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Event: Traci L. Shipley and Matthew T. O'Brien to participate in EMU Graduate Research Fair

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Image credit: Traci Shipley: Death of Emmy Jo During the Battle with the Minotaur

Two current EMU MFA candidates, Traci Shipley, and Matt O’Brien, will be conducting Powerpoint presentations of recent research in the areas of art studio and art history during the upcoming EMU Graduate Research Fair.

Matthew T. O’Brien
Professor Tom Suchan
Lee Ming-sheng = Art: How One Artist Triggered a National Conversation that Opened the Door to the Democratization of the Arts in Taiwan
Excerpt of abstract: “…This presentation will focus on an analysis of the last two pieces in the series and the relaxation of government control of the arts due to public discourse. I will also discuss Lee Ming-sheng’s artistic career and the history of government control of the arts in Taiwan, as well as provide a primer on Dada and performance art.”

Traci L. Shipley
Professor Amy Sacksteder
Finding the Next Frankenstein
Excerpt of abstract:“…To substantiate the role of monster hunters I assigned for these dolls, I have drawn correlations through the paintings Night Watch, by Rembrandt Van Rijn, and The Death of Socrates, by Jacques-Louis David. By defining and simulating formal aspects and history associated with these paintings, I am creating a didactic tool that will be used as a field guide in the pursuit of the next Frankenstein.”

EMU Student Center, Room 208
Monday, March 21, 2011
Traci L. Shipley: 4:15 p.m.
Matthew T. O’Brien: 4:35 p.m.



Tech Talk #9-Drawing Tablet

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Come learn the basics of digital drawing and painting using a drawing tablet!

Presented by Morgan Barrie. Tuesday March 22 in Media Center, Ford 212, 3:00-3:30pm.


Ann Arbor Film Festival Student Film Showcase

Two student films from previous Art Department classes will be featured in the upcoming Ann Arbor Film Festival’s Student Film Showcase.

Andrew Reaume’s Perception, created for ART 460 Advanced Graphic Design, and Zachary Blosser and Brian Carbine’s It Was Romance), created for ART 379 Mixed Media Video, will be featured in the showcase.

The showcase, Wednesday, March 23, 3:00pm, is a selection of new regional short film and video work created by undergraduate students. This event is free and open to the public. For more information visit the Ann Arbor Film Festival website.


Tech Talk#8-Copyright

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Presented by Rita Bullard and Carole Pawloski. Tuesday March 15, 2011, 3:00-3:30 in Media Center, 212 Ford.
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 you 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.


"One Last Slide Show"

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Fall 2011 exhibit in IGG Student Gallery
For all Graduate and Undergraduate Art Students.
Come get your materials soon.
Guidelines and distributions of slide packets will be March 28-29, May 30-31, and September 12-13 (9-5pm in Ford 212).

The Art Department’s Media Center (formerly know as the Slide Library) has numerous duplicate slides to recycle. What better way to do this than by making art out of art. We need your help. Come by and pick up a packet of 40 slides and see how you can turn slides into artwork.
•Use your imagination—the sky is the limit (scanning, video, projection, collage, mosaic, etc.).
•Applications for this Fall 2011 exhibit will be available in the fall. Get a jump start by starting early.


Tech Talk #7-Photoshop Elements

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Come learn about this simpler, cheaper version of Photoshop. We will focus on basic image adjustments, re-sizing, and re-formatting so you can get your images out there!

Presented by this week by
Morgan Barrie
Tuesday, March 8
3:00-3:30 Ford 212 Media Center