department news


Event: Pop UP

A Pop Up show is happening this Saturday, November 7th at Breathe Yoga during the Women Wine and Shopping event in Chelsea MI. Bri Wickoff and Donna Prieskorn will have metal work set up from 10am until 2pm.

Chelsea, Michigan November 07-November 07. Opening Reception: 10am-2pm


Art Educators Present at the Michigan State Conference


Eastern Michigan’s Art Education program was well represented at the 2015 Michigan Art Education Association Conference held in Grand Rapids October 15-18.

Invited presentations:
Kara Eggers (MAVAE): Yearlong Planning with Themes
Jenna Chynoweth (BAE): Documenting the Art Making Process: It’s Important, and Learn to Break Down a Photo to Better Understand Contrast
Dr. Cam McComb (Faculty): Engaged Assessment

Art Honors:
The MAEA art teacher exhibition curator awarded Dr. Cam McComb third place for her photograph titled: Crossroads. The exhibition was on public display at the GRAM during the conference.


Michigan Professors Use 3D Printing for Making Art and Educating Students


Professors Chris Reilly and Jason Ferguson were recently featured in an article by author Michelle Matisons. The article discusses the Art Department’s Digital Fabrication class and the future of art/design thinking. Read the full article here:

Michigan Professors Use 3D Printing for Making Art and Educating Students


Tech Talk#4-Adobe Lightroom CC


Lightroom is photographic software designed for managing large numbers of high quality digital images. It features image-editing capabilities that are less complex and expensive than Photoshop. The database allows quick retrieval of archived customly described images. Jordan will cover this plus new built in features for HDR and Photo Merging.

Presented by
Jordan Ewert
Friday, October 23, 2015
12:30-1:00 Ford 212
Media Center


MFA Alumni Wins Film Festival Manupelli Award


The 4th annual Ypsi 24 Hour Film Shootout invited filmmakers from Southeast Michigan to try to produce a short film in 24 hours and compete for $2,400 in cash awards.

This year’s contest happened October 3-4, and the winners were announced on Friday, October 9, 2015.

EMU Art Department alumni Joan Newberry received the Ann Arbor Film Festival Manupelli Award for her short film entitled I’m 28. See the full film on Vimeo here:

I’m 28


First Friday Experiences in Northville

Orin Jewelers contacted the Metalsmithing area this summer and presented several students with the opportunity to feature their work in the store in Nothfield. Bri Wickoff was the first to show her work in October. Last week, Tammy DiSabitino presented work and chatted with potential customers. This exposure is good for students to showcase their work in a commercial setting. Thank you Orin Jewelers! Next First Friday will feature the work of Debra Omans.


Tech Talk #3- Visual Resources Services


Find out which resources are available to you from the Visual Resources Library. VRL offers several items for check out, large format printing, copy stand image taking, tech talks and more!

Presented by
Jennifer Lickers
Friday, October 9
12:30-1:00 Ford 212
Media Center


Maker: The New Art Class


Faculty members Jason Ferguson and Chris Reilly are profiled in the short documentary, Maker: The New Art Class. Learn about their Digital Fabrication class at EMU, their philosophy, and their projects, including a DIY CNC router, “mesh bombs” of borrowed objects, and a linguaphone combining music and making.

Maker: The New Art Class from on Vimeo.


Exhibition: Exhibition: Intimate Instruments Workshop


Faculty member Chris Reilly will be presenting the Intimate Instruments Workshop on October 3rd, 2015, participants are invited to build and play their very own Linguaphone of Tremulous Communion. The Linguaphone of Tremulous Communion is a musical instrument that cannot be heard by an audience. It is specifically for two players, who face each other and bite down on the opposing ends to play. Vibrations flow through the teeth, using each player’s nasal cavities as a resonant chamber. The instrument’s tones are acutely (sometimes painfully) audible to players, but not bystanders. Workshop participants – either alone or in pairs – will receive a Linguaphone kit, instructions, and collaborative help in customizing and building their instrument. A communal performance will follow the workshop.

Spread Art is an artist-run nonprofit based in Detroit, supporting the creation of new works through residencies, exhibitions, events and collaborations. Spread Art supports experimentation, innovation and work that incorporates technology, invites public participation and/or explores immediately-relevant social themes. Spread Art’s residency program supports artists across all artistic mediums with housing, work space, event/exhibition opportunities and more. Residencies vary from two weeks to two months or more.

The Intimate Instruments Workshop is made possible in part by a residency with Spread Art @detroit contemporary; a residency at Maker Works Ann Arbor; a project grant from New Music USA; and Eastern Michigan University’s Provost Reseach Support Award.

5141 Rosa Parks Blvd Detroit, MI October 03-October 03. Opening Reception: 5:30-9:30pm


Fall 2015 Tech Talk 2-Zotero


For anyone writing or assigning a research paper this term.

Zotero is free and open-source reference management software to manage bibliographic data and related research materials.

Presented by
Keith Stanger
Friday, October 2
12:30-1:00 Ford 212
Media Center