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Event: Jason J Ferguson's 3D printing research presented at New Media Caucus


Sculpture faculty member Jason Ferguson will present his research on 3D printing and the integration of rapid prototyping technology into his art process. The 3D Panel/Roundtable Discussion presented by the New Media Caucus is a production of the annual College Arts Association conference at the Hilton Chicago.

This roundtable is an opportunity to explore and discuss the emerging field of 3D printing in the art and technology / studio art context, with particular focus on pedagogy. The concurrent 3D print show, Art2Make at Columbia College’s Center for Book and Paper provides a context for what is possible and how 3D printing is being adopted as a medium.

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Center for Book & Paper Arts (CBPA) 1104 South Wabash, 2nd Fl, Chicago, IL February 13-February 13. Opening Reception: 2:30pm -5pm


Exhibition: TRANSitioning

The opening reception of the 2014 Women’s & Gender Studies Biennial Juried Art Exhibition: TRANS. The exhibition will take place February 12- March 13, 2014 at Studio Couture Detroit (1433 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226 / This exhibition explores the theme of TRANSITION and will highlight creative TRANsdisciplinary feminist works that explore TRANSITIONing such as: Staying <=> Leaving Movement <=> Stasis Marrying <=> Divorcing Academic <=> Activist Coupling <=> Parenting Closeting <=> Outing Life <=> Death Thinking <=> Doing Creation <=> Destruction Growing <=> Shrinking Being <=> Becoming. The exhibition is being co-sponsored by the UDM Women’s & Gender Studies Program and the Lawrence Technological University School of Architecture and Design.


Studio Couture Detroit February 12-March 14. Opening Reception: 6-9pm


Chris Reilly's Artwork Profiled in Make Magazine


Faculty member Chris Reilly’s electromechanical game, Binary Gallows is featured in Make Magazine Vol. 37: Homegrown Drones!


Exhibition: Amy Sacksteder's work in Above and Below


Faculty member Amy Sacksteder’s recent work is featured in Above and Below , a four-person exhibition of “contemporary artists approaching the landscape”, curated by Wright State University printmaking professor Danielle Rante.

Robert and Elaine Stein Galleries, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio January 15-March 03.




SNAG (Society of North American Goldsmiths) is excited to announce “UNIQUES,” a holiday sale on Ebay, December 2-16. One-of-a-kind, limited edition, unusual, and other handmade contemporary art jewelry and small metals. Find a great holiday gift, or something special for yourself. Your purchase will help support SNAG and its talented member artists.

Look at my work for sale. SNAG takes 50% for student scholarships. Enjoy!

Gretchen Otto, MFA PhD
Professor of Art

Ebay December 02-December 16.


Exhibition: EMU Art Department Represented in 2013 All Media Exhibition


2013 Annual All Media Exhibition at the Ann Arbor Art Center This year, the jurors Gloria and Rocco, selected 34 artists to be featured in this 91 year old tradition. Of the 34 artists, several Art Department faculty, students, and alumni were chosen to exhibit including:

Jason J Ferguson
Michael Reedy
Jessica Tenbusch
Lois Bryant
Morgan Barrie

We hope that you will join us to celebrate on Friday, October 18 from 6-8pm.

Ann Arbor Art Center 117 W Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 October 11-November 17. Opening Reception: Friday, October 18th from 6pm-8pm


Exhibition: Rock, Paper, Sizzle


AIGA Toledo’s summer show, Rock, Paper, Sizzle, will feature work by faculty members Andrew Maniotes and Ryan Molloy and alumni Lori Young and Jenn Stucker. The exhibition asked participants to redesign any album cover of their choosing. Artwork will be auctioned to benefit AIGA Toledo. More information is available here.

Ballroom at the Secor, 425 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, OH. Opening Reception: September 7, 2013, 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM


Exhibition: SightSee: Colin Blakely and Amy Sacksteder at the Ann Arbor Art Center


SightSee presents the work of EMU Art Professors Colin Blakely and Amy Sacksteder. Working in (and around) the landscape genre, both artists create mediated views that simultaneously reference and call into question traditional modes of representing nature.

Photographer Colin Blakely produces “grand vistas” that draw heavily on traditions in painting and photography. Through digital manipulation, Blakely alters his images in subtle yet pervasive ways that disrupt the common relationships established in depictions of the land. Amy Sacksteder presents paintings and drawings that engage the notions of transience and significance. With the traditions of landscape painting and natural science illustration as a starting point, Sacksteder incorporates the visual language of maps, diagrams, souvenirs, and artifacts as a way of exploring our connection, often via objects, to specific places and events.

Ann Arbor Art Center August 09-September 29. Opening Reception: Thursday September 12, 6 - 8 pm


Exhibition: Chromophobe


Brooks Harris Stevens is a part of Chromophobe, a juried exhibition exploring the nuances of materials, shadows and objects at the Anton Arts Center in Mount Clemens, Michigan. To see a preview of the exhibition take a look at an interview about the exhibition:

Anton Arts Center, Mount Clemens, Michigan July 27-August 25.


Exhibition: Closing of (in)Habitation featuring Jason Ferguson at MoCAD


Last chance to see (in)Habitation at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. The exhibition features work by EMU faculty member Jason Ferguson and was curated by EMU Gallery Director Gregory Tom. (in)Habitation will come to an end along with the Mike Kelley Mobile Homestead videos when the museum closes on July 28 for the month of August.

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit June 07-July 28.