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MFA Alumni Wins Film Festival Manupelli Award

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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


Exhibition: Tiff Massey

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Tiff Massey is a former metalsmithing student. She was initially in the Jewelry for Non-Majors as a Biology Major. Her initial work was far beyond any others in the course both technically and aesthetically. She decided that metalsmithing was her passion and changed majors. Her area of concentration in metalsmithing lead her to advanced MA work at Wayne State and then on to an MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Congratulations Tiff!



Alexa Deitz at Manifest Gallery

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Recent BFA grad Alexa Deitz has work included in Rites of Passage at the Manifest Gallery. Alexa was one of 10 artists selected for exhibition from 130 applicants for this show of current and recent undergraduates. The exhibition runs May 30-June 27. Congratulations Alexa!


Exhibition: Rock, Paper, Sizzle

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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


Ypsi Gypsies Exhibition Features EMU students and Alumni

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Todd Malnar, Jacob Wieringa, Erik Simmons, Chris Scholl, Matt O’Brien, Megan Bryan, Deb Ennis and Brad Ruff (all EMU students and alumni) will participating in The Ypsi Gypsies exhibition at the Corridor Collective Gallery.


Alex Mandrilla at Bona Sera Cafe

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BFA alum Alex Mandrila will be showing work at the Bona Sera Cafe in Ypsilanti. Opening reception is June 7 from 7:00-9:00.


Exhibition: Metals 2013

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Metals 2013 is a collaborative exhibition sponsored by the Michigan Silversmith Guild and hosted by the College for Creative Studies. The exhibition features the work of students and faculty from:
College for Creative Studies
Eastern Michigan University
Wayne State University
Oakland Community College
University of Michigan
Grand Valley
Kendall College of Art and Design
Bowling Green State University
Edinboro University
Cranbrook Academy of Arts
Northern Michigan University

Exhibitors from EMU include:
Gretchen Otto
Kristine Bolhuis
Jessica Tenbusch
Stephanie Stein
Charlotte Allen
Lorraine Kolsa
Kristin Rheinheimer
Darin Smith
Tammy Disabitino
Joseph Grunow

College for Creative Studies March 24-April 14. Opening Reception: April 6 Walter B Ford building from 6-8:30


Traci Shipley and Suzanne Boissy at Works on Paper Gallery in Toledo

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MFA alums Traci Shipley and Suzanne Boissy are both featured in The 94th Toledo Area Artists Exhibition. The exhibition will be on display Feb.1–April 14 in the Works on Paper Gallery. Of the more than 640 works of art submitted, 96 works by 78 artists living within a 150-mile radius of the Museum were selected for the show. Admission to both the exhibition and the Museum is free. The TAA exhibition is widely recognized as the most important juried show in this region. Artist Joe Fig and TMA Mellon Fellow Kate Nesin served as jurors this year. On Feb. 1 opening ceremonies start off with a cash bar at 6:30 p.m. in Libbey Court, followed by the opening reception and awards ceremony at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Gallery


BFA Alum Awarded Ann Arbor Public Art Commisssion

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BFA alum Mary Thiefels was awarded a public art commission for her mural proposal “Nourishing Healthy Seeds” for Almendinger Park. The project is under way, and scheduled to be completed soon.

Mary is the founder and owner of TreeTown Murals.