Rabbit Island Artist in Residence Exhibition
SEPTEMBER 25 - NOVEMBER 12, 2017
In 2013, artist Alexis Rockman began an ambitious research project on the Great
Lakes ecosystems. His tour of the region brought him to the Upper Peninsula,
where he worked with biologists from the NMU and local communities. The
Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) will debut the work Rockman created from
this project, opening on January 27, 2018 at the GRAM. The DeVos Art Museum,
in collaboration with several departments on campus, will welcome the artist to
campus for a three-day residency in October. As part of his residency, the artist
and the GRAM has graciously given NMU permission to exhibit several reproductions of the work. The museum will display three large-scale reproductions of Rockman's paintings from The Great Lakes Cycle, as well
as reproductions of field drawings.
From the Grand Rapids Art Museum website: artmuseumgr.org
Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle explores the past, present, and future of
North America’s Great Lakes–one of the world’s most emblematic
and ecologically significant ecosystems.
This multifaceted project was initiated in 2013 when artist Alexis Rockman
embarked on a research tour of the Great Lakes region. The centerpiece of
the exhibition is a suite of five mural-sized paintings which explore separate
themes that emerged during Rockman’s travels. These are accompanied by
several large-scale watercolors and field drawings–monochromatic animal and
plant studies made from site-sourced organic material such as mud, sand, coal,
Read the full text about the artist’s exhibition, opening in January 2018, on the
Grand Rapids Art Museum website. artmuseumgr.org
About the Artist Born in 1962 and raised in New York, Alexis Rockman has been the subject of many solo and group exhibitions internationally, including a major retrospective organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. His work is included in public and private collections around the world, and he has held teaching posts at Columbia and Harvard Universities, among others. Rockman studied at Rhode Island School of Design and the School of the Visual Arts, New York and gained early recognition in the mid-1980s for his realistic bio-botanical scenes. He lives and works in New York City.
Alexis Rockman’s Website alexisrockman.net
The display at the museum and the artist’s residency at NMU has been made possible by NMU’s School of Art & Design, Department of Biology, Communication & Performance Studies, School of Education, Leadership & Public Service, Department of Physics, Center for Native American Studies, Department of Earth, Environmental & Geographical Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences, Academic Information Services, Academic Affairs, Honors Program, Marketing & Communications, Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center, NMU Foundation, John X. and June A. Jamrich Endowment for the Arts and Peter White Public Library. Special thanks to the Grand Rapids Museum of Art.
Image Credit: Alexis Rockman (American, b. 1962). Cascade, 2015. Oil and alkyd on wood panel. 72 x 144 inches. Commissioned by Grand Rapids Art Museum with funds provided by Peter Wege, Jim and Mary Nelson, John and Muriel Halick, Mary B. Loupee, and Karl and Patricia Betz. Grand Rapids Art Museum, 2015.19