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02.14.17

Amy Sacksteder: Easement

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Faculty member Amy Sacksteder's recent work is currently on view at Alma College's Flora Kirsch Beck Gallery through Thursday, March 16. The exhibition features work on paper, paintings, and a glass and bronze wall installation that was fabricated with the help of EMU alumni Illana Houten, Jessica Tenbusch, and Elize Jekabson.

From Alma College's press release:

The exhibition, titled “Easement,” plays off of the two potentially contradictory definitions of the term — to allay fears and the right to use or gain access to someone else’s property for a specific purpose.

“In the wake of the election, inauguration, Dakota Access Pipeline turmoil and climate change, land rights have been very much on my mind,” says Sacksteder.

Among the works to be showcased are portions of the series “Cairn” and “Fear Souvenirs.” The latter includes works from 2016 and 2017.

The exhibition will culminate in a closing exhibition and 7:30 p.m. artist lecture on March 16, 2017.

01.12.17

Emergent Effect

Emergent Effect, curated by EMU alumni and the founders of Ypsi Alloy Studios, highlights the intersecting work and common voice of 16 of the studio's resident artists.

Exhibition curators Ilana Houten, Elize Jekabson, and Jessica Tenbusch launched Ypsi Alloy Studios in 2015 in response to decreasing artist studio workspaces throughout the region. Since then, the studio has been growing. Emergent Effect showcases the work of the studio's individual artists and highlights shared meaning and shared ideas through the artwork of artists who work across from each other.

Please join us at the opening reception, which is free to the public, on January 13, 6:00pm - 9:00pm.

Learn more about the event: http://www.annarborartcenter.org/exhibitions/emergent-effect/.

09.14.16

Exhibition: Posters of Discontent III

University Gallery September 07-October 12. Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 28, 4:30-6:30pm

09.02.16

A Celebration of the Arts: Calendar of events for the year.

https://issuu.com/emucmta/docs/arts_cal_16-17_finalproof-2  This link will take you to our digital calendar.
The School of Art & Design,
The School of Communication, Media & Theatre Arts and
School of Music & Dance are proud to present a year of arts events.

09.02.16

Resonance: Ceramics Alumni exhibit and reception

Friday, September 23, 2016   5:30 - 7:30pm        This exhibition features work from over 25 alumni mentored by former EMU Ceramic Professors Susanne Stephenson & John Loree.  Join us for an alumni and donor reception with gallery talk by co-curator Steve Glazer (BFA 1976)  Ford Gallery

03.09.16

Janet Koplos lecture today

Janet Koplos, co-author of Makers: A History of American Studio Craft, was for 18 years a staff editor at Art in America magazine, remains a contributing editor to the magazine, and also served as guest editor of American Craft magazine before its departure from New York. Among her credits in ceramic criticism are essays for books and catalogs on Toshiko Takaezu, Karen Karnes, Kathy Erteman, Richard De Vore and Tom Turner and Barbara Diduk. She is an author of The Unexpected: Artists Ceramics of the 20th Century (published in Holland) and is completing a book on American functional pottery, research for which was supported with a grant from the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design in North Carolina.

Koplos has also written extensively on other craft mediums as well as on American, Japanese and Dutch contemporary art. She lived in Japan in the '80s and published Contemporary Japanese Sculpture in 1990. She has written about 2,500 articles, reviews and essays in more than two dozen periodicals over the last 30 years, writing on Martin Puryear, Leslie Dill, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Oliver Herring, Rona Pondick, Ursula von Rydingsvard and David Nash, among others. She lectures, critiques and juries frequently, and occasionally teaches and curates. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Minnesota's School of Journalism and Mass Communication and holds a masters degree in art history from Illinois State University. She was named an Honorary Fellow of the American Craft Council in 2010. In 2013 she relocated from New York City to St. Paul, Minnesota. In 2015 she received and Art Writers Grant from the Warhol Foundation and Creative Capital to support research for a book on the New Art Examiner, an alternative art periodical based in Chicago from 1973-2002.

Koplos' lecture will be today from 3:30-4:30PM in Student Center 310B. 

02.25.16

Department Head Search Candidate Lecture

The first candidate in the Department Head Search will be giving a public presentation March 1st, 2:00-3:00pm, 401 Sherzer. Faculty and students are encouraged to attend. 

02.05.16

Furniture Design Exhibition at the Ann Arbor Art Center

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Art Department Professor John DeHoog is co-curating a furniture design exhibition at the Ann Arbor Art Center. The Mid West Furniture Zoku features the work of like-minded artists, designers, and educators working in the context of furniture. The works in the show represent a broad range of techniques, styles, and personal sensibilities, while at the same time demonstrating universal respect for materials, and deep interest in forms and functions. On display are objects that are familiar on one level, yet poke holes in our conventional views of how furniture should look and what role furniture plays in our daily lives. More information available at: http://www.annarborartcenter.org/exhibitions/mid-west-furniture-zoku/

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