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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. 


2016 Winter Tech Talk 8- 3d Packaging and Shipping

Shipping 3D work requires a carefully designed and well-made crate. This Tech Talk will walk you through both the design process and fabrication methods.

Join us for our weekly Tech Talk.

 Presented this week by

John DeHoog

Thursday, March 10, 2016

12:30 – 1:00 pm

212 Ford Hall



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. 


Winter 2016 Tech Talk #7- 3d Printing

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In this talk Prof. Ferguson will explore 3d printing and look at examples created in the Pat William's Digital Fabrication Lab.

Presented this week by

Jason Ferguson

Thursday, March 3, 2016 

12:30 – 1:00 pm

Ford 212 Media Center


2016 Winter Tech Talk #6-Artist Resumes and CVs

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This talk will introduce the purpose of an Artist Resume or a Curriculum Vita, the difference between the two, and when each is needed. It will also cover best practices and helpful guidelines to use when creating your own.

Join us for our weekly Tech Talk.

Presented this week by Brian Spolans

Thursday, February 18

12:30 – 1:00 pm

Ford 212 Media Center



2016 Winter Tech Talk 5- 2D Shipping

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Michael Reedy will demonstrate an effective technique for packing and shipping 2D artwork using light weight packing materials.

Thursday, February 11

12:30-1 Ford 212 Media Center


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:


Tech Talk 4-Rhino

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Rhino for Mac offers a compelling 3D modeling experience for designers who prefer to work in the Mac environment. It offers a balance of intuitive workflows with the accuracy needed to create models for 3D printing and laser cutting. Rhino is also great for rendering, animation, drafting, surface analysis, and more. Rhino is easy to learn even for someone with no 3D modeling experience.

 This Tech Talk will cover a few basic modeling workflows geared towards 3D printing and rendering in Rhino for Mac.

Presented by

Chris Reilly

Thursday, February 4, 2016

12:20-1:00 Ford 212

Media Center



Amy Sacksteder exhibits at Popps Packing in Hamtramck, MI

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Art Department Professor Amy Sacksteder is exhibiting recent works on paper alongside the paintings of Wayne State University Professor Adrian Hatfield at Popps Packing in Hamtramck, MI. The exhibition is entitled Chimera


2016 Tech Talk 3- Luna Insight

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LUNA Insight’s award winning features empower users to build, manage and share digital collections of any size.

We have three EMU Art collections-Area Public Art (local art), EMU Artists (our former grads) and Art Department Image (art historical images not found in ARTstor). Access is available to anyone using his/her My.emich account.

Presented by Carole Pawloski

Thursday, January 28


 Ford 212 Media Center