2017

NORTH OF THE 45TH PARALLEL: TENTH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION

Saturday, June 17th - Friday, September 8th

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North of the 45th Parallel: Tenth Anniversary Exhibition

Reception: Saturday, June 17th, 6-8:30pm

The North of the 45th Parallel exhibition began in 2008 as a way to showcase the diversity of artistic talent in the upper Midwest region. Since then hundreds of artists from Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin have exhibited artwork in a range of media from painting to performance. Each year, a different juror is involved in the painstaking process of reviewing submissions to create a cohesive exhibition that represents both rural and urban artists from a wide range of backgrounds, training and approaches to creative practice. 

2017 ARTISTS

  • Joseph Abhold
  • Zachary Abram
  • Deporah Ahlstedy
  • R. Ammons
  • Johanna Andronis
  • Susan Arnold
  • Sara Bagley
  • Joseph Baker
  • Lauren Bareiss
  • Elizabeth J. Bates
  • Noelani Belton
  • Gene Marshall Bertram
  • James Bester
  • Sharon Bodemis
  • Ben Bohnsack
  • Janet K. Bonnell
  • Stephen Boritzki
  • Ritch Branstrom
  • Steve Brimm
  • Renee Brundin
  • Catherine Brunet
  • Paulette Cam
  • Cindi Carlson
  • Kaitie Carlson-Lynch
  • Jamie Chandler
  • Gary L. Christensen
  • Daric Christian
  • Caroline Chudy
  • Monique M. Ciofu
  • Kate Clark
  • Nina Lehto Clark
  • Lara F. Clifton-Rice
  • Tomas Co
  • Kathleen Conover
  • Dan Cook
  • Cynthia Coté
  • Traci Lyn Dietz
  • Joe Drozd
  • Scott Dupras
  • Pamela Dyl
  • Evan Erickson
  • Sonya Matti Evans
  • Josh Everingham
  • Kathleen J. Falls
  • Meegan Flannery
  • Wayne Francis
  • Pat Frenn
  • Gordon E. Gearhart III
  • Stacy Giroux
  • Madeline Goodman
  • Lisa Gordillo (artist)
  • Hugo Gordillo (original text)
  • Maya Ablao (audio engineer)
  • Sarah Calvert (audio engineer)
  • Andrew Groenleer (bass)
  • Susan Grant
  • Emerson Graves
  • Andy Gregg
  • Benjamin Harper
  • Selena Hautamaki
  • Genevieve Healy
  • Chrys Levesque Hendrick
  • Paul Hess
  • Michael Hinsa
  • John Hubbard
  • Steven Hughes
  • Jeni Ihrke
  • Nhenna Weyer Ittner
  • Daniel Jarvis
  • Karen J. Jilbert
  • Kay E. Johnson
  • Kathryn Lund Johnson
  • Dustin Johnson
  • Andreaka Jump
  • Brian Kakas
  • Mark Joseph Kammerer
  • Miranda Kargul
  • Lali Khalid
  • Reneé Kirchenwitz
  • Jill L. Kline
  • Carie Koscielny
  • Kenneth Koss
  • Diane Kribs-Mays
  • Allison Kublin
  • Amanda Kucharek
  • Charles Labelle
  • Mary Jane Ladeck
  • Dana Lalonde
  • Jaquelyn Lambert
  • Leora Lancaster
  • Emily Lanctot
  • Stella Larkin
  • Debra Laurie
  • Scott Leipski
  • Christine Lenzen
  • Michael Letts
  • Steven Leuthold
  • Jason Limberg
  • Sherri Loonsfoot-Aldred
  • Floyd Luke
  • Marshall Lundberg
  • Diana Magnuson
  • Gail Mahan
  • Shawn Malone
  • Josh Masserang
  • Rachel May
  • Carl Mayer
  • Theo McCracken
  • Carter Mcfall
  • Conway McLean
  • Penney L. Mellen
  • J.D. Melvin
  • Jane Milkie
  • Beth Millner
  • Kristi Mills
  • Joan M. Miron
  • Christopher Lander Moore
  • Claire Moore
  • Debra Mues
  • Eric Munch
  • Rosa Musket
  • Kanak Nanavati
  • Paula J. Neville
  • Jack Nicholas
  • Tamara Lee Niemi
  • Macy Niemisto
  • Jorie O'Brien
  • Taryn Okesson
  • Bruce Olson
  • Joel Ostrowski
  • Emmalene Oysti
  • Bernard Park
  • Judy Parlato
  • Natalie Pasterz
  • Jess Portfleet
  • Linda K. Prond
  • Diane Raven
  • Laura Reber
  • Christine Roberts
  • Noah Roberts
  • Paige Roehrig
  • Michele Rosevear
  • Philosophy Rosevear
  • Ted Ross
  • Susan E. Roubal
  • Betsy Rutz
  • Grant M. Ryan
  • Ron Ryoti
  • Toni Saari
  • Judy Sarosik
  • Scott Schieler
  • Karl Schroeder
  • Andie Schroeter
  • Joann Deuel Shelby
  • Kellie Shipkey
  • Carolyn K. Snyder
  • Jud Sojourn
  • Laura Songer
  • April South-Olson
  • Steven Sprague
  • Bill Stahl
  • Landon Stelwagen
  • Scot Stewart
  • Dinele Stewart
  • Barbara Summersett
  • James Steven Taggert
  • Carrie Strang Tebeau
  • Jon Teichman
  • Esther Teng
  • Shirley Timberman
  • Anna Tomacari
  • Steven Tousignant
  • Mary H. Turrey
  • Rich VanderVeen
  • Rodney L. Waara
  • Jean Waggoner
  • Mike Walker
  • Pasqua Warstler
  • Tracy Wascom
  • Cindy Wedig
  • Isaac Wedig
  • Dale Wedig
  • Isabelle Welsh
  • Bryan Welsh
  • Michele Wilber
  • Sam Williams
  • Tammy Ann Wills
  • Shannon Woehlert
  • Fred Young
  • Robert Ziebell
  • Rebecca Zuehlke
  • Michael Zuhorski
  • Clare Zuraw


For 2017, the museum is presenting a non-juried exhibition to celebrate the tenth anniversary of North of the 45th Parallel. This idea was inspired by State of the Art/Art of the State at the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, North Carolina, which referenced Walter Hopps’ 1978 Museum of Temporary Art in Washington, D.C. Both Hopps and the Cameron Art Museum hoped to find innovative ways to give more artists more access to curators and exhibition opportunities. The North of the 45th Parallel exhibition is aligned with this spirit of access, and each year the entry pool and artists selected have represented a wide range of backgrounds and involvement with the "art world”. The exhibition has featured both full-time working artists with MFA degrees and self-taught artists who have never shown their work publicly, side-by-side, in one gallery space. Each year, under the guidance of the juror, the exhibitions have been completely different but equally fascinating to present. 

Art can inspire, build community, and be a platform for resistance or reflection. As we move forward and reflect on the last nine years of the exhibition, we recognize how the world has changed politically, socially, economically, and culturally. This 10th anniversary exhibition will celebrate the artists of the region while also asking questions about what the role of the artist is today. To borrow from the Cameron Art Museum’s title, what is the State of the Art? How do artists function in our current systems (economic, political, social, artistic)? Artists are encouraged to consider these questions and present ideas, questions, and solutions, and through this process create a robust dialogue.

At noon on June 16, 2017, the museum will open for 24 hours to accept entries from artists within the defined geographical region for this non-juried exhibition (see Eligibility Guidelines below). Any artist living north of the 45th parallel in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, age 18 and older, are invited to bring one piece of artwork to the museum for the exhibition. All artwork must be no larger than 9 feet square or 27 cubic feet. The museum will accept artwork until time runs out at noon on June 17, or room runs out in the gallery. An opening reception will be held on June 17th from 7-9pm. 

During artwork drop-off and the exhibition reception, three guest curators will be present to meet and greet artists: Christopher Atkins (Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs, Minnesota Museum of American Art), Adriana Greci Green (Curator of Indigenous Arts of the Americas, The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia) and Steven Bridges (Assistant Curator, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University).

Three cash prizes will be awarded to artists: Guest Curator’s Choice, $500 (selected before the reception); Audience Choice, $500 (voted upon by museum visitors until close of the exhibition); Acquisition Award, $500 (selected by museum staff and voted on by the museum’s collections committee).

This exhibition is made possible by our generous sponsors: RG Design, River Valley Bank, and Travel Marquette.

• The exhibition was open to artists in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin living north of the 45th parallel geographical marker. We do allow for a one-degree "wiggle room” to keep with the spirit of highlighting artists living in the upper Midwest region (please visit the NASA Latitude Finder to lookup your latitude and ensure eligibility).

About the guest curators:

Christopher Atkins is a photographer, writer, and the Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs at the Minnesota Museum of American Art in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was previously Coordinator of the Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Atkins holds an MA and M.Res degree in visual cultures from Goldsmiths College at the University of London, and has taught museum studies and contemporary art at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and Macalester College.

Adriana Greci Green is an anthropologist and curator whose expertise in Native American art histories holds an emphasis on the Plains and Great Lakes regions. Dr. Greci Green recently served as Lead Curator of the Native Artists of North America reinstallation at the Newark Museum. She is currently Curator of Indigenous Arts of the Americas at the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia and is a Research Collaborator in the Department of Anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.

Steven L. Bridges is Assistant Curator at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. Prior to this, Bridges was Curatorial Assistant at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. From 2011–15, Bridges co-curated the annual Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival in Chicago, which features cutting-edge work from local, national and international artists. He is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he earned Master's Degrees in Arts Administration & Policy and Art History, Theory & Criticism. An avid writer, his essays and articles have been published in numerous journals, including Seismopolite, Art & the Public Sphere, the Live Arts Almanac, and Art & Education Papers, as well as exhibition catalogues and other online and print media.

2017 Annual Children’s Art Exhibition

Monday, May 8th - Sunday, May 28th

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2017 Annual Children’s Art Exhibition

Reception: Friday, May 12, 6-8:30pm

Each year the DeVos Art Museum celebrates our area schools that support art programs for students. This annual exhibition, featuring talented K-12 students creating artwork in all medias, was organized by the hardworking art teachers from local schools.

2017 participating schools included:
  • AuTrain-Onota Public Schools
  • Father Marquette Catholic School
  • Gwinn Area Community Schools
  • Ishpeming Public Schools
  • Marquette Area Public Schools: Cherry Creek & Superior Hills
  • Negaunee Public Schools
  • NICE Community School District
  • North Star Academy
  • Powell Township School District
  • Republic-Michigamme Schools
  • SCHOOL OF ART & DESIGN WINTER 2017 SENIOR EXHIBITION

    Wednesday, April 19th - Friday, May 5th

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    School of Art & Design Winter 2017 Senior Exhibition

    Closing reception: Friday, May 5, 7-9pm

    Graduating seniors present their work from all areas of the School of Art and Design including ceramics, computer art, digital cinema, drawing / painting, electronic imaging, furniture design, graphic communication, human centered design, illustration, jewelry / metals / blacksmithing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and woodworking.

    GRADUATING STUDENTS:

    • Joseph Abhold
    • Jamie Alberta
    • Ezra Asohan
    • Joseph Baker
    • Meghan Barrett
    • Cameron Behling
    • Sara Bliesener
    • Billy Bozell
    • Rachel Buchen
    • Sophia Chan
    • Aaron Chieply
    • Leeann Collins
    • Riley Crawford
    • Trenton Davis
    • Christin DeFord
    • Kelsa Dykehouse
    • Paul Flaminio
    • Wyatt Foster
    • Kevin Gamelin
    • Kelly Glass
    • Ashley Goodroe
    • Monica Greulich
    • Eliza Groll
    • Chelsea Hart
    • Savanna Hennig
    • Cassidy Hinshaw
    • Kayla Holmes
    • Madelyn Houghton
    • Katy Huberty
    • Kristin Jakuszanek
    • Tabetha Jasman
    • Adam Kirkendall
    • Jack Komos
    • Ryan Labinski
    • Constance Lightfoot
    • Jessica Makela
    • Ashley Marcinkiewicz
    • Alyson Matkovich
    • Robert McCarthy
    • Kayla Miller
    • Nathan Miller
    • Annika Olson
    • Emily Quinn
    • Laiken Randall
    • Cara Ringler
    • Dayja Ross
    • Alyssa Schwab
    • Joe Sener
    • Jaici Shiemke
    • Julia Tufano
    • Katy VanTimmeren
    • Jonathan Wallé
    • Nathan Warwick
    • Jodi Wizauer
    • Lauren Yellen
    • Megan Zahorik

    Upper Peninsula Focus:
    Mike Friend and Scott Leipski

    Monday, February 27 - Sunday, April 9, 2017

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    Upper Peninsula Focus:
    Mike Friend and Scott Leipski

    Michael Friend graduated from Northern Michigan University, where he earned a Masters of Art in Art Education. Friend taught art and filmmaking in Michigan public schools for thirty-five years. He now lives in Marquette where he maintains a vigorous painting practice. Combining the formal ideas of pointillism and expressionism with the process of animation, Friend describes his painting method as "dotmation”. Several layers of small ovals are meticulously painted by hand, creating patterns of dynamic color and movement.

    Scott Leipski worked for nearly thirty years in retail sales management before leaving to pursue art full-time. During this time he moved to Gladstone, where he set up a studio overlooking Lake Michigan. As a self-taught artist, Leipski’s assemblages embrace experimentation and play. Utilizing a combination of vintage press molds and hand built forms as well as a variety of glazing techniques, the work invokes a hesitant sense of nostalgia, often alluding to childhood memories.

    Since 2008, the Upper Peninsula Focus exhibition series has celebrated artists with connections to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The exhibition has featured seventeen artists working in all medias exploring the stories and influences unique to this particular region.

    Image credit: Scott Leipski, Radiance , 2016, Earthenware

    Image credit: Mike Friend, Ol’ 56, acrylic painting

    NMU Faculty Biennial

    MONDAY, JANUARY 16 – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2017

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    NMU Art and Design Faculty Biennial

    The Faculty Biennial Exhibition is a celebration of the creativity found within the current faculty of the NMU School of Art & Design. Highlighting creative achievements in all medias and concentrations, this exhibition gives the NMU and broader community the opportunity to see the talent within the School firsthand. The exhibition runs January 16 - February 19, 2017.

    Featuring Daric Christian, Taimur Cleary, Steven Hughes, Brian Kakas, Emily Lanctot, Stephan Larson, Christine Lenzen, Michael Letts, Gabrielle McNally, Jane Milkie, Christopher Moore, Peter Pless, Julie Clark-Risak, Ted Ross, Dennis Staffne, Tracy Wascom, Dale Wedig and Tom Wolfe.

    2016

    School of Art & Design Fall 2016 Senior Exhibition

    November 28th – December 9th, 2016

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    School of Art & Design Fall 2016 Senior Exhibition

    Graduating seniors present their work from all areas of the School of Art and Design including ceramics, computer art, drawing / painting, electronic imaging, furniture design, graphic communication, human centered design, illustration, jewelry / metals / blacksmithing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and woodworking.


    GRADUATING STUDENTS:

    • Matthew Andreini
    • Natalie Berger
    • Josué Briones
    • Lauren Doerfler
    • Isaac Eby
    • Morgan Ferens
    • Molly Gannon
    • Danni Hagye
    • Nicholas Hinsa
    • Sarah Knaffla
    • Kyle Lafrinere
    • Seth Lange
    • Andrew Manthey
    • Alyssa Moy
    • Kelly O'Dell
    • Joseph Ohlinger
    • Alex Nekvasil
    • Austin Newton
    • Tyler Orr
    • Rylen Parker
    • Ian Roberts
    • Hayley Russo
    • Destiny Sanford
    • Taylor Sirard
    • Hannah Splan
    • Kedzie Stark
    • Carissa Stevenson
    • Sydney Wright

    American Quilt Study Group: 2014

    September 26th - December 9th

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    American Quilt Study Group: 2014

    Study of Civil War Quilts, 1850-1865

    This traveling exhibit features twenty-five quilts made by members of the American Quilt Study Group. Each year the group responds to a theme and each participant selects an exisiting antique quilt for research and inspiration. Sourced from family heirlooms and museum collections, the selected quilt must be recognizable from the period regardless of the techniques used. Each participant then determines their own construction methods based upon information gathered about the original quilt. The 2014 group chose quilts from the time leading up to and during the American Civil War. The quilts were displayed at the AQSG Seminar in Milwaukee, where three AQSG members selected the quilts for this traveling exhibition.

    Image credit: Joy Swartz, Lucy Belle Clouse, 2014, Quilted Fabric. Image courtesy of AQSG

    Elizabeth Doxtater Art of Peace

    September 26th - December 9th

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    Elizabeth Doxtater Art of Peace

    Six Nations (Mohawk) artist Elizabeth Doxtater explores the ancient art form of cornhusk dolls to preserve traditional culture and histories while inviting viewers to consider their role in creating peace in the world. Art of Peace features over 100 cornhusk dolls in two displays: Peacemaker’s Journey and First Council Fire (Encircles Everything). Peacemaker’s Journey is a significant part of Native American and First Nations history, particularly Haudenosaunee history. The Great Law of Peace, Kaianerekowa, were instructions sent by the Creator through the Peacemaker: live harmoniously with all things, including animals, plants, water, and each other. The Great Law allowed the people to heal from past wars and trauma to rebuild themselves, their families and villages.

    First Council Fire (Encircles Everything) is a diorama of 101 cornhusk dolls representing 50 Clan Mothers and 50 Chiefs encircling the Tree of Peace. When the Great Law was ratified among the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora nations, a White Pine was uprooted and the people threw their weapons into the pit. Each Chief and Clan Mother, represented in the diorama by intricately designed clothing and beadwork, was given duties and powers to carry out the Great Law.

    Doxtater was inspired to create this work after viewing iconic western paintings such as Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper and Mona Lisa. She began to wonder how she could visually represent and celebrate her own cultural history, which has been based on oral traditions. By creating visual references to her history, Doxtater encourages dialogue and sharing based on the traditional stories. Art of Peace provides a timely reminder of how a new kind of healing is possible by rediscovering and reformatting ancient strategies and old teachings to reflect the spectrum of current needs.

    This exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Center for Native American Studies, with generous support provided by the Center Native American Studies, the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, School of Education, Leadership and Public Service, History Department, Academic Information Services and UNITED Conference. Additional support provided by the John X. and June A. Jamrich Endowment and Friends of the DeVos Art Museum.

    Correlation Matrix

    August 22nd - November 6th

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    Contemporary Letterpress Art

    Vida Sacic (Chicago, IL) and David Wolske (Bloomington, IN) base their practice in the process of letterpress printing, often exploring the visual aspects of letter shapes as formal compositions. The results are dynamic and often abstract, from prints to collage to animation. Both Sacic and Wolske showcase the creative ways designers utilize type beyond didactic communication.

    Vida Sacic was born in Croatia and moved to the Midwest as a high school exchange student following the wars in Yugoslavia. She received a BA in Graphic Design from Marian University (Indianapolis, IN), and an MFA in Graphic Design from Indiana University Bloomington. Her work has been seen in several national and international exhibitions and was published in For the Love of Letterpress: a Printing Handbook for Instructors and Students (Martha Chiplis and Cathie Ruggie Saunders, Bloomsbury, 2013) and Fingerprint No. 2: The Evolution of Handmade Elements in Graphic Design (Joshua C. Chen, HOW Books, 2011). Sacic is currently Assistant Professor of Art at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.

    David Wolske received a BA in Studio Art from Marian University (Indianapolis, IN) and an MFA in Graphic Design from Indian University Bloomington. He has shown his work, lectured and taught workshops nationally and internationally. Wolske is well known for his ability to intersect handset wood and metal type with digital technologies as mediums for creative, non-commercial printmaking. He is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Indiana University Bloomington.

    A full color, fully illustrated catalogue is available in the museum, with an essay by designer and writer Martha Chiplis and designed by Edwin Robert Carter. Martha Chiplis teaches letterpress at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is the author, with Cathie Ruggie Saunders, of For the Love of Letterpress: A Printing Handbook for Instructors and Students, published in 2013 by Bloomsbury. She is also a freelance graphic designer, illustrator, and printer, and has an MFA in Graphics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She first printed on a Vandercook in 1984, and bought her own press in 1989. She worked for Sherwin Beach Press as a letterpress printer and designer for 16 years, and has been teaching at the School of the Art Institute since 2008.

    This exhibition is curated by designer and former NMU Assistant Professor of Graphic Communications, Shravan Rajagopal.

    The exhibition also features a capsule show of posters from Hatch Show Print (Nashville, TN) and Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum (Two Rivers, WI) both well known for their contributions to preserving and promoting letterpress printing.

    Vida Sacic Electric Biology #48, 2014, Letterpress, image courtesy of the artist

    David Wolske Particle No. 6, 2014, Letterpress

    Quilting Then & Now
    Discussion & Workshop with Rachel May & Judy Parlato

    Held at 12pm-4pm, Nov. 5, 2016

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    DAVID WOLSKE
    Artist's Talk

    Held at 6:30pm, Oct. 13, 2016

    Image Credit: David Todd
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    World Premiere: Helsinki Chamber Choir

    September 29th & 30th, 2016

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    World Premiere: Helsinki Chamber Choir

    State of the Union: An Opera

    The Helsinki Chamber Choir, in their first U.S. performance, will debut a contemporary opera written and composed by Eugene Birman and Scott Diel. The choir will also perform uniquely Finnish music by the essential composers of the Finnish choral tradition, including Jean Sibelius and Einojuhani Rautavaara.

    The Helsinki Chamber Choir (Helsingin kamarikuoro) was founded in 1962 as the Finnish Radio Chamber Choir. It is currently Finland’s only professional chamber choir and is one of 20 members of the Tenso Network Europe, a network for professional chamber choirs. Other members include such accomplished choirs as Collegium Vocale Gent (Belgium), RIAS Kammerchor (Germany), DR Vokalensemblet (Denmark) and Eesti Filharmoonia Kammerkoor (Estonia).

    The Choir's concerts are regularly broadcast on radio and television both nationally and internationally. In 2006, a televised performance was featured on the international cultural channel ARTE of Michael Haydn's Requiem and in 2013 of Einojuhani Rautavaara's Vigilia.

    The Helsinki Chamber Choir's recording of Magnus Lindberg's Graffiti (with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Sakari Oramo) was nominated for a Grammy in the contemporary music category in 2010. The group recorded a number of CDs for the Ondine label as the Finnish Radio Chamber Choir, including Rautavaara's complete works for mixed a cappella choir. The choir's most recent recording is the world premiere recording of Veli-Matti Puumala's opera Anna Liisa (2015), with additional recordings being released in 2016.

    Eugene Birman is a Latvian-born composer based in Oakland, California. He received his M.M. in Music Composition from the Juilliard School, a B.A. in Economics from Columbia, and is currently pursuing a D.Phil in Musical Composition from Oxford University. Scott Diel is an American-born writer based in Tallinn, Estonia, who has freelanced widely. The two have previously collaborated on several operas to critical acclaim. Their recent work, Nostra Culpa, eclectically weaves together the global debate surrounding post-financial crash austerity and a Twitter feud between a Nobel laureate columnist from the New York Times and the president of Estonia. Their unlikely inspiration results from a desire to step away from the formal opera genre and engage a wider audience with classical music that investigates contemporary issues.

    In summer of 2015, Birman and Diel spent over two weeks on Rabbit Island in Lake Superior as artists in residence. There they began their collaboration for State of the Union (SOTU), a 40-minute operatic work for twelve voices. Part opera seria, part satire, SOTU considers environmental crisis, economic inequality, and the general obliviousness of society’s confused march forward. The opera condemns no one and everyone, yet its finale doles out redemption to those open to it.

    SOTU is four characters – the environment, the rich, the middle class, and the poor – meeting and interacting over seven movements. It reflects a belief that many of our problems stem from how we view and treat one another. As a society we too often equate wealth with wisdom, and poverty with personal shortcomings. This work pushes forward the genre of classical music and also advances the medium to underscore a new subject: humanity’s relationship to its natural environment in the context of modern society.

    SOTU has been brought to life thanks to generous support from the Rabbit Island Foundation, Northern Michigan University U.P. Beaumier Heritage Center, Department of Music/Siril Endowment for the Music Arts, Provost’s Office and DeVos Art Museum, Finlandia Foundation National, the Finnish Cultural Foundation, City of Helsinki Cultural Office, Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs and several individual donors.

    Elizabeth Doxtater
    Artist's Talk

    Held at 2:00pm, Sept. 26, 2016

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    Vida Sacic
    Artist's Talk

    Held at 6:30, Sept. 8, 2016

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    North of the 45th

    June 3 - August 7, 2016

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    North of the 45th

    The North of the 45th is an annual juried exhibition of artists living in the geographical area north of the 45th parallel in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. This line is known as the halfway point between the equator and the north pole, and crossing this line from the south is often associated with being "up north." This exhibition showcases the breadth and depth of artists living in this upper Midwest region from both rural and urban areas. Each year a different juror is asked to select pieces for the exhibition from an open call for entries.

    This year’s juror was Michele Bosak, Curator of Exhibitions at Kendall College of Art & Design, Ferris State University. Bosak received a MFA and Certificate in Museum Studies from Northern Illinois University, where she was the recipient of a Distinguished University Fellowship. As an experienced artist herself, Bosak has great insight into the guidance and management of artists throughout the creative process. She currently manages programming for six ever-changing gallery spaces in the Fed Galleries at Kendall College of Art & Design, which invite a deeper awareness of contemporary creation by offering provocative exhibitions and collaborating with regional, national, and international entities. Bosak has been curating independently and institutionally for the past ten years.

    This year’s artists include:
    Peter Abrami, Traverse City, MI
    Ezra Asohan, Marquette, MI
    Nate Bauman, Menomonie, WI
    Erica Belkholm, Mora, MN
    Katelyn Beyett, Marquette, MI
    Priscilla Briggs, Minneapolis, MN
    Taimur Amin TR Cleary, Marquette, MI
    Ethan Debelak, Marquette, MI
    Cindy Engle, Marquette, MI
    Dana Fear, Cedar, MI
    Linda King Ferguson, Au Train, MI
    Kyle Fokken, Minneapolis, MN
    Sam Goblirsch, Saint Paul, MN
    Greg Green, Calumet, MI
    Dorothy Anderson Grow, Traverse City, MI
    Lindsy Halleckson, Robbinsdale, MN
    Carol Irving, Escanaba, MI
    Karen Jilbert, Marquette, MI
    Brian Kakas, Marquette, MI
    Lali Khalid, Marquette, MI
    James Klueg, Duluth, MN
    Nicholas Kovatch, Hudson, WI
    Jim Krausman, Gwinn, MI
    Kristi Kuder, Saint Paul, MN
    Sarah Kusa, Saint Paul, MN
    Tiffany Lange, Menomonie, WI
    Deborrah Larson, Ortonville, MN
    Barret Lee, Minneapolis, MN
    Scott Leipski, Gladstone, MI
    Michael Maguire, Hermantown, MN
    Jon Mahnke, Minneapolis, MN
    Charles Matson Lume, Saint Paul, MN
    Laura Migliorino, Minneapolis, MN
    Eric Mueller, Minneapolis, MN
    Martin Nelson, Brainerd, MN
    Steve Ozone, Minneapolis, MN
    Russell Prather, Marquette, MI
    Kyle Rambatt, Marquette, MI
    Sarah Reynolds, Marquette, MI
    Mark Rode, Minneapolis, MN
    Paul Arno Rose, Garden, MI
    Michal Sagar, Minneapolis, MN
    Christopher Selleck, Minneapolis, MN
    Dj Steinmetz, Saint Paul, MN
    Lex Thompson, Minneapolis, MN
    Anthony Viola, Iron Mountain, MI
    Jeff Wetzig, Minneapolis, MN
    Adam White, Saint Paul, MN
    Jane Wunrow, Saint Paul, MN
    Dustin Yager, Minneapolis, MN
    Sarita Zaleha, Minneapolis, MN
    Michael Zuhorski, Marquette, MI

    Jane Wunrow, They Do Not Know What Makes Them Stumble Mixed Media

    Annual Children's Art Exhibition

    May 2 - May 22, 2016

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    Annual Children's Art Exhibition

    Reception: Friday, May 13 6-8pm

    An exhibition that celebrates creativity in our schools, area arts programs, art teachers and young artists!


    Participating Schools:
    Autrain-Onota Public Schools
    Father Marquette Catholic School
    Gwinn Area Community Schools
    Ishpeming Public Schools
    Marquette Area Public Schools (Joanne LaDuke) Negaunee
    Public Schools
    Nice Community School District
    North Star Academy
    Powell Township School District

    School of Art & Design Winter 2016 Senior Exhibition

    April 13 - 29, 2016

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    School of Art & Design Winter 2016 Senior Exhibition

    Closing Reception: Friday, April 29 7-9pm

    Graduating Seniors present their work from all areas of the School of Art and Design including ceramics, computer art, drawing / painting, digital cinema, furniture design, graphic communication, human centered design, illustration, jewelry / metals / blacksmithing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and woodworking.


    GRADUATING STUDENTS:

    • Kelsey Adams
    • Ariana Anthony
    • Rafael Arroyo
    • Max Bender
    • James Bester
    • Ben Chimon
    • Rob Coleman
    • Mellissa Colon
    • Olivia Crawford
    • Susan David
    • Zak Delpierre
    • Monica Doyle
    • Timothy Egedus
    • Zachariah Ericksen
    • Adam Focht
    • Alayna Foran
    • Sophia Garris
    • Daniel Gravelyn
    • Margaret Hamilton
    • Benjamin Harper
    • Vincent Holm
    • Sarah Huebner
    • Erin Hughey
    • James Inigo
    • Michael Johns
    • Tessa Johnson
    • Hannah Kangas
    • Kelley Kanon
    • Anne Krohn
    • Lauren Lange
    • Michele Lind
    • Dominica Manno
    • Kelly McCommons
    • Joy Mills
    • April Morgan
    • Landon Oliver
    • Melissa Palmer
    • Kayla Pavlat
    • Samantha Pentecost
    • Elizabeth Perian
    • Amy Peterson
    • Andrew Pifke
    • Evan Prout
    • Brad Quader
    • Sara Quayle
    • Spencer Reid
    • Sarah Reynolds
    • Emily Richardson
    • Jessica Robertson
    • Macy Schultz
    • Nicholas Sherman-Jones
    • Rebecca Smart
    • Samantha Srncik
    • Meagan Stromer
    • Josh Swedlund
    • Alisha Tilson
    • Lauren Tomasunas
    • Alexa Vander Wyst
    • Alexandra Vernier
    • Melinda Verbrigghe
    • Dalton Warden
    • Rebecca Zuehlke

    Artist's Lecture by Conrad Bakker

    Thursday, March 24,7pm, AD 165

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    Artist's Lecture by Conrad Bakker

    Thursday, March 24,7pm, AD 165

    Conrad Bakker will discuss his work on Thursday, March 24, 7 p.m. in the Art History Lecture Hall, with a reception to follow afterwards. Presented in conjunction with the MetaModern exhibition and in collaboration with the NMU School of Art and Design.

    Conrad Bakker makes carved and painted sculptures of everyday objects and positions them specifically to reveal their political economies and relational networks. Bakker has exhibited his work extensively, including Tate Modern (London), Musée d'art contemporain de Lyon (France), Galerie Analix Forever (Geneva), Fargfabriken Center for Contemporary Art and Architecture (Stockholm), the New Museum (New York), the Renaissance Society (Chicago), the Contemporary Art Museum Houston, The Utah Museum of Fine Arts (Salt Lake City), in Cabinet Magazine, in stranger's mailboxes and on his own front lawn. His work has been the subject of articles and reviews in Frieze, Contemporary, Flash Art, Art Forum, Art World Magazine, ArtUS, Art Papers, Sculpture, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, and The New Yorker. Conrad Bakker has been awarded individual artist grants from the Creative Capital Foundation, The Illinois Arts Council, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant Program. He teaches in the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. More info about Bakker can be found here .

    MetaModern

    Jan. 20 – Mar. 27, 2016

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    MetaModern

    Thursday, March 24,7pm, AD 165
    Artist's Lecture by Conrad Bakker

    Modernist design—that radical and iconoclastic break with the past—is now itself a thing of the past, so much so that contemporary artists have been treating modernist designs as icons themselves and incorporating them, sometimes literally and often conceptually, into their own work. These recombinations and modifications result in an entirely unique mix: a meta-modernism in which the original source is changed, self-referential, abstracted. Using classic elements in new configurations, artists are making unique works of art that comment on the claims of the past in light of the complexities of the present.

    The artists in this exhibition, most of whom were born in the 1960s, question the reverence accorded to classic modernism. Too young to have grown up eating their breakfast cereal from a Russel Wright spoon while seated in an Eames molded chair, these artists—working in the United States, Europe, and Latin America, in video, photography, and sculpture—appropriate the language of the modernist movement critically, using it to interrogate the meaning of style and its relationship to history.

    This exhibition includes video, sculpture and works on paper by 19 international artists, including Conrad Bakker, Constantin Boym, Kendell Carter, Jordi Colomer, William Cordova, Elmgreen & Dragset, Fernanda Fragateiro, Terence Gower, Olga Koumoundouros, Jill Magid, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Dorit Margreiter, Josiah McElheny, Edgar Orlaineta, Gabriel Sierra, Simon Starling, Clarissa Tossin, Barbara Visser, James Welling. Full color, fully illustrated catalogue available.

    Organized by Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Curators: Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox of c2-curatorsquared. Funding provided by Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, Fox Development Corporation, Frances P. Rohlen Visiting Artists Fund / College of Fine + Applied Arts, and Krannert Art Museum Director's Circle. Partial support provided by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Local funding provided by the John X. and June A. Jamrich Arts Endowment.


    (image credit: Conrad Bakker, Untitled Project: Eames Armchair Rocker (+ Walden), 2012, Oil on carved maple wood, Courtesy of the artist, © Conrad Bakker)

    2015

    School of Art & Design Fall 2015 Senior Exhibition

    Nov. 30 – Dec. 11, 2015

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    School of Art & Design Fall 2015 Senior Exhibition

    Closing Reception: Dec. 11 7-9pm

    Graduating Seniors present their work from all areas of the School of Art and Design including ceramics, computer art, drawing / painting, digital cinema, furniture design, graphic communication, human centered design, illustration, jewelry / metals / blacksmithing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and woodworking.


    GRADUATING STUDENTS:

    • Chris Acree
    • Sherri Aldred
    • Holley Appold
    • Taylor Baarman
    • Melissa Baroni
    • Amie R. Beland
    • Michael Bennett
    • Reneé Black
    • Jordan Blahnik
    • Kirsten Brown
    • Mandy Buehler
    • Liza Dietzen
    • Ashly Ekdahl
    • Lexi Fountain
    • Patty Gagnon
    • Sarah Goosen
    • Charles Hallett
    • Alec Heredia
    • Michael Heron
    • Jessica Hetrick
    • Kira Jankowski
    • Amanda Kucharek
    • Nina Lehto
    • Joe Lincoln
    • Sean Lincoln
    • Calen Liverance
    • Sarah Maki
    • Katie Miller
    • Kiersten Patron
    • Andrew Powell
    • Aim Ren
    • Mitchell Ross
    • Justine Aili Salmonson
    • Trevor Schampers
    • Courtney Sellers
    • Kellie Steele
    • Emily Stephen
    • Kascha Stern
    • Stephen Tennis
    • Corey Willis
    • Kyle Wood
    • Traci Zini

    Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    Extended Through Dec. 11, 2015

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    Forty Years of Collecting: Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    Lee Hall Gallery was established at NMU in 1975 to showcase faculty and student work. Over the past forty years donors of artwork, funding and time have given generously to help bring the gallery to museum status with a diverse art collection and high quality educational programs. This exhibition, divided into four smaller, individual gallery spaces, has been extended through December 11 to continue the celebration of the collection. Please visit our Flickr page to see images of the first iteration of this exhibition, which was on view March 23 - July 12, 2015


    Gallery One features ten portrait paintings by Ishpeming-Michigan native N. Cecilia Kettunen (American, 1896-1992). Thanks to grants received from from Finlandia Foundation International and the FinnFest USA '96 Endowment, these paintings were recently cleaned and restored by Chicago-based conservator Emily Prehoda. This is the first time they have been on display since returning to the museum. Click here to see images of the entire collection on Flickr.


    Gallery Two contains displays of Native American art from the Losey and Kordich/Magnaghi collections. 20th and 21st century ash baskets, birch bark bitings and quill boxes show the breadth and technique of artists from the Great Lakes region. A recently donated quill box by former NMU Elder in Residence Elizabeth Kimewon (Anishinaabe from Wikwemikong Unceded Territory) is now on display with a video of her and Leonard Kimewon speaking about the techniques used in quill box construction.


    Gallery Three features work from Japan from the Bennett and Lewis collections. Woodblock prints by master printmaker Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797-1858) are displayed with netsuke and a selection of functional wooden items from 19th and 20th century Japan.


    Gallery Four contains a thematic exhibition titled I Reject You, I Accept You: Modernism and the Collection, to begin preparing audiences for MetaModern, a large traveling exhibition that will fill the entire museum during the winter 2016 semester. This exhibition looks at the way Modernism as a cultural concept has influenced certain works in the collection, including architectural renderings of Frank Lloyd Wright (American, 1867-1959) buildings and residences designed by John Lautner (American, 1911-1994), prints by surrealist Salvador Dalí (Spanish, 1904-1989) among much more.

    Rabbit Island 2015: Residency Exhibition

    Sept. 25- Nov. 8, 2015

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    Rabbit Island 2015: Residency Exhibition

    Wednesday, September 23, 7pm, AD165
    Artist’s Lecture by Josefina Muñoz
    Visit the artist's talk online

    Thursday, September 24, 7pm, AD165
    Artist’s Lecture by Beau Carey
    Visit the artist's talk online

    Friday, September 25, 6-8pm
    Reception: 2015 Rabbit Island Residency Exhibition

    Friday, September 25, 7pm
    Performance: Sacred Warp and Woof Song Cycle Composed by Noam Enbar, performed by Marquette community singers

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    View Part Two of the Performance

    Click here to download a PDF of the exhibition catalogue.


    The Rabbit Island Residency, located on a remote island in Lake Superior, unofficially launched in 2010. For the last four years the museum has partnered with the Residency to present public programs and exhibitions featuring the artists in residence from the current summer.

    This exhibition marks the second year offering artists supported residencies from an open call for applications. Artists and designers from 31 countries working in visual art, literature, music and performance submitted over 200 applications and project ideas. The 2015 exhibition highlights the work of five artists, composers and writers selected for supported residencies this year. Each resident spent 2—4 weeks on the island between June and September.

    The work displayed is a mix of previous work informing the artist’s practice leading up to the residency and new work created while in residence or immediately after. Hand drawn sketches and musical compositions made on the island, in-progress drawings and paintings that were continued after the residency and lightboxes made in the few weeks before the exhibition demonstrates the powerful impact this unique residency experience has on creative practice.

    Eugene Birman and Scott Diel were the first residents of 2015, arriving in June and staying for over two weeks. Birman is a Latvian-born composer based in Oakland, California. He received his M.M. in Music Composition from the Juilliard School, a B.A. in Economics from Columbia, and is currently pursuing a D.Phil in Musical Composition from Oxford University. Diel is an American-born writer based in Tallinn, Estonia, who has freelanced widely. The two have previously collaborated on several operas to critical acclaim. Their recent work, Nostra Culpa, eclectically weaves together the global debate surrounding post-financial crash austerity and a Twitter feud between a Nobel laureate columnist from the New York Times and the president of Estonia. Their unlikely inspiration results from a desire to step away from the formal opera genre and engage a wider audience with classical music that investigates contemporary issues. The exhibition will feature a continuous screening of Nostra Culpa as well as sketches from a new opera about economic disparity titled State of the Union. State of the Union will debut in Marquette in September 2016, performed by the Helsinki Chamber Choir (Helsinki, Finland).

    Beau Carey, a landscape painter from Albuquerque, New Mexico, spent nearly three weeks on the island in July. Carey embeds himself in challenging environments to experience and record a sense of place, often uncovering historical and contemporary issues through his interaction with landscape. Carey has travelled extensively to remote places to pursue such practice, including the Arctic Circle in Norway and Denali National Park. He has created bodies of work set in ecologically contentious open spaces such as the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. Carey received an MFA from the University of New Mexico, where he currently teaches.

    Israeli composer and performer Noam Enbar spent over two weeks in residence in late July. Based in Tel Aviv, Enbar formed anti-establishment band Habiluim in 2003, which became one of the main radical voices in the Israeli music scene. Enbar’s many musical projects, choral-theatrical pieces and inventive, starkly political works in collaboration with filmmaker Avi Mograbi have been performed at festivals, theaters and museums in Israel and across Europe. While in residence Enbar composed a five-piece songbook that spotlights the intersection of the political and spiritual within society. Based on writings from past Rabbit Island residents, books of poems found in the Rabbit Island library and writings by close friends, Enbar composed each song to be sung by a group of Marquette residents. The compositions are written in the style of shape notes, created in New England in the early 19th century for community singing.

    Josefina Muñoz, is a multi-disciplinary artist from Santiago, Chile, was the final resident, spending nearly a month on the island in near isolation. Muñoz often works nomadically, creating pieces in and about the environments she encounters. Josefina’s seemingly disparate projects focusing on material, architecture, location, and culture come together in an overarching impulse to answer questions of global concern. Josefina’s ambitious research project Is_Land will take her to Rabbit Island, Scotland, Chiloé, and Tristan da Cunha–the most remote settled island in the world. Her goal is to create a critical body of work informed by numerous manifestation of the island concept: as space, culture, and metaphor. Muñoz received an MFA in glass from the Rhode Island School of Design.

    A full color catalogue, designed by Edwin Carter, will be available in the museum. This exhibition is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Beau Carey
    Artist Talk

    Held at 7pm, Sept. 24, 2015

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    Josefina Munoz
    Artist Talk

    Held at 7pm, Sept. 23, 2015

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    John R. G. Roth: Transmissive Morphology

    Aug. 10- Sept. 13, 2015

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    John R. G. Roth: Transmissive Morphology

    Artist's Talk: Sunday, September 13, 2pm

    Closing Reception: Sunday, September 13 2-4:30pm

    John Roth's connection to NMU began in the 1980s, when he was a student taking classes in painting and industrial arts.

    John's paintings, even then, were distinctive, fueled by a unique vision; mostly removed from the typical art school progression. The works emerged from both a strong sense of place and a wider cultural understanding. Equal parts visual culture and personal experience, they carried reflections of American societal wellsprings of the 1950s and 60s, as reflected in literature and broad national tides, Thoreau and the Beats dreamed up in a cartographic industrial/Cold War vision quest. The aesthetics of maps specified the importance of place, with a meditative geometric rhythm setting the beat of a precise and personal voice.

    Roth's broad social awareness was already in place, distilled through specific personal experience in the middle of the milieu. One could recall Kubrick and the Great American Dream of the Streamline era, while in a canoe on a small lake in northern Michigan. These early, starkly diagrammatic pictures were often enclosed with elaborate, eccentric frames that extended the dialogue of American vernacular media languages.

    Thus began the voice manifest in these current artifacts from a landscape of psychological inheritances. Nautical themes and mechanical repetitions of oddly mobile fish foreshadowed the obsessively repetitive scales of the "Conveyances", owning already the same anthropomorphic language and high-craft cultural codes. In that way, Roth made a beeline from 1950s America into the 21st century, showing us dreams and fears and constructed forces that infect our navigation along the way.

    Viewing his sculptures, one could be entering a museum of transportation history from a lost parallel culture: a culture of conscience. We can find humor, atomic codependence, and autobiographical awareness of responsibility; a connection to childhood, each other, and the life of the planet in these quirky and compelling structures. "Personal Watercraft" displays ridiculous consumption and a Hopper-like sense of isolation and space. The seductive skins of the Conveyances are at once aggressive armor and meditative cadences, transportation come to life. In "Faceted Conveyance" we see the transportation dream that fueled our freedom doomed to endlessly circle it's own negative space, if it can move at all. In a world where we now decide if we want our cars to drive themselves, Roth shows us how the machinery we manufactured was already taking the wheel. Enjoy the ride.

    - Exhibition curator Michael Letts, associate professor, NMU School of Art and Design.


    John Roth received his undergraduate degree from Northern Michigan University and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently an associate professor at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.


    North of the 45th: Upper Midwest Juried Exhibition

    July 5-26, 2015

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    North of the 45th: Upper Midwest Juried Exhibition

    Reception: Friday, June 5, 6-8 pm

    Live music by Malamute (Marquette, MI)

    The North of the 45th is an annual juried exhibition of artists living in the geographical area north of the 45th parallel in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. This line is known as the halfway point between the equator and the north pole, and crossing this line from the south is often associated with being "up north." This exhibition showcases the breadth and depth of artists living in this upper Midwest region from both rural and urban areas. Each year a different juror is asked to select pieces for the exhibition from an open call for entries.

    Currently Curator of Exhibitions at the Racine Art Museum, where she oversees the production and implementation of 10-15 exhibitions per year, juror Lena Vigna has a particular interest in the contemporary fields of adornment, sculpture, fiber, and installation. Lena has curated numerous solo and group exhibitions and written several essays that explore issues relevant to contemporary art and society.

    A Juror's Choice award will be selected by the juror, with a prize of $500. An Audience Choice award in the amount of $250 will be given at the close of the exhibition, based on votes by visitors to the exhibition.

    Featuring work by: Will Agar, Kjellgren Alkire, Jamie Andress, Ezra Asohan, Brendan Baylor, Julie Benda, Kimberly Benson, Gregg Bruff, Tomas Co, Eileen Cohen, Samantha Corbett, Debbie Covart, Melissa Davidson, Dominic M. Davis, Andy Delany and Lauren Flynn, Gretchen Dorian, Kelly Dorman, Pete Driessen, Michael Eble, Jonathon Engelien, Kiera Faber, Nina Fiorucci, Jessie Fleury, Cynthia Foley, Michael Friend, Stacy Giroux, Greg Green, Mike Hainstock, Lindsy Halleckson, Lindsey Heiden, Matt Hirvonen, John Hubbard, Steven Hughes, Carol Irving, Dustin Johnson, Brian Kakas, Keith Kaziak, Reneé Kirchenwitz, Jim Krausman, Barret Lee, Scott Leipski, Christine Lenzen, Michael Letts, Alex Maier, John McCoy, John McKaig, Renee Michaud, Susan Mikutowski, Jessica Mongeon, Eric Mueller, Craig Neeson, Paul Nelson, Tilton + Oeler, Russell Prather, Kyle Rambatt, Amy Rice, Eileen Rieman-Schaut, Paul Rose, Patrick St. Germain, Alanna Stapleton, Holly Streekstra, M. Parker Stuart, Tracy Wascom, Lyz Wendland.

    2015 Annual Children's Art Exhibition

    May 4-24, 2015

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    2015 Annual Children's Art Exhibition

    Reception: Friday, May 15, 6-8:30pm

    Each year the DeVos Art Museum celebrates our area schools that support art programs for students. This annual exhibition, featuring talented K-12 students creating artwork in all medias, is organized by the hardworking art teachers from local schools.

    This year's schools include: Lakeview Elementary School, Aspen Ridge Elementary School, K.I. Sawyer Elementary School, Cherry Creek Elementary School, Superior Hills Elementary School, Autrain-Onota School, North Star Academy, Father Marquette and Powell Township.

    Civil War Photography Presentation by Jack Deo

    Thursday, May 7, 2015

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    Civil War Photography Presentation by Jack Deo

    Jack Deo is a photographer and historical photography collector living in Marquette. He will give a talk on his collection of Civil War photographs in the Art & Design lecture hall (AD165) at 7:30pm. Free and open to the public.

    School of Art & Design Winter 2015 Senior Exhibition

    April 15 – May 1, 2015

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    NMU School of Art and Design
    Winter 2015 Senior Exhibition

    Graduating Seniors present their work from all areas of the School of Art and Design including ceramics, drawing / painting, digital cinema, electronic imaging, furniture design, graphic communication, human centered design, illustration, jewelry / metals / blacksmithing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and woodworking.


    GRADUATING STUDENTS:

    • Max Arbury
    • Lance Attwell
    • Sean Bannigan
    • Kayla Barr
    • Courtney Bergstrom
    • Myiah Bethel
    • Katelyn Beyett
    • Casey Buczkiewicz
    • Graham Brown
    • Jamie Chandler
    • Robert Clyne
    • Andrew Dancer
    • Abigail Dufor
    • Alaina Evans
    • Heather Flanigan
    • Julian Gaines
    • Natalie Heise
    • Kellie Higgins
    • Erin Hilliard
    • Cody Huebner
    • Rain Johnson
    • Breanne Kanak
    • John Kubiak
    • Anne Kubis
    • Jacqueline Lanter
    • Sarah Lauinger
    • Deborah Lawrence
    • Alex Maier
    • Stephanie Mannisto
    • Dan Marchky
    • Josh Masserang
    • Brianna Miller
    • Jennifer Mitchell
    • Bryna Nesberg
    • Kimberly Newman
    • Sarah Nixon
    • Michael O'Connell
    • Zane Paquet
    • Anton Pospichal
    • Matthew Ray
    • Sarah Reimink
    • Ryan Sartorius
    • Siera Schmidt
    • Alison Simmons
    • Jessica Snella
    • Alanna Stapleton
    • Katelyn Stumman
    • Corey Sustanich
    • Tayler Tankersley
    • Alison Taras
    • Jenna Thompson
    • Brittany Townsend
    • Tara Truscott
    • Steven Wirkuty

    Forty Years of Collecting

    March 23 – July 12, 2015

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    Forty Years of Collecting:
    Highlights from the Permanent Collection

    Lee Hall Gallery was established at NMU in 1975 to showcase faculty and student work. Over the past forty years donors of artwork, funding and time have given generously to help bring the gallery to museum status with a diverse permanent art collection. Now the DeVos Art Museum holds over 1,500 pieces of artwork, artifact and ephemera from as near as Marquette to as far as Japan. Plans are in place to showcase the collection more regularly – this exhibition gives a hint at what’s to come. Selections from different areas of focus within the collection will be displayed, including Print/Illustration (lithographs by László Dús), Japanese Art (netsuke, craft and woodblock prints), Local and Regional Contemporary Art (new acquisitions from Tom Ferguson, Stan Hill, Susanne Kilpela, Carol Phillips and James Quirk) and Native American Art (quill boxes and birchbark bitings).

    Susanne Kilpela, Somewhere In-Between, ceramics

    UP Focus:
    Madrigal & Russ

    March 5 – April 5, 2015

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    UP Focus:
    Leopoldo Cuspinera Madrigal & Ann Russ

    Reception: Thursday, March 5, 6-8pm

    UP Focus is an ongoing exhibition series that highlights artists who are from, living in, or heavily influenced by the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Leopoldo Cuspinera Madrigal is a Mexican artist who was based in the Upper Peninsula for several years. His landscape paintings investigate the spirit of place through abstracted forest scenes and vast washes of sky and land. Ann Russ is a ceramicist based in Marquette and her ceramic urns, reliquaries and Spirit Bowls are well known in the region. Russ’ work explores the ethereal and symbolic spaces between nature and architecture. Both artists will present recent bodies of work for the exhibition.

    AnnRuss,Our-Lady-of-the-Rising-Moon, 2015, ceramic

    Lecture by Dr. Oba:
    The “Gothic” in Art

    Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

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    Lecture by Dr. Mitsutoshi Oba:
    The “Gothic” in Art: Late Medieval, Anti-Enlightenment, High Victorian, “Wicked Moderns,” and “Pop Goth” Today

    artLAB3:
    NMU Student Driven Projects

    January 16 – March 8, 2015

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    artLAB3:
    NMU School of Art & Design Student Driven Projects

    Reception: Friday, January 16, 6-8pm

    artLAB3 began with an open call for proposals from NMU School of Art & Design students during the Fall semester. Museum staff juries the proposals for short-run exhibitions in smaller exhibition spaces in the rear gallery of the museum. Featuring work by individual students, collaborative student groups, and course-driven projects curated by NMU School of Art & Design faculty. Through March 8, the mini-spaces will be rotated to show all wining proposals – a complete schedule will be posted after the jury.

    Generous support for this exhibition provided by the John X. and June A. Jamrich Endowment for the Arts.

    NMU Art and Design Faculty Biennial

    January 12 - February 22, 2015

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    The Faculty Biennial Exhibition is a celebration of the creativity found within the NMU School of Art & Design. Highlighting creative achievements in all medias and concentrations, this exhibition gives the NMU and broader community the opportunity to see the talent within the School firsthand.

    Michael Cinelli
    Daric Christian
    Julie Clark-Risak
    Christine Flavin
    Steven Hughes
    John Hubbard
    Brian Kakas
    Emily Lanctot
    Stephan Larson
    Christine Lenzen
    Michael Letts
    Jane Milkie
    Christopher Moore
    Mitsutoshi Oba
    Peter Pless
    Shravan Rajagopal
    Ed Risak
    Ted Ross
    Gypsy Schindler
    Dennis Staffne
    Tracy Wascom
    Dale Wedig
    Thomas Wolfe

    2014

    School of Art & Design Fall 2014 Senior Exhibition

    December 1 - 12, 2014

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    Graduating Seniors present their work from all areas of the School of Art and Design including ceramics, drawing / painting, digital cinema, electronic imaging, furniture design, graphic communication, human centered design, illustration, jewelry / metals / blacksmithing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and woodworking.

    GRADUATING STUDENTS:

    • Jonathon Barrera
    • Kirsten Bliss
    • Rachel Borduin
    • Suzy Byrne
    • Jim DeBrock
    • Marcia Defnet
    • Logan Diebel
    • Chani Ely
    • Michael Erhart
    • Lex Exworthy
    • Nina Fiorucci
    • Alyssa German
    • Cleatius D. Gouldman
    • Brandi Hayden
    • Steph Heise
    • Analicia Honkanen
    • Jacob Hostetler
    • Candice Inc
    • Austin Irwin
    • Liz Klarecki
    • Nicole Klein
    • Jessie Kohler
    • Janine Kottmyer
    • Jaquelyn Lambert
    • Daniel Lancaster
    • Samuel Lanning
    • Kimberly M. Mason
    • Claire Moore
    • Megs T. Nelson
    • Jordan Norris
    • Donna Osgood
    • Adam Papin
    • Liane Pyper
    • Michael Rasmussen
    • Aaron Ratza
    • Kaitlyn Shankie
    • Lisa Stasiuk
    • Matt Steinmetz
    • Rachel Storck
    • Danielle Thoune
    • Nolan Warn
    • Hunter White
    • Candace Zaplatynsky

    MIKE REA:
    SCENES OF SIGHTS
    AND SIGHTS OF SCENES

    SEPTEMBER 5 – DECEMBER 12, 2014

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    Mike Rea has conflated the notions of working hard and playing hard for over a decade with his bombastic wooden sculptures. Replicated and reinvented moments of cinematic horror, science fiction, comedy and drama intermingle with memory to form bizarre personal narratives. Over the years, each uncanny conglomeration of familiar objects and themes has both thrilled and confounded audiences. The delight in the experience of Mike Rea’s vision is the balance between a feeling of understanding that is quickly replaced by new, surprising discoveries. Whether as conventional sculptures standing alone, or as props in interactive installations and performances, these often-massive objects reflect a culture of humor, violence, vulgarity, and sensitivity. This exhibition features several new works by Mike Rea, set across the gallery like individual scenes or movie sets, which run the gamut of his imagination and experience.

    Mike Rea, originally from the south suburbs of Chicago, received an M.F.A. in Sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His work has been shown at the Contemporary Arts Museum (Houston, TX); Threewalls (Chicago, IL); EbersMoore Gallery (Chicago, IL); Devening Projects (Chicago, IL); Western Exhibitions (Chicago, IL); Guerrero Gallery (San Francisco, CA); Scion Gallery (Culver City, CA); Elmhurst Art Museum (Elmhurst, IL), Forest Art (Darmstadt, Germany); The Victoria Albert Museum (London, UK); and the Kunstmuseum (Thurgau, Switzerland). Rea is an Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Northern Illinois University’s School of Art. He lives and works in Chicago.

    PROJECT 35 VOLUME 2

    October 6 – November 9, 2014

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    PROJECT 35 VOLUME 2 is a selection of 35 videos produced between 2001 and 2012, selected by international curators who each chose one work from an artist they think is important for audiences around the world to experience today. The videos explore wide-ranging topics such as protests in South Africa, youth culture in Ho Chi Minh City, news broadcasts in China, and street crime in Bogotá. Recurrent themes focus on memory and change, performance and documentation, fiction and history, and notions of place and identity, as well as the power of images and the role of the media in shaping collective experience. The series also reveals the diversity of approaches used by video artists, including documentary, YouTube, and digital animation.

    For PROJECT 35 VOLUME 2 at the DeVos Art Museum, ten exemplary videos were selected for continuous screening on individual monitors for the duration of the exhibition. A screening room was constructed to show all of the pieces in an ideal darkened environment. Every 8-9 days, a different set of works will be viewable in the screening room. Please click the dates to the left for a PDF that contains details of the screening, including video descriptions written by the selecting curators as well as artist and curator bios.

    Artists: Marwa Arsanios, Zbyněk Baladrán, Michael Blum and Damir Nikšić, Deanna Bowen, Pavel Brăila, Aslı Çavuşoğlu, Park Chan-Kyong, Josef Dabernig, Elena Damiani, Shezad Dawood, Jonathas de Andrade, Annika Eriksson, Antanas Gerlikas, Annemarie Jacir, Lars Laumann, Reynier Leyva Novo, Aníbal López (A-1 53167), Bradley McCallum & Jacqueline Tarry, Basim Magdy, Cinthia Marcelle, Ivana Müller, Ahmet Öğüt, Jenny Perlin, Agnieszka Polska, Sara Ramo, Sona Safaei, Heino Schmid, Prilla Tania, Alexander Ugay, Wok the Rock, Sun Xun, Jin-Me Yoon, Dale Yudelman, Helen Zeru, Chen Zhou.

    Curators: Leeza Ahmady, Meskerem Assegued, Daina Augaitis, Defne Ayas, Regine Basha, Valerie Cassel-Oliver, Rosina Cazali, Stuart Comer, Veronica Cordeiro, Christopher Cozier, Maria del Carmen Carrión, Rifky Effendy, Özge Ersoy, N’Goné Fall, Amirali Ghasemi, Vit Havránek, Hou Hanru, Virginija Januskeviciute, Abdellah Karroum, Sun Jung Kim, Pablo León de la Barra, Maria Lind, Yandro Miralles, Srimoyee Mitra, Nat Muller, Sharmini Pereira, Natasa Petresin-Bachelez, Kathrin Rhomberg, Mats Stjernstedt, David Teh, Philip Tenari, Christine Tohme, Raluca Voinea, Jochen Volz, Adnan Yildiz.

    Project 35 Volume 2 is a traveling exhibition produced by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. The exhibition is made possible, in part, by grants from the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and the Robert Lehman Foundation; the ICI Board of Trustees; and donors to ICI's Access Fund.

    Rabbit Island
    Panel Discussion

    Held at 3pm, September 28, 2014

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    Artists giving public discussion

    Rabbit Island
    2014 RESIDENCY EXHIBITION

    AUGUST 18 – SEPTEMBER 28, 2014

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    Image of car covered in vinyl, with drawings

    The Rabbit Island Residency, located on a remote island in Lake Superior, unofficially launched in 2010. Last year 115 applications were received for the first official residency program, representing all disciplines from the United States, Australia, South Africa, South America and Europe. This exhibition highlights the work of six artists and writers selected for supported residencies in summer 2014. Each artist spent 1—3 weeks on the island this past June and July.

    Because the exhibition takes place so soon after the residency period, the work displayed is a mix of recent projects completed before the artists’ time on Rabbit Island as well as work made during or immediately after the residency. Some of the work is presented as sketches or in-progress work as the artist begins to reflect on the experience.

    Elvia Wilk is a writer based in Berlin, Germany. Her work explores themes of isolation, connection and the relationship between physical and virtual space through essays and poems. The written pieces in the exhibition were designed in collaboration with designer Edwin Carter.

    Nich Hance McElroy is a photographer based in Vancouver, British Columbia. During his time in residency, he focused on documenting the movements and migrations of people, nature and objects on and between the mainland and island. He also captured people, places and objects around the adjoining Rabbit Bay and Keweenaw areas.

    Waboozaki consists of four inter-disciplinary artists, writers and curators: Dr. Dylan Miner (Métis, East Lansing, Michigan), Dr. Julie Nagam (Anishinaabekwe-Métis, Toronto, Ontario, Canada), Dr. Nicholas Brown (Iowa City, Iowa), and Suzanne Morrissette (Cree-Métis, Toronto, Ontario, Canada). During their residency the artists spent time working on individual projects as well as collectively remapping the island from indigenous perspectives.

    This exhibition is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. Support also provided by the NMU Department of English, NMU Center for Native American Studies, the NMU UNITED Conference, the Canada Arts Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council.

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    In the Footsteps of Custer:
    Skins Project Summer 2014

    Monday, July 7, 2014

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    On the evening of Monday, July 7, First Nations artist Christopher Olszewski will park a 2005 Pontiac Montana in front of the museum and cover it with a vinyl car cover. Professor Olszewski, originally from Detroit, is on a journey retracing General George Custer’s life from his childhood home in Monroe, Michigan to his death in Little Big Horn, Montana. The audience is invited to draw or write on the surface, reflecting on the meaning and history of Pontiac as Native American Chief in the Great Lakes region and later appropriated by General Motors as an automobile icon. Through this project, the artist will continue to explore his theories about cultural identity and contemporary images of Native Americans.

    This event is being held in collaboration with the Center for Native American Studies at NMU.

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    Public participating & drawing on the vinyl car cover.

    NORTH OF THE 45TH PARALLEL
    ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBITION

    JUNE 6 – AUGUST 3, 2014

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    The North of the 45th is an annual juried exhibition of artists living in the geographical area north of the 45th parallel in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. This line is known as the halfway point between the Equator and the North Pole, and crossing this line from the south is often associated with being “up north.” This exhibition showcases the breadth and depth of artists living in this upper Midwest region from both rural and urban areas. Each year a different juror is asked to select pieces for the exhibition from an open call for entries.

    This year’s juror, Kevin Buist, is an artist, writer, and exhibitions director for ArtPrize living in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has exhibited artwork in solo and group exhibitions in New York City and Grand Rapids, and has been featured in numerous print and online publications including the Art:21 blog, where he was a blogger-in-residence, as well as Walker Art Center's mnartists.org, Solace Magazine, Art Hack, and SpoutBlog. At ArtPrize, Buist oversees exhibitions and cultural programming. He organizes world-class speakers and panel discussions that coincide with the event, that have included lively and provocative lectures by John Waters, Jerry Saltz, and Theaster Gates, among others. He selects the jurors who award over $200,000 in prizes at the annual event.

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    This year’s exhibition will feature:

    • Christopher Atkins
    • Aim Ren
    • Emily Bennett Beck
    • Zachary Betts
    • Rachel Breen
    • Kevin Breyfogle
    • Jesse Draxler
    • Walter Early
    • Austin Eckstrom
    • Kristina Estell
    • Linda King Ferguson
    • Lauren Flynn
    • Carol Irving
    • Emily Lanctot
    • Brian Nagel
    • Craig Neeson
    • Jehra Patrick
    • Neal Perbix
    • Garrett Perry
    • Nick Preneta
    • Jim Proctor
    • Jason Ramey
    • Cameron Wilcox

    Kevin Buist
    Artist Talk

    Held at 6pm, June 6, 2014

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    Kevin Buist givng an Artist Talk

    Annual Marquette County
    Children’s Exhibition

    May 5 – 25, 2014

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    Poster for the exhibition

    Featuring artwork made by students from area schools including, Powell Township, Cherry Creek, Superior Hills, Crossroads Christian Academy, Northstar Academy, Father Marquette, Lakeview, Aspen Ridge and Bothwell.

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    School of Art & Design Winter 2014 Senior Exhibition

    April 16 – May 2, 2014

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    EXHIBITION TITLE:
    ZEITGEIST

    Graduating Seniors present their work from all areas of the School of Art and Design including ceramics, drawing / painting, digital cinema, electronic imaging, furniture design, graphic communication, human centered design, illustration, jewelry / metals / blacksmithing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and woodworking.

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    GRADUATING STUDENTS:

    • Megan Allen
    • Luke Anderson
    • Justin Armstrong
    • Olivia Autenrieth
    • Matthew Bizoe
    • Julian Block-Perlstein
    • Adam Campbell-Olszewski
    • Michael Carl
    • Cassanra Chapman
    • Nicolette Chastain
    • Heather Chouinard
    • Rachael Clauson
    • Joseph Cornelia
    • Ted Cotton
    • Brianna Cousins
    • Paige Doolin
    • Kailyn Ebli
    • Nicholas Erickson
    • Emily Fink
    • Elisabeth Genske
    • Angela Goodwin
    • Dana Grace LaLonde
    • Anastasia Greer
    • Travis Green
    • Kirsten Gustafson
    • Taylor Hager
    • Madison Hampton
    • Adele Herman
    • Kate Hertler
    • Jake Hill
    • Linnea Imam
    • Jessie Johnson
    • Emily Jonker
    • Caitie Kieliszewski
    • Roweena Langin/li>
    • Christopher LaRose
    • Joe Lattimore
    • Andrea Leach
    • Brent Maynard
    • Caitlyn McPhee
    • Ryan Moin
    • Jamie Morrow
    • Leanne Nedeau
    • Craig Neeson
    • Dyana Nefe
    • Jacklyn Paupore
    • Kelly Peters
    • Jenny Piasini/li>
    • Andrea Pink
    • Jacob Proffer
    • Thomas Riley
    • Adrian Rivera
    • Olivia Santioni
    • Bruce Schlehuber
    • Allison Schmidt
    • Krista Stockman
    • Taylor Sundstedt
    • Mark Tarbula
    • David Taylor
    • Sophia Thomas
    • Lauren Tilma
    • Jack Trelford
    • Zerek Twede
    • Brandi Violetta
    • Zach Vollink
    • Amanda Weinert
    • Ashley Wesler
    • Kelly Wendels
    • Talen Williams

    UP FOCUS: Cynthia Coté,
    Greg Green, Jack Oyler

    MARCH 3 – APRIL 6, 2014

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    Calumet, Michigan is home to a vibrant community of artists. This exhibition highlights three artists living and working in Calumet. All three artists combine different elements of traditional image making (drawing, painting, woodworking) with forms of collage.

    Cynthia Coté uses a variety of found objects in her work including magazines, books, photographs and other scavenged bits of paper and string. Her work is based in drawing with pencil, pen and ink with collage elements added to provide loose narratives through thoughtful and oftentimes humorous combinations of text and image. In addition to a busy studio practice, Coté is also the founder and Executive Director of the Copper Country Arts Center.

    Greg Green describes his paintings and collages as “poems to snap us out of our mundane sleep or to flow with our natural rhythm”. The work appears abstract at first glance, but closer inspection reveals elements of patterned materials (sometimes scraps of found fabric) layered and integrated with acrylic paint. These subtle references can range from pop culture to shapes and symbols that hint at a deeper, intuitive message. Green received a BFA from Western Michigan University and a MFA from University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

    Jack Oyler describes his early work as “normal paintings” of oil on canvas. Several years ago he abandoned tradition and began cutting shapes and figures out of plywood with scroll saw. He washes the surface with thinned acrylic paint and wood stain to highlight patterns in the wood grain. The individual pieces are then attached to a surface, leaving what ultimately feels like a still frame from a film constructed out of wood. Each piece is titled (usually written on the frame) to give hints to song lyrics or simply observations from daily life. Jack Oyler received a BFA from Central Michigan University in painting.

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    MARIEL VERSLUIS:
    BE HERE, BY ME

    January 13 – February 23, 2014

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    Close up of one of the artist's works—balck horse on yellow ground

    This exhibition features two and three-dimensional works by Grand Rapids, Michigan-based artist Mariel Versluis. A series of large-scale print collages completed during a recent sabbatical serves as meditations on the artist’s relationship with nature, particularly fauna. Horses, swans and dogs have played important roles for Versluis and they serve as symbolic narratives for life transitions. The artist’s assemblage and sculpture piece Train of Fools also reminds us of life’s changes and lessons. This work has undergone several permutations since first conceived in 1995. This will be the first iteration of the installation since a major reconstruction over the last year. The exhibition will also debut a new drawing series by Versluis entitled Pages from a Book.

    Mariel Versluis received an MFA in printmaking from Syracuse University and a BFA from Grand Valley State University. She is currently associate professor of printmaking and drawing at Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University. Versluis is also an avid skijor racer, competing nationally with her dogs and finding artistic inspiration in racing.

    Tune Without Words Print Collage

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    SCHOOL OF ART & DESIGN
    FALL SENIOR EXHIBITION

    December 2 – 13, 2013

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    EXHIBITION TITLE:
    403 NOT FOUND

    Graduating Seniors present their work from all areas of the School of Art and Design including ceramics, drawing / painting, digital cinema, electronic imaging, furniture design, graphic communication, human centered design, illustration, jewelry / metals / blacksmithing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and woodworking.

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    GRADUATING STUDENTS:

    • Gaby Alzaga
    • Stephanie Arnold
    • Angela Barber
    • Adam Barkle
    • Anna Bateman
    • Tina Bayne
    • Rebecca Benaglio
    • Carolyn Birkmeier
    • Edward Broaddus
    • Nathan Erickson
    • Mark Flemming
    • Luke Fredericks
    • Kevin Haliczer
    • Krystina Huuki
    • Dana Kim
    • Frank King
    • Kristen Koehler
    • Jeremy Kolasa
    • Tania Levy
    • Jordy Maki
    • Adam McQueen
    • Collin McWebb
    • Corryn Moe
    • Blair Mongeon
    • Samantha Page
    • Donny Riedel
    • Andree Ring
    • Thea Risak
    • Ashley Saari
    • Britt Shand
    • Brendan Solinsky
    • Jenna Talcott
    • Sabrina Wheeler

    Donald Fels:
    What is a Trade?

    September 16 – December 13, 2013

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    Portion of Fels' image Global Trade

    In 1498 Vasco da Gama sailed from Lisbon, Portugal to Calicut in Southern India in search of pepper and spices for his king. These voyages are often referenced as the beginning of global trade, colonialism in Asia, and what we now call globalization. After visiting in 2003, artist Donald Fels returned in 2004 to Kochi, India where da Gama began and ended his trade with the country.

    During his time in India, Fels spent seven months as a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar working with a group of sign painters to create a large series of ‘hoardings’, enamel on metal billboards. Until extremely recently, cities in India were full of bright hand-painted advertising hoardings. Despite this long-standing tradition, the digital revolution (a force of globalization) brought mass-produced signage to India, and the billboard painters are no longer working. To Fels, employing these craftsmen to paint about the relationship of local and global trade seemed exactly right.

    The exhibition, originally organized by the Tacoma Art Museum, features 16 large-scale enamel paintings exploring the many interrelated issues involved in globalization. All of the paintings were researched and designed by Fels and painted by one of the three painters, Surya, Raju or Paul (signpainters established a reputation with a single name). Jiju, originally hired as an interpreter, became the project manager. Based on the sketches provided by Fels, the painters interpreted and embellished the paintings onto large aluminum sheets; as the works progressed they were discussed jointly and modifications were common among the collaborators.

    For the past thirty years visual artist Donald Fels has been active on the West Coast, in Europe and Asia. He holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University where he had a triple major in Art, English and History, and an M.A. Ed. with Honors from City University where he was the Board of Governor’s Presidential Scholar. He also studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and the University of Washington. Fels has been a Fulbright Fellow to Italy and a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar to India. He has twice received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

    He is the recipient of many grants, awards and commissions from public and private Foundations and granting agencies including the Washington Council on the Humanities. His work has been exhibited at museums including the Seattle Art Museum, Center on Contemporary Art, Tacoma Art Museum, Bellevue Art Museum, Henry Art Gallery, NW Museum of Art and Culture, Bologna’s Contemporary Art Museum, Boston’s Institute for Contemporary Art, among others. His work is in numerous international public and private collections.

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    Donald Fels
    Artist Talk

    Held at 7pm, October 16, 2013

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    Donald Fels givng an Artist Talk

    Rabbit Island:
    Works & Research 2010-2013

    October 11 – November 17, 2013

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    Rabbit Island is a 91 acre forested island in Lake Superior three miles east of the Keweenaw Peninsula. The island is composed of a native ecosystem standing upon solid bedrock and has never before been developed or subdivided. Bald eagles and great blue herons nest in the trees and the surrounding waters provide habitat for thriving lake trout and salmon populations. The majority of the island is held under a conservation easement granted by the Keweenaw Land Trust assuring this unique ecosystem will remain healthy in perpetuity.

    The mission of Rabbit Island is to serve as a platform for science, art, preservation and recreation for the generations. The artist in residence program, in beta stage since 2010, has welcomed over 25 artists, designers, musicians, writers, chefs and other creative thinkers. As the official residency program is set to launch in 2014, this exhibition looks back on the past three years of projects inspired by and created on the island.

    The exhibition features works Andrew Ranville, Charlotte X.C. Sullivan, Colin Curry, Cabin-Time3 (Sarah Darnell, Ryan Greaves, Geoffrey Holstad, Isabella Martin, Miles Mattison, Colin McCarty, Mary Rothlisberger), LoT Office for Architecture (Leonidas Trampoukis & Eleni Petaloti), David Buth/Summer Journeys/Christina Mrozik, David Drennen, Emily Julka, Helen Lovelee, Lucy Engelman, Emilie Lee, Rob Gorski, Sara Maynard, Tony Cenicola and Will Holman.

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    J.M. Longyear
    Artist Talk

    Held at 1pm, November 9, 2013

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    Cook, by JooHee Yoon, Screenprint, 2013

    J.M. Longyear:
    A Grand Tour Through Lantern Slides

    A slideshow of early 20th century images taken by the Michigan-born industrialist John Munro Longyear in Europe. Presented by museum curatorial intern Craig Neeson. Presented in conjunction with Longyear exhibitions at the Marquette Regional History Center and the NMU Beaumier Heritage Center.

    Illustrators 55:
    Annual Travel Show

    October 11 – November 17, 2013

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    Cook, by JooHee Yoon, Screenprint, 2013

    The Society of Illustrators Annual Travel Show

    The Society of Illustrators Annual Travel Show, now in its 55th year, features 46 pieces of the most outstanding works created throughout the year. The Illustrators Annual is open to artists worldwide, and a jury of professional illustrators and art directors select pieces from thousands submitted.

    The show is broken up into six categories: Sequential/Series, Uncommissioned, Editorial, Book, Advertising, Institutional, and Moving Image. Works on display have appeared in magazine and newspaper publications, adult and children's books, calendars, theater posters, fashion labels, cd and album art, and advertisements for major corporations.

    Featured artists include Steve Brodner, Marc Burckhardt, Joseph Ciardiello, Kali Ciesemier, John Cuneo, John Hendrix, Yuko Shimizu, Brian Stauffer, Jillian Tamaki, Sam Weber, JooHee Yoon and more. This exhibition is organized by, and was originally displayed at, the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators in New York City.

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    John Hendrix
    Artist Talk

    Held at 7pm, October 30, 2013

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    John Hendrix givng a class visit

    1913 Massacre
    Film Screening

    Held at 2pm, OCTOBER 26, 2013

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    Cook, by JooHee Yoon, Screenprint, 2013

    1913 Massacre:
    A film inspired by a Woody Guthrie song

    Film screening followed by Q&A with filmmakers Ken Ross and Louis V. Galdieri. In collaboration with the NMU chapter of the AAUP.

    1913 Massacre follows the lead of Woody Guthrie’s iconic song back to Calumet, Michigan, in search of the story of the Italian Hall disaster, which took place on Christmas Eve, 1913. In the midst of a bitter labor struggle between the powerful mining industry and mine workers, families of the mine workers gathered in the Italian Hall for a holiday celebration when someone yelled fire in the crowded hall. The resulting chaos and stampede left a tragic seventy-three people (including fifty-nine children) dead, many in the staircase leading to the exit. There was no fire.

    The person responsible was never found and the disaster left the town grieving and divided without answers for years. In 1984, the building was demolished but the memories remain nearly one hundred years later in a town that still strongly identifies with a past rooted in the mining industry.

    Free Association
    Amy Long & Jennifer Davis

    August 19 – September 29, 2013

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    Cook, by JooHee Yoon, Screenprint, 2013

    This exhibition features paintings by Jennifer Davis (Minneapolis, MN) and soft sculptures and installations by Amy Long (Traverse City, MI). Both artists call attention to process in their work with a focus on detail and abstract narratives. Davis’ drawings of humans and animals often meld into therianthropic portraits set against lush, textured backgrounds. The layered surfaces are scraped and sanded, with meticulously painted lines, shapes and forms suggesting surreal and mythical fantasies. The anthropomorphized subjects seem to tell stories that are oftensimultaneously childlike and dark.

    Amy Long’s crocheted and felted sculptures also walk the fragile line between playful and melancholy. Inspired by organic shapes and bodily forms, bright colors and tactile surfaces allude to the emphasis on process. Long often begins with wool gifted or found second hand. Some forms are crocheted and then ran through the washing machine to harden the material. An element of chance runs through the process with the machine adding heat, moisture and compression. Once ready, the pieces are assembled into sculptures and installations. Lengthy stretches of material suggest connective arteries of communication or methods of travel.

    The artists will be present for a reception on Friday, September 20, with a tour of the exhibition and Q&A with the artists at 6:30pm.

    Jennifer Davis has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions including the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Minneapolis, MN); DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park (Lincoln, MA); Soo Visual Arts Center (Minneapolis, MN); Foster Museum (Eau Claire, WI); Bloomington Art Center (Bloomington, MN); and Turchin Center for the Visual Arts (Boone, NC), as well as several galleries in major cities across the United States. Davis is a recipient of the 2013 Next Step Fund Grant from the Minnesota Regional Arts Council/McKnight Foundation. She holds a BFA from the University of Minnesota.

    Amy Long has exhibited nationally in solo, group, and biennial exhibitions including Five15 Arts (Phoenix, AZ) and Harry Wood Gallery (Tempe, AZ); The Canton Museum of Art (Canton, OH); Wichita Center for the Arts (Wichita, KS); Greater Denton Arts Council (Denton, TX); The Albuquerque Museum (Albuquerque, NM); Lancaster Museum of Art (Lancaster, PA); and Craft Alliance (St. Louis, MO). Her work has been published in Craft: Magazine and Fiber Arts. Long holds a BFA from Minnesota State University and an MFA from Arizona State University as well as an advanced studies certificate in felt making from Arrowmount (Gatlinburg, TN). She is currently Instructor of Visual Art (Fiber Studio) at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

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    Cat Cars, 2013, Jennifer Davis
    Acrylic & Graphite on Panel

    Free Association
    Artist Talk

    Held at 6pm, September 20, 2013

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    John Hendrix givng a class visit

    Vida Lautner:
    Works on Paper

    July 15 – September 8, 2013

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    Cook, by JooHee Yoon, Screenprint, 2013

    Vida Lautner (1885–1978) was truly a modern Renaissance woman, well versed in several humanities including design, history, architecture, music, painting and sculpture. She is perhaps most well known as the mother of the iconic California-based mid-century modern architect John Lautner (1911-1994). The DeVos Art Museum and Marquette Regional History Center presented exhibitions of his work and life in 2011. In addition to raising and being a major influence on her family, Vida was also an extremely active designer and painter. In 1906 she received a Life Teacher’s certificate from Northern State Normal School (now Northern Michigan University) and would return later to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1924. In the 1920s and 1930s, she spent time in the burgeoning art scene in New York’s Greenwich Village and took courses at the School of Fine and Applied Arts (now Parson’s School of Design). She received numerous awards for her designs and exhibited her work around the region including the Detroit Institute of Arts.

    Vida and her husband, John Lautner Sr., built a home near campus (completed 1912) with Vida working closely with New Jersey architect Joy Wheeler Dow. The Lautners would later build a family camp on Lake Superior, called Midgaard (completed 1927), with the design and furnishings solely created by Vida. After John Lautner Sr. died in 1942, Vida moved to Chicago, but would spend summers in Marquette. Her painting styles were influenced by her travels and openness to experimentation. This exhibition presents a range of paintings from all periods of her life, demonstrating the influence of modernism and abstraction in her work.

    For nearly two years the DeVos Art Museum has been working with the Lautner family to catalogue this impressive collection of more than an estimated 1,000 paintings. This exhibition presents a rare opportunity to see several hundred pieces together as community volunteers and NMU students continue photographing and cataloguing the collection, which is on long-term loan to the museum.

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    Untitled, Date Unknown, Vida Lautner
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    NORTH OF THE 45TH PARALLEL
    ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBITION

    June 7 – August 4, 2013

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    Sixth Annual
    North of the 45th Parallel Juried Exhibition

    The North of the 45th is an annual juried exhibition of artists living in the geographical area north of the 45th parallel in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. This line is known as the halfway point between the Equator and the North Pole, and crossing this line from the south is often associated with being “up north.” The exhibition showcases the breadth and depth of artists living in this upper Midwest region from both rural and urban areas. Each year a different juror is asked to select pieces for the exhibition from an open call for entries. This year’s juror selected 53 artists from a diverse field of 205 submissions.

    This year’s artists include: Janel Anderson, Ty Aymond, Richard Barlow, Lisa Bergh, Gregg Bruff, Catherine Brunet, Gloria DeFilipps Brush, Betsy Byers, Ginnie Cappaert, Edwin Carter, Todd Carter, Zach Collins and Ted Tollefson, Kathleen Conover, Joan G. Cox, Teresa Cox, Andrea Leila Denecke, Kelly Dorman, Preston Drum, Travis Erickson, Michael Friend, Lindsy Halleckson, Keith Holmes, Steven Hughes, Larsen Husby, K. Carlton Johnson, Emily Gray Koehler, Joyce Koskenmaki, Matthew Krousey, Pepe Kryzda and Maria Cristina Tavera in collaboration with ArtOrg, Christine Lenzen, Michael Letts, Mary Lingen, David Luke, Corbin Lutz, Shawn Malone, Adam McCauley, Andrew Nordin, Bernard Park, Lacey Prpić Hedtke, Paul Rose, Christy Schwartz, Michael R. Smith, Jr., Sean Smuda, Dave Tilton, Amy Toscani, Georgi Tsenov, Zerek Twede, Pamela Valfer, Paul Varga, Jeff Wetzig and Candace Zebell.

    This year’s exhibition is juried by Mason Riddle, a writer based in Saint Paul, Minnesota who has published widely on the visual arts, architecture and design. Recent publications include Artforum, Architectural Record, Ceramics: Art & Perception, Dwell, Metalsmith, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Rain Taxi, Sculpture Magazine, Surface Design and Walker Art Center Magazine. Her catalogue essay on new prints by Willie Cole was published in September 2012 by Highpoint Press, Minneapolis. Recent blogs for Metropolis Magazine feature a Q & A with Andrew Blauvelt, the architecture and design curator at the Walker, and a memorial tribute to the architect Lisl Close. Riddle recently organized an exhibition of photographs by Twin Cities artist Tucker Hollingsworth which explore the digital concept called "camera noise." Riddle is the former director of MN Percent for Art in Public Places program and interim director of The Goldstein Museum of Design. She has a M.A. in Art History and Museum Practice from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and a B.A. in Art History and Studio Arts from Denison University, Granville, OH.

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    John Hubbard:
    Looking Back

    April 1 – July 7, 2013

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    Close up of a piece in the exhibition.

    John Hubbard is known in the region as a prolific oil painter, capturing the natural light and rugged outdoors the Upper Midwest is known for. Hubbard is also an accomplished printmaker and papermaker, specializing in lithography and intaglio. This exhibition celebrates Hubbard’s work through a retrospective of paintings, drawings and works on paper made by the artist over his career.

    Originally from New York state, Hubbard has been living in the Upper Peninsula since 1969. He received a BFA from Boston University and a MFA from Syracuse University. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Michigan Creative Artist Grant, an artist residency at Isle Royale, and has had work in over 200 juried exhibitions with 21 one-man shows throughout the Midwest and Canada. He has work in the collections of Dow Chemical Company, Michigan Bell Telephone Company, Mabel Larson Drawing Collection, Neville Public Museum and 20 other permanent collections.

    Professor Hubbard has been teaching painting and printmaking at Northern Michigan University for over forty years. He has been integral in the growth of the School of Art and Design, having taught and mentored many students during his time there. A special concurrent exhibition will take place at the DeVos Art Museum featuring artwork made by former students of Hubbard from all time periods of his career.

    This exhibition is made possible with the support of the John X. and June A. Jamrich Endowment.

    Exhibition tour led by the artist: Thursday, June 13, 7:00pm.

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    Annual Marquette County
    Children’s Exhibition

    May 6 – 26, 2013

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    Featuring artwork made by students from area schools including, Powell Township, Cherry Creek, Sandy Knoll, Superior Hills, Crossroads Christian Academy, Northstar Academy, Father Marquette, Lakeview, Aspen Ridge and Bothwell.

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    Winter 2013 Senior Exhibition

    April 17 – May 3, 2013

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    Graduating Seniors present their work from all areas of the School of Art and Design including ceramics, drawing/ painting, digital cinema, electronic imaging, furniture design, graphic communication, human centered design, illustration, jewelry/metals/blacksmithing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and woodworking.

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    reGeneration2

    February 25 - April 7, 2013

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    reGeneration2:
    Tomorrow’s Photographers Today

    What are young photographers up to in the twenty-first century? How do they see the world? How much do they respect, build on, or reject tradition? As the digital revolution continues its relentless advance, demolishing longstanding practices in every domain of our field, curiosity builds as to how the new generation of photographers will operate. The reGeneration project—the broadest and most enterprising survey of its kind—set out in 2005 to discover answers to these intriguing questions, while revealing emerging photography in wide-ranging fashion. Following on the success of the original exhibition, which was shown in ten different cities across North America, Europe, and Asia, the latest edition turns the spotlight on eighty up-and-coming talents from thirty countries.

    The Musée de l’Elysée selected the most promising candidates from some seven-hundred entries submitted by 120 of the world’s top photography schools. reGeneration2 showcases the inspiring creativity and ingenuity of photographers at the outset of their careers, as they navigate in the fast-moving currents of the second decade of the twenty-first century. Curated by William A. Ewing and Nathalie Herschdorfer. Produced by the Musee de l’Elysee, Lausanne, in collaboration with the Aperture Foundation, New York, with the support of Pro Helvetia and the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York.

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    artLAB II : programmed
    by NMU student groups

    January 18 - March 24, 2013

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    artLAB II : programmed by NMU School of Art and Design student groups

    artLAB is an ongoing series of exhibitions featuring artwork and projects proposed by students from the NMU School of Art and Design. The 2013 iteration of artLAB features the student organizations in the School of Art and Design. All exhibitions and programs take place in the rear gallery, which will be divided into four mini-exhibition spaces. The exhibitions are split into two parts:

    Part 1: January 18 - February 24 Opening reception (double reception with Faculty Exhibition): Friday, January 18, 6-8pm

    Gallery One: American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Återvinna: An educational installation about the consumption of plastic in the United States.

    Gallery Two: Student Illustrator Syndicate: Big Adventures: a collaborative and performative illustration experiment.

    Gallery Three and Four: Mudslingers: A changing installation of ceramic pieces featuring daily live glazing performances/demonstrations by students.

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    Part 2: February 28 - March 24 Closing reception (with a live music performance by the Terminal Orchestra): Friday, March 22, 6-8pm

    Gallery One: Student Photographic Society: Light, in Memoriam: a multi-media installation of "outsourced" objects and photographs made in collaboration with students and strangers.

    Gallery Two: Blockheads: Make Your Own Furniture Workshop : Visitors are asked to make a piece of furniture using the provided parts and elements. Take a photo for an archive that will be created on the walls of the gallery.

    Gallery Three: Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA): PUSH : create your own environment using prefabricated, moveable walls.

    Gallery Four: Art Students' League: So, Two Pollocks Walk Into an Art Gallery...featuring individual and collaborative work by Brendan Solinski (furniture) and Stephen Smolinski (drawing/painting).

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    NMU Art and Design
    Faculty Biennial

    January 18 - February 17, 2013

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    NMU School of Art and Design
    Faculty Biennial

    Featuring work by Daric Christian, Michael Cinelli, Keith Ellis, Linda King-Ferguson, Christine Flavin, Kristine Granger, John Hubbard, Steven Hughes, Brian Kakas, Emily Lanctot, Stephan Larson, Christine Lenzen, Michael Letts, Jane Milkie, Peter Pless, Shravan Rajagopal, Julie Clark-Risak, Ed Risak, Ted Ross, Dennis Staffne, Tracy Wascom, Dale Wedig and Thomas Wolfe.

    Related event: Friday, February 8, 2pm Room AD165 Faculty Biennial : Reflections and Impressions Talk by Dr. Mitsutoshi Oba, NMU Assistant Professor of Art History

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    2012

    Fall 2012 Senior Exhibition

    November 28 – December 14, 2012

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    Graduating Seniors present their work from all areas of the School of Art and Design including ceramics, drawing/ painting, digital cinema, electronic imaging, furniture design, graphic communication, human centered design, illustration, jewelry/metals/blacksmithing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and woodworking.

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    Andrew Ranville:
    No Island is a Man

    September 14 – December 14, 2012

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    Part of an often-referenced 17th century prose states, “No man is an island entire of itself ... any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind”. The artist residency on Rabbit Island takes an opposing view. It is a view of just how insignificant mankind is. Immersed in the environment of Rabbit Island — its flora and fauna — I experience no mythical spirit or ethereal presence. I experience the island as the physical, tangible, and finite place it is and always will be.
    — Andrew Ranville

    The DeVos Art Museum is presenting the first of an annual series of exhibitions in partnership with the newly established Rabbit Island artist in residence program. The 91-acre Island is located in Lake Superior off the Keweenaw Peninsula and has never been developed with the exception of a small log structure built by a fisherman in the 1800s. Though the island itself is privately owned, the Keweenaw Land Trust holds the vast majority of the island’s development rights under conservation easement.

    After spending over a month on the island last summer, Michigan born and London-based artist Andrew Ranville will return to Rabbit Island to become the first official artist in residence, creating work for the exhibition at the DeVos Art Museum. The exhibition will contain photography, video, sculpture and sound recordings made by Ranville, giving a feel for what it might be like to spend an extended period of time on the island.

    After spending over a month on the island last summer, Michigan born and London-based artist Andrew Ranville will return to Rabbit Island to become the first official A full-color, fully illustrated catalogue will be published in conjunction with the exhibition with essays by writer and curator Nadim Samman, artist Andrew Ranville, Rabbit Island residency founder Rob Gorski and DeVos Art Museum director and curator Melissa Matuscak. A limited edition artifact kit will be available containing the exhibition catalogue with field recordings and photographs from the island. Sales of the kits will benefit the Keweenaw Land Trust and the Superior Watershed Partnership.

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    You Complete Me

    October 1 – November 11, 2012

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    You Complete Me: Mediating Relationships in Contemporary Art

    Friday, October 5, 2pm
    Artist’s talk with Atlanta-based photographer Jill Frank. More info: jillfrank.org

    Thursday, October 18
    8-9:30pm: Listening party with Chicago-based InCUBATE and special guest DJ Mr. E aka E-Dogz.
    10-Midnight: Dance party continues with Mr. E and InCUBATE at the Vera Bar, Downtown Marquette More info: incubate-chicago.org

    Saturday, October 20, 2pm
    Film screening of twohundredfiftysixcolors, a 16mm film composed of animated gifs, curated by Jason Lazarus and Eric Fleischauer. Discussion with the curators will follow the screening.
    More info: twohundredfiftysixcolors.com
    To view the post-screening discussion with the curators, please click here.

    Friday, October 26, 7pm
    An unveiling of reconfigured furniture pieces by NMU students and local community participants, from a project led by John Preus. Chicago based band the New Material (John Preus, Leroy Bach, Tadd Cowen, and Mikel Patrick Avery) will perform using musical instruments and technology based upon defunct furniture parts. Click here to see the performance.

    Thursday, November 8, 7-8pm
    Poetry reading and open mic hosted by Andrea Scarpino Andrea Scarpino is a poet and author of The Grove Behind (2009). She is the Creative Dissertation Coordinator at Union Institute and University's Cohort Ph.D. Program in Interdisciplinary Studies. Scarpino will be reading selections inspired by visual art which will be followed by a poetry open mic (note: 3-5 minute limit on open mic). More info: andreascarpino.com

    Mediate is defined as an intervention to bring about resolution. While we often think about mediation involving a dispute or argument, this exhibition looks at the idea more broadly. The artists and pieces represented intervene by directly and indirectly engaging with other people in the creation of the work. It is only with the involvement of others, either in the making of or the display of the work, that the work can be fully completed. The artists, or the artwork, then become mediators, asking the participant/viewer to negotiate their perspective by becoming part of the work. Featuring work by Jill Frank, InCUBATE, Jason Lazarus, Nikki S. Lee, David Parker, Adrian Piper, John Preus and Jon Rafman. Also featuring a performance by New Material (John Preus, Leroy Bach, Tadd Cowen and Mikel Patrick Avery). A full-color fully illustrated catalogue will be available with essays by Chicago-based research group InCUBATE and DeVos Art Museum curator Melissa Matuscak.

    To download a PDF of the catalogue click here.

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    UP Focus:
    Lundeen and Smith

    August 17 – September 14, 2012

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    UP Focus: John Lundeen and Theresa Smith

    The UP: FOCUS series is an annual exhibition highlighting artists who live in or are heavily influenced by the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. John Lundeen (AuTrain, MI and Marfa, TX) and Theresa Smith (Marquette, MI) both find inspiration in natural environments whether the expanses of the Lake Superior shoreline or the minutiae of plant life. Meditations on nature combine with man-made objects to juxtapose the complex and imperfect relationship between humans and their surroundings.

    John Lundeen managed an architectural design firm for nearly thirty years before retiring to AuTrain, Michigan where he splits his time with Marfa, Texas. Theresa Smith is based in Marquette, Michigan and has participated in residencies and exhibitions nationally and internationally.

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    What's Old is Contemporary

    January 13 - August 19, 2012

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    What's Old is Contemporary:
    Selections from the Permanent Art Collection

    The Devos Art Museum’s permanent art collection has numerous examples of artworks that are inspired by history in multiple ways. This exhibition presents an eclectic selection of work that explores the dialogue contemporary art engages in with history. Using sub categories of media, process, and content, the exhibitions shows how this dialogue plays out in visual culture. Featuring work in a range of media including painting, illustration, photography, sculpture, metals, ceramics, and animation and from a range of time periods from Pre-Columbian pottery to a recent production of an Eero Saarinen Tulip chair. From April 26 - August 19, a mini-exhibition of early 1900's travel photography taken by Marquette's Longyear family during a trip to Europe, will be on display. This marks the beginning of an ongoing research project into the collection and will be co-curated by DeVos Art Museum interns.

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    North of the 45th Parallel Annual Juried Exhibition

    June 15 - August 5, 2012

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    North of the 45th Parallel Annual Upper Midwest Juried Art Exhibition

    Reception: Friday, June 15, 6-8pm With live music by Kerry Yost and The Chanteymen and a special one-night art performance by Emily Lanctot.

    The North of the 45th is an annual juried exhibition of artists living North of the 45th Parallel from Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Each year a different juror from outside of the area, but within the Midwest, is asked to select pieces for the exhibition from an open call for entries. The jury process is anonymous and based on image, title, media and dimensions. This year's exhibition is juried by Wally Mason, director of the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

    Artists include: Don Albrecht (Bayfield, WI), Stephanie Bajema (Marquette, MI), Kellie Barry-Angeli (Marquette, MI), Catherine Brunet (Marquette, MI), Wade Buck (Marquette, MI), Tom Cappuccio (Marquette, MI), Jessica Caverly (Marquette, MI), Debra Charlesworth (Houghton, MI), Griffin Christensen (Indian River, MI), Tomas Co (Hancock, MI), Madeline Crew (St. Paul, MN), Jonas Criscoe (Minneapolis, MN), Kim Dane (Marquette, MI), Stacy Vaughn Davis (Republic, MI), Gloria DeFilipps Brush (Duluth, MN), Donna DeLoughary (Marquette, MI), Joseph Donna (Alpena, MI), Sandra Dowd (Minneapolis, MN), Tim Flannery (Ishpeming, MI), Kelly Franzmann (Marquette, MI), Jerry Allen Gilmore (St. Paul, MN), Greg Green (Calumet, MI), Tim Gruber (Minneapolis, MN), Marcia Haffmans (Minneapolis, MN), Selena Hautamaki (Skandia, MI), Steven Hughes (Marquette, MI), Brian Kakas (Marquette, MI), Jess Kane (Calumet, MI), Linda King Ferguson (AuTrain, MI), Steve Larson (Marquette, MI), Michael Letts (Negaunee, MI), Amy Long (Traverse City, MI), John Lundeen (Munising, MI), Meredith Lynn (Moorhead, MN), Andrew Manty (Ishpeming, MI), Andy Mattern (Minneapolis, MN), Kim Matthews (Minneapolis, MN), Margo McCafferty & Tom Rudd (Calumet, MI), Adam McCauley (Duluth, MN), Camilla Mingay (Marquette, MI), Eric Munch (Calumet, MI), Rosa Musket (Marquette, MI), Marjorie O'Brien (Marquette, MI), Terra Rathai (Minneapolis, MN), Ted Ross (Marquette, MI), Grant M. Ryan (Marquette, MI), Elaine E. Simmons (Marquette, MI), Ellen Fitzgerald Skoro (Minneapolis, MN), Dana Stine (Marquette, MI), John Terwilliger (Minneapolis, MN), Tracy Wascom (Marquette, MI), John Wells (Hastings, MN), Thomas Zanz (Indian River, MI)

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    KIDS ART 2012

    May 7 – 27, 2012

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    Annual Marquette County Children's Exhibition

    Reception: Friday, May 11, 6-9pm

    Featuring artwork and art projects created by grade school children from area schools in Marquette County.

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    Winter 2012 Senior Exhibition

    April 18 – May 4, 2012

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    Reception: Friday, May 4, 2012

    Graduating Seniors present their work from all areas of the School of Art and Design including ceramics, drawing/ painting, digital cinema, electronic imaging, furniture design, graphic communication, human centered design, illustration, jewelry/metals/blacksmithing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and woodworking.

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    UP Focus:
    Susanne K., Carol P. and Russ P.

    March 2 – April 8, 2012

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    UP Focus: Susanne Kilpela, Carol Phillips and Russ Prather

    Exhibition tour by the artists: Friday, April 6, 6:00pm, followed by a closing reception until 8pm

    The UP: FOCUS series is an annual exhibition highlighting artists who live in or are heavily influenced by the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Susanne Kilpela, Carol Phillips and Russell Prather walk the line between abstraction and representation through imagined scenery and narratives that feel foreign but equally inviting. A sense of wonder and mystery can be found in both two and three dimensions, balancing the light and dark sides of human nature and imagination.

    Susanne Kilpela is based in Hancock where she teaches in the Michigan Tech Visual and Performing Arts Department. Carol Phillips is based in Marquette where she is Director of the Liberty Children’s Art Project in Big Bay and Curator at the Marquette Arts and Culture Center. Russell Prather is also based in Marquette, where he is Professor of English at Northern Michigan University.

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    FAX

    January 13 – February 26, 2012

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    Curated by João Ribas; co-organized with The Drawing Center, New York and Independent Curators International, New York.

    JFAX is an evolving exhibition that started in New York in 2009, and continues to be reconfigured, expanded, and localized as it is presented in venues worldwide. FAX invites artists, architects, designers, scientists, and filmmakers to think of the fax machine as a drawing tool. The first iteration of the exhibition featured a core of works by nearly 100 artists, including seminal examples of early telecommunications art.

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    2011

    SCHOOL OF ART & DESIGN
    FALL SENIOR EXHIBITION

    November 30 – December 16, 2011

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    EXHIBITION TITLE:
    NEGATIVE SPACE

    Graduating Seniors present their work from all areas of the School of Art and Design including ceramics, drawing/ painting, digital cinema, electronic imaging, furniture design, graphic communication, human centered design, illustration, jewelry / metals / blacksmithing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and woodworking.

    Negative Space: Fall 2011 Senior Exhibition Poster

    John Lautner:
    A Life in Architecture

    August 19 – November 13, 2011

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    Marquette-born and NMU alumnus John Lautner (1911-1994) is considered one of the visionary architects of the twentieth century. Lautner received a liberal arts degree from Northern Michigan University before leaving to study with Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin. He settled in Los Angeles where he became well known for designing innovative structures, particularly residential buildings that demonstrated a true sensitivity to location, space, structure and the wishes and needs of the clients he worked with. Lautner received the Gold Medal of the American Institutes of Architects in 1993. This exhibition highlights a range of Lautner's residential architectural styles throughout his career through drawings, floorplans, models, photography and video. A series of special events will take place in September – November to celebrate one of Marquette's most successful citizens.

    Chemosphere (1958-1960), Los Angeles, CA
    Photo: Joshua White / JWPictures.com

    NORTH OF THE 45TH PARALLEL
    ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBITION

    January 13 – February 23, 2011

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    Annual Upper Midwest Juried Art Exhibition Open to all artists in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin living North of the 45th parallel. Juried by Lisa Stone, curator of the Roger Brown Study Collection at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

    Artists include: Neil Ahrens (Harbor Springs, MI) Roberta Allen (Minneapolis, MN) Philip Anderson (Brooklyn Center, MN) Marilyn Annin (Land O' Lakes, WI) Steve Bardolph (Duluth, MN) Catherine Benda (Atlantic Mine, MI) Clay Booth (Ishpeming, MI) Ritch Branstrom (Rapid River, MI) Gregg Bruff (Munising, MI) Edwin Carter (Marquette, MI) Elizabeth Danko (Marquette, MI) Brent Erickson (Duluth, MN) Zach Gayk (Marquette, MI) Paul Goodrich (Marquette, MI) Carla Holmquist (Taylors Falls, MN) Andrew Jensen (Marquette, MI) Susanne Kilpela (Hancock, MI) Bonnie Kreger (Marquette, MI) Michael Letts (Negaunee, MI) David Luke (Minneapolis, MN) Adam McCauley (Duluth, MN) Darrin Moir (Marquette, MI) Tamara Lee Niemi (Ishpeming, MI) Steven J. Read (Duluth, MN) Nicole Roberts Hoiland (St. Peter, MN) Ann Russ (Marquette, MI) Ellen Fitzgerald Skoro (Minneapolis, MN) Patty Smith (Interlochen, MI) Joe Sobel (Iron Mountain, MI) Hope Thier (Moorhead, MN) Jeanne Tubman (Sault Ste. Marie, MI) Steve Wahlstrom (Marquette, MI) Tracy Wascom (Marquette, MI) Angela Wesselman-Pierce (Ishpeming, MI)

    Brochure designed by Christina Turman

    Loose Connections:
    A Love Story

    June 3 – July 17, 2011

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    Chicago-based artist Judith Brotman will present new work in the form of an installation of stitched paper. These objects hover between sculpture and drawing and present themselves between the polarities of delicate and menacing. Brotman received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she is currently an adjunct assistant professor. (rear gallery)

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    Transiessence:
    from the Salone Satellite Exhibition

    June 3 - July 17, 2011

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    Transiessence: work by NMU School of Art and Design Students from the Salone Satellite Exhibition

    In April 2011, seventeen junior and senior Human-Centered Design students exhibited their prototypes in Milan, Italy as part of the prestigious Salone Satellite, an international exhibition of young, noteworthy designers. Northern Michigan University was invited to participate as one of seventeen design schools from around the world to exhibit their works to an audience of approximately 400,000 designers, architects, gallery owners, manufacturers and press. The themed project "Transiessence", developed by Professor Peter Pless, challenged students to reconsider the definition of sustainability within the domestic context. The students involved were responsible for not only developing the concept and design, but also producing a show quality prototype that would be on display in Milan for six days. Aside from developing their own designs, the group collaborated throughout the winter semester to plan the layout of the 24' x 12' exhibition space, construct three large shipping crates, and design the graphics for promotional materials and a website. This special exhibition features the prototypes that were on display in Milan. More information can be found here: www.nmusalonesatellite.com

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    Annual Marquette County
    Children's Exhibition

    May 2 – May 21, 2011

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    Featuring artwork and art projects created by grade school children from area schools in Marquette County.

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    Spheres of Inspiration:
    DeVos Art Museum Permanent Collection

    April 13 – May 21, 2011

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    Over twenty-five years ago the DeVos Art Museum established a permanent art collection through gifts from generous donors such as Ralph and Ann Secord; Arthur Bennett; Everett and Elizabeth Losey and a number of regional artists. Since then the collection has grown to over 1,200 objects in a range of media and time periods. Some areas of the collection include 20th Century illustration; 20th Century design; art and artifacts from Japan, Inuit and Native American cultures and contemporary art from regional artists.

    The museum welcomes over 10,000 visitors each year, including NMU students, faculty and staff; tourists on vacation; over 1,000 school children during docent-led tours; and our own Upper Peninsula community of artists. This exhibition explores how the museum’s collection inspires and educates our visitors. Four local artists, Linda King Ferguson, Diane Kordich, Michael Letts and Diana Magnuson were asked to select up to five pieces from the collection that inspire them. In addition, the artists were invited to display up to five of their own artworks alongside their selections.

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    Winter 2011 Senior Exhibition:
    Apparitions

    April 13 – April 29, 2011

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    Graduating Seniors present their work from all areas of the School of Art and Design including ceramics, drawing/ painting, digital cinema, electronic imaging, furniture design, graphic communication, human centered design, illustration, jewelry/metals/blacksmithing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and woodworking.

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    UP FOCUS:
    Ryan Brayak and Emily Lanctot

    February 25 – April 3, 2011

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    The UP: FOCUS series is an annual exhibition highlighting artists who live in or are heavily influenced by the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Ryan Brayak is based in Escanaba and graduated from the University of Michigan Architecture School. He is founder of Rock Elements where has been designing and fabricating concrete projects for over ten years. Emily Lanctot grew up in the Keweenaw Peninsula and recently received an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She currently lives in Marquette where she is an adjunct professor of art at Northern Michigan University.

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    artLAB:
    An Exhibition Experiment

    January 14 - March 27, 2011

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    During the Winter 2011 semester, the DeVos Art Museum is literally interpreting its mission statement of being a "learning laboratory" for NMU. During this time the back gallery of the museum will be divided into four smaller spaces with each "mini-space" programmed separately. Projects will include short-run exhibitions and special projects proposed and/or curated by faculty and students from the School of Art and Design.


    Gallery One:
    January 14 – February 11
    Tactile, curated by the NMU student chapter of the Industrial Designers Society of America

    February 18 – March 11
    YouTube, curated by Melissa Matuscak and Dylan Evans Weiler

    March 11 – March 27
    I Know What Art Is and I Know What It Isn’t, curated by Sean Stimac


    Gallery Two:
    January 14 – January 28
    Non-Sequitur, paintings by NMU student Rob Campbell

    January 28 – February 11
    N. Cecelia Kettunen, A selection of letters and restored paintings from the archive of N. Cecelia Kettunen/NMU permanent art collection

    February 11 – February 28
    Untitled, curated by the NMU student chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design

    February 28 – March 14
    The Anatomy of a Cell: Whimsical Vision, paintings by NMU student Carolyn Snyder

    March 14 – March 27
    selections of student works from the digital cinema program, curated by Daric Christian


    Gallery Three:
    January 14 – January 21
    selections of student works from AD160: Physical Structures and Concepts, curated by Kristine Granger

    January 21 – February 4
    Tableau selections of student works from AD417: Photography Seminar, curated by Christine Flavin

    February 4 – February 11
    Duality of Hope and Forsakenness, works by NMU students Brady Nelson and Zach Hall

    February 11 – February 18
    works by NMU students James Nelson and Katie Ohlson

    February 18 – February 25
    Great Expectations…and Then Some, works by NMU students Sig From, Patty Gagnon and Barbara Summersett

    February 25 – March 11
    selections of student work from AD467: Electronic Imaging: BFA Seminar, curated by Stephan Larson

    March 11 – March 18
    mixed-media installation by NMU student Paul Goodrich

    March 18 – March 27
    recent works by Reneé Kirchenwitz-Moore, curated by NMU student Christopher Moore

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    NMU Art and Design
    Faculty Biennial

    January 14 - February 13, 2011

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    This exhibition features recent works by full time and adjunct faculty in the School of Art and Design. Featuring a diverse range of media and concepts, this exhibition highlights the talent of School's artists, designers and historians. Artists include Daric Christian, Michael Cinelli, Julie Clark-Risak, Keith Ellis, Christine Flavin, Kristine Granger, John Hubbard, Diane Jarvi, Robert LaLonde, Stephan Larson, Bill Leete, Yvonne Lemire, Michael Letts, Steve Leuthold, Mitsutoshi Oba, James Phegan, Peter Pless, Ed Risak, Jane Shellenbarger, Tracy Wascom, Dale Wedig, and Tom Wolfe.


    Related Events:
    Friday, January 14, 6-8pm: opening reception
    January 28, Artist's Talk by Kristine Granger (School of Art and Design Room 165)
    February 11, 2pm: Talk by art history professor Mitsutoshi Oba, “Site of Vision: A Glance at the Faculty Exhibition 2011” (School of Art and Design Room 165)


    Film Screening: Scrappers
    February 7, screening at 6:30pm, Mead Auditorium at NMU

    Scrappers follows two Chicago families who make ends meet using brains, brawn, and bat­tered pickup trucks. Shot in vérité style, the film focuses on work: finding metals; raising chil­dren; understanding the city. The film questions popular notions of poverty, race relations, and recycling and examines dreams of personal self-sufficiency and urban sustainability.

    Arriving from Honduras, Oscar found scrapping more enriching than other occupations open to undocumented immigrants. He searches alleys 14 hours a day to support his undocumented wife and American-born son. Yet without a driver's license or insurance, Oscar's trucks breakdown or disappear to the impound lot. Police run-ins leave him conflicted over which might be the lesser of two evils, deportation or remaining trapped in the land of opportunity.

    Otis, age 73 and proud father of 12, learned scrapping over 40 years ago. With help from his third wife and her son, he searches out metal from appliances and garages, enabling them to escape a decrepit public housing project. Even in the face of slumlords and brain surgery, Otis' wisdom and hustle light the way towards stability. But when the financial collapse causes metal prices to plummet, he faces near insurmountable obstacles to starting over. Scrappers tackles the geography of a still-segregated city, the hidden lives of undocumented immigrants, and the complex economics of recycling through an examination of daily life. The story is propelled by Chicago musician Frank Rosaly's percussive score.

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    2010

    School of Art & Design
    Fall Senior Exhibition

    November 24 – December 10, 2010

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    Post Vacancy: Fall 2010 Senior Exhibition

    Graduating Seniors present their work from all areas of the School of Art and Design including ceramics, drawing/ painting, digital cinema, electronic imaging, furniture design, graphic communication, human centered design, illustration, jewelry/metals/blacksmithing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and woodworking.

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    Recontextualizing Tibetan & Qiang Folk Craft

    August 20 – December 10, 2010

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    Recontextualizing Tibetan and Qiang Folk Craft: Artwork from Aba Teachers College, Sichuan, China

    This exhibition features over 70 artworks made by professors and students at Aba Teachers College, located in China's Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture. The College promotes the philosophy, "be rooted in national culture, apply theory into practice and promote teaching innovations," encouraging art students to learn traditional methods of Tibetan and Qiang folk art and handicraft. The Fine Arts Department reformed the fine arts education and design programs to incorporate traditional art making methods such as Tibetan and Qiang patterns, ornament and architecture through courses such as "The Design and Making of Tibetan and Qiang Tourist Handicraft". Students not only learn traditional methods and materials of art making; courses also integrate theories of current economic and marketing practices to allow students to understand an audience that is largely based in cultural tourism.

    In a region that is surrounded by rich history and a colorful folk culture, there is a need to preserve traditional culture while finding a way to subsist in an international market. The Aba Teacher's College has taken on the crucial responsibility of trying to balance these issues of economics with preservation. This issue was brought to light in the wake of a tragic earthquake on May 12, 2008, which registered 8.0 in magnitude, killing over 68,000 people. By including traditional art and craft practices into the curriculum the College hopes to support and preserve Tibetan and Qiang culture while preparing students to navigate the global art world.

    The Aba Teachers College was given an award for the best course at the provincial level by the Sichuan Provincial Department of Education. Students have participated in the Third Plateau Art Festival in Aba Prefecture, the First Panda Art Festival in Wenchuan, and won three gold medals, one silver medal, and four bronze medals in the Fourth Tourist Handicrafts Design Competition in Sichuan province, ranking the 4th among 49 colleges.

    This project is led by Professor Yang Ruihong, Vice-Dean of the Fine Arts Department, with Peng Daiming (Dean), Liu Xiaoping (Instructor), Tang Ping (Associate Professor), Wang Xuemei (Associate Professor), and Luo Xiaofei (Associate Professor) This exhibition is presented in collaboration with the International Programs Office at NMU, with additional support from Associate Professor of English at NMU Z. Z. Lehmberg. Programming is presented in collaboration with the UNITED Conference at NMU, taking place September 12-16. For more information visit www.nmu.edu/united.


    Friday, August 20, 6-8pm: Reception for the Artists

    Monday, September 13, 7pm
    Presentation by NMU graduate student and Sichuan Province native Jian Sha, about her experiences helping victims of the 2008 earthquake. Part of the UNITED conference at NMU. For more information on the UNITED Conference visit the UNITED webpage by clicking the link below.

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    A Unicorn Basking in the Light of Three Glowing Suns

    October 8 – November 14, 2010

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    A Unicorn Basking in the Light of Three Glowing Suns Curated by Anthony Elms and Philip von Zweck


    Related Events:
    Friday, October 8:
    5pm: Curator's Talk
    6-8pm: Public Reception
    7pm: performance piece by Zachary Cahill (Chicago, IL)
    8pm: music performance by the Terminal Orchestra (Marquette, MI)

    In a region that is surrounded by rich history and a colorful folk culture, there is a need to preserve traditional culture while finding a way to subsist in an international market. The Aba Teacher's College has taken on the crucial responsibility of trying to balance these issues of economics with preservation. This issue was brought to light in the wake of a tragic earthquake on May 12, 2008, which registered 8.0 in magnitude, killing over 68,000 people. By including traditional art and craft practices into the curriculum the College hopes to support and preserve Tibetan and Qiang culture while preparing students to navigate the global art world.

    Artists: AIDS 3D, TOPI/TOPY/Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Gary Cannone and Charles Irvin, Castillo/Corrales. Chances Dances, deluxe projects, Dexter Sinister, Renée Green, Shane Huffman, Matthew Metzger, Rebecca Morris, My Barbarian, Orson Panetti, Jon Rafman, John Russell, Steve Ruiz and Zachary Cahill

    TThis exhibition presents artists and artworks that navigate the intersections where bureaucratic information and fantasy define each other. Science fiction and other forms of speculative entertainment often posit a future or parallel world where nature, science and culture function according to different laws. Of course, in order for the audience to understand the nuances, differences and allusions to their own world, common tropes, structures and objects are required to recognize what is not of this world. The borders need to be readily legible in order for accepted notions to be placed in crisis.

    The clarity of information is often ridiculously humbled whenever new findings reveal the limitations of classification and the orderliness of fact is found too be more permeable than the press would have us believe. And as anyone with a passing knowledge of the science fiction, or really almost any genre, can attest often the road to otherworldly will be bogged down by the endless repletion of detail, factoids, technical minutiae and busywork. The artists or groups featured have each in their own way let it be known that statements of fact are not enough, and that fantasy never escapes the boundaries of what we can imagine.

    This world is trouble. We know it. We could spell out the why and how, but that tale would hardly result in any dream worth having. In 2008, when discussing artistic strategies that claim the political legacy of 1968, British artist Liam Gillick made the following observation: "for every artist' collective that offers information in lieu of a fourth estate no longer meeting its obligations, there is a small painting of a unicorn basking in the light of three glowing suns." This statement was the genesis for the exhibition. The jarring quality of this comparison is just how similar the two supposedly diametrically opposed poles seem. A Unicorn Basking in the Light of Three Glowing Suns addresses, sometimes passively and sometimes through negation, those things that socially construct desire. For where is ideology more blatant than in a dream?

    To which, we paraphrase a question posed by Chicago-based artist and activist Laurie Jo Reynolds: if a man falls down a well, do you write a poem about it or do you get him out of the well?

    Our response is clear: you refuse such reductive choices. You document and dream until somehow it is simply not possible to imagine a world where wells are not considered appropriate places in which a man should fall. What if, for example, the popular yet thread-worn mantra "there is freedom on this canvas", spoken often by television painting instructor Bob Ross, had transformative implications for your body and politics? Would you fill out all the forms to be a happy tree?

    Anthony Elms is a Chicago-based artist and writer. He is Editor of WhiteWalls, and Assistant Director of Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has curated numerous publications, musical compilations and art exhibitions at Gallery 400 and independently. Philip von Zweck is an artist whose practice primarily involves the organization of other artists work, including a weekly radio show, monthly apartment exhibits of other well-known and undiscovered artists, developing guest lectures and performing weddings. Von Zweck graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2004 and currently teaches at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He was the 2007 recipient of the Emerging Artist Award from the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

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    Niel Haapala:
    Illustrated Alger County Small Histories

    August 6 - September 26

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    Niel Haapala: An Illustrated History of Louds Spur and Other Small Histories from Alger County

    Alger County resident Niel Haapala spent much of his working days in the logging camps, where he learned to carve wood and paint from a German prisoner of war. However, it wasn't until Niel retired that he found his artistic calling. This exhibition will feature paintings and wood carvings the artist made to share stories, jokes and local history. Held in conjunction with the U.P. Folklife Festival and the Beaumier Heritage Center at NMU.

    After emigrating from Finland in 1914 at the age of five, Niel Haapala spent most of his youth and working life in the logging camps of Alger County, Michigan. One of these central Upper Peninsula camps, Louds Spur, operated for approximately thirty years at the turn of the century before closing down when the wood supply was exhausted. Haapala continued working in the logging camps, where in the 1940s a German prisoner of war taught him how to carve wood and draw. However, it wasn't until Niel retired that he found his artistic calling, creating numerous drawings, paintings, ceramic and wood sculptures. This exhibition will feature many pieces made to share stories and local histories, drawn from a sharp memory and a charismatic sense of humor.


    RELATED EVENTS:
    Saturday, September 11
    12pm: Woodcarving demonstration by Stuart Baird (Calumet, MI)
    1-3pm: Open House Reception and Family Day, with art activities for children of all ages.

    This exhibition and related programs are presented in conjunction with the Upper Peninsula Folklife Festival. The Festival is presented by the Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center at Northern Michigan University and is supported, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Nita Engle

    June 4 - August 8, 2010

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    Reception: Friday, June 4, 6-8pm, 2010

    Marquette native Nita Engle is internationally acclaimed as one of the “best watercolor landscape painters in the world today” according to the book, The Watercolor Landscape Techniques of 23 International Artists. After graduating from high school in Marquette, she attended Northern Michigan University and went on to study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She made her advertising career in Chicago and New York along with creating illustrations for a variety of publications including Readers Digest and Playboy. Mill Pond Press began publishing her prints in 1981, which provided her independence to paint for a living. Free to live anywhere, she returned to Marquette’s Lake Superior beach, which provides a backdrop for her studio. Her paintings reflect her love for the wilderness and beauty of nature and have also been inspired from the places she has taught workshops, ranging from Africa to Alaska, Italy to Indonesia, Thailand to Tahiti, and every state in the U.S. Her unique water- color techniques of throwing, squirting, pouring and spraying are legendary and have been the subject of books and videos. This retrospective exhibition features over 20 original paintings from private and public collections, as well as Engle’s studio. With the artist’s emphasis on process, the exhibition also features in-progress paintings in a “Corner Seminar” that highlights Engle’s ability to “make a watercolor paint itself.”

    An award-winning member of the American Watercolor Society since 1969, Engle has received numerous accolades including the cover of American Artist Magazine’s “Artist of the Year” issue in 1984. Her sold-out book, How to Make a Watercolor Paint Itself, is considered a ‘bible’ for many watercolor artists. She was the subject of a PBS documentary, “Wilderness Palette: Nita Engle in Michigan”. The Society of Illustrators in New York showcased Engle’s art alongside other notable artists such as Winslow Homer, N.C. Wyeth and Norman Rockwell in an exhibition titled, “200 Years of American Painters.” Recently, Engle represented the United States as one of only 20 artists exhibiting at the “International Waters” event in Taipei, Republic of China. Presently, her art is being exhibited in the Second Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary International Watermedia Masters in China. Engle was awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree by Northern Michigan University in 1986.

    NORTH OF THE 45TH PARALLEL
    ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBITION

    June 4 - July 23, 2010

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    Juried by John McKinnon, former Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Milwaukee Art Museum
    This years artists include:
    Don Albrecht, Bayfield, WI
    Clay Booth, Ishpeming, MI
    Linda J. Brown, Bemidji, MN
    Tom Buchkoe, Marquette, MI
    Ginnie Cappaert, Stephenson, MI
    Edwin Carter, Marquette, MI
    Kathleen Conover, Marquette, MI
    Erik Coursey, Skandia, MI
    Carey Dean, St. Paul, MN
    Amy Fichter, Menominee, WI
    Kristina Fjellman, Minneapolis, MN
    Christine Flavin, Marquette, MI
    Margie Guyot, Ellsworth, MI
    Marcia Haffmans, Minneapolis, MN
    Christpher Hagen, Spooner, WI
    Erin Hernsberger, Minneapolis, MN
    Emily Lanctot, Marquette, MI
    Matthew Lawler, Minneapolis, MN
    Michael Letts, Negaunee, MI
    Erik Lewandowski, Iron Mountain, MI
    Amy Long, Traverse City, MI
    Mark Mitchell, Marquette, MI
    Eric Munch, Calumet, MI
    Carol Phillips, Marquette, MI
    Jake Rennaker, Brainerd, MN
    CB Sherlock, Minneapolis, MN
    Theresa Smith, Marquette, MI
    Joseph Sobel, Iron Mountain, MI
    Eun-Kyung Suh, Duluth, M

    Annual Marquette County
    Children's Exhibition

    Through May 22, 2010

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    Reception: May 14, 6-9pm

    Featuring artwork and art projects created by grade school children from area schools, including Graveraet, Sandy Knoll, Cherry Creek and Superior Hills (Marquette); Father Marquette (Marquette); Powell Township/LCAP (Big Bay); Lakeview (Negaunee); Aspen Ridge (N.I.C.E. Community Schools) and Gwinn Area Community Schools (Gwinn). This exhibition is sponsored by Target.

    MOSTLY MICHIGAN:
    the photography of
    D. James Galbraith

    January 4 – May 16, 2010

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    MOSTLY MICHIGAN presents 55 vintage black and white photographs by D. James Galbraith that capture the everyday lives of people in Michigan and Ireland. Galbraith (1930-2002) had an extensive career that began as a United States Air Force photographer and continued as a photojournalist for numerous newspapers in Lower Michigan. The photographs and oral histories of Jim and Susan Galbraith earned their published book, “Hartland: Change in the Heart of America”, a Pulitzer Prize nomination for documentary literature in 1985.

    The majority of the photographs in the exhibition concentrate on Galbraith’s work from the Hartland Project, where the artist documented the daily lives of people in the small town of Hartland, Michigan during the 1970s and 80s. Galbraith also traveled extensively, including trips through Ireland in 1970, 1978 and 1997, where he documented the lives of people across the country. The Ireland photographs were recently acquired by National Photographic Archives in Dublin, Ireland. Whether in Michigan or Ireland, Galbraith had a unique ability to capture the personalities and spirits by documenting the daily lives and landscapes where his subjects lived.

    MOSTLY MICHIGAN is co-curated by Melissa Matuscak, Director of the DeVos Art Museum and Susan Scott Galbraith, wife of D. James Galbraith, archivist and co-author of the Hartland Project.

    Friday, April 9, 2pm,
    Room AD165
    Guest Lecture by Christine Flavin,
    NMU assistant professor of photography Christine Flavin will give a talk on the history of social documentary photography. The lecture will provide a brief overview beginning with Henry Mayhew's London Labour and the London Poor of 1840 to Abu Ghraib of 2004, with a focus on how the portrayal of the under privileged has changed in the post colonial political arena with digital and cell phone camera technology.

    Winter 2010
    Senior Exhibition

    April 14 - April 30, 2010

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    Northern Michigan University School of Art and Design Senior Exhibition

    Closing Reception April 30, 7-9 p.m.

    Graduating Seniors present their work from all areas of the School of Art and Design including ceramics, drawing/ painting, digital cinema, electronic imaging, furniture design, graphic communication, human centered design, illustration, jewelry/metals/blacksmithing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and woodworking.

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    HiroKazu Fukawa

    February 25 – April 4, 2010

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    Opening reception: Friday, February 26, 6-8pm

    Fukawa’s work focuses on his journey deep into the story of his father. Fukawa’s father was a soldier in the Japanese army during World War II. He was a sniper. Near the end of the war, his commander replaced each soldier’s rifle with a land mine and ordered them to suicide bomb an enemy’s tank. No tank approached, and when the war ended, Fukawa’s father was sent to a POW camp in Siberia, where he spent most of his young manhood. As a youth, Fukawa learned bits and pieces of his reticent father’s past, but not the whole story. Four years ago, Fukawa decided to find out more with the intention of using what he learned for a new art exhibition. He went on two research trips. The first trip was to Japan and Northeastern China, where his father spent his youth and fought during World War II. The second trip was to Siberia. Fukawa’s original intention was to create a riddle for the viewer out of his father’s past, and to explore the connections his own father’s story had to those of modern suicide bomber attacks. Fukawa received a BA in Social Science from Waseda University, Tokyo, and a diploma in Graphic Design from Junior College of Musashino Art University, Tokyo and an MFA in Sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design. He is currently an associate professor of art at the University of Hartford in Hartford, Connecticut.

    Related Events:
    Artist’s Talk: Friday, February 26, 4:30pm, Room AD165
    Opening reception: Friday, February 26, 6-8pm

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    Erica Lord:
    simulacrum & subversion

    January 14 – February 14, 2010

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    Erica Lord (Athabaskan/Iñupiaq) was born in Alaska, but abiding to her cultural tradition of nomadic living, has spent her years bouncing both physically and metaphorically between her home village in Alaska and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. An interdisciplinary artist, Lord explores the ideas and concepts that grow from the experience of living with a multi-faced identity. Lord explores race, ethnicity, gender, and memory, hoping that through generous doses of narcissism, she will find answers.

    Lord has exhibited in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (New York), Alaka Native Arts Foundation Gallery (Anchorage), Institute of American Indian Arts Museum (Santa Fe), 10th Havana Bienal (Havana, Cuba), Carl N. Gorman Museum at the University of California Davis, Musee du Quai Branly (Paris), and Schopf Gallery on Lake (Chicago). She received a B.A. from Carleton College (2001) and an MFA in Sculpture/Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2006). She is currently teaching in the art department at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

    The artist will lead a video storytelling workshop with Native American students in mid-January. The resulting video piece will be on display in the exhibition, and a catalogue about the workshop and exhibition will be published this spring.

    This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support provided by the Friends of the DeVos Art Museum.

    Related Events: Thursday, January 14, 6-8pm: opening reception Friday, January 15, 2pm, Room AD165: artist's talk

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    2009

    Fall 2009
    Senior Exhibition

    November 23 - December 11, 2009

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    Graduating Seniors present their work from all areas of the School of Art and Design including ceramics, drawing/ painting, digital cinema, electronic imaging, furniture design, graphic communication, human centered design, illustration, jewelry/metals/blacksmithing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and woodworking.

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    MARK MOTHERSBAUGH:
    POSTCARD DIARIES

    October 8 – November 14, 2009

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    Mark Mothersbaugh, of the 70s and 80s pop music phenomenon DEVO, has been making visual art since childhood, just after it was discovered that he was extremely nearsighted and legally blind. His first correctional glasses offered Mark a new view of the world, inspiring his obsession with imagery and illustrations. During his downtime on early worldwide tours with DEVO, he began illustrating on postcards to send to his friends, which he still creates, and has been creating every day for over 30 years; a very obsessive habit which still yields anywhere from 1 to 25 new images per day.

    Muerto Rayo, Mark Mothersbaugh

    Margot Bergman /
    Philip Hanson

    August 20 – September 26, 2009

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    Margot Bergman: Dancing with an Unknown Partner

    Philip Hanson:
    The Operatic Canvas

    In collaboration with Corbett vs. Dempsey Gallery in Chicago, two Chicago-based artists present past and present works in two separate solo exhibitions. Margot Bergman has been active in Chicago since the late 1950s. Her work revolves around two themes – found paintings that are partially repainted using surrealistic and often playful imagery; and post-apocalyptic or prehistoric topography populated by explosively animated creatures including rabbits, pigs, jackals, and birds.

    Philip Hanson has been an important figure on the Chicago art scene since working within the Imagist movement in the 1960s. Hanson's paintings are often vibrantly colored and intricately patterned, creating a visual world full of oblique, subtle, multilayered, and sometimes romantic shapes and symbols.

    Tell All the Truth (Dickinson), Phillip Hanson, 2008

    UP Focus:
    Ritch Branstrom and Joyce Koskenmaki

    Beginning July 13, 2009

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    The UP: FOCUS series is an annual exhibition highlighting artists who live in or are heavily influenced by the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This year’s exhibition features two artists who take inspiration from nature in very unique ways.
    Ritch Branstrom is based in Rapid River but his playful found object sculptures are seen in public places across the U.P.
    Joyce Koskenmaki, based in Hancock, creates drawings and oil paintings that are realistic in style yet hint towards something hidden or mystical. Curated by DeVos Art Museum Director Melissa Matuscak.


    Reception:
    July 16, 6-8pm,
    With live music by Dan Daniels and Friends

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    The North of the 45th

    May 25 - July 3, 2009

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    The North of the 45th is an annual juried exhibition of artists living North of the 45th Parallel from Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Each year a different juror from outside of the area, but within the Midwest, is asked to select pieces for the exhibition from an open call for entries. This year’s exhibition was juried by MaryAnn Wilkinson, a former curator of European modern art and contemporary art at the Detroit Institute of Arts. A Michigan native who was trained in the history of art at the University of Michigan, she has organized exhibitions and worked with artists for nearly thirty years. Now a Detroit-based independent curator and scholar, she is working on a book on outdoor sculpture.

    This years artists include:
    Hend Al Mansour, St. Paul MN
    Benjamin Andrews, Marquette, MI
    Pamela Ayres, Interlochen, MI
    Luke Barabe, Marquette, MI
    Ingrid Blixt, Escanaba, MI
    Ryan Brayak, Escanaba, MI
    Chevalier Daniel C. Boyer, Houghton, MI
    Edwin Carter, Marquette, MI
    Chaplin Cinelli, Marqutte, MI
    Kathleen Conover, Marquette, MI
    Cynthia Coté, Calumet, MI
    Jon Damaschke, Marinette, WI
    David G. Danielson, Roseau, MN
    Stacy Vaughn Davis, Republic, MI
    Jack Deo, Marquette, MI
    David Brian Dobbs, Minneapolis, MN
    Joseph M. Donna, Alpena, MI
    Scott Dupras, Marquette, MI
    Keith Ellis, Marquette, MI
    Christine Flavin, Marquette, MI
    Larry Godfrey, Gladstone, MI
    Anne Haara, Marquette, MI
    Levi Haske, Marquette, MI
    Melissa Hronkin, Mass City, M
    I John Hubbard, Gwinn, MI
    K. Carlton Johnson, Lake Linden, MI
    Caitlin Karolczak, Minneapolis, MN
    Jake Keeler, St. Paul, MN
    Connie Kerkove, Ironwood, MI
    Linda King-Ferguson, Au Train, MI
    Mary Klacza, Marquette, MI
    Marissa Krawczak, Marquette, MI
    Emily Lanctot, Marquette, MI
    Yvonne LeMire, Marquette, MI
    Michael Letts, Negaunee, MI
    Erik Lewandowski, Iron Mountain, MI
    Kaz McCue, Interlochen, MI
    Eric Munch, Calumet, MI
    Rosa Musket, Marquette, MI
    Marvin Niemi, Marquette, MI
    Zachary Niemi, Ishpeming, MI
    Kim Nixon, Marquette, MI
    Jeremy Oswald, Washburn, WI
    Bernard Park, Marquette, MI
    Samuel Pecard, Marinette, WI
    Russel Prather, Marquette, MI
    Shravan Rajagopal, Marquette, MI
    Doug Rassier, St. Joe, MN
    Kayla Rethwisch Pieper, Robbinsdale, MN
    Tamsie Ringler, Shafer, MN
    Rhett Roberts, Minneapolis, MN
    Paul Rosa, Garden, MI
    Rex Rule, Gwinn, MI
    Ann Russ, Marquette, MI
    Grant Ryan, Marquette, MI
    Steve Schlumpf, Marquette, MI
    Steve Schmunk, Marquette, MI
    David Sebberson, St. Cloud, MN
    Theresa Smtih, Marquette, MI
    Joe Sobel, Marquette, MI
    Dennis Staffne, Marquette, MI
    Kellie Stahl, Marquette, MI
    Sean Stimac, Marquette, MI
    Tonja Torgerson, Minneapolis, MN
    Mark VandenBosch, Marquette, MI
    Bill Wiard, Calumet, MI
    Cameron Wilcox, Marquette, MI
    Candace Zebel, Menominee, MI

    “Museum shows tend to be short on surprises these days. Most exhibitions are carefully organized around a theme, with works neatly fitted together like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, to illustrate one or two important ideas. This show isn’t like that. Instead, there are as many ideas as there are works of art; each work asks to be appreciated on its own merits. Organizing a juried group exhibition is exhilarating because it is so unpredictable. One never knows what the entries will bring and the final product – the look of the show and the connections between works – is revealed only during installation. It’s important to resist the temptation to draw conclusions from the result, although this type of show can take, to some degree, the measure of a community or region. To that end, I have tried to include many artists, the great majority by only one work. I wanted this show to demonstrate my belief that there is room in art for lots of approaches and ideas. The richness and sophistication of the entries insure that the visitor will find wonderful surprises from the beginning of the show to the end.

    I would like to thank Melissa Matuscak, the dynamic curator of the DeVos Art Museum for inviting me to participate in this project. I would also like to thank all of the artists who submitted work for the jury; it was a pleasure to have the opportunity to see their work.”

    MaryAnn Wilkinson, Juror of the 2009 North of the 45th exhibition

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    Annual Marquette County
    Children's Exhibition

    Through May 17, 2009

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    Reception: May 8, 6-9pm

    Featuring artwork and art projects created by grade school children from nine area schools, including Graveraet, Sandy Knoll, Vandenboom, Cherry Creek and Superior Hills (Marquette); Father Marquette (Marquette); Powell Township/LCAD (Big Bay); Lakeview (Negaunee); and Aspen Ridge (Ishpeming).

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    Looking In, Looking Out

    May 1 – December 12, 2009

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    Looking In, Looking Out:
    Highlights from the
    Permanent Art Collection

    The permanent art collection of the DeVos Art Museum and Northern Michigan University tells a story of the generous donors who have helped build the eclectic collection over the past twenty years. Over ninety-five percent of the 1,000-object collection was donated from the Bennett, Losey and Secord families as well as the numerous individual artists who have donated their own work. The museum’s permanent art collection is due in major part to the tireless efforts of previous museum Director Wayne Francis, who retired in 2007.

    The “character” of university art museums (and most museums) comes from the holdings in the permanent collection, and the DeVos Art Museum and Northern Michigan University collection is a diverse group of art, artifact and ephemera. This exhibition, for the first time, showcases the major areas of the collection together in the same space. This display celebrates the strengths that represent over ninety percent of the collection: 20th Century illustration and design, local and regional contemporary art, Native American art and artifact, and modern Japanese prints. The gallery is divided into four “mini-exhibitions” which display highlights from each respective area of the collection. Dr. Adriana Greci-Green, Assistant Professor at the Center for Native American Studies at NMU, curated the Native American section with assistance from Art History major Amy Ziegler. Dr. Mitsutoshi Oba, Assistant Professor in the School of Art and Design at NMU, curated the Japanese section with assistance from Kasie Veen, a recent graduate of the Art History program at NMU. A special thank you to Dr. Green and Dr. Oba for lending their time and expertise in Native American and Japanese art and culture, respectively and to Amy Ziegler and Kasie Veen for assisting with research, writing, and organization for the exhibition.

    The DeVos Art Museum continues to grow as it becomes a regional center for the arts. With this growth the museum continues to focus on its mission of “being an artistic learning laboratory for the NMU, Upper Peninsula and Upper Midwest region.” In order to fulfill this mission, the museum aims to expand the knowledge about and conservation of the permanent art collection. Research on specific objects and artists within the collection is ongoing with the assistance of NMU students and community volunteers. Recently the museum received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to bring a conservator to the museum to complete a General Preservation Assessment Survey (GPAS). Neil Cockerline, Director of Preservation Services at the Midwest Art Conservation Center (Minneapolis, Minnesota) will visit the museum in May 2009 to complete the survey. The GPAS is an important first step in improving the museum’s ability to care for the collection. A written report of conservation and preservation priorities is a crucial first step in creating a preservation plan and applying for future funding to conduct object conservation.

    As the museum pauses to reflect on the rich history of the collection through this exhibition, we also look to the future to continue to provide the NMU and wider communities the opportunity to experience original works of art and to foster educational opportunities for all audiences through exhibitions, programs and publications. This fall, a series of special programs, tours, and lectures will be offered; visit the museum’s website for more information.

    Melissa Matuscak, Director and Curator

    Support for this exhibition provided by the DeVos Art Museum’s membership program, The Friends of the DeVos Art Museum.

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    Winter 2009
    Senior Exhibition

    April 15 - May 1, 2009

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    Closing Reception May 1, 7-9 p.m.

    Graduating Seniors present their work from all areas of the School of Art and Design including ceramics, drawing/ painting, digital cinema, electronic imaging, furniture design, graphic communication, human centered design, illustration, jewelry/metals/blacksmithing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and woodworking.

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    Beyond Green:
    Toward a Sustainable Art

    January 19 - March 30, 2009

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    Curated by Stephanie Smith, Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago

    The DeVos Art Museum is pleased to present Beyond Green, which will be shown in both galleries in the museum this winter and spring. The DeVos Art Museum is the final stop on the tour of this exhibition, having made stops at the Museum of Arts & Design, New York, The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati and the Hoffman Gallery at Lewis and Clark College, Portland, among others.

    Beyond Green: Toward a Sustainable Art explores the ways that sustainable design philosophy resonates with the work of an emerging generation of international artists hailing from cities including Brooklyn, Chicago, Copenhagen, London, San Francisco, San Juan, and Vienna. The artists combine a fresh aesthetic sensibility with a constructively critical approach to the production, dissemination, and display of art. They embed environmental concerns within larger ethical and aesthetic explorations; they are building paths to new forms of practice that go beyond green.

    Beyond Green: Toward a Sustainable Art is co-organized by the David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, and by iCI (Independent Curators International), New York, and circulated by iCI. The exhibition is curated by Stephanie Smith. The exhibition and accompanying catalogue are made possible in part by the Smart Family Foundation; the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation; and iCI Exhibition Partners Kenneth S. Kuchin and F. Bruce Anderson, and Gerrit and Sydie Lansing. Additional support is provided by the Arts Planning Council, the Environmental Studies Program, and the Green Campus Initiative University of Chicago.

    In conjunction with Beyond Green exhibition, the museum will host a series of events, workshops and visiting artists January through March, including:

    Thursday, January 22, 6-8pm
    Beyond Green Exhibition Opening
    Featuring live music by The Chanteymen
    Listen to live music on recyled hybrid instruments and see the result of the People Powered recycling paint project; take home a free quart of community colored paint!

    Friday, January 30, 2:00pm Visiting Artist Presentation: Material Exchange Art and Design Lecture Hall, Room 165 Material Exchange, a Chicago-based artist collaborative, uses often-discarded objects and materials in projects to create new and useful items. This presentation ends a five-day residency in which the artists (Sara Black and John Preus) will lead a workshop with NMU students and local high school students to solve a design problem for the Superior Waterhsed Partnership using reused materials. They will be creating a public art piece that will also function as a fish habitat. The finished piece will be sited on a frozen lake, which will then sink to bottom of the lake when the ice melts.

    Thursday, February 5, 6:00pm
    Visiting Artist Presentation: Paul Wittenbraker
    Mead Auditorium, West Science Room 2701
    Paul Wittenbraker is an artist and faculty member in the Department of Art and Design at Grand Valley State University (GVSU). In 1999, Wittenbraker started the Civic Studio Project at GVSU as a course in public art. Civic Studio establishes a temporary studio each semester, allowing students to interact with, make art about and volunteer in the Grand Rapids community. Paul will be leading a workshop during the day involving the NMU and Marquette communities that will address how the two groups can benefit each other.

    Friday, February 20, 2:00pm
    Visiting Artist Presentation: Steve Frykholm, Herman Miller, Inc.
    Art and Design Lecture Hall, Room 165
    As Creative Director, Steve Frykholm has been largely responsible for furniture icon Herman Miller Inc.'s image and graphic identity for the past 35 years. Herman Miller, Inc. hired Frykholm to be its first internal graphic designer soon after he graduated from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Frykholm has witnessed the company embracing “green” design methods and will comment on how this shift to sustainable business practices has affected him as a designer.

    Sunday, March 1
    Beyond Green Family Day
    12-5pm
    Get out of the winter blues and embrace green! The first ever famiy day at the museum will give parents and children of all ages the chance to be inspired by the enviornment. Museum docents will lead tours of the exhibition and related art activities. Art projects are designed for children ages six and up and all children must be accompanied by a parent. No registration is required; drop in anytime!

    Monday, March 9, 6:00pm
    Visiting Artist Presentation: John Ganis
    Mead Auditorium, West Science Room 2701
    For over two decades, John Ganis has photographed the environmental impact of overdevelopment and resource exploitation, creating a body of work that was published in 2003 as a monograph titled Consuming the American Landscape. Using straight color photographs in a way that is descriptive yet somewhat poetic, Ganis provokes a process of inquiry and concern in the viewer.

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    2008

    UNITED in Art

    September 15 - December 12, 2008

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    Reception: Monday, September 22, 8-10pm.

    In 1953, one of the largest and most well attended photographic exhibitions in the history of the medium opened at the Museum of Modern Art In New York City. It was called the Family of Man and was curated by Edward Steichen. Over 500 images by 273 photographers from 68 countries were included.

    The photographs in the exhibit were intended to substantiate a modernist idea of a master truth: that all mankind is somehow united in hopes, dreams, needs, behavior patterns and culture. In Steichen's own words the exhibition "was conceived as a mirror of the universal elements and emotions in the everydayness of life - as a mirror of the essential oneness of mankind throughout the world ... explaining man to man"

    Unfortunately, in the Family of Man exhibition the mirror or yardstick, by which the universality of human experience was measured, was that of western culture. The visual evidence for uniformity was derived from carefully selected photographs depicting how "others" in the world did lots of things like we Anglo-westerners. In contemporary postmodern and postcolonial societies these notions are at best naive, paternalistic, embarrassing and Eurocentric.

    UNITED in Art at the DeVos Art Museum will not set world records for attendance. However the imagery in the exhibition reflects the values both of the UNITED in Conference and 21st century sensibilities. The work embraces differences and distinctions among human beings. Here is an affirmation of variety in human experience and a warning about the ramifications of failing to do so.

    Gone are the demure, eyes-cast-downward, images about people of color. Walk up to nearly any photograph in the exhibit as with Alec Soth's Sunshine Memphis or Erica Lord's Un/Defined Self-Portrait series and your gaze is met eye-to-eye with a full-frontal visual response. Witness the process of artists from different cultures grappling with the influences of political, economic and cultural influences in the three video installations. Listen as they discuss their struggle to make sense of these influences and funnel their perceptions into their art. Recognize the dynamics of negotiating family relationships while dispelling racial stereotypes (and the effect these have on the formation of self-identity) as addressed in Carrie Mae Weems' Untitled family table series.

    The subjects in all the imagery refute marginalization, patronization and typecasting. They will not be demeaned or categorized as they affirm the complexity of the struggle to define identity and carve a place for oneself in a multicultural world. It may seem paradoxical that the subjects are not self-assured. Like all of us they grapple with ideas about identity and a sense of place. In a way the work is about the ongoing process of artists making art and rediscovering the histories that comprise individuality. The strongest element of solidarity is found in this concept.

    Many of the photographs in the exhibit were never intended to be an expression of ethnic or cultural diversity. But in the context of the exhibition, they work well. Loretta Lux's surreal portrait of two Asian children recalls the hues of Renaissance master painting coupled with kitschy images of children with big eyes from the 1960s. Yet their storybook setting and perfect appearance reminds us how unrealistic and ultimately harmful the imposition of such stereotypes can be on any individual.

    Certainly the "show stopper" of the exhibition is Qin Fengling's Age of Consumption.The painting addresses questions of how we are caught up in the net of consumerism, products and consumption. These commodities come dangerously close to defining who we are, particularly in China where unabashed production and consumption is quickly becoming part of contemporary culture. Perhaps the painting mirrors a world where humans may be nothing more than products to be consumed by the global economy, trafficked from border to border.

    Irving Penn is the one and only photographer represented in both the Family of Man and the UNITED in Art Exhibitions. However his depiction Two New Guinea Men is a far cry from the portrait of the little white girl with big dark eyes in the Family of Man.

    From the imagery in the exhibition we can begin to understand that the solidarity of human interaction is not derived from superimposed, imaginary unities or dominant ideologies. On the contrary the message presented by the work concerns discarding the old master truths and embracing the plurality of attitudes that arise from the differences in life-experiences. In addition the work affirms the amplified difficulty of defining one's sense of identity and place when sensitized to social and cultural diversity. Ultimately the message of the exhibition is cautiously optimistic - that this awareness will lead to greater human understanding.

    Christine Flavin, UNITED in Art Curator and Assistant Professor of Photography

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    Fall 2008
    Senior Exhibition

    November 26 - December 12, 2008

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    Reception Friday, December 12, 7-9pm

    An exhibition of graduating BFA Candidates from NMU's School of Art and Design. Featuring works in a variety of media including ceramics, drawing/painting, digital cinema, electronic imaging, furniture design, graphic communication, human centered design, illustration, jewelry, metals, blacksmithing, photography, printmaking, sculpture and woodworking.

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    Accidental Mysteries:
    Vernacular Photographs

    October 6 - November 15, 2008

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    Accidental Mysteries Extraordinary Vernacular Photographs from the Collection of John and Teenuh Foster
    Video: Artist Talk with John Foster

    Accidental Mysteries, originally exhibited at the Sheldon Art Galleries in St. Louis, Missouri in 2005, is a unique collection of found photographs collected by John and Teenuh Foster. Over ninety images are on display in the exhibition, selected from a collection of hundreds, found over the years in flea markets, antique shops and auctions. Both John and Teenuh have backgrounds in the arts; John is the founder and past-president of ENVISION Folk Art of Missouri; he also serves on the national advisory board for The Folk Art Society of America and serves on the Board of Trustees for SPACES, a non-profit organization in California dedicated to the preservation of art and cultural environments worldwide. Teenuh Foster is the owner of her own firm that represents nationally known illustrators and photographers. With an eye for design combined with a passion for collecting works by self-taught artists, the Fosters have amassed an impressive collection of exceptional and often awe-inspiring array of images.

    The term “vernacular” is often associated with indigenous artifacts, language and customs. However, it also refers to people who make objects (or take photographs) but who also happen to be untrained and do not consider themselves to be artists. The Fosters considers vernacular photography to be an often-overlooked genre of folk art. Just as anyone can pick up a paintbrush and be considered an artist, the same can go for a camera— the difference merely lies in the tools used. The more time one spends looking at these images, the skill and creativity behind many of them (whether they were made intuitively, accidentally or on purpose) becomes more apparent through the subject matter and formal qualities. Vernacular photography has been a long overlooked genre of folk art that capture elements of history, sociology and psychology. The exhibition features a selection of photographs from the collection of John and Teenuh Foster that share attributes of great design and mystery, often capturing "accidental mysteries" on film.


    Related Events:
    Friday, October 10
    5pm
    Art and Design Room 165
    Lecture by John Foster
    Sponsored by the Student Photographic Soceity at NMU
    $2 for non-students

    Friday, October 10
    6-8pm
    Reception, with remarks by John and Teenuh Foster at 6:30pm

    Friday, October 17
    6pm
    Art and Design Room 165
    Film: Other People's Pictures
    FREE!
    Take a peak into the little-known world of vintage snapshot collecting as this documentary follows nine obsessive collectors who share an addiction for acquiring photographs lost or abandoned by their original owners.

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    Denise and Lisa:
    On the Point of
    Crystal Time

    August 22 - September 28, 2008

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    Denise Burge and Lisa Siders:
    On the Point of Crystal Time

    '…the crystal is never pure and perfect; it has a failing, a point of flight, a ‘flaw’. It is always cracked. And this is what depth of field reveals; there is not simply a rolling up of a round in the crystal; something is going to slip away in the background, in depth, through the third side or third dimension, through the crack…Everything is mirror-images, distributed in depth.”

    -Gilles Deleuze, The Time Image

    Denise Burge and Lisa Siders began working corroboratively in 2006 after Burge was awarded a grant from the University of Cincinnati to produce a series of short music videos, collaborating on each video with a female friend. Driveway, the video created by Burge and Siders, was constructed using a series of still frames set to music composed by the artists. The process of constructing quilts, a background shared by both artists, visually influenced the resulting video and inspired the artists to continue collaborating.

    The work presented in On the Point of Crystal Time is part of a larger project created over the past year by Burge and Siders titled Maidens of the Cosmic Body Running. The maiden is one of many reoccurring characters throughout the work, characters that are (or attempting to reach) a sort of primal and blissful state of being that evokes a sense of drama and mythology. The dark shrouded character, seen in the photo collage and video monitor installation is another character, as is the woman dressed in puritan-style costume. The forest is the fourth character, represented both visually (through imagery) and literally under a salt-covered table.

    The exhibition can be read as an exploration of extremes, whether in materials (soft stretches of fabric hung on the wall juxtaposed with technical videos), sensory stimuli (a woman in antebellum costume set against a loop of Donna Summer’s song “I Feel Love”) or visual themes (the dark wall collage running down the outside wall contrasted with the soft white lighted line in the hallway). These mirroring of extremes and remixing of imagery, characters and ideas, continue through each element in the exhibition. They are sometimes represented literally and other times implied symbolically.


    Special Events:
    From August 8 - August 22 Denise Burge will be an artist in residence in the museum.
    Opening Reception: Friday, August 22, 6-8pm

    Free public lecture and workshops:
    FOR ADULTS:
    Monday, August 11, 2pm: Denise Burge will give a talk on the history of fabric and costuming, particularly how clothing has been reinterpreted and refashioned. Free and open to the public, no pre-registration required.

    Tuesday, August 12, 2pm:
    Come back and bring your own clothing and learn techniques for making old new again! Denise will lead the workshop and give examples of simple ways to breathe new life into old clothing. Please bring your own clothing and basic supplies (scissors, needle, thread, etc.). Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Call 227-1481 for more information or to register.

    ONE DAY WORKSHOP FOR KIDS:
    Tuesday, August 12, 2pm: As part of the City of Marquette's Pirate Festival, museum docents will lead a workshop for kids age 6-12 in making a pirate-related project. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Call 227-1481 for more information or to register. Norther Michigan University

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    Looking Back
    Through the Western Door

    August 8 – September 7, 2008

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    Looking Back Through the Western Door:
    A Peter Maqua Retrospective

    In honor of Peter Hornung Maqua (Sept, 1950 - Aug, 2006)

    Peter Maqua was known throughout the Upper Peninsula and Canada for his acclaimed installation, Creation Cycle, shown at the Lee Hall Gallery and the Algoma Art Gallery in 1989. Although struggling with a deteriorating physical condition, Peter did not stop painting with either of these shows, but he continued creating until the time of his death.

    This exhibition, mounted by his family and friends, includes some 150 works; majority of his works since 1989, plus earlier ones and several of the important pieces from Creation Cycle. All reflect Peter's love and reverence for the First People's lifeway. The overall theme of his work might be encapsulated in the Ojibwa phrase, "Aaniikaaniigaanaak! We are all related": every living being: people, bears, trees, plants, and Earth herself, interconnected, interacting. These paintings seem to pulsate with life. They are the life work of a person who believed in honoring that connection, and they lift the viewer in wonder.

    Peter Maqua, What Wasn't in the Blood, Was Discovered in the Bone, 1986, acrylic and clay on canvas

    The Brothers Ape

    July 11 – August 1, 2008

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    Featuring a live performance by Al Duvall (Brooklyn, NY)

    U.P. Focus: The Brothers Ape

    This is the first of an ongoing series of exhibitions highlighting artists that live in or are heavily influenced by the Upper Peninsula. The Brothers Ape, a collective of three artists, Sycamore Smith, Freepy Shwirtel and Art Brut, are graduates from NMU. They have shown together previously at the Omphale Gallery (Calumet, MI) and are reuniting for this special retrospective.

    Curated by Melissa Matuscak.

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    North of the 45th:
    Artists of the Upper Midwest

    June 2 - July 5, 2008

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    The North of the 45th is an annual juried exhibition of artists living North of the 45th Parallel from Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Each year a different juror from outside of the area, but within the Midwest, is asked to select pieces for the exhibition from an open call for entries

    Juried by John Corbett, Corbett vs. Dempsey Gallery, Chicago

    This years artists include:
    Paul Albert, Marquette, MI
    Kate Anderson, Minneapolis, MN
    Ute Bertog, Minneapolis, MN
    Chevalier Daniel C. Boyer, Houghton, MI
    Ryan Brayak, Escanaba, MI
    Sara Cambensy, Marquette, MI
    Cynthia Coté, Calumet, MI
    Gregory Euclide, Minneapolis, MN
    Gregory Fitz, St. Paul, MN
    Christine Flavin, Marquette, MI
    Teri Fullerton, Minneapolis, MN
    Greg Green, Calumet, MI
    Brett Gustafson, Minneapolis, MN
    Linda King Ferguson, Autrain, MI
    Yvonne LeMire, Marquette, MI
    Michael Letts, Negaunee, MI
    Gregory D. Mills, Minneapolis, MN
    Ellen Mueller, Minneapolis, MN
    Scott Proctor, Marquette, MI
    Josh Quigley, Minneapolis, MN
    Robert Repinski, Duluth, MN
    Louis Rosenbaum, Ishpeming, MI
    Martin Rowe, Rhinelander, WI
    Becca Shewmake, Saint Paul, MN
    Dennis Staffne, Marquette, MI
    Stacy Vaughn Davis, Republic, MI

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    Upper Peninsula
    Children's Art Exhibition

    May 5 - May 17, 2008

    Featuring artwork and art projects created by grade school children.

    Spring 2008
    Senior Exhibition

    April - May, 2008

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    An exhibition of graduating BFA Candidates from NMU's School of Art and Design. Featuring works in a variety of media including ceramics, drawing/painting, digital cinema, electronic imaging, furniture design, graphic communication, human centered design, illustration, jewelry, metals, blacksmithing, photography, printmaking, sculpture and woodworking.

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    Seven Painters

    November 26 - December 12, 2008

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    Seven painters from across the country, curated by John Hubbard, professor of painting and drawing at NMU's School of Art and Design. Featuring Mary L. Aro, Andy Fletcher, Perin Mahler, Jim Nawara, Lucille Nawara, Charles W. Palmer and Stanley Rosenthal.

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    reGENERATION:
    50 PHOTOGRAPHERS OF TOMORROW

    January 14 - March 1, 2008

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    This remarkable exhibition, the broadest and most enterprising survey of its kind, showcases the creativity, ingenuity, and inspiration of fifty up-and-coming photographic artists. Curators at the world-renowned Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland, selected the photographers from hundreds of candidates submitted by more than sixty of the world’s top photography schools. The curators’ choices were made with one key question in mind: are these images likely to be known in twenty years’ time? The results show that, as the new century builds momentum, the art of photography is alive and well, and that photographers of extraordinary talent are already making their mark. Aperture, a not-for-profit organization devoted to photography and the visual arts, has organized this traveling exhibition and produced the accompanying publications.


    ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS:

    Friday, January 18, 4 p.m.,
    Lecture hall B, West Science
    Photography Without Boundries
    Rod Slemmons, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago)
    will give a presentation related to the exhibition and issues related to contemporary photography.

    Friday, January 18, 6-8 p.m., DeVos Art Museum
    Exhibition reception, with remarks by Rod Slemmons.

    Thursday, February 21, 8:30 p.m. AD165
    Suellen Parker, an artist featured in the reGeneration exhibition will give a public presentation about her artwork.

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    N. Cecilia Kettunen:
    Finding Place in Modernism

    January 14 – August 1, 2008

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    This exhibition of Ishpeming-native N. Cecilia Kettunen (1896-1992) represents a large portion of the 220 works of art donated by Kettunen to the museum's permanent collection in 1988. This presentation of paintings, works on paper, sketches, photographs and ephemera are part of a larger research project currently underway by The DeVos Art Museum on the life and work of the artist.

    Kettunen was born to Finnish immigrant parents, the third of seven children of Madleena Pintamo Kettunen and Andrew Kettunen, who worked as a master tailor in Houghton-area before settling in Ishpeming. After graduating from Ishpeming High School in 1912, Kettunen moved to Chicago to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she received a BA in Art Education in 1917. For the next 40 years she moved around the country, teaching art and returning to study art at Yale University, the Art Students League in New York City and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received an MFA in 1945. Her teaching career took her to Bluffton, Ohio, where she established a fine arts program at Bluffton College. Kettunen also served as the head of art departments at colleges in Peru, Nebraska, and Virginia, Minnesota before returning to the Upper Peninsula, where she was the Art Supervisor for the Houghton school system until she retired in 1960.

    Kettunen was very active in exhibiting her art and entering painting and mural competitions. Her work was published in conjunction with numerous Beaux Arts Competitions; many of her paintings were exhibited at the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Art Institute of Chicago, and Kettunen was one of the featured artists in a Ford Foundation-sponsored traveling exhibition of Upper Peninsula artists. While studying with the muralist Peppino Mangravite at the Art Institute of Chicago, Kettunen was selected to assist with a mural of Abraham Lincoln in the museum.

    Though her life as an artist and educator often took Kettunen far from the Upper Peninsula, her family maintained a cottage on Lake George in Three Lakes, Michigan. The cottage functioned as a studio for Kettunen and she often spent weeks or months there at a time (in summer and winter) drawing and painting. After retiring from the Houghton school system, Kettunen went back to Bluffton, Ohio and spent the last few years of her life in a nursing home there. In 1988 she contacted Northern Michigan University to offer a donation of her work that remained in the cottage at Three Lakes and all of the pieces on display here were brought to the Museum and added to the permanent collection. In 1992, former DeVos Art Museum Director Wayne Francis curated an exhibition of Kettunen's portraits and landscapes which is thought to be her first major exhibition in the Upper Peninsula.

    The pieces selected for this exhibition highlight the stylistic breadth and depth of Kettunen during a career that spanned over 70 years. The title of the exhibition, "Finding Place in Modernism", refers to how certain artistic movements associated with Modernism may have influenced an artist working during the height of that period. Kettunen was highly educated in the practice and history of art, and her dedication to art making and art education allowed for a lifestyle of travel and mobility. However, much of the work Kettunen produced seems to be inspired by the place she grew up and often came back to visit. The question this exhibition and the larger research project associated with it hopes to address is how stylistic impulses, combined with geographical location, influence artistic production.

    Since this is part of an ongoing project, the gallery space will change and evolve between now and August 1, when the exhibition closes. The central point of the research project is the timeline, which is presented in the galley space directly on the wall. The timeline will be added to over the course of the exhibition as research continues. Information on the timeline will include the location of Kettunen over the course of her life, any known exhibitions, competitions entered and schools taught at. The timeline will also include images of Kettunen's work based on when she made the pieces, so that the viewer can see where Kettunen was geographically located and what she was involved in professionally as she experimented with different approaches to painting and drawing.

    Special thanks to John Hubbard, Geoff Willcox, Emily Lanctot and Christopher Moore for their assistance with the exhibition and ongoing research project. Support for this exhibition generously provided by The Friends of the DeVos Art Museum.

    2007

    Fall 2007
    Senior Exhibition

    November - December 14, 2007

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    An exhibition of graduating BFA Candidates from NMU's School of Art and Design. Featuring works in a variety of media including ceramics, drawing/painting, digital cinema, electronic imaging, furniture design, graphic communication, human centered design, illustration, jewelry, metals, blacksmithing, photography, printmaking, sculpture and woodworking.

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    three thousand:
    YIN MEI

    October 19 - November 19, 2007

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    Performance and Reception: 7:30 p.m., Friday, October 19

    Of all of the water in all of the rivers in the world, one cup of water is all you need. Of all of the water in all of the rivers in the world, you choose this one cup.

    The title of this exhibition is a direct relation and is inspired by Yin Mei’s family lineage – the Yin dynasty. In combining the ancient art of calligraphy with modern dance, she uses energy, the essential element of both art forms, and creates a new method of expression. Yin Mei dips herself in ink and using her body as the calligraphy brush she dances her message on the scroll of paper and highlights it with a surprise ending using green tea powder as an exclamation.

    The number three thousand (3000) in China signifies the superlative, the ultimate. It is all-inclusive and all-encompassing of the universe and all things in it. China is also said to have 3000 years of history. The “Yin” family name is part of Yin Mei’s lineage and can be traced back 3000 years to the earliest periods of Chinese history.

    Yin Mei is a dancer/director/choreographer/performance artist known for category-defying dance theater works that fearlessly bridge geographic, technological, artistic and cultural divides to create a unique brand of theatrical magic. A Guggenheim Award winner and a choreography fellow from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Yin Mei was twice nominated for an Alpert Award in choreography. Yin Mei was born in China and is a professor of dance and currently the director of the dance program at Queens College, City University of New York. She received her B.A., M.F.A. and coursework toward a Ph.D. from New York University.

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    The Art of
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    Sep 7 – Oct 14, 2007

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    Throughout the history of the guitar and related stringed instruments, an enormous number of individuals and companies have made their mark on the way in which guitars were built, played, and perceived. Though some of these individuals, companies and guitars are particularly well known, such as Gibson Guitar Company’s Tribute to Elvis Presley or the Les Paul line of guitars, the majority of guitar makers, or Luthiers, are virtually invisible to most modern guitar fans. More recently, there has been a revival of Luthier produced, one-of-a-kind instruments, in part as a response to low cost mass-produced models available in any music store. As a result of this new found demand and appreciation for handcrafted guitars, there has also been an attempt to elevate the status of many of these works to that of “fine art”.

    This collection of instruments is a testament to those individuals and companies who are attempting to address the guitar as a playable tool for making music, and as canvas for artistic self-expression. Featuring works by Shelley Park, David Flammang, Richard Mermer (all courtesy of acousticmusic.org), Santa Cruz Guitar Company/ Larry Robinson, Gibson, Sven Gonstead, Jake Robinson Guitars, Howard Klepper Gutiars, Gerald Sheppard Guitars, Paul Reed Smith Guitars, Weber Fine Art Acoustic Instruments, and Kathy Wingert Guitars.

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    Retrospective:
    Thomas Cappuccio

    Aug 3 - Sep 2, 2007

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    Thomas Cappuccio has exhibited widely at the national and international level in over 180 juried and invitational exhibitions. He was born in Italy and came to the united states when he was a young boy. He received a BFA from Pratt Institute, and a MA from Brooklyn college of CUNY. He taught in New York City, at Kendall College of Art and Design, and the University of Oregon, before settling in at Northern Michigan University in 1975. He helped develop the BFA in illustration program, which he has directed since 1979 until his retirement May ‘07.

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    Paintings by
    Letts and Kupencow

    June 29 - July 29, 2007

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    Paintings by Michael Letts
    and Eleanora Kupencow

    Michael Letts. Landscape as a Metaphor. Environment shapes who we are. His paintings echo the northern forests of the UP of Michigan in every season. But the images represent more than the visual. There is the suggestion of deeper experiences, of landscape as metaphor. Most of the painting are drawn from specific places that resonate in memory, places that strike with their presence, enchanted places. They suggest a primal geometry and recall the forest as a place of destiny and growth, of wildness and of peace. His paintings recall the vision quests and rites of passage of a time when we lived closer to our spirits.

    Eleanora Kupencow lives and works in Manhattan, New York and has exhibited her works nationally and internationally.

    "Your colors are Polish" - Kupencow was told by her art teacher Evsa Model. She herself confirmed that observation during her trip to Poland in the early 1980's. "The Polish love to use magenta and organge along with red, as I do." Apart from a particular "Polish" tonality toy her work, which, infact, varies quite significantly form painting to painting and has been recently enriched by silver and gold, Kupencow;s art displays a stong affinity with Polish folklore. Pristine expressive pattern and blazing colors in her works can be also found in the glass paintings from the Podhale region in the Tatra Mountains and the paper cut-outs snipped with sheep shears by women in different parts of Poland. Artists tend, however, to absorb visual stimuli in a free way. Kupencow credits Islamic miniatures Christian illuminated manuscripts, Coptic textiles, and Northwest Coast Indian art for infusing her imagination with their combination of distinctive ornamentation and evanescent beauty. Her strong interest in applied art goes back to her childhood, when "making things was a good thing to do" and "dipping Easter eggs in dye was the closest our family ever came to painting."

    Kupencow's works hit the viewer with their formal directness and boldness that verge on te outrageous. They are flat, geometricized, and closely packed with forms wrapped around each other in a space divded into distinctive positive and negative (foreground and background) areas. Dwarfed, abstracted creatures, often abbreviated to their upper bodies or just their faces, fill out a canvas or a piece of paper. Kupencow simplifies the narrative trope, or turns it into a visual pun, allowing free-associations. She returns to the same motifs: figures in landscape and faces. Her images radiate a genuine fascination with re-drawing forms, which because of her wild imagination are not predictable and tenuous, even when they appear as close variations on ones already known from Kupencow's other works. It seems as in her approach to art making, the artist aims at surprising herself by finding new permutations of previously explored imagery, and while conjuring them - she surprises the viewer.

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    Artists of the UP

    May 25 - June 24, 2007

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    2007 Children's Art Exhibition

    November 26 - December 12, 2008

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    Featuring artwork and art projects created by grade school children.

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    Spring 2007
    Senior Exhibition

    April 18 - May 4, 2007

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    An exhibition of graduating BFA Candidates from NMU's School of Art and Design. Featuring works in a variety of media including ceramics, drawing/painting, digital cinema, electronic imaging, furniture design, graphic communication, human centered design, illustration, jewelry, metals, blacksmithing, photography, printmaking, sculpture and woodworking.

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    Another Voice:
    Political Illustration

    Mar 12 – Apr 12, 2007

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    Another Voice is an exhibition of illustration art organized by artist/designer Partrick JB Flynn. The illustrations in the exhibit were originally produced by editorial artist on assignment for The Progressive magazine throughout Flynn's eighteen-year career as Art Director. The exhibition holds illustrations showcasing works of art from a select group of internationally recognized illustrators. The Progressive magazine has been, since 1909, an independent voice for democracy, peace, social justice, civil rights, civil liberties, and the environment. With the support of his editor, Erwin Knoll, former art director Patrick JB Flynn maintained unfettered authority to commission art for the magazine, allowing for unparalleled creative freedom among an often frustrated cadre of editorial illustrators.

    Whitney Sherman, Chair of Maryland Institute College of Art Illustration Department said, "The imagery in "Another Voice" is rich with commentary and concepts. It is graphic art and illustration in the tradition of Hogarth, Rowlandson, Daumier, and Grosz. The social commentary and biting satire deal with issues as relevant in the 1980's as they were in 1880's. This exhibition also celebrates the 18 years of creative freedom that Patrick Flynn had at The Progressive and demonstrates a diversity in concept and style that is the hallmark of contemporary editorial illustration."

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    Blast From The Past:
    Art of the 1960's

    January 15 - March 1, 2007

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    2006

    Fall 2006
    Senior Exhibition

    November 29 - December 15, 2006

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    An exhibition of graduating BFA Candidates from NMU's School of Art and Design. Featuring works in a variety of media including ceramics, drawing/painting, digital cinema, electronic imaging, furniture design, graphic communication, human centered design, illustration, jewelry, metals, blacksmithing, photography, printmaking, sculpture and woodworking.

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    Art Deco:
    1918 - 1945
    Arts Movement

    October 20 - November 18, 2006

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    Art Deco:
    The Decorative Arts Movement 1918 - 1945

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    Art About Place

    September 9 - October 15, 2006

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    New Fibers 2006

    Aug 4 - Sept 3, 2006

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    The Fiber Arts Network of Michigan (FAN) was founded on belief in the handmade, one of a kind object and is dedicated to promoting its value in contemporary life and art. Recent national and regional exhibitions testify to the increasing recognition of fiber art as a fine art medium and are stimulating a greater public awareness of its significance. Locally there are limited opportunities for fiber artists to exhibit their work and the public to see contemporary fiber art. The New Fibers series of exhibitions showcase current fiber art. New Fibers 2006 presents 51 works by regional artists. It offers a broad range of forms, from textiles rooted in traditional processes and materials to sculptural and mixed media art. Selected by Cynthia Schira from a field of 224 entries, the work is innovative in both conception and execution. Each artist has transformed materials, often drawn from familiar, domestic source, into highly original objects intimately expressive of the artist’s life and environment. FAN, a non-profit organization established in May 2003, welcomes artist, collectors, guilds, gallery owners, suppliers, and all who share an interest in fiber art. A quarterly newsletter informs the membership of speakers, workshops and exhibitions related to fiber art. An annual meeting, featuring a presentation by a nationally known fiber artist, brings the membership together to exchange ideas and information.

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    International Society
    of Experimental Artists (ISEA)

    June 20 - July 30, 2006

    Winter 2006
    Senior Exhibition

    April 19 - May 7, 2006

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    Bed as AutoBiography:
    Paintings by John Ransom Phillips

    March 15 - April 13, 2006

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    Copley to Cassatt:
    Detroit Institute of Arts Paintings

    January 16 - March 3, 2006

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    2005

    Fall 2005
    Senior Exhibition

    November 26 - December 16, 2005

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    State of Digital Art:
    Website Created for Exhibition

    October 21 - November 23, 2005

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    Ed Haddaway:
    From the Inside Out

    September 9 - October 18, 2005

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    Winter 2005
    Senior Exhibition

    April 16 - May 6, 2005

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    Contemporary Paintings
    of Latin America

    September 9 - October 18, 2005

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    2004

    The Last of Lee Hall Series:
    Art and Design Local Alumni Exhibition

    September 9 - October 18, 2005

    The Last of Lee Hall Series:
    Faculty/Adjunct Exhibition

    September 3 - October 11, 2004

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    Winter 2004
    Senior Exhibition

    April 15 - 30, 2004

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    Contemporary American Sculpture
    Peter Walker and Dale Wedig

    March 14 - April 11, 2004

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    Artists of Chicago:
    Disparate Visuals From the Aaron Packer Gallery

    February 14 - March 11, 2004

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    2003

    Fall 2003
    Senior Exhibition

    November 23 - December 12, 2003

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    At the Edge of the Field:
    Contemporary Basketry in America

    October 10 - November 17, 2003

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    SEE-WORTHY.Vessels
    from the Desert Southwest

    August 29 - October 5, 2003

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    Winter 2003
    Senior Exhibition

    April 16 - May 2, 2003

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    Contemporary Art of Mexico

    March 13 - April 12, 2003

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    Paintings:
    Allison Lasley | Angela Oliveira

    February 9 - March 9, 2003

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    2002

    Fall 2002
    Senior Exhibition

    November 25 - December 13, 2002

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    Phil Joanou, Terry Rodgers, Jack Dowd

    February 10-March 13, 2002

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    This exhibition includes paintings and sculptures all centered around people as form. Rodger's paintings and Dowd's sculptures depict realistic renderings of people and their environments, while Joanou's paintings are more abstract and fluid.

    Handmade Paper Invitational

    October 19 - November 19, 2002

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    The Fine Art
    of Pueblo Ritual

    August 24 - October 13, 2002

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