Future Exhibitions

American Quilt Study Group: 2014

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2016

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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.

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

Elizabeth Doxtater: Art of Peace

Monday, September 26 – Friday, December 9, 2016

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Elizabeth Doxtater: Art of Peace

Opening reception & artist’s talk: Monday, September 26, 2.00pm

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.

Elizabeth Doxtater, Where the Water Never Freezes, 2012, cornhusk dolls, fabric, leather, beads, wood, courtesy of the artist

NMU Fall 2016 Senior Exhibition

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28 – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2016

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NMU 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.

NMU Faculty Biennial

MONDAY, JANUARY 16 – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2017

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NMU Fall 2016 Senior Exhibition

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.