Detroiter Gilda Snowden (1954–2014) was a graduate of Cass Technical High School and Wayne State University, where she received a BFA, MA, and MFA in Painting. She was Interim Chair and Professor of Fine Arts at the College for Creative Studies, and also Gallery Director of the Detroit Repertory Theatre. Snowden’s works have been exhibited throughout the United States, as well as in Mexico, Canada, and West Africa. Her works are featured in a number of publications, as well as private and corporate collections, including Post/Newsweek, the Neiman-Marcus Corporation, Ameritech, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and The Detroit Institute of Arts.
Snowden served as a 2012-2013 Kresge Arts in Detroit Advisory Council member.