Attention Motor City Charity Panel Jam Attendees:




The Motor City Maven's proudly honor:

Don Edwards

Recipient of the 2018 Life Time Acheivement Award

Don Edwards Bio

Registration is now open!

Register Here

Registered Artists List

Detroit Autorama 2018 is right around the corner

Dear Fellow Auto Artist,

It’s time to get ready for the Motor City Auto Art Mavens’ Panel Jam 2018 at the Detroit AutoRama. We will be opening up registration by email soon. This year’s show dates are March 2-4. Again, we will host many of America’s best pinstripers, sign painters, and airbrush artists to raise money together for a deserving charity. Our 50’x100’ Paint Pit is in the middle of the Detroit AutoRama Show - the biggest indoor custom car show in the country.

The Motor City Auto Art Mavens is a local group that works nearly year round to put on this special event. We are all volunteers and receive NO compensation. 100% of all the money is given to our charity. The Mavens’ mission is to teach the old school skills of brush and paint to create a brotherhood while raising money for a good cause.

Registered artists will recieve a 3 day pass (no extras) and 1 daily pass to be picked up on arrival each day for one accompanying guest. As usual, all panels, paint and materials are supplied by the Mavens. Meals are supplied by Leader Dogs FOR ARTISTS AND ONE GUEST. Plus the goody bags and the awesome door prize giveaway comes from the Mavens. All artists (and Mavens) supply their own transportation and accommodations. Host hotels are listed on the left side of the website.

Another request we’ve had is for the artists looking to share the cost of a room. Please contact John Jaranson at 313-729-4901 or and we’ll do our best to match you up.

One last reminder – this weekend is dedicated to giving. Please bring, or produce on site, at least one auctionable peice of art per day. Our goal is to use our talents for the two things:

1) Raising money for Leader Dogs for the Blind, and

2) Learning and sharing with other artists. Please be generous in accomplishing both goals. NO PERSONAL SALES will be allowed unless you get a vendor’s license and a booth.

Please bring any pre-made panels, lots of business cards, your paint kit, and you enthusiasm!

Any questions, please contact

Have a great holiday, Happy New Year, hope you can join us in Detroit this year.

Motor City Mavens Committee


Check out some 2017 Highlights


Wow!  2017 was a great show everyone!  Together, we raised over $49,000 for Leader Dogs for the Blind. 



Detroit has a rich history of automotive art, unmatched in the world. In this tradition, The Motor City Auto Art Mavens are a group of local paint-slinging pinstripers, sign-painters and airbrush artists whose skills have been passed down from master to apprentice for generations.

The Mavens combine the handcrafted traditions of the past with today's technology to help preserve this rich, important history. All of the Detroit Maven artists are volunteers. 100% of all proceeds from all events go toward a worthy charity. In 2018, our chosen charity is again Leader Dogs for the Blind.