League of Retired Designers 2020 Exhibit

By David Mcintosh

The League of Retired Designers showed renderings, paintings, and sculptures at the Royal Oak Historical Museum in suburban Detroit, Michigan for 2020.

For August–September, the show was originally scheduled to coincide with the Woodward Dream Cruise, but the Covid pandemic cancelled that event, as well as our usual Eyes on Design showing. The League project set last September was for a muscle car, GTO specifically, mainly to excite the designers and appeal to car enthusiasts. Some designers started early on the project so were unaffected by the news of the pandemic and subsequent cancellations of shows for the summer season.

Fortunately we had some additional art work to show, including both automotive paintings and sculpture for the first time. The Museum had to make last minute plans, so the event had no opening gala or car show this year to avoid having crowds. The show looked good even with a smaller group of designers, and though traffic was less, there were people who came to see the exhibit during the month. We are grateful to Muriel Versagi and Tom Gasser of the Museum for having our only show this year.

  1. Many thanks Dave and Gary for the article.

    “Old Guys Rule”. Great to see these guys still have the fresh touch.

    Keep on drawing.

  2. Andrew Minney

    I loved the sculptures – so lifelike and evocative

  3. Max R. Sims


  4. Gary and Dave,
    Renderings are visually exciting, forward thinking, rich in design quality and the other illustrations and sculpture a nice round out of the great exhibit…

    Congratulations to all participants!

    John M. Mellberg
    League Founding Member

  5. Great designs,
    A couple of them were very
    Mazda like.
    Thanks for showing them.
    Jim Keeler
    Former model car kit designer for Revell.



    Great work with some very contemporary form language, I think Bill Munson is a good influence for the group. Too bad he couldn’t retire later as he is obviously on top of the game.


  7. Ron Will

    Wow is Right:
    The addition of more excellent digital design work adds a new dimension to this League show. By next year the League can get back to full force with more inspiring work by all. Its always fun to see the variety of interpretations on the selected theme. I hope you all are able to get together for the next exhibit.
    Ron Will

  8. Keith Ashley

    Fascinating work as always. The redo of the ’49 Cadillac Sedanette is very interesting. My favorite Cadillac style.

  9. Brillant! As a german author with special interest in american cars and their makers I cannot thank the author enough for this unique presentation & preservation of truly creative work.

    @David Mcintosh: I just wrote an article about “your” Reatta in AMERICAN CLASSICS Magazine (https://www.oldtimer-markt.de/zeitschriften/American-Classics-4-2020). I’d appreciate to send you a PDF of the article. I can be contacted via my personal e-mail Simon@Motorsandmore.de

    Cheers from Hamburg, Germany


  10. Robert

    Too bad GM does not Create a Studio for these Wonderful, Spectacular, Beyond Talented Designers to come out of retirement once or twice a week to start contributing once again!!!!

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