Gilda Snowden (July 29, 1954 – September 9, 2014) , was born in Detroit, Michigan and graduated from Cass Technical High School in 1972. She received her undergraduate (BFA,) and graduate degrees (MA and MFA) from Wayne State University. She taught painting and drawing at Wayne State University from 1979 to 1985, then left WSU when she became a full time instructor at the College for Creative Studies (CCS). During her tenure at CCS she was twice asked to be interim chair of the Fine Arts Department while a search for a permanent chair was underway.
As an active participant in the Metro Detroit art community, Gilda began exhibiting her work while still a graduate student. She was one of the original Cass Corridor Artists and her work has been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally since 1977. Her exhibition SIGNATURE IMAGES at the Detroit Institute of Arts in 1990, resulted in several works being purchased for the museum collection. One of these works, MONUMENT, is one of the 400 works featured in the book TREASURES OF THE DIA that was published in November 2007. Her works have also been exhibited in Mexico, Canada, Italy, and West Africa. Gilda’s works are in many private and corporate collections, including Post/ Newsweek WDIV Detroit, the Neiman-Marcus Corporation, Ameritech, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Compuware, Henry Ford Hospital, The Detroit Medical Center, Beatrice Foods and the City of Detroit. In June of 2007 the new MGM Grand Casino in Detroit acquired a series of prints that are featured in each of the 400 rooms of the MGM Grand Hotel.
During her career Gilda curated shows at the Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Willis Gallery, Pontiac Art Center, Focus Gallery, Dell Pryor Galleries, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts and the Zeitgeist Gallery. She was a member of the National Conference of Artists, Michigan Chapter, and has written reviews and art criticism for the Atlanta ARTPAPERS, Detroit Focus Quarterly, New Art Examiner, and the National Conference of Artists publications. She was also an artist/advisor on the DIA Friends of Modern Art Board; the advisory board of the historic Scarab Club; and the Educational Advisory Board for the Art Education Department of the College for Creative Studies.