day-to-day running of the facility including graphic design, printing and publicity. He left the PAC for the opportunity of Resident Artist with the Williamston Community Schools, a MACACA and NEA program.
With partners he formed The Mill Gallery in Milford, Michigan, which set over fifty shows of fine arts and crafts.
Followed was a career in commercial exhibition design, with his first commercial project the Holiday Inn Corporate Visitor Center in Memphis, Tennessee. Recently work includes graphics for the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant museum and the Detroit Zoo.
A personal passion is book design and illustration. Recent publications include Scarab Club Member Annuals volumes 5, 6, 7 and 8, She Sparrow, a novel, Visiting Miss Emma and The Bridge to Anywhere, children's books, and various artist catalogs.
Finally joining the Scarab Club for Thursday Sketch Sessions, he helps out as needed as a session moderator. He became involved in the annual Noel Night and other volunteer opportunities including design of the aforementioned member annuals. He joined the Board of Directors in 2015 and served as Board Secretary for the 2018-19 session. Currently he is sharing a studio at the Scarab Club for paper works and continues at the Art In Motion Studio for clay sculpture.
Recent exhibitions include:
Scarab Club: 106th Gold Medal Exhibition November 2019-January 2020, Detroit MI
The Downtown Gallery: Book and Paper Arts Exhibition November 2019, Indiana University, Kokomo IN
Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery: Art4Detroit7 October - December 2019, Detroit MI
Detroit Artists Market: Art for the Holidays November–December 2019, Detroit MI
Starkweather Art Center: 59th Annual Thumb Area Artists' Exhibition, August-September 2019, Romeo MI
Lawrence Street Gallery: Summer Invitational July 2019, Ferndale, MI
Annex Gallery at 333 Midland: All Together Now April-May 2019, Highland Park MI
The Loft Gallery Artful Discussion #7 at Minhas Coffee Haus: April 2019, Mt Clemens MI
Orion Art Center Studio at Moose Tree Nature Preserve: Sculptor’s Guild of Michigan April 2019, Orion Township MI
The Downtown Gallery: A Contemporary Drawing Exhibition February 2019, Indiana University, Kokomo IN
Anton Art Center: Michigan Annual XLVI January-February 2019, Mt Clemens MI
Scarab Club: 105th Gold Medal Exhibition November 2018-January 2019, Detroit MI
N'namdi Center for Contemporary Art: Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series October 2018, Detroit MI
ArtPrize 10: Cornerstone Church-Heritage Hill September-October 2018, Grand Rapids MI
Scarab Club: Paperwork Exhibition September-October 2018, Detroit MI
Scarab Club Artists Lounge: Sketch Session Artists September-October 2018, Detroit MI
Lawrence Street Gallery: Summer Invitational July 2018, Ferndale, MI
Ellen Kayrod Gallery: Sight Fest 2018: A Feast for the Eyes December 2017-January 2018, Detroit MI
Scarab Club: 104th Gold Medal Exhibition November 2017-January 2018, Detroit MI
Headspace Gallery: A December To Remember November-December 2017, Dearborn MI
ArtPrize 9: Bistro Bella Vita (individual showing) September-October 2017, Grand Rapids MI
The Loft Fine Art Gallery: Sculpture Guild of Michigan September 2017, Mt Clemens MI
Headspace Gallery: Hail to the King—a tribute to Jack Kirby August-October 2017, Dearborn MI
The Loft Fine Art Gallery: The Nonsensical Show August 2017, Mt Clemens, MI
Scarab Club Artists Lounge: Drawn to Detroit June-August 2017, Detroit MI
Ellen Kayrod Gallery: Annual Summer Open June-August 2017, Detroit MI
Headspace Gallery: Summer Blockbuster June-August 2017, Dearborn MI
Art In Motion Ceramic Studio and Gallery: Three Detroit Artists June-August 2017, Detroit MI
Scarab Club Artists Lounge: Black/White (individual showing) February-April 2017, Detroit MI
Scarab Club Heritage Room: Sculpture (individual showing) December 2016, Detroit MI
ArtPrize 8: 5/3 Bank Lobby September-October 2016, Grand Rapids MI
Lawrence Street Gallery: Summer Invitational June 2016-July 2016, Ferndale, MI
Scarab Club: 102nd Gold Medal Exhibition November 2015-February 2016, Detroit MI
Scarab Club Artists Lounge: Sketch Session Artists October-November 2015, Detroit MI
Art In Motion Ceramic Studio and Gallery: Sculpture Exhibition September-October 2015, Detroit MI
Scarab Club Artists Lounge: Sketch Session Artists January-February 2015, Detroit MI
Scarab Club: 101st Gold Medal Exhibition November 2014-January 2015, Detroit MI
Lawrence Street Gallery: The Twelve Inch Show December 2014, Ferndale MI
Scarab Club Artists Lounge: Sketch Session Artists April-May 2014, Detroit MI»