September 15, 2014
Leisa Rich (BFA 1982) exhibits several works in the World of Threads Festival, a curated showcase of the best work from the international world of fiber arts. This event is held in Toronto from November 1-30.
September 10, 2014
Bill Burgard (BFA ‘79) was recently commissioned to create large format portraits of the UM Hospital Department of Gastroenterology’s top five researchers.
Images that reflect each individual’s projects and contributions to their fields were included. The idea was to tell a visual story of the groundbreaking work done at the unit and to provoke the curiosity of patients and visitors to appreciate the less glamorous world of endoscopic procedures. At first glance this seemed very oxymoronic. After meeting with all of the physicians and discussing their resources and tools I came up with a wealth of provocative images to weave into the five compositions.
Each portrait is painted in oil on a gessoed wood panel. The accompanying illustrations are done in mixed media on paper. All images were scanned and assembled using Illustrator and Photoshop. The final output is on heavy weight archival paper.
The installation was completed on July 1 this summer. It can be seen during business hours in the MPU hallway, on the second floor of University Hospital, main building.
September 10, 2014
Melanie Manos is one of eight Artists in Residence at the UCross Foundation Residency Program in northern Wyoming. She is working on new drawings and a series of maquettes for an installation based on the built environment and human influence on the natural environment.
September 3, 2014
T.J. O’Keefe (BFA 2004) has released two new furniture designs: the CIRCUIT lounge chair and the LOOP side table and console. Made of a series of loops that intersect in strategic places to form its structure, the CIRCUIT lounge chair challenges perception and form. Its multiple planes of lines visually overlap to create new and interesting graphic compositions from every angle.
The LOOP side table and console are about repetition, continuous loops, and critical points of intersection. Using one single form of material, the LOOP tables explore the space and graphic qualities of intersecting lines.
To learn more and see images of CIRCUIT and LOOP, visit http://www.tjokeefe.com.
September 2, 2014
Maryanne Simmons’ (BFA 1971) Wildwood Press is proud to become a member of the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA). Wildwood Press will celebrate this membership in Miami during Art Basel, December 3rd to 7th, by showcasing work by Wildwood Press artists. The featured artists will be Valerie Hammond, Michele Oka Doner, and David Shapiro.
Hammond’s exhibited work will be from her series “Gang of Girls,” each of the 13 images is named for a woman who was an early Christian mystic. Oka Doner’s work will be shown in advance of her upcoming solo exhibition at the Perez Art Museum in 2016 entitled “How I Caught a Swallow in Mid-Air.” (Doner will also design the costumes for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Miami ballet in 2016.) Shapiro had been working on six editions at Wildwood Press before his death in April. All six editions will be presented.
September 1, 2014
The Ypsilanti District Library, 229 W. Michigan Ave., is exhibiting books and paintings by Debra Golden (BFA ’79) from Sept. 30th, 2013 -Jan. 15, 2014. It will include flutter books with poetry, tunnel books inspired by Golden’s work in set design, and house shaped books with watercolors and collage.
August 31, 2014
In her first full year as the graphic designer for Michigan Athletics, Emma Bumstead (BFA 2011) has taken on an expanded role and has had the opportunity to design season posters for all sports, including football. Bumstead has had a direct role in creating and implementing a visual theme for the upcoming football, basketball, and hockey seasons—all stemming from their unique poster designs. Michigan Athletics is striving to create a more seamless experience for fans, so attendees of a football game will see tickets, informational guides, shirts, cups and mugs, and larger facility graphics such as column wraps and light pole banners of a consistent look and feel.
August 31, 2014
Michael Borowski (MFA ‘11) is currently a visiting faculty, teaching photography at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. Over the year, he will be teaching all levels of digital and darkroom photography as well as intermedia topics courses, maintaining the darkroom, lighting studio, and digital labs.
Borowski’s work has recently been exhibited at the New Mexico State University Art Gallery (Las Cruces, NM), the Prairie Center for the Arts (Peoria, IL), and Espace Projet (Montreal, Canada).
August 31, 2014
The Ann Arbor Art Center and Motawi Tileworks have joined forces to create not one but TWO exciting new shops within the Art Center! Motawi Downtown and 117 GALLERY is now open and we’re having a big party to celebrate!
Please join us Wednesday, September 10 from 5:30-8:30 to check out some amazing art, tile, music and delicious food and wine from two of Ann Arbor’s newest places, Mezzevino Restaurant and VinBar. Of course, Nawal Motawi (BFA 1988) will be there to help showcase the full line of Motawi gift tiles (she’ll even sign yours), accessories and the new design space.
The party is free and open to everyone! It’s going to be a great evening…hope to see you there!
MOTAWI DOWNTOWN GRAND OPENING PARTY!
August 30, 2014
New Zealanders and Americans both speak English, but vernacular usage can mean that immigrants to either country are constantly translating. To fulfill the mandates of her Whanganui UCOL Faculty Grant, “An examination of Differences between New Zealand and American English Usage”, Rita Dibert (BFA 1969, MFA 1971), Head of Fine Art Photography at the Quay School of Arts, Whanganui UCOL in Whanganui, New Zealand produced a one person exhibition at Space Gallery in Whanganui, New Zealand, “Kiwi As, Eh.”
Included were a number of both American and New Zealand dictionaries, both casual and official, as well as scolarly linguistic examinations of Kiwi English. Several images from the exhibition can be viewed on Rita’s site.
August 29, 2014
An exhibition of the work of Pamela Becker (MFA 1981) is featured at the Ross Art Museum in Delaware. The exhibit, titled “Metamorphosis”, will run from Sept. 30, 2014 to Nov. 2, 2014 with an artist’s talk on October 23.
Work was selected by assistant director, Tammy Wallace, and addresses the various ways Becker has tried to express her interest and fascination with the world around us.
August 28, 2014
Paintings by Michelle Krievins-Newman (BFA 1987) will be exhibited at a six-person show entitled ‘Modern Twist’ at LaFontsee Galleries/Douglas, Michigan from October 11 – November 14, 2014.
August 25, 2014
Banneker Douglass Museum in Annapolis, Maryland included five mixed media assemblages by Cherry Schroeder (BFA 1976) in an historic themed exhibition. Schroeder’s works commemorate people who worked on the American Railroad, and consequently established a black middle class in America. The works are made of acrylic, thread, metal and found objects on wood. The exhibition runs September 20, 2014 - March 13, 2015.
Photo: “Silver Tray with Slice”
August 22, 2014
A href=“http://www.lafontsee.us/artists/michelle-newman/index.html”>Michelle Krievins-Newman (BFA 1987) won Second Place and a Purchase Award for her painting entitled “Mid-Century Muse” in the 86th Annual Muskegon Museum of Art’s Regional Exhibition. The Muskegon Museum of Art’s Regional Exhibition, the longest-established regional art exhibition in Michigan, ran through August 20, 2014.
The MMA’s annual, juried Regional Exhibition, known for its competitive nature and for its professional presentation, is open to amateur and professional artists throughout Michigan. This year, 299 artists submitted a total of 501 works for the competition. Guest juror David L. Deming selected 200 works by 162 artists for the exhibition.