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Exhibition: Extreme Textiles: Icons and the New Edge

Brooks Harris Stevens is a part of Extreme Textiles: Icons and the New Edge an international juried traveling exhibition.

Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan August 20-November 01. Opening Reception: August 20, 2015


Article by Leslie Atzmon and Ryan Molloy on The Open Book Project in infinite mile

Article by Leslie Atzmon and Ryan Molloy on The Open Book Project in infinite mile

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Art Education Professors Present At NAEA

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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.


Art Department Promotes Graduate Studies

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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

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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.


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

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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


Chris Hyndman Interview on

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Art faculty member Chris Hyndman was recently interviewed on as part of the ongoing series "Art, Food, Sex and Trauma: Mark Maynard shoots the *$(#@ with humankind’s most important artists… " Check it out here.


Chris Reilly receives New Music USA 2015 Project Grant

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Faculty member Chris Reilly has received a project grants award from New Music USA during its third round of project grants. Chris received support from New Music USA for his project Intimate Instruments Workshop: Building the Linguaphone of Tremulous Communion. The Linguaphone is a two-player instrument that can’t be heard by an audience, built in a collaborative DIY workshop-performance.

Awards for New Music USA’s third round of project grants total $284,250 support artistic work involving a wide range of new American music. The program recognizes and supports the multiple roles composers and contemporary music practitioners play in the artistic landscape and responds to the creative spirit of collaboration between artists from multiple disciplines. The 62 awarded projects include concerts and recordings as well as dance, film, theater, opera, and more, all involving contemporary music as an essential element.

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Ryan Molloy included in Project Passion Exhibition

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Project Passion is an exhibition celebrating the self-initiated work of graphic designers. The exhibition is a collaborative effort between Minnesota State University, Mankato and AIGA Minnesota.


Dr. McComb Presents at the Kutztown Art Education & Craft Conference

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Dr. Cam McComb attended a one-day professional development conference sponsored by Kutztown University’s Art Education & Crafts Department on November 21, 2014. Engage: Color, Ritual, & Material Studies featured Fiber artist Janice Arnold and Carol Sauvion, creator and executive director of Craft in America.
McComb’s presentation titled, Routine, Ritual, and Personal Shrines: Pre-Adolescents Explore the Sacred in their Lives, helped practicing art educators see how ritual can be a rich and meaningful subject for art making. Dr. McComb also co-authored the essay, Engaging with Ritual, published in the exhibition catalog.