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NMU Art & Design Faculty Biennial

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Discovering Nature with Rachel Fugate

February 19, 1 pm

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Discovering Nature: Japanese Artwork from the Lewis & Bennett Collections Curator's Talk with Rachel Fugate

DATE: February 19, 1 pm


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Rachel Fugate discusses her curatorial research into the DeVos Art Museum's Japanese Collection. The talk focuses on the Lewis and Bennett collections, which are some of the earliest gifts to the University's art collection and form the bulk of the Museum's current Asian art collection. Discovering Nature uses nature to frame the Japanese artwork: showcasing landscapes, plants, animals, and other living creatures. Each piece highlights many ways Japanese artists responded to and represented nature in their works. The items on exhibit span the 19th and 20th centuries and represent both old and new practices in traditional arts and crafts.


Repose in a Void of the Senses by Dr. Mitsutoshi Oba

March 12, 1 pm

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Repose in a Void of the Senses: Art and Anesthesia from Eakins to Cage by Dr. Mitsutoshi Oba

DATE: March 12, 1 pm


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This talk explores representation, evocation, and paradoxical reproduction of anesthesia in three American artworks: Thomas Eakins’ Agnew Clinic of 1889 (painting), Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ Adams Memorial of 1886-91 (sculpture), and John Cage’s 4’33” of 1952 (composition). Interweaving these case studies, this talk aims at discerning possibilities and difficulties of (as well as ambitions for) artistic expressions of anesthesia, behind an abundance of synesthesia in art.


On Practice Featuring Christine Lenzen, Peter Pless, and Jason Schneider

March 19, 2 pm

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On Practice: An Art & Design Panel Discussion Featuring Christine Lenzen, Peter Pless, and Jason Schneider

DATE: March 19, 2 pm


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Learn more about several faculty artists' studio and teaching practice in a panel discussion moderated by Director & Curator Emily Lanctot featuring Christine Lenzen, Jason Schneider, and Peter Pless.




Explorations in Wood

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Talk with Jennifer-Navva Milliken

February 24, 6 pm

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Talk with Jennifer-Navva Milliken

DATE: February 24, 6 pm


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Prior to her arrival at the Center, she served as an embedded staff member in international art museums, as an independent curator, and as the founder of a cross-disciplinary art space. Her exhibitions have been presented in museums, art fairs, galleries, and unconventional spaces, and her writings have been included in exhibition catalogues, anthologies, and publications that investigate and critique the intersecting fields of art, craft, and design. With a global perspective, honed through a life split between two continents, she is driven by the extraordinary power of the arts to challenge preconceptions and bridge divides.

Milliken is the artistic leader of the Center and is responsible for the Center’s vision and direction, as well as creating and producing the exhibitions program, facilitating the annual Windgate International Residency program, maintaining the integrity of the museum collection and research library, and overseeing the Center’s publishing and documentation.

Her talk will focus on the history of the Center for Art in Wood and the development of its unique mission and permanent collection of artworks and handmade objects. She will also discuss select works in the Explorations exhibition and their impact upon the Center’s mission, its community, and worldwide creative engagement with the material of wood.


Talk with Artist Michael Hosaluk

April 1, 6 pm

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Talk with Artist Michael Hosaluk

DATE: April 1, 6 pm


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Michael Hosaluk is recognized internationally and in Canada as one of the world's most creative wood "turners". Born in 1954, in Invernay, Saskatchewan, Hosaluk is self-taught. Michael Hosaluk lives and has his studio near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Hosaluk's work covers a wide range of objects and materials including functional vessels, furniture, and sculptural pieces. His work is humorous and elegant, possesses character and gesture, and is full of references to architecture, nature, and culture. Hosaluk's work has been exhibited throughout Canada, Europe, China, Japan, Australia, and the United States.

Hosaluk's pieces can be found in the permanent collections of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace; Zhao Xiu, Governor of Jilin Province, China; Idemitsu Corporation, Tokyo; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Detroit Institute of Arts; Yale University Art Gallery; Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Royal Ontario Museum. He has lectured and demonstrated extensively throughout Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, France, Norway, and Israel. In 2003, he participated in the French Association of Turned Wood's conference Artistic Woodturning Worldwide in Puy St. Martin, France. Hosaluk has also been the coordinator of the biennial International Wood Furniture/Turning Conference since 1982. Hosaluk's work has recently been profiled in numerous publications including Fine Woodworking; American Craft; and Woodwork magazines. Hosaluk is also the subject of a book published in 2002 by Guild Publishing, titled Scratching the Surface: Michael Hosaluk.