department news


Tech Talk #11-Mounting 2D Artwork


This week’s Tech Talk will be a demo on how to build a wood panel support for the mounting of 2-D artwork. In addition, a demonstration on how to mount a finished drawing to the panel will be performed.

Presented this week by
Michael Reedy
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Media Center
Ford 212


Art Education Professors Present At NAEA


This week Dr. Yang and Dr. McComb each delivered presentations to members attending the National Art Education Association Conference in New Orleans. With her usual flair Dr. Yang served as moderator for the Art Education Technology Smackdown! showcasing technologies in art education. Dr. McComb shared a yearlong project titled Spiritual Meditations: Working in Community to Ritualize Creative Practice.

NAEA Student Chapter members are reminded that proposals for the next NAEA Conference, to be held in Chicago, are due by May 1, 2015.


Exhibition: Erin Miller, MFA Candidate in Fibers, Artomatic 419 Exhibition

For more information on this exhibition please go to:

One Lake Erie Center, 600 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, OH April 11. Opening Reception: April 11, 18, 25 from 11am-11pm AND April 16, 19 from 12pm-5pm


Exhibition: Erin Miller, MFA Candidate in Fibers, W.A.V.E. Exhibition

For more information about this event go to:

Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania, OH 43560 March 27. Opening Reception: Saturday, March 28, 2015


Exhibition: Erin Miller, MFA Candidate in Fibers, Venus Rising Exhibition

Find more information about this event at: Event Page

715 E Milwaukee St, Detroit, Michigan 48202 March 28. Opening Reception: Saturday, March 28, 2015


Tech Talk #10- Cutting Vinyl Plotter


Art Department faculty member Chris Hyndman will introduce the department’s Graphtec FC8000-75 cutting vinyl plotter and briefly demonstrate some of its potential uses. The cutter can be used for a variety of adhesive vinyl applications, cut paper works, pen plotter drawings, and paint or sandblast masking.

Presented by this week by
Chris Hyndman
Thursday March 26, 2015
12:30-1:00 Ford 212
Media Center


Art Department Promotes Graduate Studies


Professor Michael Reedy and Dr. Cam McComb greeted students attending the EMU Graduate Open House this morning. If you are interested in pursuing graduate studies yet were unable to attend the open house, please contact Professor Reedy to learn more about the MA and MFA degrees in Studio Art:

If you want to earn art teacher certification or are already an art teacher looking to earn a Master of Art in Visual Arts Education please contact Dr. Cam for more information:


Amy Sacksteder Publication, Exhibitions, and New Project


In the winter semester, faculty member Amy Sacksteder’s work has been featured in issue 6 of Fresh Paint Magazine and in several exhibitions including the group shows 6th Annual Drawing Discourse at the University of North Carolina, Asheville and Urban Ecologies curated by Barometry Projects at the Galveston Art Center in Texas. Recent drawings and a new cast bronze and cast glass wall installation have been featured in a two-person exhibition (with Wayne State faculty member Adrian Hatfield) at Neon Heater Gallery in Findlay, Ohio for much of March. This work travels to the Dayton Visual Art Center for an upcoming (May-June) solo show entitled The Interior.

The wall installation (detail pictured above) was realized through collaboration with and the hard work of EMU alumni Ilana Houten and Jessica Tenbusch, the generous guidance and expertise of sculpture professor Brian Nelson, and the fine Adobe Illustrator skills of painting professor Chris Hyndman. Sculpture alumnus Rob Todd fabricated the frames for Sacksteder’s new body of drawings. This work was supported by an Art Department Research and Development Grant.


2015 Tech Talk #9- Copyright (Change)


Why is copyright so confusing? What are your options for protecting yourself both as a user and creator of images? How do you determine Fair Use? When do your still need permissions? What is Creative Commons? Do you need to register your artwork to keep others from stealing your ideas?
Come find those answers and more.

Presented by this week by
Rita Bullard and Carole Pawloski
Thursday March 19, 2015
12:30-1:00 Ford 212
Media Center


Jason DeMarte featured in multiple exhibitions During Month of Photography, Denver


As part of Month of Photography Denver 2015, RULE Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of work by Jason DeMarte entitled Confected. The show will open with a public reception on Friday, March 27, 2014 from 6-9pm and will be on view March 27 – May 9, 2015.
Additionally, DeMarte will be giving a public lecture titled “An Artificial Relationship to Nature: Work by Jason DeMarte” on Saturday, March 28, 2pm – 4pm at RedLine. Several of DeMarte’s photographs will also be on view in the RedLine exhibition Playing With Beauty, opening Saturday March 14th.

Confected examines our cultural tendency to idealize the natural world while continually trying to improve upon it. DeMarte explores the veneer of material desire and constructed natural beauty by composing fictional tableaus that speak to our obsession with beauty, perfection and excess. Meanwhile, underneath the bright colors is an oppressive sense of disenchantment. By “improving” on the natural elements with lighting and post processing, nature becomes just another commercial good, victim to our materials desires. Carefully arranged, and then “sweetened” with sugary items and bright primary colors, DeMarte’s confections are indulgent treats that play with the boundary between the contrived and the natural. In the end the pieces mimic a consumer economy screaming for our attention and demanding that we desire more.

On view
Rule Gallery
3254 Walnut Street, Denver, CO 80205
Tuesday –Saturday 12-6p and by appointment