Master of Mud (aka artist) and former Center for Creative Studies (CCS), Detroit,  professor of art, Bill (William J.) Girard Jr., passed away in 2011. The website created to honor him is found at

Note: Most images are clickable.
Happily, at least one of the two investigating police officers could scarcely drag his eyes away from the large Girard painting, Fauvel. This made me feel much better. At least some of our public servants aren't immune to the seduction of fine art. Fauvel - completed as seen here in 1993 - is just the sort of painting you might expect tocatch the eye of a policeman.

The composition is one part whimsy, one part marvelous brushwork, and two parts savage reminder of our species' propensity to fall into depravity.
A city burns. The world seethes. Center stage, you see a fat-faced king seated on a throne, holding a pinwheel, attended by an evil ass (aka malevolent donkey).
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Conversation with an Early Girard Collector: Mr. Doubleday

Almost exactly two years ago, on January 31st, 2017,  a pair of "third generation" members of the Friends of Bill Girard (FOBG) community  Ms. Janson (J) and Mr. Weikal (K), visited one of the earliest members of that community, Mr. Doubleday (M). The visit took place in metro Detroit. 

What follows is a modestly redacted version of the transcribed conversation. Transcribed, because it was recorded by Ms. Janson and Mr. Weikal. With their permission, I am providing this lightly redacted transcript. 

The redactions are intended to protect the privacy of the participants and the sanctity of their respective collections.

Perhaps this document will prove of interest to future members of the FOBG and to others with a either an interest in or a passion for understanding the artist, Bill Girard ( and one of those whose early friendship and patronship served as the medium for his life's work. 

Mr. Doubleday was, for many years, the vice principal of a noted Det…