April 2, 2013
Joseph Keckler, the poster child for Interarts Performance (BFA 2004) and a recent Witt Visitor for the Animal Acts Performance Festival, was featured in this week’s Sunday NY Times with an interview publicizing his newest show: “I Am An Opera.” After his performance at Michigan, Keckler flew to LA for television, and live performances.
March 18, 2013
Passage III, a watercolor and pastel on paper piece by Robin Street-Morris (BFA 2000), will be featured in the group exhibition Graphique Noir at The Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Ana, California from March 30th - April 27th.
March 15, 2013
Wildwood Press, founded by A&D Alumna Maryanne Ellison Simmons (BFA 1971), presents Works in Progress by Gary Paller at Pele Prints, 9400 Watson Road Crestwood, Missouri on Friday, March 15 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
March 11, 2013
Melanie Manos (MFA 2008) will be a guest juror for the Edge exhibition at the Detroit Artists Market. Submit your entries now for this all-media exhibition!
DAM Detroit Artist Market, Edge Exhibition Art Using Alternative Methods and/or Alternative Media
“We are looking for those artists who are pushing an edge with their work both through content and form by way of the nontraditional use of traditional materials: i.e. installation, interactivity, relational, performance and other time-based work including audio, video and physical computing, as well as media and genres we have neither listed nor imagined.”
This all-media exhibition is open to all Michigan and Ontario residents 18 and older. Artists may submit a maximum of two entries in any media created within the last two years. Go to http://www.detroitartistsmarket.org for entry form and additional information.
March 11, 2013
Elizabeth J Wilson (BFA 1994, MFA 1996) and her husband, John Del Valle, opened VEO Art Studio in Chelsea, Michigan, as a place to pursue the goal of creating time and space for those who want to further explore artistic expression, recreation, relaxation or to discover their inner creativity. Classes range in topic from figure sculpture, drawing, painting, to design principles and creative expression.
March 11, 2013
Alumni Ashley Lieber (MFA 2010) and Meridith Ridl are featured in a group show titled On the Verge of Failure: Experimental Works that Challenge Definitions of Success. Curated by Tori Pelz (Director of CultureWorks).
On the Verge of Failure: Experimental Works that Challenge Definitions of Success
February 28 - April 18
710 Chicago Drive Suite 200
Holland, MI, 49424
February 27, 2013
Internationally famed super artist, Dr. Takeshi Yamada (BFA 1987), will be featured in AMC cable television’s new reality art competition show, “IMMORTALIZED” on Thursday, February 28, at 10pm. This episode is entitled ODYSSEY. Don’t miss Dr. Yamada’s truly breathtaking latest monumental rogue taxidermy sculptures and stage performance!
February 27, 2013
Amanda Lilleston (MFA 2012) exhibits a series of woodblock print collages in a solo exhibition in Munro Gallery at the Bobbitt Visual Arts Center at Albion College. This exhibition happens concurrently with her placement as the Philip C. Curtis Artist in Residence at Albion College. Artist Statement: “Both the art world and the world of anatomy have shaped this work. I call my audience back to an awareness of human physicality. Anatomical artists must translate the messy, chaotic human body into streamlined information for students, doctors, and patients. However, the more clean and processed representations of the body become, the more we are separated from the nuances of individuality and unpredictability that resides in each of our bodies. These collages welcome viewers to reimagine the complexity and possibility of structures and relationships that exist within their skins. This series of woodblock print collages investigates what keeps us alive. The fantastical forms in this exhibition are human parts—susceptible to gravity, discomfort, decay, growth and adaptation.”
Exhibition dates: February 23-March 28
Munro Gallery hours: M-Th 9am-9pm, Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 10am-2pm
Albion College Bobbitt Visual Art Center: the corner of Hannah St. and Cass St. in Albion, MI
February 19, 2013
Nava Atlas (BFA 1977) and Clarissa Sligh will discuss how they have explored their own experiences of race, gender, and identity through book arts at Duke University, Mar. 25.
Monday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m.
Perkins Library, Room 318 (Rubenstein Library Classroom)
Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History & Culture
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
The book form can become a vehicle for personal histories and obsessions. Please join us for a discussion of how Sligh and Atlas have explored their own experiences of race, gender, and identity through book arts.
Clarissa Sligh is a visual artist, writer, and lecturer. When she was 15 years old she became the lead plaintiff in the 1955 school desegregation case in Virginia. After working in math and science with NASA and later in business, she began a career as an artist, using photographs, drawings, text, and personal stories to explore themes of transformation and social justice. Nava Atlas is known both as a vegetarian cookbook author and as a fine artist. Her artists’ books engage images, text, and structure to explore themes of social justice and women’s roles. Many of her works reappropriate found materials and challenge the language and images used to reinforce gender roles and stereotypes. Both artists have placed their papers at the Bingham Center.
February 18, 2013
Ann Arbor sculptor Tad McKillop (BFA 1988) is featured in a recent full-length story on concentratemedia.com.
The Ann Arbor artist who specializes in nude figurative work has about 60 unique designs, all cast in bronze. Each starts out as a sculpture designed from clay, followed by two molds: first, a flexible rubber mold around the clay sculpture. Then, in what’s called the lost wax process, the mold is filled with wax, creating a wax replica of the object.
View more of Tad’s work at his website.
February 13, 2013
GDUSA starts each year by choosing a group of people who embody the spirit of the creative design community. In a field so deep, this is clearly a subjective process. Still, for nearly five decades, it seems to have worked out: the roster of past participants is star-studded, to say the least; the 2013 group only adds to the shine. Michele Silvestri (BFA 1997), Senior Vice President and Global Director of Design at Team Detroit,
was honored in this year’s selection for her work advancing Design in Detroit and for Ford on a global scale. For the full story, please visit Michele Silvestri: People to Watch.
February 13, 2013
Robb DiMaria’s (BFA 2005) latest work is on display at the Red Bull House of Art in Detroit’s Eastern Market. Curated by Matt Eaton, Robb has been selected to show new illustrations laser engraved into wood. “You [draw] for yourself at first,” says DiMaria. “It’s continuous entertainment.” DiMaria’s work for Red Bull House of Art started out on brown lunch bags, where his limited color palette of white, black and brown to depict “familiar yet unsettling” characteristics of the human character. The presentation of his laser-engraved illustrations has grown to large pieces of wood but the messaging and delivery remains the same. “I hope people see some familiarity or conjure a back story to my work,” adds DiMaria. “It’s good if there’s a disconnect. It’s good if there’s a connection. One or the other will happen, ideally both.”
The show runs through March 23.
Gallery hours: every Saturday from 10am - 3pm
Red Bull House of Art
1551 Winder St.
Detroit, MI 48207
February 1, 2013
Meghan Reynard (MFA 2012) will present recent research and creative work at the Oslo Lux 2013 conference in Oslo, Norway on February 7, 2013. LUX is a series of conferences and associated exhibitions that probe the boundaries of light, space and interaction. Oslo LUX 2013 will feature a range of national and international artists, designers and architects: lighting designers, interaction designers, interactive architects, media artists, installation artists and creative technologists from around the world will be presenting the latest trends and discoveries in this rapidly developing field.
January 28, 2013
Kat Hartman (MFA 2008), Communications Manager and Analyst at Data Driven Detroit, was the project lead and designer for the 2012 State of the Detroit Child Report, an annual comprehensive data view of Detroit children from birth to age 18.
The Skillman Foundation commissioned Data Driven Detroit, or D3, as it is commonly known, to create the State of the Detroit Child Report, an annual comprehensive data view of Detroit children from birth to age 18. This report is as much about today’s child as it is about how well Detroit’s children will be prepared to navigate the Detroit of the future. Children can only thrive physically, emotionally and academically when parents, extended families, communities, and schools provide the complex network of supports they need. The 2012 State of the Detroit Child report is designed to provide baseline information for policy-makers, educators, child advocates, and community stakeholders to guide current benchmarking and future decision-making.
Targeted investment in Detroit kids today is necessary so they can be productive citizens and active participants in the city’s turnaround. D3 has once again created an excellent tool for us to glean valuable information about the state of our city’s youth. We rely on this report, and we think others invested in the city’s future should, too.
January 22, 2013
As one of the 8 original artists who started the Open Studios concept in Whanganui, New Zealand eleven years ago, Rita Dibert (BFA 1969, MFA 1971) is joining 66 artists and artist cooperatives in seven regions of their small regional art centre to present their work and their studios to the art-buying public. Now in her 17th year heading up the Photography area at the Quay School of Art in Whanganui, New Zealand, Rita came to New Zealand from a teaching position at UNC Charlotte on a two year contract as a “taster” and has never left.
Whanganui, situated on the Tasman Sea has one of the world’s most moderate climates, ranging from mild winters (25-40F) to sunny summers (65-84F). Whanganui is an arts “cloister” with galleries, workshops and a glass specialty school that has fed artists studio-workshops throughout the North Island. The Open Studios run two weekends, March 23 - 24 and March 30 - 31 from 10-4 daily with a centrally located gallery site that highlights a piece from each displaying artist.