Anita Bates (born, 1966) is an artist and educator living in the Detroit metropolitan area. Her paintings are primarily abstract ‘landscapes’ that focus heavily on the language of color, texture and space. Anita has been exhibited in several venues including the G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, Dell Pryor Gallery, Detroit Artists Market and The River’s Edge Gallery in Wyandotte, Michigan. Ms. Bates has also exhibited in New York at A Gathering of the Tribes Gallery.
The artist and her work have been noted and reviewed in several periodicals and publications such as The Detroit News and Free Press, Trait Magazine, BLAC Magazine, Imago Mundi: The Luciano Benetton Collection and most recently, Detroit Home.
Anita is a Fulbright Memorial Fellow in Japanese education and holds M.F.A. and M.A. degrees in painting from Wayne State University and Eastern Michigan University respectively. She is also a candidate for the degree Doctor in art education and curriculum and instruction. An artist and researcher, her interests are in culturally responsive pedagogy, focusing on how the stories of students of color relate to traditional museum narratives.
Currently Ms. Bates teaches art at Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies and is an adjunct faculty member in the department of Art Education at the College for Creative Studies.