Mariel Versluis, Brisk Wind, 2011
mixed media drawing and lithograph
January 13 – February 23, 2014
Reception: Sunday, January 26, 2:00 - 4:00pm
(Skijor demonstration at 2:30pm)
Mariel Versluis: Be Here, By Me
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
Mariel Versluis received a MFA in printmaking from Syracuse
University and a BFA in printmaking 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 and competes nationally with her dogs. She lives
in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Lázlós Dús, Evolution 3, 1982
January 20 – August 24
The End Will Look as the Beginning Did:
Selections from the Permanent Art Collection
Co-curated by DeVos Art Museum interns Matthew Bizoe, Craig Neeson, Samantha Page and Sophia Thomas. This exhibition is supported by the John X. and June A. Jamrich Endowment for the Arts.
Jack Oyler, Ruffed Grouse, 2013
acrylic and stain on
Greg Green, Ganesha, 2013
acrylic on panel
Cynthia Coté, Black Dog with French Guy, 2013
pen and ink, collage
March 3 – April 6, 2014
Closing Reception: Friday, April 4, 6-8pm
UP Focus: Cynthia Coté, Greg Green, Jack Oyler
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.
Installation image from the Winter 2013 Senior Exhibition.
April 16 – May 2, 2014
Closing Reception: Friday, May 2, 7-9pm
NMU School of Art and Design Winter 2014 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.
Image from the Spring 2013 Childrens Exhibition.
May 5 - 25, 2014
Reception: Friday, May 16, 6-8pm
Annual Marquette County Children’s Art Exhibition
Installation image from the 2013 North of the 45th Exhibition.
June 6 – August 3, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, June 6, 6-8pm
Juried by Kevin Buist, Exhibitions Director, ArtPrize
North of the 45th: Seventh Annual Upper Midwest Juried Art Exhibition
Entries due: March 10, 2014
Call for entries to be released early January 2014
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.