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2014 MFA National Competition


Proud to see a Sculpture alum Nathanial Foley and a current MFA Sculptor Crystal Hartman in this exhibition. FIRST STREET GALLERY presents our 2014 MFA NATIONAL COMPETITION, the fourth in a series of annual exhibitions open to current and recently graduated MFA students throughout the United States. Juried by Asya Geisberg — owner-director of Asya Geisberg Gallery in Chelsea, specializing in contemporary, emerging and international artists.


Jean Noble Parsons Center for the Study of Art and Science


Furniture, Sculpture and Three Dimensional Design Professors John Dehoog and Brian Nelson just returned from their seventh successful trip to the Parsons Center. There were twelve students at the Center for a ten day immersion experience course titled Sculpture in Nature. More images are being posted to the Jean Noble Parsons Center for the Study of Art and Science Facebook page. Please check it out, like the page and share with friends and fellow students.


Jason DeMarte featured in the Huffington Post


Associate Professor Jason DeMarte’s recent photographic series “Nature Preserve” was featured in the Huffington Posts Arts and Cultural section. DeMarte’s work was also featured in several other outlets last month including Feature shoot, iGnant, and Beautiful/Decay to name a few.

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John DeHoog Wins Faculty Mentor Award

Furniture Design Professor John DeHoog was the William Fennel Symposium Faculty Mentor Award for work he did with Melissa Judd on a project that was featured in the 2014 EMU Design Expo. This year 28 faculty were nominated for the award, but John’s nomination rose to the top!


Exhibition: Tiff Massey


Tiff Massey is a former metalsmithing student. She was initially in the Jewelry for Non-Majors as a Biology Major. Her initial work was far beyond any others in the course both technically and aesthetically. She decided that metalsmithing was her passion and changed majors. Her area of concentration in metalsmithing lead her to advanced MA work at Wayne State and then on to an MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Congratulations Tiff!



Alexa Deitz at Manifest Gallery


Recent BFA grad Alexa Deitz has work included in Rites of Passage at the Manifest Gallery. Alexa was one of 10 artists selected for exhibition from 130 applicants for this show of current and recent undergraduates. The exhibition runs May 30-June 27. Congratulations Alexa!


Art Education Graduate Class for Art Teachers


Registration for ARTE 556 Tradition and Innovation in Visual Art
Education is still open. This is a blended learning class, which
includes online and face-to-fact components. It runs from July 14th to
25th and meets in 210 Ford TR 10:00am-4:00pm. To register contact
Prof. Michael Reedy (, the Art Department Graduate


Last chance to sign up for Summer 3D Design


Registration for the summer section of foundations 3D Design will end this week. The class runs from May 5th – June 27th and meets MTR from 8:30am-12:20pm.

Interested individuals should contact the instructor at:


Tech Talk #13-Lightroom


Adobe Lightroom is an all-in-one program that allows photographers to quickly and efficiently edit their work and manage their digital collection. Lightroom makes it easy to export for print or the web.

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Media Center, Ford 212
Presented by Bridget Burke