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Great Lakes Drawing Biennial

  • September 22 - September 22
  • University Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, September 22, 4 - 7pm

Curated by Hartmut Austen, the Great Lakes Drawing Biennial is a juried show open to all artists in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, New York and Pennsylvania. Hosted by Eastern Michigan University once every two years, it will highlight artistic activity related to all manner of contemporary drawing. The show will be accompanied by a mini-catalog highlighting the work of all participants selected and six awards (5 for Merit and one Best in Show) will be announced at the opening.

New Fibers

  • October 28 - December 10
  • University Gallery
  • Reception: Thu, October 28, 4 - 7pm

Curated by Tracy Krumm, New Fibers is a juried show that will feature a broad range of fiber art including textiles rooted in traditional processes and materials as well as new approaches to fiber that include more sculptural practices such as conceptual and installation art practices. Juried from a national pool of over four hundred entries, the show will include a catalog and three awards with a top prize of $1,000.

Figurative Works

  • January 5 - February 12
  • University Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, January 12, 4 - 7pm
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Awards for this juried show will be announced at the opening reception on January 12, at 5:30pm

The conceptual and formal potential of the body continues to inspire and challenge many artists. A national juried show, Figurative Works is curated by Professor Michael Reedy and seeks to showcase a diverse range of 2-D and 3-D work that explores the formal and conceptual boundaries of the figure.

Download and apply for the exhibition here.

Annual Student Juried Exhibition

  • January 18 - February 3
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Tue, January 18, 4 - 7pm

Coordinated annually by the Intermedia Gallery Group (IGG) and juried this year by Carolyn Putney, Head Curator at the Toledo Art Museum, the Annual Student Juried show highlights the work of undergraduate students in the 10 areas of concentration within the Art Department.

Award Announcements at 5:30pm!

E. Louis Lankford: "Stop Making Art and Do Something Worthwhile"

  • Student Center, Ballroom B
  • Tue, January 25, 6 - 7:30pm
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Well known art educator, E. Louis Lankford, professor and chair of the Department of Art and Art History at University of Missouri-St. Louis, will address the apparent devaluation of art in American culture and society. He will consider corporate and government influences on the arts, high-profile proclamations such as official state arts days, the impact of school reforms, and popular culture’s effect on the status of art in contemporary America. Do these conditions present opportunities or destinies? Should artists and the artworld rethink what they purport to be? Do we push back, give up, or morph in order to survive as a viable, much less vital, aspect of society?

Annual Graduate Student Exhibition

  • February 15 - March 12
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Tue, February 15, 4:30 - 7pm
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Hosted annually, this all-media exhibition features the work of current MFA and MA students.

Nancy Goldstein

  • Student Center, room 320
  • Wed, February 16, 3:30 - 3:30pm

With her award winning book, Jackie Ormes: The First African American Woman Cartoonist, writer Nancy Goldstein brought attention to the work of an artist whose sophisticated, smart and outspoken black women comic characters defied the usual mammy stereotypes of the comic era. Her lecture will focus on Ormes contributions to the field by exploring the gender, racial and political aspects of the comics.

Honors Exhibition

  • April 16 - April 27
  • Ford Hall
  • Reception: Tue, April 19, 5 - 7pm
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Each year the Art Department awards over $30,000 in 19 scholarships to students on both a need and merit basis. An annual event, the Honors Exhibition, gives these talented students an opportunity to show their work and to thank their generous patrons.

Award Announcements at 6pm!

EMU Artist's Open Studio Walk

  • November 18 - November 18
  • EMU campus
  • Reception: Thu, November 18, 5 - 9:30pm

Hosted by the Art Masters Association (AMA) as part of the AMP Arts Festival, the Art Department Graduate Students will be hosting open studios throughout campus. Now in its second year, the Graduate Student Studio Walk is an opportunity for collectors, perspective students and art-aficianados to get a “behind-the-scenes” perspective of the private studios and array of artwork and art facilities at EMU.

AMA is the graduate student art organization and is composed of MA/MFA candidates and recent alumni & faculty of EMU. In addition to hosting this event annually, AMA also has hosted lectures, movie nights and meet and greet events to connect the community of art graduate students together.

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Art Video Showcase

  • November 14 - November 18
  • Ford Gallery

A selection of special art and artists’ videos will screen throughout the week. In addition to vidoes like PBS’s Art:21, works by Gordon Matta-Clark, Mke Kelly and Paper Rad among others will be featured. The Art Video Showcase will be held in conjunction with the AMA Studio Walk on Wednesday, November 16 (see Events and Lectures for additional details).

Christy Matson

  • Student Center Ballroom B
  • Thu, November 11, 5:30 - 7pm

A recent left-coast transplant to Chicago, Christy Matson weaves cloth on both hand and industrial operated Jacquard looms. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Fiber and Material Studies Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In addition to recent residencies at the Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago and Harvestworks Digital Media Arts in New York City, her work has been included in exhibitions at The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, The Fuller Museum in Boston, and
The San Francisco Museum of Craft and Folk Art.

Performance & Music: Frank Pahl & Paul Bancell

  • Ford Gallery
  • Thu, November 18, 5:30 - 6:30pm

Automated play back systems, be they computer controlled, tape-looped or home-made automatons form the foundation for the original music and compositions of Frank Pahl and Paul Bancell. Pahl promises to entertain with his avant-garde melodies and eye-catching automated sound sculptures. Bancell, with his art-rock layered compositions, plays as a one-man band using drums, guitar and an assortment of electronic sounds.

Richard Hunt

  • Halle Library, Room 300
  • Tue, March 8, 5:30 - 5:30pm

Richard Hunt is a preeminent American sculptor at the apex of a prolific and successful career. His work includes gallery-scale sculptures displayed and collected by major museums and over 100 large-scale public art commissions created for American cities, campuses, and corporations. This body of work is immediately recognizable by Hunt’s evocative forms that fuse the man-made with the natural, melding the gritty muscularity of American industrial-urban environments with a passion for natural and biomorphic forms and biology. In source and in content they bridge European Modernism with the art of African blacksmiths and integrate ancient mythology with African-American literary and musical traditions. Potent from such broad and diverse sources, the sculptures resonate with multiple layers of meaning, giving voice to America’s unique hybridized cultural experience.

Helen Bunch, (MA, Metals) & Meghna Chauhan (MA, Painting)

  • April 4 - April 8
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Fri, April 8, 4:30 - 7:30pm

Lois Bryant (MFA, Fiber)

  • April 11 - April 15
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, April 13, 4:30 - 7:30pm

Lois Bryant explores the boundaries between realism and imagination. Her MFA exhibition will include Jacquard weavings, mixed media, and installation art.

Molly Marie Nuzzo (MFA, Painting)

  • May 25 - June 3
  • University Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, May 25, 4:30 - 7:30pm
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Molly Marie Nuzzo is an Ypsilanti-based painter whose award winning work has been exhibited regionally and nationally. Her recent drawings and paintings use portraiture to investigate the embodiment of queer identities and to question the gender binary.

Nancy Sly (MFA, Ceramics)

  • April 10 - April 15
  • Student Gallery (Student Center)
  • Reception: Fri, April 15, 4:30 - 7:30pm

Nancy Sly melds the surface, form and space to reflect both the unity and complexity of her surroundings, creating forms that are centered and balanced to reflect nature.

Emergence 2011

  • September 6 - October 5
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, September 14, 4 - 7pm

A small group, emerging artist show, E-11 highlights the activities of the current and recent graduates of MFA programs within a 300-mile radius of Ypsilanti. As a juried show, the five artists represented in E-11 are some of the most exciting new work in fibers, painting, sculpture and installation art. Featuring the work of Brittany Campbell, David Parker, Josh Reames, Jessica Tenbusch and Lisa Walcott.

I Know What You Did Last Summer

  • October 12 - November 9
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, October 12, 4 - 7pm

A highlight show of artwork created over the Spring and Summer semesters at EMU from special Topics classes in the Art Department, this exhibition features work from: Open Book: an Experimental Book Workshop (organized by Leslie Atzmon/Ryan Malloy), Explorations in Ephemeral Artwork (Jason Ferguson), Out of Bounds (Jennifer Seibert/Ryan Malloy and Poster Design (Andrew Maniotes).

2012 Annual Faculty Exhibition

  • January 11 - February 15
  • University Gallery
  • Reception: Tue, January 17, 4 - 7pm
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The 2012 annual faculty exhibition will be open from January 11-February 15. A reception will be held in January 17 from 4-7 pm

Annual Jurried Student Art Exhibition

  • January 18 - February 3
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, January 18, 4 - 7pm
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Coordinated annually by the Intermedia Gallery Group (IGG) and juried this year by Rebecca Mazzei, Deputy Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), the Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition highlights the work of undergraduate students in the 10 areas of concentration within the EMU Art Department.

Please note that there will be an award announcement at the reception at 5:30.

Annual Faculty Exhibition, Part 2

  • March 23 - April 15
  • University Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, March 23, 4 - 7pm

This annual event features the work of both the full and adjunct faculty of Eastern Michigan University’s Art Department. Photography, painting, watercolor, print media, ceramics, graphic design, sculpture, fiber, metal, video and mixed media are all represented.

Shelly Perlove Lecture

  • 300 Halle
  • Thu, February 2, 5:30 - 6:30pm
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Dr. Perlove will be speaking about Rembrandt’s specific contributions toward a new image of Jesus and is a co-author of a catalog essay for the current blockbuster DIA exhibition, Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus.

ISLAND

  • November 2 - November 2
  • University Gallery & Cave Gallery in Detroit
  • Reception: Wed, November 2, 4 - 7pm
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This exhibition included artwork made in response to Iceland. The show featured 22 artists, all of whom have spent time in Iceland on extended stays or artist residencies. The artists featured represent over 10 countries, with many artists from northern Europe and Canada. Work in the show draws parallels between recent events in Iceland and Detroit/United States (financial/banking crisis, natural disasters) and highlights a range of media from video to installation to photography and painting. Partners include the Cave Gallery at Russell Industrial Center in Detroit, which served as the host for part of the exhibition.

The exhibition was curated by EMU Associate Professor of Art Amy Sacksteder and EMU Gallery Director Greg Tom.

Artists include: Una Baldvinsdóttir (Iceland), Eszter Burghardt (Canada), Ann Chuchvara (Michigan- USA), Jan Christensen (Norway/Berlin), Helen Dennis (UK/USA), Naomi Falk (USA), Jessica Frelinghuysen (Detroit- USA), Adrian Hatfield (Detroit- USA), Scott Hocking (Detroit- USA), Sabine Höpfner (Germany), the artist duo Hugsteypan- Ingunn Fjóla Ingþórsdóttir and Þórdís Jóhannesdóttir (Iceland), Torgeir Husevaag (Norway), Juliana España Keller (Canada), Rebecca Key (UK), Kate-Elin Madsen (Norway), Nicole Pietrantoni (USA/Iceland), Nina Rizzo (Chicago- USA), Hege Dons Samset (Norway), Fiona Short (New Zealand/UK), Klaus Taschler (Austria), Catrine Thorstensen (Norway) and Christopher T Wood (Chicago- USA).

John Carlos Cantu reviewed the EMU half of the exhibition for annarbor.com. Read the review here.

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Nina Rizzo-Liquid Planet

  • Student Center Auditorium
  • Thu, November 3, 6 - 6pm
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Island artist, Nina Rizzo was born in Chicago in 1974 and spent many years in different parts of the United States and abroad. She recently accepted a position as an Assistant Professor in Painting at Northern Illinois University. She received her BFA in Painting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and did her graduate work at University of Texas at Austin. She has attended residencies at Chateau de La Napoule, in France; the Vermont Studio Center; and most recently at SIM, the Center for Icelandic Visual Artists in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Fresh Paint

  • October 7 - October 7
  • Univ. of Michigan Duderstadt Center Gallery
  • Reception: Fri, October 7, 4:30 - 7:30pm

John Cynar (MFA, Sculpture) explores memories and the past through iconic and symbolic images. His MFA exhibition will include sculpture, photography, mixed media, and sound installation. Barbara E. Williams (MFA, Painting) is a figurative artist working in oil and encaustic. Her current work explores the fluid nature of identity.

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Duderstadt Center Gallery
2281 Bonisteel Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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Jimmy Luu

  • Halle Library Auditorium
  • Tue, September 20, 6pm
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Jimmy Luu is a design educator at the University of Illinois and the director of Figure One, a laboratory for contemporary art and design in the heart of downtown Champaign. He earned a B.S. in Advertising and an M.F.A. in Design from the University of Texas at Austin. His interests materialize in ways that resist traditional modes of graphic design, resulting in a body of work that includes large-scale sculpture, publication design, typographic research, design writing, and curatorial work.

Connaught Cullen

  • December 5 - December 9
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, December 7, 4:30 - 7:30pm
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Connaught Cullen (MA Painting) is interested in the intersection of patterns and textures in nature and their relationship to chaos and the environment. In her paintings, she seeks to imply a sense of otherness that suggests something foreign invading the natural.

Graduate Student Art Exhibition 2016

  • February 15 - March 9
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Tue, February 16, 11:30pm - 1:30am

Hosted annually, this all-media exhibition features the work of current MA and MFA students.

Dean-E Mei

  • Student Center Ballroom
  • Mon, October 10, 6:30 - 7:30pm

As part of the Looking Both Ways reception at EMU, artist Dean-E Mei, Professor of Art at the National Taiwan University of Arts in Printmaking, will do a presentation of his work. His work relates to the complex political and cultural concerns of contemporary Taiwan. Often appearing to be filled with the poison of current political consciousness, Mei’s artwork makes wide use of images of political characters and signifiers that are instantly recognizable. He uses these images to explain the inseparability of cultural and political realities in issue of identity in Taiwan.

AMA Studio Walk

  • November 16 - November 16
  • EMU Art Department Buildings
  • Reception: Wed, November 16, 5:30 - 8:30pm
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Hosted by the Arts Masters Association, the AMA Studio Walk provides an opportunity to get a behind the scenes glimpse into working artists’ studios, the art making process and the equipment and facilities of the art department at EMU. Private graduate studios will be open and artists will be on site to discuss their work, techniques, and passion for art. The AMA Studio Walk will be held in conjunction with the Art Video Showcase on Wednesday, November 16 (see Ford Gallery for additional details).

Evan Roth:Welcome to Detroit

  • March 14 - April 2
  • University Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, March 14, 4:30 - 7:30pm
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Evan Roth is an artist and researcher based in Paris who explores the intersection of free culture and popular culture, making work simultaneously for the contemporary art world and the “bored at work” network. His notable pieces include L.A.S.E.R. Tag and LED Throwies (Graffiti Research Lab), White Glove Tracking, EyeWriter, Graffiti Analysis and a collaboration with Jay-Z on the first open source rap video. Roth’s work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art NYC and has been exhibited widely in the Americas, Europe and Asia, including the Centre Pompidou, the Kunsthalle Wien, the Tate, the Fondation Cartier and the front page of Youtube. Roth has received numerous awards for his work, including the Golden Nica from Prix Ars Electronica, Rhizome/The New Museum commissions, the Future Everything Award, the inaugural Transmediale Open Web Award and the Design Museum London’s Designs of the Year.

Roth is co-founder of the Graffiti Research Lab and the Free Art & Technology Lab (F.A.T. Lab), a web based, open source research and development lab. Roth and his work have been featured in multiple outlets, including NPR, the New York Times, Liberation, Time magazine, CNN, the Guardian, ABC News, Esquire and Juxtapoz.

Evan Roth is The McAndless Distinguished Professor for Eastern Michigan University for 2012. The McAndless Distinguished Professorship was established with the help of a generous bequest from the late M. Thelma McAndless, a Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature, College of Arts and Sciences. The McAndless Scholar is a nationally prominent figure in the arts and humanities. The purpose of the McAndless Scholar is to make extraordinary contributions to the vitality of the arts and humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences at Eastern Michigan University.

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Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

  • January 18 - February 3
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, January 18, 4 - 7pm

Coordinated annually by the Intermedia Gallery Group (IGG) and juried this year by Rebecca Mazzei, Deputy Director of the Museum of Contemproary Art Detroit (MOCAD), the Annual Student Jurried show highligts the work of undergraduate students in the 10 areas of concentration within the Art Department.

Annual Graduate Student Art Exhibition

  • February 13 - March 8
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, February 15, 4:30 - 7:30pm
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Hosted annually, this all-media exhibition features the work of current MFA and MA students.

Honors/Senior Show

  • April 16 - April 27
  • Student Gallery @ Student Center
  • Reception: Thu, April 19, 5 - 7:30pm

Each year the Art Department awards over $30,000 in 19 scholarships to students on both a need and merit basis. An annual event, the Honors Exhibition gives these talented students an opportunity to show their work and to thank their generous patrons.

Traci Shipley MFA Show

  • April 9 - April 13
  • University Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, April 11, 4:30 - 7:30pm
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Traci Shipley is intrigued with monsters, myths and legends. Her work uses drawing and painting on chalkboard as well as mixed media to investigate the unexplained.

Nicole Pelc Church/Andrew Monroe MA Show

  • April 18 - April 18
  • University Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, April 18, 4:30 - 7:30pm
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Nicole Pelc-Church finds interest in the peripheral space of everyday life. Her paintings attempt to meld household objects, motherhood, and non-objectivity.

Andrew Monroe is fascinated by the concept of identity. His work uses drawing, sculpture, and found objects to investigate various perspectives of identity (assigned/perceived, public/private, personal/group, etc.)

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Matt O’brien/Danny Kline MFA Show

  • April 23 - April 27
  • University Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, April 25, 4:30 - 7:30pm
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Matthew T. O’Brien is a furniture designer and maker who’s work challenges preconceived ideas about the roles that objects play in our lives by sublimating or subverting materials and function. His interdisciplinary approach to art and design will be shown through furniture, sculpture, and photography.

Danny Kline uses a variety of different mediums to explore the relationship between form and emptiness.

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Shelley Perlove

  • Halle Library Room 300
  • Thu, February 2, 5:30 - 5:30pm
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Dr. Perlove will be speaking about Rembrandt’s specific contributions toward a new image of Jesus and is a co-author of a catalog essay for the current blockbuster DIA exhibition, Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus.

The Fluidity of Gender

  • March 19 - April 18
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, March 21, 4 - 7pm
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Gladiators, Amazons, and Superheroes—these figures conjure up images of strength, power and fantasy; however their meaning remains multi-layered. This complexity becomes apparent in Linda Stein’s most recent work The Fluidity of Gender, as she continues to explore the body as a narrative text with a decidedly carnal material. Stein’s goals and forms—leather-wrapped, powerful Michelangelo-inspired torsos—deliberately challenge binary assumptions that underlie sexism. These assumptions can leave battle scars that mark the body and record a history on leather that functions as human skin. Stein’s leather-clad warriors carry the evidence of past wounds as their very wardrobe and expose the colonization of the gendered body while providing a model for a new superhero in the twenty-first century.

Evan Roth "Art and Hacking"

  • Student Center Auditorium
  • Tue, March 20, 6 - 8pm
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Evan Roth, trans-media artist and 2012 McAndless Distinguished Professor for Eastern Michigan University for 2012, presents a lecture detailing his conceptual framework, past projects and current work. Through a detailed look at his process and development within the context of current trends in street art, typography and digital technology, Roth will shed light on major trends in contemporary art practice and treat viewers to an entertaining and insightful look into free and pop culture, do-it-yourself (DIY) methods and contemporary activism.

Anne Derbes, “The Fluidity of Gender in Medieval Manuscripts: Amazons and Crusaders”

  • Halle Library Room 300
  • Thu, March 22, 1:30 - 2:45pm
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Anne Derbes specializes in medieval and early Renaissance art, with a focus on narrative painting in late-medieval Italy. She has a special interest in gender issues, in particular with the depiction of Amazons in crusader manuscripts. Dr. Derbes is a professor of Art History at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland.

Matt Kenyon/S.W.A.M.P.

  • Halle Library rm. 300
  • Wed, February 22, 6 - 7:30pm

Matthew Kenyon was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States and has a M.F.A in painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is interested in the convergence of art, emerging technologies and popular culture. Many of his recent works feature wearable computing technologies and robotics as a means for making cultural critique. Matt currently is an Associate Professor in the School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan where he teaches physical computing, video and 3D animation.

Artist Presentation- Matt Kenyon

  • Halle Library Auditorium
  • Mon, March 12, 6 - 6pm
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Matthew Kenyon was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and has an M.F.A. in painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is interested in the convergence of art, emerging technologies and popular culture. Many of his recent works feature wearable computing technologies and robotics as a means for making cultural critique. Matt currently is an Associate Professor in the School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan where he teaches physical computing, video and 3D animation.

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Posters of Discontent II, Curated by Andrew Maniotes

  • September 5 - November 7
  • University Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, October 3, 4:30 - 7:30pm

Just in time for the 2012 election, Posters of Discontent is an international show of 20 artists who make two-dimensional work ranging in viewpoints from the political left, right and center on a range of hot button political issues. The show aims to use artwork as a starting point for a discussion about challenges of national and international significance.

New Fibers 2012, Juried by Susie Brandt

  • November 14 - November 14
  • University Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, November 14, 4 - 7pm
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A national juried exhibition featuring contemporary fiber art in a broad range of forms. Works selected will include pieces rooted in traditional and contemporary approaches to fiber art. Juried by Baltimore based artist Susie Brandt from a national pool of entries, the show will feature its own catalog. Three awards will be given with a top prize of $1,000. Organized by the Fiber Art Network of Michigan (FAN).

2012 Great Lakes Drawing Biennial

  • October 10 - November 2
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, October 17, 4 - 7pm

Curated by Brian Barr, professor of painting and drawing at the College for Creative Studies, the Great Lakes Drawing Biennial is a juried show open to all artists in Michigan, Ohio, Indian, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, New York and Pennsylvania. Hosted by Eastern Michigan University once every two years, it will highlight current artistic activity in contemporary drawing.

Archie's Betty Film Screening

  • Halle Library Auditorium
  • Wed, March 26, 7:30 - 9:30pm

Film maker Gerald Peary voyages to Haverhill, MA (where cartoonist Bob Montana developed the first original drawings that would become the Archie Comics) to discover if Montana based the immortal Archie Characters—Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, Moose, etc—on real-life people he knew at Haverhill High.

A discussion with Peary will follow the screening.

Emergence-2012

  • September 26 - October 2
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, September 26, 4 - 7pm
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A highly selective, small group, emerging artist show, Emergence-12 features bodies of work from regional young talent. This year’s show features the work of: Gregory Bae (MFA School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2012), Nathan Foley (MFA Miami University, 2014), Andrew Jackson (MFA Ohio University, Athens, OH, 2013), and Christopher Meerdo (MFA University of Illinois at Chicago, 2011).

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Brian Barr: _On Curation and Practice_

  • Halle Libarary, Room 300
  • Tue, October 16, 5:30 - 5:30pm
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EMU’s 2012 Great Lakes Drawing Biannual jurror, Brian Barr, will present his work and speak on his integrated practice of painting, curation and arts administration.

Brian Barr received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit and his Master of Fine Arts from American University in Washington, DC. He has exhibited his work nationally at venues in Detroit, New York, Chicago, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Boston, St. Louis and beyond. His work was recently featured in Totems at Vox Populi in Philadelphia and in the publication, New American Paintings. He has curated CONSTRUCTS at org Gallery in Detroit, Detroit Muscle: New Aesthetic Trends from the Motor City at the Rueff Gallery at Purdue University and most recently LOST and FOUND: Belief and Doubt in Contemporary Pictures at the PASSENGER Project Space in Detroit. Barr is a regular contributor to The Studio Visit, an international webzine based in Washington DC, and he currently teaches painting and drawing at the College for Creative Studies.

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Graduate Thesis Exhibition: Kevin McCown

  • November 25 - December 1
  • Student Gallery @ the EMU Student Center
  • Reception: Fri, November 30, 4 - 7pm
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Kevin McCown is a mixed media artist. Fascinated by the complexity of the human figure, his work involves the body, in particular the hands. The content of his work expresses ideas representing the hands beyond how we normally see them.

Graduate Thesis Exhibition: Suzanne Boissy

  • November 26 - November 30
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, November 28, 4 - 7pm
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Suzanne Boissy works with traditional and non-traditional fibers materials and techniques to examine various themes and issues, both personal and cultural. She currently resides in Ypsilanti, MI, with her husband, three sons, dog, two cats, and a rabbit.

Graduate Thesis Exhibition: Erik “The Iron Eagle” Simmons and Ran Mu

  • December 3 - December 7
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, December 5, 4 - 7pm
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Erik Simmons is a Michigan based graphic designer/illustrator. Born in Detroit, his work has been exhibited in Michigan based galleries and other local venues. Simmons work critiques the visual bombardment of corporate language and its influence on Americans.

Ran Mu is a watercolor painter from China. Her work has been show across the United States and will be included in “Splash” 14 in 2013. Her meticulously rendered paintings revolve around the mixing of Western and Asian cultures. 

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Graduate Thesis Exhibition: Sara Brandys

  • December 10 - December 14
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, December 12, 4 - 7pm
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Sara Brandys is a Master of Fine Art (MFA) candidate in graphic design. Her work explores how her autoimmune disorder distorts her responses to experiences in everyday life and how it affects her perspective on life. 

MA Exhibition: Emily Driscoll

  • April 7 - April 11
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, April 9, 4:30 - 6:55pm

MFA Exhibition: Bridget Burke and David Gazdowicz

  • April 14 - April 18
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, April 16, 4:30 - 6:55pm

Susie Brandt

  • Student Center Auditorium
  • Wed, November 14, 7 - 7pm

Co-sponsored by Fiber Arts Network (FAN), Susie Brandt will present her work as part of the New Fiber 2012 exhibition.

Baltimore based artist Susie Brandt has been progressively scouring the textile terrain since she sewed her first dress at age seven.
Since the mid-80’s her textile-based work has addressed the domestic and handmade, consumption and abundance, and relationships between textile and rural and urban landscapes.
Her studio work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions – nationally and internationally. At the same time, she has worked on collaborative site oriented installation projects with various artists including Betsy Brandt, Margo Mensing and Kristine Woods.
In 1984 she earned a BFA from Philadelphia College of Art and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1987.

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Graduate Thesis Exhibition: Chris Sneed and Joe Wambaugh _Paper Vs Clay: The Art of the High-Five_

  • November 12 - November 16
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Thu, November 15, 6 - 8pm
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Chris Sneed is interested in how pots can be used every day to bring art into one’s life. Through their use as tableware to enhance the dining experience, he believes that pots can be used to feed the soul as well as the body.

Subverting Modernism: Cass Corridor Revisited, 1966-1980

  • March 11 - April 26
  • University Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, March 20, 4:30 - 7:30pm
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Curated by Dr. Julia Myers, this is the culmination of a multi-year collaboration with Wayne State University. Subverting Modernism, re-contextualizes the Detroit-based Cass Corridor art movement of the 70’s and 80’s within the modernist art movement. The show will be accompanied by a full catalog that will be distributed by Wayne State University Press and will travel to Central Michigan University in early 2013.

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2013 Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

  • January 16 - February 8
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, January 16, 4 - 7pm

Coordinated annually by the Intermedia Gallery Group (IGG) and juried this year by Detroit poster-artist Gary Grimshaw, the Annual Student Juried show highlights the work of undergraduate students in the 10 areas of concentration within the Art Department.

Awards will be announced at the opening reception on January 16, 2013 at 5:30pm.

2013 Annual Graduate Student Art Exhibition

  • February 18 - March 15
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, February 20, 4 - 7pm

Hosted annually, this all-media exhibition features the work of current MFA and MA students.

Graduate Thesis Exhibition: Adam Ostrowski

  • April 8 - April 12
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Fri, April 12, 4 - 7pm
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Adam Ostrowski is an Ypsilanti based painter. Born in Michigan, his work has been shown both regionally and nationally. Though his aesthetic comes from an interest in decorative ornamentation, the content of his work revolves around body image and power in social and sexual relationships.

Film Screening: ‘Images’ from Detroit’s Cass Corridor

  • Halle Library Auditorium
  • Wed, March 27, 5:30 - 6:35pm

During the late 1960s and through the 1970s, some artists living in Detroit explored alternative, inventive and personal approaches to making art. These artists shared their personal vision by being in geographical proximity to one another, making works that mark an era in Detroit’s history that is now regarded as being highly significant. 

The film is a tense visual montage combining original silent footage with new information and bringing to light the mood and art of the time. 

Artists presented in the movie include: John Egner, Steve Foust, Michael Luchs, Nancy Mitchnick, Gordon Newton, Ellen Phelan, Paul Schwarz and Robert Sestok. Original music by Mick Vranich accompanies this illuminating documentary.


Christine Bissetto

  • Halle Library, Rm 300
  • Wed, February 13, 5:30 - 6:35pm

Christine Bisetto was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and has called Texas for almost 20 years. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of Windsor in 1993. Her work has been shown in group exhibitions such as Fast, Gallery H100 Eastfield College, Mesquite TX in 2012, Freeriding, by Subtext Projects at Texas Women’s University, Denton, TX in 2011 and Small Ideas and Other Stories a collaboration with Avery Powell and Jamie Christenson at 500X also in 2011. Solo exhibitions include Ace in 2001 followed by Trace in 2003, both at Mulcahy Modern Gallery in Dallas, Swarm in 2005 at Cactus Bra Gallery in San Antonio and Forever Becomes Everyday at Gallery 219, Eastfield College in Mesquite TX in 2011. After serving as Director of University of Dallas’ Haggerty Gallery for many years she then joined the education department at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in Texas. She has been part of the now closed Mulcahy Modern Gallery in Dallas TX and has been a member of 500X since 2010. Currently, Bisetto is co-founder and exhibition coordinator of brand 10/and x two non-profit art spaces in Fort Worth TX. She lives and works from home in Fort Worth TX.

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Graduate Thesis Exhibition: Meghna Chauhan and Ruth Henkel

  • April 15 - April 19
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Fri, April 19, 4 - 7pm
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Meghna Chauhan’s artwork questions the presence or absence of an individual’s physical, emotional, and spiritual self in relationships and socio-cultural traditions. A myriad of ever-present sub-conscious thoughts and memories inspire her art.

Ruth Henkel is a contemporary figurative painter focusing on modern portraiture. Having spent many years training and working in San Francisco, she now resides in Ann Arbor, Mi. She strives for a balance between spontaneity in her paint handling and accuracy in rending the form.

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Graduate Thesis Exhibition: Christine Bruxvoort

  • April 22 - April 26
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Fri, April 26, 4 - 7pm
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Christine Bruxvoort is lifelong Michigan resident and currently lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Her artwork focuses on memory, family, and personal experience with illness. Although her primary medium is photography, Christine has recently experimented with video and installation as a way to explore her artistic interests.

Honors Show 2013

  • March 25 - April 3
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, April 3, 4 - 7pm

Each year the Art Department awards over $30,000 in various scholarships to students on both a need and merit basis. An annual event, the Honors Exhibition gives these talented students an opportunity to show their work and to thank their generous patrons.

Miriam Brysk Lecture

  • Student Center Auditorium
  • Wed, April 3, 7 - 9pm
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In co-sponsorship with the Jewish Studies program, the Art Department is pleased to present a lecture by Miriam Brysk. Brysk will be speaking on importance of merging art, life and experience and teaching about the holocaust.

More information on Brysk and her artwork can be found here.

Perspectives

  • September 4 - October 15
  • University Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, September 18, 4 - 7pm

Perspectives presents the recent sculptural ceramic work of five early and mid-career artists who explore diverse ideas: biology, industry, mathematics, domesticity, landscape, and mechanics. This exhibition features the work of Emily Duke, Brian Kakas, Yiu Keung Lee, Sarah Lindley and Blake Williams. Curated by Professor Diana Pancioli.

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Emergence-13

  • September 9 - October 7
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, September 25, 4 - 7pm

A selective, small group, emerging artist show, Emergence-13 features bodies of work from young regional talent. Artists include: Amanda Lilleston, Jen Reich, Laura Makar, Parisa Ghaderi, Sophie Eisner and Victoria Shaheen.

Graduate Thesis Exhibition: Andy McGauren

  • December 16 - December 20
  • Ford Gallery

Sterling Allen: Art Handling

  • Halle Library, Room 300
  • Tue, October 8, 6 - 8pm
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Sterling Allen received his BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin in 2003. In 2006, together with eight other Austin artists he founded and currently co-directs Okay Mountain. As a solo artist and in collaboration with Okay Mountain, he has exhibited and created numerous projects at venues throughout the United States and received several residencies including the Artpace International Artist-In-Residence Program in San Antonio, Texas. He recently completed his MFA in Sculpture at the Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts at Bard College.

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MFA Exhibition: Breanne Sherwood and Jessica Tenbusch

  • April 21 - April 25
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, April 23, 4:30 - 6:55pm

MA Exhibition: Charlotte Allen and Stephanie Stein

  • April 28 - May 2
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, April 30, 4:30 - 6:55pm

Scholarship Reception

  • Student Center Ballroom B
  • Thu, April 3, 5 - 7pm

(Awards for this event will be presented at 6pm)

Each year the Art Department awards over $30,000 in various scholarships to students on both a need and merit basis. An annual event, the Scholarship Reception gives these talented students an opportunity to show their work and to thank their generous patrons.

Faculty Show 2013

  • January 9 - February 26
  • University Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, January 30, 4 - 7pm

This annual event features the work of both the full and adjunct faculty of Eastern Michigan University’s Art Department. Photography, painting, watercolor, print media, ceramics, graphic design, sculpture, fiber metal, video and mixed media will all be represented.

AMA Studio Walk Winter 2013

  • March 13 - March 13
  • Art Graduate Studios
  • Reception: Wed, March 13, 5:30 - 8:30pm

Hosted by the Arts Masters Association, the AMA Studio Walk provides an opportunity to get a behind the scenes glimpse into working artists’ studios, the art making process and the equipment and facilities of the Art Department at EMU. Private graduate studios will be open and artists will be onsite to discuss their work, techniques and passion for art.

Capstone Class-Senior Thesis Show

  • April 17 - April 24
  • Student Gallery at the Student Center
  • Reception: Mon, April 22, 4 - 7pm

This exhibition marks the highlight exhibition from the Capstone class that serves as the professional practice class under EMU’s new BFA Curricula. Congratulations to all graduating Seniors on a job well done!

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  • April 27 - May 18
  • Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography
  • Reception: Sat, April 27, 6 - 10pm
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A two-person show,“Myth/Document” aims to explore different narrative approaches within photography. The exhibition features the work of two Eastern graduate students, Morgan Barrie and Bridget Burke.

Non-Text

  • October 30 - December 11
  • University Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, November 13, 4 - 7pm

“Non-Text” calls into question the Western cultural assumption that textual content is necessarily the primary and most efficient communication medium. The work in “Non-Text” employs text, typography, or writing to create aesthetic forms that express visual meaning rather than merely allowing words to function as invisible verbal transmitters.

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Chasing Papers

  • October 14 - November 14
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, November 6, 4 - 7pm

Since 2011, EMU’s Open Book Workshop has challenged participants to explore unconventional forms that books may take and create artworks/designed objects that challenge notions of what books can be. This exhibition features works created during the workshop, plus related content from 2012 workshop participant Amanda Thatch and instructor Danielle Aubert.

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Anne Wilson: Objects and Performances

  • Student Center Auditorium
  • Mon, October 28, 6 - 8pm
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Anne Wilson is a Chicago-based visual artist who creates sculpture, drawings, performances and video animations that explore themes of time, loss, private and social rituals. Her artwork embraces conceptual strategies and handwork using everyday materials — table linen, bed sheets, human hair, lace, thread, glass, and wire.

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offman Gallery, Chicago, October 18. Last year, her work was shown in the Global Threads exhibition at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester, England. Her 2011 solo exhibitions include Rewinds at the Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago and Local Industry at the Knoxville Museum of Art. In 2010, Wilson’s work was part of Hand+Made at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and her solo exhibition and book, Anne Wilson: Wind/Rewind/Weave, was presented at the Knoxville Museum. Wilson’s work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Detroit Institute of Arts; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan, among others. Wilson is the recipient of grants from the Driehaus Foundation, Artadia, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Illinois Arts Council. She is currently Professor in the Fiber in the Material Studies Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
website: http://annewilsonartist.com/

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BFA Capstone Exhibition

  • December 2 - December 6
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, December 4, 4 - 7pm

Part classroom exercise and part Sr. Thesis show, the BFA Capstone exhibition highlights graduating senior artwork across a range of mediums.

KAPOW! Comics Return to EMU

  • March 10 - April 16
  • University Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, March 12, 4 - 7pm

The fifth in a series of shows at EMU devoted to original cartoon and comic art curated by Eastern art history professor, Richard Rubenfeld, this exhibition celebrates a kind of art that most people only get to see in print or digitally— panel cartoons, comic strips, comic books, and graphic novels. The exhibition’s works encompass a broad range of subjects, styles, and themes, both humorous and serious, with examples dating back to the early twentieth century. With access to the originals, visitors to the gallery will be able to experience and enjoy at first-hand works that reveal the artistry, skills, and imagination of their creators.

Graduate Student Art Exhibition

  • February 17 - March 12
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, February 19, 4 - 7pm

Hosted annually, this all-media exhibition features the work of current MFA and MA students.

Panel Discussion for KAPOW!

  • Student Center, Room 300
  • Wed, March 12, 7 - 8:30pm

Held in conjunction with the opening of the KAPOW! comic exhibition, and moderated by Professor Rubenfeld, this panel will provide additional context and unique perspective to the state of comic art in today’s media environment. Panelists include Dave Coverly (SPEED BUMP & EMU Alumnus); Len Wein (co-creator of Wolverine and Swamp Thing), Hilary Price (RHYMES WITH ORANGE); Steve Lieber (Hawkman & WHITEOUT), and; Sara Ryan (ME AND EDITH HEAD & BAD HOUSES).

Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition Winter 2014

  • January 20 - February 6
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, January 22, 4 - 7pm

Coordinated annually by the Intermedia Gallery Group and juried this year by Alison Wong, the Annual Student Art Exhibition highlights the work of undergraduate students in the 10 areas of concentration within the Art Department.

Lecture: Evan Meaney

  • Halle Library Auditorium
  • Tue, March 25, 10 - 11:30am

In conjunction with the Ann Arbor Film Festival, film maker and digital artist Evan Meaney will give a presentation on his work.

Faculty Show

  • January 13 - February 18
  • University Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, January 15, 4 - 7pm

This annual event features the work of both the full and adjunct faculty of Eastern Michigan University’s Art Department. Photography, painting, watercolor, print media, ceramics, graphic design, sculpture, fiber metal, video and mixed media will all be represented.

Lecture: Daniel Johnston

  • Halle Library Auditorium
  • Wed, April 9, 5:30 - 6:55pm
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Daniel Johnston is a prominent young member of a North Carolina hand made pottery tradition that goes back to the 18th century and continues to the present day. Johnston’s work has been widely exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in private galleries and public museums. He is represented in many private collections as well as the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institute, The Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, The North Carolina Pottery Center, The Gregg Museum of Art and Design, Penland School of Crafts, and Texas A&M University at Corpus. He has presented numerous lectures and workshops to audiences of students, professionals, and collectors. Daniel Johnston is Eastern Michigan University’s 2014 McAndless Distinguished Professor.

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Material Culture: Henry Glassie and Pravina Shukla, in conjunction with Daniel Johnston

  • Halle Library Room 300
  • Thu, April 17, 5:30pm

“The Quest for Excellence in Southern Pottery”

In the last twenty-five years, talented people have moved the tradition of pottery in the South from revival to the development of a major artistic movement. This illustrated talk will focus on the great masters, in particular Mark Hewitt and Daniel Johnston who have powered a general quest for excellence in the state of North Carolina.

“India Adorned: Art and Creativity in Everyday Dress”

This illustrated talk, based on close ethnographic fieldwork, will trace the production, marketing, and wearing of everyday dress in Modern India. The makers, merchants, and consumers all play major roles in the creative act of bodily adornment.

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Great Lakes Drawing Biennial 2014

  • September 3 - October 15
  • University Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, September 24, 4 - 7pm

The Great Lakes Drawing Biennial is a juried show open to all artists in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, New York and Pennsylvania. Hosted by Eastern Michigan University once every two years, it will highlight current artistic activity in contemporary drawing.

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New Fiber 2014

  • October 27 - December 10
  • University Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, November 5, 4 - 7pm

A national juried exhibition featuring contemporary fiber art in a broad range of forms. Works selected will include pieces rooted in traditional and contemporary approaches to fiber art.

Annual Juried Student Show 2015

  • January 12 - February 11
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, January 21, 4 - 7pm

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Coordinated annually by the Intermedia Gallery Group (IGG) and juried by a local, prominent artist, the Annual Student Juried show highlights the work of undergraduate students in the 10 areas of concentration within the Art Department.

Awards will be announced at the opening reception.

Graduate Student Art Exhibition 2015

  • March 2 - March 24
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, March 18, 4 - 7pm

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Hosted annually, this all-media exhibition features the work of current MA and MFA students.

Capstone Exhibition/Senior BFA Exhibition 2014

  • November 17 - November 21
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, November 19, 4:30 - 6:30pm

Featuring the work of graduation BFA candidates, this all media show is organized, curated and installed entirely by students in the Capstone class and serves to highlight their respective bodies of work.

Senior Show/Capstone Exhibition (W'15)

  • April 1 - April 8
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, April 1, 4:30 - 6:30pm

Featuring the work of graduating BFA candidates, this all-media show is organized, curated and installed entirely by the students in the Capstone class and serves to highlight their respective bodies of work.

Alumni Art Exhibition

  • September 3 - October 4
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, September 17, 4 - 7pm

A new juried exhibition that seeks to highlight and reconnect alumni and alumnae of EMU’s Art Department, this art exhibition promises a detailed look at the recent art activity of these individuals and will showcase their creative talents.

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Art Department Faculty Exhibition 2015

  • January 12 - February 12
  • University Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, January 14, 4 - 7pm

This annual event features the work of both the full and adjunct faculty members of Eastern Michigan University’s Art Department. Photography, painting, watercolor, print media, ceramics, graphic designs, sculpture, fiber, metals, video and mixed media will all be represented.

Dangerous Minds Exhibition 2015

  • May 11 - May 19
  • Ford Gallery

Dangerous Minds is the Eastern Michigan University’s annual high school exhibition. Featuring works from area high schools, the exhibition celebrates regional talent from the visual arts. The show recognizes strong work via special scholarships announced at the opening reception and also includes special tours of the Art Departments various studios and facilities.

Fall 2014 AMA Studio Walk

  • October 30 - October 30
  • Art Department Buildings on Campus
  • Reception: Thu, October 30, 5:30 - 8:30pm

Hosted by the Arts Masters Association (AMA), the AMA Studio Walk provides an opportunity to get a behind-th-scenes glimpse into working artists’ studios, the art making process and the equipment and facilities of the Art Department at EMU.

Graem Whyte and Faina Lerman- Popps Packing

  • Halle Library, Room 300
  • Wed, October 22, 5:30 - 7:30pm

Located on the northern Hamtramck/Detroit Boarder, Popps Packing was founded in 2007 by husband and wife team, Graem Whyte (sculptor and architectural dabbler) and Faina Lerman (painter and performance artist). Popps Packing serves as a hybrid home, studio, and experimental arts venue aimed at promoting dialog and cultural exchange between the local, national and international communities through exhibitions, performances, workshops and artist residencies.  Graem Whyte and Faina Lerman will be jurying team for the EMU Annual Jurried Student Art exhibition in January 2015.

MA Thesis Exhibition: Meghan Lee & Amanda Szot

  • December 8 - December 12
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, December 10, 4:30 - 7pm

Cathy Jacobs: MFA Thesis Exhibition

  • April 13 - April 17
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, April 15, 4:30 - 7:30pm
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My paintings are very personal renderings of life experience. I use psychological narratives, optical effects, and patterning to capture the atmosphere that is in and around me. Most recently, I have been incorporating hand-dyed and hand-woven textiles to enhance the visual effects of the work.

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Joan Newberry: MFA Thesis Exhibition

  • April 20 - April 24
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, April 22, 4:30 - 7:30pm
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I paint and perform video to create a wormhole between my intimate internal world and the realities we all experience. Through the gestural expression of these digital confessions, I hope that one may find solace and unity in the company of our mutual struggles.

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David Washington: MA Thesis Exhibition

  • April 27 - May 1
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, April 29, 4:30 - 7:30pm
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I received my B.F.A. with a concentration in Graphic Design at Eastern Michigan University then started an M.A. with an Interdisciplinary concentration two years later, after having been made aware of some of the new techniques being developed in the field of integrated design.

I became fascinated with new techniques that involved computer programming and digital fabrication, and their possible applications in terms of fine art and design. With each project, I have been driven to push these rapidly evolving technologies to their limit through research and frequent experimentation, during which new interests and ideas arise.

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"Composite Orders": Cayetano Ferrer

  • Halle Library, Room 300
  • Wed, April 8, 5:30 - 6:30pm
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Cayetano Ferrer is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Los Angeles. He received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006 and an MFA from the Roski School of FIne Arts at the University of Southern California in 2010. Recent exhibitions include a curated group show at the Swiss Institute in New York, and a collaborative project he co-organized at Human Resources in Los Angeles. Ferrer’s solo show Composite Arcade opened at Chateau Shatto in Los Angeles this past September, and his talk at EMU will build on past work to lead to a more focused discussion on the work in this exhibition.

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RJ Rushmore-Vandalog

  • Halle Library Auditorium
  • Wed, November 19, 6 - 7:30pm

Vandalog began in October 2008 as an online place for people to keep up to date on what’s going on with street art. Today, its focus is on coverage of street art, graffiti, and viral art globally. RJ is a 20-something living in Philadelphia and the founder and editor in chief of Vandalog. He became a fan of street art alongside his father when they began collecting art and searching out street art together in early 2008. RJ is currently working for the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts program and is the artist liaison for The L.I.S.A. Project NYC.

Laura Mott, "On Curating: Trust, Risk and 21st Century Life

  • Halle Library Auditorium
  • Tue, January 27, 5:30 - 6:30pm
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Laura Mott is the Curator of Contemporary Art and Design at Cranbrook Art Museum. Previously, she has held various curatorial positions at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, Gothenburg Konsthall, IASPIS in Stockholm, Mission 17 in San Francisco, and The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. She received her M.A. in Curatorial Studies at Bard College and has a BFA/BA dual degree in Art History and Fine Art from the University of Texas. She was a Visiting Lecturer at Valand Academy at the University of Gothenburg from 2009-2013, and has taught seminars at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Moscow, Domens Art Academy in Sweden and The Academy of Fine Art in Prague.

Filmmaker Bill Brown Lecture

  • Studio B, Ford Hall
  • Thu, March 26, 5:30 - 6:30pm

As part of the Ann Arbor Film Festival, filmmaker Bill Brown will be discussing his newest documentary feature “Speculation Nation”. A free reception will follow the lecture.

This event is jointly sponsored by the Art Department and the CMTA.

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Sculpture3: Material + Method + Meaning

  • September 8 - October 15
  • University Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, September 23, 4:30 - 6:30pm
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Co-curated by Profs. John DeHoog, Jason Ferguson and Brian Nelson, Sculpture3: Material + Method + Meaning aims to demonstrate the broad range of materials and approaches to making contemporary sculpture. The six artists in the show use an array of different materials and techniques in their practices, confronting such concepts as consumer consumption, functionalism, architecture and identity.

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New Faculty Exhibition

  • October 5 - October 29
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, October 7, 4:30 - 6:30pm
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Featuring the work of recent new full time faculty for the Art Department: Corrie Baldauf (Foundations), Chris Reilly (Digital Media), Dustin London (Drawing) and Cam McComb (Art Education).

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Justin Marshall: MFA Exhibition

  • November 9 - November 13
  • Ford Gallery

John Murrel & Beth Portincasa: MA Exhibition

  • December 14 - December 18
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Crystal Hartman: MFA Exhibition

  • December 7 - December 11
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, April 6, 12:30 - 2:30am

Senior Show/Capstone

  • November 23 - December 1
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Tue, November 24, 4:30 - 6:30pm
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How can makers continue redefining craft in a society that is constantly fluctuating in technological advances? On November, 23, 2015,4:30­6:30 Ford Hall Gallery will serve as a platform for emerging artist that continue to push against the grain, remaining true to visual craft and organic processes. This exhibition will act as a call for the continued elevation of the maker’s movement, while navigating through a rapidly evolving society.

Hooplora, will bring together emerging artist that put emphasis on honesty, playfulness, organic thinking, and raw artistic practice. Through a range of mediums, including metals, photography, fibers, design and painting, the ideals of what it means to be a contemporary maker, is critically explored.

Featuring the work of graduating BFA candidates, this all-media show is organized, curated and installed entirely by the students in the Capstone class and serves to highlight their respective bodies of work.

Atmosphere: Artist's Responses to Space(s)

  • October 26 - December 11
  • University Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, October 28, 4:30 - 6:30pm

Co-curated by Profs. Amy Sacksteder and Jason DeMarte, Atmosphere examines the work of 14 artist projects whose work engages spaces and surroundings in an effort to create new conversation around space, its use, and its effect upon us. Artists included in the show straddle discussions of landscape and land use, interior and exterior spaces, mapping and location, site specificity, community and environmental needs, and metaphysical and surreal environs.

Emergence-‘15

  • September 8 - September 24
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, September 16, 4:30 - 6:30pm
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A selective, small group, emerging artist show, Emergence ’15 features bodies of work from young regional talent. The exhibition features multiple works in a wide range of media in craft, design and fine art disciplines from each of the artists who represent schools from around the region, including Cranbrook Academy of Art, Wayne State University, Michigan State University, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, and Carnegie Mellon University.

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Kate Nartker: "Combing through it"

  • Halle Library Auditorium G03
  • Wed, October 28, 4 - 5pm

Kate Nartker works between animation and weaving to disassemble images, narrative, and material structures. By introducing movement to Jacquard woven cloth, she materializes cinematic devices and deconstructs woven imagery through time. Her process of working back and forth between hand and digital tools is a framework to understand the intersection of cloth and cinema, and the nuances of haptic perception.

Nartker received an MFA from the California College of the Arts in 2012 and is a lecturer in the Art Department of San Francisco State University. She has exhibited throughout the Bay Area and internationally. Nartker currently lives in San Francisco, where she is represented by Jack Fischer Gallery.

John Mann, "The Fire is Behind You"

  • Halle Library Auditorium G03
  • Thu, October 29, 6 - 7pm

John Mann was born in the East, raised in the Midwest, and schooled in the West. Upon graduation from the University of New Mexico with an MFA in Photography in 2002, he headed back east to start the cycle all over again. He now lives in Tallahassee, Florida, where he makes images and teaches at Florida State University.

His work has also traveled, and has been exhibited internationally at venues such as the Dan Cooney Fine Art (NYC), Phillips de Pury, (London), PDX Contemporary (Portland), Hyeres Festival of Photography and Fashion (FR), Newspace Center for Photography (Portland),, The Print Center (Philadelphia), Jen Bekman Projects (NYC), Privateer Gallery (Brooklyn), Gallery Kunstler (Rochester, NY) and the Griffin Museum of Photography. A book of his photographic work titled Thinner Air was published in 2010.

John is a member of the Piece of Cake photography network.

Annual Juried Student Show

  • January 11 - February 4
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Tue, January 12, 11:30pm - 1:30am

Coordinated annually by the Intermedia Gallery Group , this juried show highlights the work of the undergraduate students in the 10 areas of concentration within the Art Department.

Faculty Exhibition

  • January 11 - February 8
  • University Gallery
  • Reception: Tue, January 19, 11:30pm - 1:30am

This annual event features the work of both the full and adjunct faculty members of Eastern Michigan University's Art Department. Photography, painting, watercolor, print media, ceramics, graphic designs, sculpture, fiber, metals, and mixed media will all be represented.

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  • Halle Library Auditorium G03
  • Thu, December 10, 5:30 - 6:30pm
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Danielle Rante lives and works in Columbus, Ohio. She is currently an Associate Professor of Printmaking and Drawing at Wright State University. She received her M.F.A. in printmaking from the University of Iowa in 2006.

Rante works in drawing, painting, printing, paper cutting, installations and tableaus of small organic objects. Sourcing material directly from the environments she visits, Rante’s practice incorporates site-specific field research into geographical happenings, direct interaction with the landscape and its inhabitants, and meditative mark-making. Akin to a botanist collecting live plant specimens in the wild, or an astronomist mapping locations beyond the earth’s atmosphere, Rante is interested in the meeting place between the physical environment we encounter and the narratives of a place. She explores our cultural subjectivity in relation to historical events or shifts in the landscape, investigating collective and personal speculation, while remaining a present witness.

She has exhibited work national and internationally, including the K. Imperial Fine Art (San Francisco, CA), International Print Center New York (NY, NY), Hudson D. Walker Gallery (Provincetown, MA), Shanxi University Art Gallery (China) and featured in New American Paintings (Volume 89). She has been a recipient of many grants, including the Ohio Art Council’s Individual Excellence award and has attended residencies at The Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito CA), Nes Artist Residency (Iceland), Fine Arts Work Center (Provincetown MA) and Philadelphia Art Hotel (Philadelphia PA).

...After All These Years

  • March 1 - April 12
  • University Gallery
  • Reception: Tue, March 8, 11:30pm - 1:30am

"...After All these Years" features the work of 42 potters from around the U.S.  These artists are alike in that they all still make utilitarian work with clay--something humans have been doing for twenty thousand years.  

Despite the fact that over the past fifty years ceramics has become predominantly sculptural, these potters remain devoted to creating a wide variety of beautiful and useful ceramic objects--cups and bowls, pitchers and teapots.

Senior Show/Capstone Exhibition

  • March 23 - March 30
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, March 23, 12:30 - 2:30am

Featuring the work of graduating BFA candidates, this all-media show is organized, curated and installed entirely by the students in the Capstone class and serves to highlight their respective bodies of work.

Dangerous Minds Exhibition

  • May 9 - May 13
  • Ford Gallery

Dangerous Minds is the Eastern Michigan University's annual high school exhibition. Featuring works from area high schools, the exhibition celebrates regional talent from the visual arts. The show recognizes strong work via special scholarships announced at the opening reception and also includes special tours of the Art Departments various studios and facilities.

AMA Studio Walk

  • March 2 - March 2
  • Art Buildings across EMU Campus
  • Reception: Wed, March 2, 1 - 3am

Hosted by the Arts Masters Association (AMA), the AMA Studio Walk provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse into working artist' studios, the art making process, and the equipment and facilities of the Art Department at EMU.  Private graduate studios will be open and artists will be on site to discuss their work, techniques and passion for art.

Janet Koplos

  • Student Center 310B
  • Tue, March 8, 10:30 - 11:30pm
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Janet Koplos, co-author of Makers: A History of American Studio Craft, was for 18 years a staff editor at Art in America magazine, remains a contributing editor to the magazine, and also served as guest editor of American Craft magazine before its departure from New York. Among her credits in ceramic criticism are essays for books and catalogs on Toshiko Takaezu, Karen Karnes, Kathy Erteman, Richard De Vore and Tom Turner and Barbara Diduk. She is an author of The Unexpected: Artists Ceramics of the 20th Century (published in Holland) and is completing a book on American functional pottery, research for which was supported with a grant from the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design in North Carolina.

Koplos has also written extensively on other craft mediums as well as on American, Japanese and Dutch contemporary art. She lived in Japan in the ‘80s and published Contemporary Japanese Sculpture in 1990. She has written about 2,500 articles, reviews and essays in more than two dozen periodicals over the last 30 years, writing on Martin Puryear, Leslie Dill, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Oliver Herring, Rona Pondick, Ursula von Rydingsvard and David Nash, among others. She lectures, critiques and juries frequently, and occasionally teaches and curates. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Minnesota's School of Journalism and Mass Communication and holds a masters degree in art history from Illinois State University. She was named an Honorary Fellow of the American Craft Council in 2010. In 2013 she relocated from New York City to St. Paul, Minnesota. In 2015 she received and Art Writers Grant from the Warhol Foundation and Creative Capital to support research for a book on the New Art Examiner, an alternative art periodical based in Chicago from 1973-2002.

Mark of the Hand: EMU Fibers

  • February 1 - February 25
  • Plymouth Community Arts Center
  • Reception: Fri, February 12, 12 - 2pm
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Mark of the Hand: EMU Fibers is currently on view at the Plymouth Community Arts Center in Plymouth, Michigan.  The work consists of undergraduate and graduate Fibers student work. The reception for the exhibition is February 12th from 5-7pm. The exhibition is on view in the gallery until February 25th.  Please see the PCAC's website for open gallery hours.

Nancy Barr Detroit, Urban Iconography, and the Photograph, 1927-2010

  • Student Center Auditorium
  • Thu, February 16, 1:30 - 1:30pm
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Nancy Barr, Associate Curator for the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), will discuss the history of photographic practice in Detroit beginning with work by Charles Sheeler in 1927 to the present day, including the work of Andrew Moore, Scott Hocking, Corine Vermeulen among others, and examine the process and precedents for establishing an urban iconography in Detroit.

Barr is a specialist in modernist and contemporary photography. A native of Detroit, Michigan, she earned degrees in photography and art history from the College for Creative Studies, Detroit, and Wayne State University, Detroit. Barr worked with collections at Wayne State University and the Detroit Historical Museum before joining the curatorial staff at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) in the department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs in 1994. She has served on the faculties at the College for Creative Studies, Detroit, and the University of Michigan, Dearborn. As an associate curator at the Detroit Institute of Arts, she has organized more than 25 exhibitions of photography for the DIA and is the curator of the current exhibition Detroit Revealed: Photographs, 2000-2010.

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First Art History Candidate's Lecture

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Our first candidate, Dr. Rachel Chantos, will speak this Wednesday, March 2, at 11 am in Ford 107. Come hear her!

Annual Faculty Exhibition, Part 1

  • February 15 - March 12
  • University Gallery
  • Reception: Tue, February 15, 4 - 7pm

This annual event features the work of both the full and adjunct faculty of Eastern Michigan University’s Art Department. Photography, painting, watercolor, print media, ceramics, graphic design, sculpture, fiber, metal, video and mixed media are all represented.

Little Friends of Printmaking

  • Student Center Auditorium
  • Mon, October 18, 6 - 7:30pm

Based in Milwaukee, WI, husband-and-wife team J W & Melissa Buchanan first made a name for themselves by designing and printing silkscreened concert posters. In addition to their work as illustrators and designers, these art-school refugees continue their fine art pursuits through exhibitions, lectures, and artists’ residencies. Their awards include honors from the Art Directors’ Club, American Illustration, and Communication Arts. Their work has appeared in such publications as New Masters of Poster Design (Rockport), Juxtapoz: Poster Art (Gingko Press), and Handmade Nation (Princeton Architectural Press), among others.

Open Book: An International Survey of Experimental Books

  • April 7 - April 7
  • University Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, April 7, 4 - 7pm
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This Exhibition investigates the role of the book in the contemporary art world. For this show, the curators have expanded on the traditional definition of a book: they have defined the term ”book” loosely as a vehicle for information that is organized into ”sections.” The exhibition includes unique traditional books, altered books, sculptural books, digital books, and installation-, photography-, and performance-based books. Curated by EMU faculty members Leslie Atzmon and Ryan Molloy, the exhibition features the work of a group of national and international artists and designers.

Looking Both Ways

  • October 10 - October 10
  • University Gallery
  • Reception: Mon, October 10, 4:30 - 7:30pm
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Through artwork and an associated series of programs, Looking Both Ways seeks to raise awareness of contemporary Chinese Art. In an effort to foster and fuel discussion, dialogue and understanding, this exhibition of contemporary Chinese, Chinese American and American Art will bring together an international array of artists whose work examines issues ranging from societal and generational change, to personal narratives, to questions of geopolitics and political and economic control. The exhibition is co-sponsored by University of Michigan’s North Campus Research Complex (NCRC), who is serving as a host for part of the exhibition, and the Confucius Institute at University of Michigan.

The Art Department would like to thank the following contributors to for their support in making the Looking Both Ways Exhibition possible:

Platinum Sponsors
Dean’s Office of the College of Arts and Sciences, Eastern Michigan University
Confucius Institute at University of Michigan
U-M North Campus Research Complex
Eric Huang, Detroit International Auto Salon
Daisy Wu

Gold Sponsors
Amy Seetoo, Amy Seetoo Property, LLC
Jane Wang
Wanxin Yang, Zhuzhou Cemented Carbride Works USA, Inc.
Yen-ling von Meister

Silver Sponsors
Rose Chen, Director, Cultural Division, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago
Tzy-wen Gong, Ann Arbor Kumon

Bronze Sponsors
Brenda Chen, Farmington Kumon Math and Reading CTR
Janny M. Lu
Manlin Mary Wang
Chia-Shang Liu
Hui-Chen (Queenie) Tsai
John and Pat Wilson
Linda Parker
Nancy Keppelman
Peggy Liggit
Shu-Hua Tsai
Sui Lin Sih
Sun Li
Tsu-yin Wu
Wendy Ko
Yao H. Kuo
Yihung Jerry Wu and Beeyi Chen

Friends of LBW
Judie Wu
Pat Suchan

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Linda Stein "Artist Talk: The Fluidity of Gender"

  • Student Center Auditorium
  • Wed, March 21, 3 - 4pm
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Stein speaks movingly of the way gender stereotypes were reified after 9/11 in the media and official discourse to make all the heroes men (soldiers and first responders), and the victims women (the 9/11 widows most prominently). Fundamentally, Stein’s art is about disturbing the binaries that organize our society and that we accept unquestioningly as natural.

Michelle Grabner, “On Alternative Curation and Art Practice”

  • Halle Library Room 300
  • Mon, April 2, 6 - 7:15pm
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Grabner received a B.F.A.(Painting and Drawing) in 1984 and a M.A. in Art History in 1987 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She received her M.F.A. from Northwestern University, Department of Art Theory and Practice in 1990 where she has been teaching since 1996.

Her abstract work consists of repetitious vocabulary and simple mathematical ordering. Critic Barry Schwabsky writes that, “Her paintings refer to the traditionally feminine realm of the domestic by way of the metaphorically loaded imagery of fabrics and textiles—not only blankets and curtains but rugs, clothing, and so on. They might therefore be seen as a Pop rereading of the abstractionists’ grid, or as continuing the recovery and reevaluation, in the feminist-inspired Pattern & Decoration art of the ‘70s, of the “secret language” and “covert imagery” of women’s domestic productivity.

Grabner is a Professor and the Chair of the Painting and Drawing Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and also co-directs The Suburban and , an artist project space in Chicago.

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Artist Lecture: Corine Vermeulen, _in Conversation_

  • Halle Library Auditorium
  • Thu, October 25, 3 - 5pm
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Corine Vermeulen is a Dutch photographer living and working in Detroit. A winner of the 2009 Kresge Artist Fellowship, she recently completed two long-term projects: ‘Your Town Tomorrow’ (2007- 2011) which documents Detroit’s shifting social and geographic ecologies, and ‘Medellin’ (2009- 2012) which explores present-day conditions in the city of Medellin, Colombia.

Corine received a BFA from the Design Academy Eindhoven (Cum Laude) in 2001. She went on to obtain an MFA in Photography from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan (2004) as a recipient of a full scholarship from the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture. Her photographs have been exhibited and published internationally, most recently in Time Magazine (New York) and Bauwelt Magazine (Germany).

For this special lecture, Corine will present her work in a “conversational format” discussing her influences, practice and stories with Gallery Director, Gregory Tom.

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Vince Carducci: Envisioning Real Utopias in Detroit

  • EMU Student Center, rm. 310 A&B
  • Wed, March 20, 6:30 - 7:35pm
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Vince Carducci is Dean of Undergraduate Studies at College for Creative Studies in Detroit and publisher of the blog Motown Review of Art. He combines aesthetics and social science to investigate fields of cultural production and currently studies ways in which aesthetic communities construct what sociologist Eric Olin Wright terms “real utopias.” His essays and reviews have appeared in many publications, from the academic press to alternative weeklies and webzines. These include: Art & Australia, Artforum, Art in America, The Huffington Post, Journal of Consumer Culture, PopMatters, Radical Society, and Sculpture. In 2010, he received a Kresge Arts in Detroit Literary Fellowship for art criticism. He holds a BFA in art practice from Michigan State University and an MA in liberal studies from the New School for Social Research. He is currently completing a PhD in sociology from the New School. His website, Motown Review of Art, can be seen at http://motownreviewofart.blogspot.com.

Place Names the Place Exhibition 2015

  • March 2 - April 10
  • University Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, March 11, 4 - 7pm
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With a title stolen from Marcel Proust’s “Within a Budding Grove” volume II of his series of books “In Search of Lost Time”, Place Names The Place presents artists’ works that confront locational identity vis-a-vis personal experience and memory of place. Public and private spaces are shared by many occupants but each experiences the space through their own individualized lens. Details ignored by one person can be the most profound signifier to another. Curated by Andrew Thompson, this exhibition will be a mixed media show featuring sculpture, painting, video, installation, photography, and drawing.

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MA Thesis Exhibition: Belinda McGuire and Jaclyn Novak

  • April 29 - May 3
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, May 1, 4 - 7pm
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Belinda McGuire is interested in natural forms found in nature and on rural farms.
A native of a rural farming community in Michigan her work reflects the uniqueness in form, texture, and character of the animals, vegetation and architectural forms found on a 21st Century farm.

About Jaclyn Novak:
By combining luscious desserts and symbols of femininity and sexual desire, my work reflects an over-indulgence in glamour, pleasure, and seductiveness. Women are often stereotyped, sometimes humorously, often critically, as reveling in the decadent. In my paintings and mixed media drawings, I explore the tension between lighthearted, fun aspects of femininity, and those attributes associated with the erotic and beautiful.

Combining fetish-evoking images of desserts, with the body, I use oozing ice creams and pastries as symbols of sexual desire, intertwined with evocatively camouflaged body parts. Images are often repeated and/or enlarged in my work to enforce the idea of obsession and overindulgence. Pastels, gouache, makeup, nail polish, glitter, and flocking are combined to create my drawings. I also take doilies out of their original context and use them to represent lace and frosting. Oils capture the sultriness of my dessert paintings with their rich color.

The sexuality in my work is intended to be playful and surprising, addressing ideas that many people can relate to but don’t often talk about. I seek to convey a playful, humorous visual language in order to subvert the ideas associated with the objectification of women.

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Dangerous Minds 2013

  • May 13 - May 24
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, May 15, 6 - 9pm

“Dangerous Minds” is Eastern Michigan University’s annual high school exhibition. Featuring works from area high schools, the exhibition celebrates regional talent in the visual arts. The show recognizes strong work via special scholarships announced at the opening reception and also includes special tours of the Art Departments various studios and facilities.

Liese Zahabi-An Exquisite Morass: searching, sifting, shifting

  • Halle Library Auditorium
  • Thu, November 14, 6 - 8pm
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Liese Zahabi is a graphic/interaction designer and Assistant Professor of Visual Communication at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Liese’s academic research focuses on search as a cognitive and cultural process and artifact, and how the design of metaphoric interfaces can change the experience of search tasks. Her creative design work is also metaphorical, and explores how the nature of search manifests itself in visual patterns and sense-making, and how language and image intersect within the context of the Internet. She received her Master of Graphic Design from North Carolina State University, and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Eastern Michigan University. She has been working as a designer for thirteen years, and teaches courses in interaction design, motion design, typography and advanced graphic design.

Daniel Johnston

  • April 7 - April 18
  • Student Gallery, 236 Student Center
  • Reception: Fri, April 11, 4 - 7pm

Daniel Johnston is a prominent young member of a North Carolina hand made pottery tradition that goes back to the 18th century and continues to the present day. Johnston’s work has been widely exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in private galleries and public museums. He is represented in many private collections as well as the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institute, The Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC, The North Carolina Pottery Center, The Gregg Museum of Art and Design, Penland School of Crafts, and Texas A&M University at Corpus. He has presented numerous lectures and workshops to audiences of students, professionals, and collectors. Daniel Johnston is Eastern Michigan University’s 2014 McAndless Distinguished Professor.

Please note the Student Gallery Hours are:

Monday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Jason Franz- Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center

  • Halle Library, Room 300
  • Thu, October 2, 5:30 - 7:30pm

A curator, educator and visual artist, Jason Franz serves as the founding Executive Director and Chief Curator for Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center. He will present and participate in Q&A on Manifest’s origins, programs, and creative vision.

Founded in May of 2004 by Cincinnati area university professors and students the Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center is a 501©(3) non-profit arts organization headquartered in the historic urban neighborhood of East Walnut Hills in Cincinnati, Ohio. Originally formed in part to play a catalytic role in the revitalization process of a depressed urban community and to raise the bar on standards of quality in the visual arts everywhere, Manifest has through its decade of programming gained a resounding international reputation and truly become the Neighborhood Gallery for the World.

Manifest’s mission is to stand for the quality presentation, experience, and documentation of the visual arts, engaging students, professionals, and the public from around the world through accessible world-class exhibits, studio programs, and publications.

Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi: Sonnenzimmer

  • Halle Library Auditorium
  • Thu, March 19, 5:30 - 6:30pm

Sonnenzimmer is the Chicago-based art studio of Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi. Beginning as a shared painting studio in 2006, equipped with industrial screen printing equipment, the endeavor quickly morphed into a graphic arts concern specializing in hand-crafted posters, music packaging, and design work for some of Chicago’s most recognizable cultural institutions; Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Newberry Library, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and Poetry Foundation.

Merging painting abstraction, material exploration, and design strategy, the duo has created an idiosyncratic body of work equally at home in the blurs the lines between the fine and applied arts. More recently, the duo has returned to the realm of the gallery, mounting exhibits of their painting, textile, and sound works in 2012 at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and in 2014 at the Center for Book and Paper Arts in Chicago. Their work has been published in books by Gestalten, Gingko Press, The Pepin Press, Princeton Architectural Press, and Rockport Publishers. Their work can be found in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Design Zürich’s Plakatraum, and the University of Maryland’s Art Gallery, the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Stanford University’s Art and Architecture Library, and Vanderbilt University.

Posters of Discontent III

  • September 7 - October 12
  • University Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, September 28, 4:30 - 6:30pm

 Like fire and molotovs, poster design and politics go together. This quadrennial exhibition examines points of contention in the current socio-political arena on both national and international scales. Forty-three designers and artists submitted work created in the last four years taking a stand on issues that are important to them. Featuring seventy-four politically based posters from twenty-three countries, The Posters of Discontent is set to spur discussion and discourse.

Annual Juried Student Show

  • January 11 - February 2
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, January 18, 4:30 - 6:30pm

Coordinated annually by the Intermedia Gallery Group, this juried show highlights the work of the undergraduate students in the 12 areas of concentration within the School of Art and Design.

Capstone Exhibition

  • November 7 - November 18
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, November 9, 4:30 - 6:30pm

Featuring the work of graduating BFA candidates, this all-media show is organized, curated, and installed entirely by the students in the Capstone class and serves to highlight their respective bodies of work.

New Fibers 2016

  • October 26 - December 7
  • University Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, November 2, 4:30 - 6:30pm

A national juried exhibition featuring contemporary fiber art in a broad range of forms. Works selected will include pieces rooted in traditional and contemporary approaches to fiber art. Online entries were juried by Jennifer Angus (Professor in Design Studies department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison) from a national pool of entries, and the show features its own catalog.  

This exhibit was organized by the Fiber Arts Network of Michigan.


Awards (juried by Sherri Smith, Catherine B. Heller Collegiate Professor, Stamps School of Art & Design, University of Michigan Ann Arbor) for the exhibition were recently announced:

1st place: “Look Out” by David Brackett  (sponsored by the Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild)


2nd place: “Ypsilanti Grass I & II” by Lucy Ruth Wright Rivers (sponsored by Original Surface Design)


3rd place - "“The Journey” by Amanda Ross (sponsored by Fiber Arts Network of Michigan)


Juror’s Choice - “To Own Buddha-Xuan” by Xia Gao

Pat Williams Awards:
“Otter” by Susan Aaron-Taylor
“Roped Handle Basket with Low Curve” by Peeta Tinay
“Shibui” by Betty Vera


About the Juror:
Jennifer Angus is a professor in the Design Studies department at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She received her education at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (BFA) and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA). Jennifer has exhibited her work internationally including Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan and Spain. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council and Wisconsin Arts Board grants. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison she has received annual grants from the Graduate School as well a Vilas Associate Award, the Emily Mead Baldwin-Bascom Professorship in the Creative Arts and most recently a Romnes Fellowship. Her exhibition “A Terrible Beauty” at the Textile Museum of Canada was selected as “Exhibition of the Year” by the Ontario Association of Art Galleries in 2006.


Dangerous Minds & Exploring Big Ideas: The Art of Giving Voice to Michigan’s Youth

  • May 8 - May 12
  • University Gallery

Dangerous Minds is Eastern Michigan University’s annual high school exhibitions. Featuring works from area high schools, the exhibition celebrates regional talent from the visual arts. The show recognizes strong work via special scholarships announced at the opening reception and also includes special tours of the School of Art and Design’s various studios and facilities.

 

Exploring Big Ideas: The Art of Giving Voice to Michigan’s Youth showcases artwork from students from the classrooms of student teachers, Exploring Big Ideas, aims to make viable the product of curricular design to the viewing audience to highlight the effective impact of art educators in helping Michigan Youth acquire a voice in visually expressing their artistic ideas.

Faculty Exhibition

  • January 16 - February 10
  • University Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, January 25, 4:30 - 6:30pm

 This annual event features the work of both the full time and adjunct faculty members of Eastern Michigan University’s School of Art and Design. Photography, painting, watercolor, print media, ceramics, graphic design, sculpture, fibers, metals, video, and mixed media will all be represented.

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Annual Graduate Student Art Exhibition

  • February 15 - March 10
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, February 15, 4:30 - 6:30pm

Hosted annually, this all-media exhibition features the work of current MA and MFA students.

Resonance: Ceramics Alumni Under the Tutelage of Susanne Stephenson & John Loree

  • September 7 - October 13
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, September 21, 4:30 - 6:30pm

    STUDENT Reception: Sept 21 4:30-6:30pm

    ALUMNI Reception: Sept 23 5:30-7:30pm

 Profs. Susanne Stephenson and John Loree led the EMU ceramic department for a generation, leading to a large cadre of students who subsequently went out and greatly impacted the landscape of education, ceramics and art generally. Their dedication and diligence in the classroom led to a large contingent of ceramic alumni who subsequently went on to influence the regional and national art scene as educators, artists and professionals. This show features work from over 25 of these alumni. It is co-curated by Steve Glazer (BFA 1976), Instructor of Art, Director of Exhibitions, Henry Ford College. A concurrent exhibition is being hosted at Sisson Art Gallery at Henry Ford College.

Lecture by Colleen Plumb

  • Halle Library Auditorium
  • Thu, November 3, 5 - 6pm

Colleen Plumb is a contemporary photographer who focuses on exploring our relationships with animals within our society. Her work can be seen in various museums as well as in her book titled "The Animals are Outside Today".

Plumb's work has been exhibited on both the national and international level including solo exhibitions at the Union League Club of Chicago, Jen Bekman Gallery in New York, Dina Mitrani Gallery in Miami, Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago and van Straaton Gallery in Denver.  She has also participated in group exhibitions at Southside Hub of Production (SHoP) in Chicago's Hyde Park, Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle, Pinyao International Photography Festival in China, Griffin Museum of Photography in Massachusetts, Zolla/Lieberman Gallery in Chicago, CITY 2000 at the Chicago Cultural Center, and the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington D.C.

Her first monograph was published in 2011, Animals Are Outside Today by Radius Books.

Plumb teaches at Columbia College in Chicago.  She holds a BFA in Visual Communications from Norther Illinois University and an MFA in Photography from Columbia College.






MFA Thesis Jordan Ewert

  • December 5 - December 9
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, December 7, 4:30 - 6:30pm

MFA Thesis Jennifer Lickers

  • October 24 - October 28
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, October 26, 4:30 - 6:30pm

MFA Thesis Julia Windom

  • November 28 - December 2
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, November 30, 4:30 - 6:30pm

MA Thesis Allison Wice & Alexandra Sayles

  • December 12 - December 16
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, December 14, 4:30 - 6:30pm

Lecture by Joe Meiser, "Digital sculpture, mortality, and philosophies of life"

  • Halle Library Auditorium
  • Mon, October 10, 5 - 6pm

Joe Meiser utilizes traditional and digital sculptural media to examine conflicting narratives about mortality that come from science, philosophy, and religion, as well as great thinkers’ suggestions on how to lead a good life. He is Assistant Professor of Art and Art History at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA; has an MFA in Sculpture from Ohio University, Athens, OH (2006); and a BFA in Sculpture from Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY (2001). He exhibits nationally and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions of his work include Historias de Creación, Destrucción y Deliberación, Museo de las Artes, Guadalajara, Mexico, in conjunction with the Universidad de Guadalajara; Final Causes, K Space Contemporary, Corpus Christi, TX; and Transcribing-Transposing, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL.

http://www.joemeiser.com/

Lecture by Libby Black

  • Halle Library, Room 300
  • Tue, February 7, 5:30 - 6:30pm
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Libby Black is a Berkeley-based artist who first became known for her DIY renditions of luxury products and brands. Kate Spade and caviar were her subjects, but the empty objects of desires became personal through Black's brushstrokes. Her newest exhibition "Nothing Lasts Forever" focuses on subtler objects and their effect on personal memory and identity. Mundane relics and arbitrary trinkets bridge the gap between still-life and self portrait as Black's objects come to represent her. Her work immortalizes the fleeting instants that do not define our lives but shade it subtly. As Black expresses in her artist statement: "Our lives are also filled with mundane moments, small pleasures, and frivolous distractions." Her still lifes of picnic baskets and floral bouquets show the little choices that ultimately determine who we are. Through her drawings, paintings and hot-glued sculptures, random objects gain character and a new purpose.

Capstone Exhibition

  • March 22 - March 29
  • Ford Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, March 22, 4:30 - 6:30pm

Lecture by Matthew Kolodziej: Elements and Intervals

  • Halle Library Auditorium
  • Wed, March 29, 5:30 - 6:30pm
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Matthew Kolodziej lives and works in Ohio. Kolodziej earned a BA in economics from the University of Chicago in 1988 and an MFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design in 1993. Matthew Kolodziej is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation award and a Fulbright Scholar. Kolodziej’s work has been featured in over 70 exhibitions including The Cleveland Museum of Art, Akron Art Museum, Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, and Rose Art Museum. http://www.mattpaint.com/ Kolodziej is one of the principal investigators for the Biomimicry Research and Innovation Center at the University of Akron. http://%20http//uabiomimicry.org He is also the founder of Synapse, a science and art lecture series exploring the relationships between disciplines. http://https//synapseartscience.wordpress.com

MFA Thesis: Sunita Gupta

  • April 10 - April 14
  • Ford Gallery

MA Thesis: Tammy Disabatino & Porsha Webb

  • April 17 - April 21
  • Ford Gallery

MFA Thesis: Erin Miller

  • April 3 - April 7
  • Ford Gallery

METALS 2017

  • March 8 - April 11
  • University Gallery
  • Reception: Wed, March 8, 4:30 - 6:30pm

Curated by Prof. Gretchen Otto and Briana Wickoff in partnership with the Michigan Silversmith's Guild, METALS 2017 features the metalwork of 11 regional schools.  

There are approximately 60 pieces in the exhibition.  Instructors were invited to show their work and select several pieces of their students' work.  This jurying process ensured that the objects are not only of high quality but also representative of student's work.  This jurying process ensured that objects are not only of high quality but also representative of students' learning in each program.

This type of exhibition has been presented over the years with different institutions hosting: in 2008 it was held at a gallery in Toledo, Ohio, and in 2013 it was presented by the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit. Institutions participating this year are:

Bowling Green State University

College for Creative Studies

Cranbrook Academy of Art

Eastern Michigan University

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Grand Valley State University

Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University

Northern Michigan University

University of Michigan Ann Arbor

Wayne State University

Western Michigan University

Lecture by Laurie O'Brien

  • Halle Library Auditorium
  • Mon, March 20, 3:30 - 4:30pm

Laurie O’Brien is an Assistant Professor of Visual Media in the Photography Department at RIT in Rochester, N.Y. She received her MFA in Puppetry from CalArts in 2008 where she specialized in integrating puppetry with animation. She is a recipient of the Henson Foundation Carriage Grant and Residency this May in NYC and is a Princess Grace Award recipient in theater in 2007. Her animations, installations, video and performance work have been presented nationally and internationally in galleries and theaters including La Mama, St. Anne's Warehouse, and BAM.

Laurie O'Brien is participating in the Ann Arbor Film Festival (AAFF) and is being brought to campus as part of collaboration between the AAFF, The School of Art & Design and The School of Communication, Media & Theater Arts.

Annual Juried Student Exhibition

Coordinated by the Intermedia Gallery Group, this show highlights the work of undergraduate students in the 12 areas of concentration within the School of Art & Design. 

MFA Emergence '17

E-17 highlights the activities of current and recent graduates of MFA programs within a 300-mile radius of Ypsilanti. it represents some of the most exciting new work in fibers, painting, sculpture and installation art. 

Dangerous Minds

EMU's annual high school exhibition. Featuring works from area high schools, the exhibition celebrates regional talent from visual artists. 

Capstone Show

Featuring the work of graduating BFA candidates, this all-media show is organized, curated and installed entirely by students in the Capstone class. 

Faculty Exhibition

This annual exhibition features the work and lecturers at EMU's School of Art & Design. 

Capstone Exhibition

Featuring the work of graduating seniors, this all-media show is organized, curated and installed entirely by Capstone students. 

Feels

This exhibition presents artwork that engages emotional affect and intimacy through a diverse range of media, narratives, and presentations including performance, painting, video, photography and sculpture. Curated by Chris Riley and Eli Gold. 

2017 Great Lakes Drawing Biennial

This exhibition of artists nationwide highlights current artistic activity in contemporary drawing. Juried by Claire Gilman, Senior Curator at the Drawing Center, New York. 

BFA Emergence '18

This exhibit is designed to showcase the outstanding work from artists about to receive their undergraduate degree from a Great Lakes region art or design program. 

Thesis and Annual Graduate Student Exhibition

This exhibit features MFA Candidates Laura Earle, Erin Kingsley, Carrie Byington-Oei, and Ann Marie Williams. 

Graduate Thesis Exhibition

Features the work of Tierney Riggs and Rita Lee.


Reception: TBA

Graduate Thesis Exhibition

Features the work of Kelly Johnston and Joshua Wojick. 

Reception: TBA

Graduate Thesis Exhibition

Features the work of Anne Semer and Lindsey Smith.