department news


Leslie Atzmon co-edited The Graphic Design Reader

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Leslie Atzmon co-edited The Graphic Design Reader with Professor Teal Triggs of the Royal College of Art. This 1000-page book is now available from Bloomsbury Press.

Visit the link below for more information & purchase options:


Brooks Harris Stevens featured in England Quilt Museum Exhibition

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Guns: Loaded Conversations opened at the New England Quilt Museum January 9- April 6, 2019.

To see more on the exhibition copy/paste link below.


Event: Scholarship Ceremony, 4/12/19, 5:30-6:30, EMU Lakehouse

We are pleased to announce that a Scholarship Ceremony will be held Friday, April 12, 2019, from 5:30-6:30 at the EMU Lake House.

Come celebrate this achievement accomplished by fellow EMU students!

EMU Lake House April 12-April 12. Opening Reception: Scholarship Ceremony


Event: Place/Performance/Identity Symposium, Jan 25-26 EMU Student Center

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EMU School of Art & Design is pleased to announce a multi-day new symposium: Place/Performance/Identity, January 25-26. 

Details on the event, including a schedule and downloadable program is here.

Registration for this event is strongly encouraged.  Click here.

EMU Student Center January 25-January 26.


EMU at the Riverside Arts Center. Reception on Friday, October 5th from 6 - 10 pm for Carol Hanna, Arthur "Rocky" Rockall and Ellen Wilt

These three artists include two of our past graduate students and a Professor Emeritus of Art.  Just as artworks for the art school range greatly in style and presentation, so do the works in this group exhibition including: mixed media sculptural works, prints, representational and abstract paintings.

 Carol Hanna:   

BS Bus.Ad. from Eastern Michigan University 1971, BFA from Eastern Michigan University 2003, MA from Eastern Michigan University 2011 

Arthur "Rocky" Rockall:

Associate's Degree from Schoolcraft College. BA from Wayne State University. MA from Eastern Michigan University.

Ellen Wilt:

BFA from the University of Michigan 1969. MA from the University of Michigan 1970.  

Professor Emeritus of Art at Eastern Michigan University, where she taught for 17 years (1969 - 1985).

This EMU exhibit will also be on display during the annual Riverside Arts Center event "Fall for Arts" on Saturday, October 13th starting at 7pm.  Please contact for tickets.


Masters of Art and Design Association Spring Studio Tour

On March 15th, 2018, the Masters of Art and Design Association (Formerly the Arts Masters Association or AMA) held a tour of studio spaces across campus. The evening included not only displays of current and in progress work by graduate students in Drawing, Printmaking, Metalsmithing, Fibers, Graphic Design and Ceramics, but also many demonstrations. Visitors were able to watch screen printing and take home a limited edition print designed specially for the event and were able to try a variety of handbuilding techniques in ceramics. The evening ended with the grand finale of a bronze pour lead by Prof. Brian Nelson in the Sculpture studio.

The MADA will be hosting a Studio Tour again this fall semester, date and time for the event will be posted soon.


Prof. Furguson Wins Manifest Grand Jury Prize

Jason Furguson's 2017 piece, "Anamorph" won Manifest Gallery's 1st Annual Grand Jury Prize. The cash award for this prize is $2,500. The Prize featured a pool of 40 finalist works by 38 artists, representing 30 different exhibitions. Out of 40 finalists for the Prize a two-stage jury of sixteen arts professionals from across the U.S. selected the winning work.


Re-branding of Riverside Art Center

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Leslie Atzmon and Ryan Molloy, along with graphic design students were gifted the Sappi Paper Ideas that Matter Grant to re-brand the Riverside Art Center into a community art hub for Ypsilanti, Mi. This project included the creation of a 'Toolkit' with 48 creative projects for local youth and their families. The project ran from Oct. 2017- Apr. 2018.


Faculty Retirements

It is with heartfelt thank yous that we say goodbye to four esteemed faculty members this spring. All of them have been assets not only to the School of Art & Design, but to the greater art community as well.

Dr. Grechen Otto
 is retiring after over 30 years of teaching metalsmithing here at EMU. A graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art, Dr. Otto had not only made extraordinary work (see faculty artwork tab) but also hosted regional metals shows and mentored many graduate students.
Diana Pancioli
is retiring after over 25 years in the ceramics department here at EMU. A graduate of Alfred University, her dedicated focus on functional craft will be missed. In 2016, Pancioli hosted 'After All These Years...' an international show of functional ceramics. 
Dr. Ellen Shwartz
 is retiring after over 40 years teaching art history here at EMU. Her scholarly focus is on Byzantine art, and she has numerous publications on that topic.
Tom Venner
 is retiring after over 20 years at EMU, in his tenure here he has taught ceramics as well as serving as Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.


Fall Graduate School Open House

Saturday, Oct. 20th, 10:00am to 12:00pm in the Student Center
(Check in at 9:45)
For more information, contact:

Admissions Visit Programs
Eastern Michigan University
220 EMU Student Center