School of Art & Design

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Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197

Phone: 734.487.1268

Fax: 734.487.2324

Department News

New Stories from 2021

  • A Windgate Matching Grant to Build The 3D Arts Complex Expand dropdown

    Oct. 18

    The School of Art and Design is Building a New 3D Arts Complex! The Eastern Michigan University School of Art and Design is preparing for the next stage of its evolution thanks to a $2.2 million Windgate Foundation grant. The funds from the Windgate Foundation will be utilized as a part of a matching gift agreement with the University to construct a new 3D Arts Complex in the School of Art and Design on the University’s campus in Ypsilanti.

    The School of Art and Design at Eastern Michigan University will at long last be able to complete the Arts Complex that was initiated in part by the significant refurbishing of the Sculpture Studio. This final construction project will provide space for all of ceramics, furniture design, 3D Design, sculpture, and our metalsmithing areas to come together in one building that is built to accommodate such intense processes as these. We will establish studios that well serve each area, rather than shoehorning our equipment and needs into previously used buildings on campus that were built for entirely different purposes.

    The School of Art & Design and the Eastern Michigan University Foundation are embarking on a $400,000 fundraising campaign for the completion and outfitting of the new Windgate 3D Arts Complex.

    If we raise $200,000 by April 30, 2022, the Windgate Foundation will match our fund total! You can donate today or make a pledge and pay off the pledge over the next five years.

    We hope you can join us in celebrating and supporting our next chapter!

  • New Gallery Website Expand dropdown

     May 7

    See our exhibitions, both online and in person this coming fall at our new gallery website:  emugalleries.org.

News Stories from 2019

News Stories from 2018

  • Place/Performance/Identity Symposium, Jan. 25-26, EMU Student Center Expand dropdown

    Dec. 13

    EMU School of Art & Design is pleased to announce a multi-day new symposium: Place/Performance/Identity, January 25-26. 

    Details on the event, including a schedule and downloadable program.

    Registration for this event is strongly encouraged.

    EMU Student Center January 25-January 26.

  • EMU At the Riverside Arts Center, Reception on Friday, October 5 from 6-10 p.m. for Carol Hanna, Arthur "Rocky" Rockall, and Ellen Wilt Expand dropdown

    Sep. 20

    These three artists include two of our past graduate students and a Professor Emeritus of Art.  Just as artworks for the art school range greatly in style and presentation, so do the works in this group exhibition including: mixed media sculptural works, prints, representational and abstract paintings.

    Carol Hanna:

    BS Bus.Ad. from Eastern Michigan University 1971, BFA from Eastern Michigan University 2003, MA from Eastern Michigan University 2011 

    Arthur "Rocky" Rockall:

    Associate's Degree from Schoolcraft College. BA from Wayne State University. MA from Eastern Michigan University.

    Ellen Wilt:

    BFA from the University of Michigan 1969. MA from the University of Michigan 1970.  

    Professor Emeritus of Art at Eastern Michigan University, where she taught for 17 years (1969 - 1985).

    This EMU exhibit will also be on display during the annual Riverside Arts Center event "Fall for Arts" on Saturday, October 13 starting at 7pm.  Please contact riversidearts.org for tickets.

  • Masters of Art and Design Association Spring Studio Tour Expand dropdown

    June 7

    On March 15, 2018, the Masters of Art and Design Association (Formerly the Arts Masters Association or AMA) held a tour of studio spaces across campus. The evening included not only displays of current and in progress work by graduate students in Drawing, Printmaking, Metalsmithing, Fibers, Graphic Design and Ceramics, but also many demonstrations. Visitors were able to watch screen printing and take home a limited edition print designed specially for the event and were able to try a variety of handbuilding techniques in ceramics. The evening ended with the grand finale of a bronze pour lead by Prof. Brian Nelson in the Sculpture studio.

    The MADA will be hosting a Studio Tour again this fall semester, date and time for the event will be posted soon.

  • Prof. Ferguson Wins Manifest Grand Jury Prize Expand dropdown

    June 7

    Jason Furguson's 2017 piece, "Anamorph" won Manifest Gallery's 1st Annual Grand Jury Prize. The cash award for this prize is $2,500. The Prize featured a pool of 40 finalist works by 38 artists, representing 30 different exhibitions. Out of 40 finalists for the Prize a two-stage jury of sixteen arts professionals from across the U.S. selected the winning work.

  • Re-branding of Riverside Art Center Expand dropdown

    June 7

    Leslie Atzmon and Ryan Molloy, along with graphic design students were gifted the Sappi Paper Ideas that Matter Grant to re-brand the Riverside Art Center into a community art hub for Ypsilanti, Mi. This project included the creation of a 'Toolkit' with 48 creative projects for local youth and their families. The project ran from Oct. 2017- Apr. 2018.

  • Faculty Retirements Expand dropdown

    June 7

    It is with heartfelt thank yous that we say goodbye to four esteemed faculty members this spring. All of them have been assets not only to the School of Art & Design, but to the greater art community as well.

    Dr. Grechen Otto is retiring after over 30 years of teaching metalsmithing here at EMU. A graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art, Dr. Otto had not only made extraordinary work (see faculty artwork tab) but also hosted regional metals shows and mentored many graduate students.

    Diana Pancioli is retiring after over 25 years in the ceramics department here at EMU. A graduate of Alfred University, her dedicated focus on functional craft will be missed. In 2016, Pancioli hosted 'After All These Years...' an international show of functional ceramics.

    Dr. Ellen Shwartz is retiring after over 40 years teaching art history here at EMU. Her scholarly focus is on Byzantine art, and she has numerous publications on that topic.

    Tom Venner is retiring after over 20 years at EMU, in his tenure here he has taught ceramics as well as serving as Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.

  • Fall Graduate School Open House Expand dropdown

    June 6

    Saturday, Oct. 20, 10 a.m. to noon in the Student Center
    (Check in at 9:45 a.m.)

    For more information, contact:

    Admissions Visit Programs
    Eastern Michigan University
    220 EMU Student Center
    900 Oakwood St.
    Ypsilanti, MI  48197
    734.487.6453
    Fax: 734.487.6847
    www.emich.edu/visit
    [email protected]

News Stories from 2017

  • School of Art and Design Professor John Dehoog Wins First Prize Award at Midland Center For the Arts Annual Exhibition Expand dropdown

    Sep. 25

    Abnormal Growth
    Abnormal Growth
    Abnormal Growth

    Abnormal Growth

    Professor John DeHoog was awarded First Prize at the Midland Center for the Arts Annual Greater Michigan Art Exhibition for a cabinet/sculpture titled Abnormal Growth.  The exhibit was juried by Jason Franz, founder and chief curator of Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati and runs through November 5, 2017.  John was also awarded the Phil Chmura Memorial Award at the Muskegon Museum of Art's 2017 Michigan Regional Exhibition for a sculpture titled, Stepper and Wrecker.  It runs through November 8, 2017.

  • EMU Furniture Design Students Exhibit at ICFF New York Expand dropdown

    May 13

    Eastern Michigan University students among select group to exhibit works at North America's top contemporary furniture design fair
    Eastern Michigan University students among select group to exhibit works at North America's top contemporary furniture design fair
    Eastern Michigan University students among select group to exhibit works at North America's top contemporary furniture design fair

    Eastern Michigan University students among select group to exhibit works at North America's top contemporary furniture design fair

    A group of Eastern Michigan University students joined 14 other universities participating this spring in one of North America’s most prestigious furniture design events—the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, held in the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.

    The EMU students' furniture display
    The EMU display included a freeform bent wood davenport, a meticulously crafted dining chair, a sculptural chair featuring pyrography, a reclaimed walnut coffee table, and a pair of juvenile stools with special features for children to play with.
    The EMU students' furniture display

    The EMU display included a freeform bent wood davenport, a meticulously crafted dining chair, a sculptural chair featuring pyrography, a reclaimed walnut coffee table, and a pair of juvenile stools with special features for children to play with.

    For EMU graduate student Laura Earle, it was a singular thrill of her artistic lifetime. She displayed a variety of her highly creative designs, received great feedback, and also met Wendell Castle—whom she calls “the Paul McCartney of furniture design.”

    Back Row: Lorena Ganser, Undergraduate Student, Drawing and Painting; Laura Earle, Graduate Student, Furniture Design; Melissa Judd, Recent EMU Alumna, Furniture Design. Front Row: Sara Steenbergh, Continuing Education, Furniture Design; Taj Ali, Recent EMU Alum, Furniture Design. Not pictured: Dulce Morales, Undergraduate Student, Furniture Design; Esraa Malky, Graduate Student, Interior Design.
    Back Row: Lorena Ganser, Undergraduate Student, Drawing and Painting; Laura Earle, Graduate Student, Furniture Design; Melissa Judd, Recent EMU Alumna, Furniture Design. Front Row: Sara Steenbergh, Continuing Education, Furniture Design; Taj Ali, Recent EMU Alum, Furniture Design. Not pictured: Dulce Morales, Undergraduate Student, Furniture Design; Esraa Malky, Graduate Student, Interior Design.
    Back Row: Lorena Ganser, Undergraduate Student, Drawing and Painting; Laura Earle, Graduate Student, Furniture Design; Melissa Judd, Recent EMU Alumna, Furniture Design. Front Row: Sara Steenbergh, Continuing Education, Furniture Design; Taj Ali, Recent EMU Alum, Furniture Design. Not pictured: Dulce Morales, Undergraduate Student, Furniture Design; Esraa Malky, Graduate Student, Interior Design.

    Back Row: Lorena Ganser, Undergraduate Student, Drawing and Painting; Laura Earle, Graduate Student, Furniture Design; Melissa Judd, Recent EMU Alumna, Furniture Design. Front Row: Sara Steenbergh, Continuing Education, Furniture Design; Taj Ali, Recent EMU Alum, Furniture Design. Not pictured: Dulce Morales, Undergraduate Student, Furniture Design; Esraa Malky, Graduate Student, Interior Design.

    Earle, a graduate student in the furniture design program in the EMU School of Art & Design, spearheaded the trip for the group, which included two introductory students, a continuing education student and two recent graduates.

    Attendees included Lorena Ganser, an undergraduate student concentrating in drawing and painting; Dulce Morales, an undergraduate in furniture design; Esraa Malky, a graduate student in interior design; Sara Steenbergh, a continuing education student in furniture design; and recent furniture design graduates Melissa Judd and Taj Ali.

    “Each student shared their experience and skillset, making meaningful contributions to putting the exhibition together,” Earle said. “For example, Sara Steenbergh helped write a grant proposal. Taj Ali managed warehousing. Melissa Judd oversaw shipping. So, in addition to creating beautiful furniture to display, each student shouldered some of the administrative work to make the exhibition a success.”

    Participating schools included the Rhode Island School of Design, known as one of the top art schools in the country; along with the University of Iowa, the University of Oregon, the Rochester Institute of Technology and Virginia Tech University.

    The fair is billed as the premier North American global design showcase for furniture, flooring, lighting and other accessories, attracting more than 700 exhibitors and 33,000 attendees. The annual event also features a schools program, aimed at fostering emerging design talent from universities such as Eastern Michigan.

    “It’s a very prestigious show,” said Sandra Murchison, director of the School of Art and Design. “Having our student work so well received at the ICFF is a real vote of confidence for the Furniture Design Program here at Eastern.”

    Earle exhibited several designs, including a distinctively shaped steel chair, an accent table made of aluminum cast into walnut, and interlocking felt ottomans noted by Design Milk on its “The Best of ICFF” blog. Earle’s animatronic wall divider caught the eye of several attending hospital architects interested in discussing such an installation for children’s cancer wards. Animatronic refers to the use of robotic devices to emulate an animal, in this case fish.

    An animatronic fish wall divider, left, was among the student work exhibited in the show.
    An animatronic fish wall divider, left, was among the student work exhibited in the show.
    An animatronic fish wall divider, left, was among the student work exhibited in the show.

    An animatronic fish wall divider, left, was among the student work exhibited in the show.

    Other EMU student designs included a freeform bent wood davenport, a meticulously crafted dining chair, a sculptural chair featuring pyrography (the art of decorating wood or leather by burning a design on the surface with a heated metallic point), a reclaimed walnut coffee table, and a pair of juvenile stools with special features for children to play with.

    The group, which stayed in a youth hostel, received financial support from the School of Art and Design and a grant from the Furniture Society, a nonprofit, educational organization headquartered in Asheville, N.C.

    “It was phenomenal,” Earle says of the experience. “It was life changing for all of the students. It was very gratifying to watch their world open up.”

    Earle savored her meeting with Castle, whom she calls “a rock star” of the furniture world—a legendary artist that everyone in the field knows and admires.

    “We talked about converting a five-axis robotic arm for CNC milling,” Earle said of a specialized, computer-controlled milling technique the two discussed. “It was so geeky and wonderful.”

    Earle, from Pittsfield Township, has a background in graphic and product design, earning her undergraduate degree from Purdue University in visual communication design and industrial design.

    But, with her children grown, she began graduate studies at Eastern. She was in the interior design program at first, but took a furniture design class and was enthralled.

    “I really love the sculptural element of it,” she says of her studies. “I’m enjoying myself immensely. When you hit your sweet spot, the sky’s the limit.”

  • NASAD Expand dropdown

    May 26

    The EMU School of Art & Design receives national accreditation from NASAD, the National Association of Schools of Art & Design!

  • Amy Sacksteder: Easement Expand dropdown

    Feb. 14

    Amy Sacksteder: Easement

    Faculty member Amy Sacksteder's recent work is currently on view at Alma College's Flora Kirsch Beck Gallery through Thursday, March 16. The exhibition features work on paper, paintings, and a glass and bronze wall installation that was fabricated with the help of EMU alumni Illana Houten, Jessica Tenbusch, and Elize Jekabson.

    From Alma College's press release:

    The exhibition, titled “Easement,” plays off of the two potentially contradictory definitions of the term — to allay fears and the right to use or gain access to someone else’s property for a specific purpose.

    “In the wake of the election, inauguration, Dakota Access Pipeline turmoil and climate change, land rights have been very much on my mind,” says Sacksteder.

    Among the works to be showcased are portions of the series “Cairn” and “Fear Souvenirs.” The latter includes works from 2016 and 2017.

    The exhibition will culminate in a closing exhibition and 7:30 p.m. artist lecture on March 16, 2017.

  • Emergent Effect Expand dropdown

    Jan. 12

    Emergent Effect, curated by EMU alumni and the founders of Ypsi Alloy Studios, highlights the intersecting work and common voice of 16 of the studio's resident artists.

    Exhibition curators Ilana Houten, Elize Jekabson, and Jessica Tenbusch launched Ypsi Alloy Studios in 2015 in response to decreasing artist studio workspaces throughout the region. Since then, the studio has been growing. Emergent Effect showcases the work of the studio's individual artists and highlights shared meaning and shared ideas through the artwork of artists who work across from each other.

    Please join us at the opening reception, which is free to the public, on January 13, 6:00pm - 9:00pm.

    Learn more about the event.

News Stories from 2016

  • Artist's Workshop For Children: Registration Is Open Expand dropdown
  • Program Calendar For the Year Is Up! Expand dropdown

    Sep. 14

    Visit the Events Calendar.

  • Exhibition: Posters of Discontent III Expand dropdown

    Sep. 14

    University Gallery September 07-October 12. Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 28, 4:30-6:30pm

  • A Celebration Of the Arts: Calendar Of Events For the Year Expand dropdown

    Sep. 2

    Visit our digital calendar.

    The School of Art & Design,
    The School of Communication, Media & Theatre Arts and
    School of Music & Dance are proud to present a year of arts events.

  • Resonance: Ceramics Alumni Exhibit and Reception Expand dropdown

    Sep. 2

    Friday, September 23, 2016   5:30 - 7:30pm

    This exhibition features work from over 25 alumni mentored by former EMU Ceramic Professors Susanne Stephenson & John Loree. 

    Join us for an alumni and donor reception with gallery talk by co-curator Steve Glazer (BFA 1976), Ford Gallery

  • Janet Koplos Lecture Today Expand dropdown

    March 9

    Janet Koplos, co-author of Makers: A History of American Studio Craft, was for 18 years a staff editor at Art in America magazine, remains a contributing editor to the magazine, and also served as guest editor of American Craft magazine before its departure from New York. Among her credits in ceramic criticism are essays for books and catalogs on Toshiko Takaezu, Karen Karnes, Kathy Erteman, Richard De Vore and Tom Turner and Barbara Diduk. She is an author of The Unexpected: Artists Ceramics of the 20th Century (published in Holland) and is completing a book on American functional pottery, research for which was supported with a grant from the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design in North Carolina.

    Koplos has also written extensively on other craft mediums as well as on American, Japanese and Dutch contemporary art. She lived in Japan in the '80s and published Contemporary Japanese Sculpture in 1990. She has written about 2,500 articles, reviews and essays in more than two dozen periodicals over the last 30 years, writing on Martin Puryear, Leslie Dill, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Oliver Herring, Rona Pondick, Ursula von Rydingsvard and David Nash, among others. She lectures, critiques and juries frequently, and occasionally teaches and curates. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Minnesota's School of Journalism and Mass Communication and holds a masters degree in art history from Illinois State University. She was named an Honorary Fellow of the American Craft Council in 2010. In 2013 she relocated from New York City to St. Paul, Minnesota. In 2015 she received and Art Writers Grant from the Warhol Foundation and Creative Capital to support research for a book on the New Art Examiner, an alternative art periodical based in Chicago from 1973-2002.

    Koplos' lecture will be today from 3:30-4:30PM in Student Center 310B.

  • Department Head Search Candidate Lecture Expand dropdown

    Feb. 25

    The first candidate in the Department Head Search will be giving a public presentation March 1st, 2:00-3:00pm, 401 Sherzer. Faculty and students are encouraged to attend. 

  • Furniture Design Exhibition At the Ann Arbor Art Center Expand dropdown

    Feb. 5

    Mid West Furniture Zoku

    Art Department Professor John DeHoog is co-curating a furniture design exhibition at the Ann Arbor Art Center. The Mid West Furniture Zoku features the work of like-minded artists, designers, and educators working in the context of furniture. The works in the show represent a broad range of techniques, styles, and personal sensibilities, while at the same time demonstrating universal respect for materials, and deep interest in forms and functions. On display are objects that are familiar on one level, yet poke holes in our conventional views of how furniture should look and what role furniture plays in our daily lives. More information.

  • Amy Sacksteder Exhibits At Popps Packing In Hamtramck, MI Expand dropdown

    Jan. 23

    Chimera

    Art Department Professor Amy Sacksteder is exhibiting recent works on paper alongside the paintings of Wayne State University Professor Adrian Hatfield at Popps Packing in Hamtramck, MI. The exhibition is entitled Chimera. 

News Stories from 2015

  • Event: Pop Up Expand dropdown

    Nov. 2

    A Pop Up show is happening this Saturday, November 7th at Breathe Yoga during the Women Wine and Shopping event in Chelsea MI. Bri Wickoff and Donna Prieskorn will have metal work set up from 10am until 2pm.

    Chelsea, Michigan November 07-November 07. Opening Reception: 10am-2pm

  • Art Educators Present At the Michigan State Conference Expand dropdown

    Oct. 21

    Eastern Michigan’s Art Education program

    Eastern Michigan’s Art Education program was well represented at the 2015 Michigan Art Education Association Conference held in Grand Rapids October 15-18.

    Invited presentations:
    Kara Eggers (MAVAE): Yearlong Planning with Themes
    Jenna Chynoweth (BAE): Documenting the Art Making Process: It’s Important, and Learn to Break Down a Photo to Better Understand Contrast
    Dr. Cam McComb (Faculty): Engaged Assessment

    Art Honors:
    The MAEA art teacher exhibition curator awarded Dr. Cam McComb third place for her photograph titled: Crossroads. The exhibition was on public display at the GRAM during the conference.

  • Michigan Professors Use 3D Printing For Making Art and Educating Students Expand dropdown

    Oct. 19

    3D printed art

    Professors Chris Reilly and Jason Ferguson were recently featured in an article by 3dprint.com author Michelle Matisons. The article discusses the Art Department’s Digital Fabrication class and the future of art/design thinking. Read the full article.

  • Tech Talk #4: Adobe Lightroom CC Expand dropdown

    Oct. 19

    Adobe Lightroom CC

    Lightroom is photographic software designed for managing large numbers of high quality digital images. It features image-editing capabilities that are less complex and expensive than Photoshop. The database allows quick retrieval of archived customly described images. Jordan will cover this plus new built in features for HDR and Photo Merging.

    Presented by
    Jordan Ewert
    Friday, October 23, 2015
    12:30-1:00 Ford 212
    Media Center

  • MFA Alumni Wins Film Festival Manupelli Award Expand dropdown

    Oct. 16

    Joan Newberry, I'm 28

    The 4th annual Ypsi 24 Hour Film Shootout invited filmmakers from Southeast Michigan to try to produce a short film in 24 hours and compete for $2,400 in cash awards.

    This year’s contest happened October 3-4, and the winners were announced on Friday, October 9, 2015.

    EMU Art Department alumni Joan Newberry received the Ann Arbor Film Festival Manupelli Award for her short film entitled I’m 28. See the full film on Vimeo.

  • First Friday Experiences In Northville Expand dropdown

    Oct. 6

    Orin Jewelers contacted the Metalsmithing area this summer and presented several students with the opportunity to feature their work in the store in Nothfield. Bri Wickoff was the first to show her work in October. Last week, Tammy DiSabitino presented work and chatted with potential customers. This exposure is good for students to showcase their work in a commercial setting. Thank you Orin Jewelers! Next First Friday will feature the work of Debra Omans.

  • Tech Talk #3: Visual Resources Services Expand dropdown

    Oct. 5

     Visual Resources Library

    Find out which resources are available to you from the Visual Resources Library. VRL offers several items for check out, large format printing, copy stand image taking, tech talks and more!

    Presented by
    Jennifer Lickers
    Friday, October 9
    12:30-1:00 Ford 212
    Media Center

  • Maker: The New Art Class Expand dropdown

    Sep. 30

    Maker: The New Art Class

    Faculty members Jason Ferguson and Chris Reilly are profiled in the Lynda.com short documentary, Maker: The New Art Class. Learn about their Digital Fabrication class at EMU, their philosophy, and their projects, including a DIY CNC router, “mesh bombs” of borrowed objects, and a linguaphone combining music and making.

  • Exhibitions: Intimate Instruments Workshop Expand dropdown

    Sep. 30

    Intimate Instruments Workshop

    Faculty member Chris Reilly will be presenting the Intimate Instruments Workshop on October 3, 2015, participants are invited to build and play their very own Linguaphone of Tremulous Communion. The Linguaphone of Tremulous Communion is a musical instrument that cannot be heard by an audience. It is specifically for two players, who face each other and bite down on the opposing ends to play. Vibrations flow through the teeth, using each player’s nasal cavities as a resonant chamber. The instrument’s tones are acutely (sometimes painfully) audible to players, but not bystanders. Workshop participants – either alone or in pairs – will receive a Linguaphone kit, instructions, and collaborative help in customizing and building their instrument. A communal performance will follow the workshop.

    Spread Art is an artist-run nonprofit based in Detroit, supporting the creation of new works through residencies, exhibitions, events and collaborations. Spread Art supports experimentation, innovation and work that incorporates technology, invites public participation and/or explores immediately-relevant social themes. Spread Art’s residency program supports artists across all artistic mediums with housing, work space, event/exhibition opportunities and more. Residencies vary from two weeks to two months or more. www.spreadart.org

    The Intimate Instruments Workshop is made possible in part by a residency with Spread Art @detroit contemporary; a residency at Maker Works Ann Arbor; a project grant from New Music USA; and Eastern Michigan University’s Provost Research Support Award.

    5141 Rosa Parks Blvd Detroit, MI October 03-October 03. Opening Reception: 5:30-9:30pm

  • Fall 2015 Tech Talk 2: Zotero Expand dropdown

    Sep. 28

    Zotero Logo

    For anyone writing or assigning a research paper this term.

    Zotero is free and open-source reference management software to manage bibliographic data and related research materials.

    Presented by
    Keith Stanger
    Friday, October 2
    12:30-1:00 Ford 212
    Media Center

  • Exhibition: Hybrid Forms & Interdisciplinary Practice Expand dropdown

    Sep. 17

      Mummified Remains of a Childhood Memory

    BFA candidate Jeremy Walbridge’s work titled Mummified Remains of a Childhood Memory will be on display in Hybrid Forms & Interdisciplinary Practice at Hokin Gallery in Chicago, IL. The piece was selected by guest juror Buzz Spector.

    Buzz Spector works in a wide range of mediums including sculpture, photography, printmaking, book arts, and installation. Spector’s work has been shown in numerous museums and galleries including: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), and the Luigi Pecci Center for Contemporary Art (Prato, Italy). The recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, Spector was honored with the College Art Association’s Distinguished Teaching of Art Award in 2013. He is currently Professor of Art at the Sam Fox School at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Hokin Gallery, Columbia College Chicago, Chicago , Illinois September 18-October 20. Opening Reception: TBA

  • Exhibitions: Intimate Instruments Workshop Expand dropdown

    Sep. 17

     Intimate Instruments Workshop

    Faculty member Chris Reilly will be presenting the Intimate Instruments Workshop on September 19, 2015 at Music Tech Fest. Participants are invited to build and play their very own Linguaphone of Tremulous Communion. The Linguaphone of Tremulous Communion is a musical instrument that cannot be heard by an audience. It is specifically for two players, who face each other and bite down on the opposing ends to play. Vibrations flow through the teeth, using each player’s nasal cavities as a resonant chamber. The instrument’s tones are acutely (sometimes painfully) audible to players, but not bystanders. Workshop participants – either alone or in pairs – will receive a Linguaphone kit, instructions, and collaborative help in customizing and building their instrument. A communal performance will follow the workshop on Sunday September 20 at 6pm.

    From the 18th to the 20th of September, Music Tech Fest is coming to Central Europe. #MTFCentral is the festival of music ideas: a weekend of musical discovery and experimentation, held at the incredible Cankarjev Dom in the heart of Ljubljana. Expect to become part of new musical performances and try out cutting edge technologies. There will be opportunities to get involved in new inventions and experiments, jam onstage and hack at the 24hr Hack Camp. We are interested in music for everyone: music that inspires us, enriches our lives and brings people together. Come and connect and collaborate with artists, innovators, and thinkers from around the world and help us celebrate and invent the future of music.

    The Intimate Instruments Workshop is made possible in part by a residency with Spread Art @detroit contemporary; a residency at Maker Works Ann Arbor; a project grant from New Music USA; and Eastern Michigan University’s Provost Research Support Award.

    Ljubljana, Slovenia September 19-September 19. Opening Reception: 2-8pm

  • Exhibition: Read Image See Text Expand dropdown

    Sep. 12

     Infinite Jest Project

    Corrie Baldauf will give a talk about the Infinite Jest Project at the opening reception.

    Cranbrook Art Museum September 19-March 21. Opening Reception: September 17 from 6-8pm

  • Exhibition: Tirana Design Weeks Expand dropdown

    Sep. 10

    Brooks Harris Stevens has work on exhibition in the MAD Centre Gallery at Polis University in Tirana, Albania as a part of Tirana Design Weeks a biennial exhibition, conference and panel discussions. This is the largest art and design event in the Balkans that highlights contemporary art and design practices.

    Polis University, Tirana, Albania September 14-October 03. Opening Reception: September 14, 2015

  • Exhibition: Textile Art Of Today, International Traveling Exhibition Expand dropdown

    Sep. 10

    Brooks Harris Stevens is a part of Textile Art of Today internationally juried exhibition highlighting contemporary textiles. This exhibition will travel in eastern Europe until February 2017.

    Bratislava, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungry and Slovenia September 17-February 03. Opening Reception: September 17, 2015, Bratislava Castle, Slovakia

  • Exhibition: Materialities: Contemporary Textiles Expand dropdown

    Sep. 10

    Brooks Harris Stevens currently has work in Materialities: Contemporary Textiles an international juried exhibition in the Sandra Blain Gallery at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. This exhibition is in connection with the Surface Design Association’s Made/Aware Conference.

    Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts September 04-October 30. Opening Reception: September 4, 2015

  • Exhibition: Extreme Textiles: Icons and the New Edge Expand dropdown

    Sep. 10

    Brooks Harris Stevens is a part of Extreme Textiles: Icons and the New Edge an international juried traveling exhibition.

    Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan August 20-November 01. Opening Reception: August 20, 2015

  • Annual Michigan Silversmith Guild Meeting Expand dropdown

    Sep. 9

    MSG Annual Meeting Tool Swap and Lecture with Kim Cridler

    When: September 13, 2015 Where: 108 Briggs Hall Events will get under way at 12:30 with the tool swap, shopping for goods with our local suppliers and the opportunity to update your memberships. Our meeting will begin at 1:30 and will run approximately an hour with the inclusion of a recap of the years events a vote for new and returning board members. After the meeting there will be time for more shopping catching up with friends and peers and lunch before our lecture with titled "Lines of Influence: A reflection on the conceptual and formal interest Kim has drawn from the decorative arts, vernacular art forms, and craft "by Kim Cridler at 3:30.

    108 Briggs Hall. Opening Reception: 12:30-5pm

  • NAEA Student Chapter Officers Welcome Incoming Freshmen Expand dropdown

    Sep. 7

    NAEA Student Chapter Officers

    Art advocates were out in force today as students from the National Art Education Association Student Chapter (NAEA-SC) and the Intermedia Gallery Group (IGG) welcomed freshmen attending Fajita Fest held on the EMU campus. Pictured here are the NAEA Student Chapter officers: Lori Burnham (Treasurer), Courtney Miller (President), and Carlee Sharma (Vice-President). Art majors are encouraged to become involved in activities sponsored by both student organizations.

  • Exhibition: 2015 Greater Michigan Art Exhibition Expand dropdown

    Aug. 15

    "Hermit"

    Gretchen Otto, Professor of Art (Metalsmithing) has three pieces in multi media exhibition at the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art. The jury process is two fold with the initial selection done by viewing digital images. Secondly the juror reviews the work submitted by the artists. These small sculptures done by Dr. Otto are done by technique of traditional angle raising. One of the pieces titled “Hermit” was given a juror’s award.

    Midland Michigan July 18-September 11. Opening Reception: July 18 7-9 

  • Surface Design Association's Creative Promise Award Expand dropdown

    Aug. 13

    Lauren Mleczko (BFA candidate in Fibers and Furniture) has won the 2015 Surface Design Association’s Creative Promise Award! Along with international recognition she will be published in an upcoming SDA Journal.

  • Article by Leslie Atzmon and Ryan Molloy on The Open Book Project in Infinite Mile Expand dropdown

    June 10

    Read the article.

  • Exhibition: Velocity of Textiles Expand dropdown

    June 4

    Erin Miller, MFA Candidate in Fibers has work in the Velocity of Textiles at the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design Galleries at Georgia State University May 14 – July 31, 2015.

    Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia May 14-July 31.

  • EMU Sculpture Facility Progress Expand dropdown

    Apr. 10

    Sculpture Facility Progress

    Major progress happening on the new sculpture facility. All of the Asbestos has been abated (as shown in photo 1) The demolition of the 1960’s wing is complete. The rest of the debris has since been removed, and the Kasco team is currently grading the new site and getting ready to pour footings for the new structure. Looking forward to a new, over 800 square foot larger facility in September. So excited! Think Sculpture @ EMU!

  • Tech Talk #12 - Color Calibration Expand dropdown

    Apr. 9

    This workshop will cover how to profile a computer monitor to ensure proper color display. We will also discuss the importance of color management across the digital platform.

    Presented this week by
    Jason DeMarte
    Thursday, April 9, 2015
    11:00-11:30 (different time)
    Media Center
    Ford 212

  • Tech Talk #11 - Mounting 2D Artwork Expand dropdown

    Apr. 2

    This week’s Tech Talk will be a demo on how to build a wood panel support for the mounting of 2-D artwork. In addition, a demonstration on how to mount a finished drawing to the panel will be performed.

    Presented this week by
    Michael Reedy
    Thursday, April 2, 2015
    12:30-1:00
    Media Center
    Ford 212

  • Art Education Professors Present At NAEA Expand dropdown

    March 27

     Dr. Yang and Dr. McComb

    This week Dr. Yang and Dr. McComb each delivered presentations to members attending the National Art Education Association Conference in New Orleans. With her usual flair Dr. Yang served as moderator for the Art Education Technology Smackdown! showcasing technologies in art education. Dr. McComb shared a yearlong project titled Spiritual Meditations: Working in Community to Ritualize Creative Practice.

    NAEA Student Chapter members are reminded that proposals for the next NAEA Conference, to be held in Chicago, are due by May 1, 2015.

  • Exhibition: Erin Miller, MFA Candidate In Fibers, Artomatic 419 Exhibition Expand dropdown

    March 27

    More information on this exhibition.

    One Lake Erie Center, 600 Jefferson Ave., Toledo, OH April 11. Opening Reception: April 11, 18, 25 from 11am-11pm AND April 16, 19 from 12pm-5pm

  • Exhibition: Erin Miller, MFA Candidate In Fibers, W.A.V.E Exhibition Expand dropdown

    March 26

    More information about this event.

    Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania, OH 43560 March 27. Opening Reception: Saturday, March 28, 2015

  • Exhibition: Erin Miller, MFA Candidate In Fibers, Venus Rising Exhibition Expand dropdown

    March 26

    More information about this event.

    715 E Milwaukee St, Detroit, Michigan 48202 March 28. Opening Reception: Saturday, March 28, 2015

  • Tech Talk #11 - Cutting Vinyl Plotter Expand dropdown

    March 26

    Graphtec FC8000-75 cutting vinyl plotter

    Art Department faculty member Chris Hyndman will introduce the department’s Graphtec FC8000-75 cutting vinyl plotter and briefly demonstrate some of its potential uses. The cutter can be used for a variety of adhesive vinyl applications, cut paper works, pen plotter drawings, and paint or sandblast masking.

    Presented by this week by
    Chris Hyndman
    Thursday March 26, 2015
    12:30-1:00 Ford 212
    Media Center

  • Art Department Promotes Graduate Studies Expand dropdown

    March 21

    Professor Michael Reedy and Dr. Cam McComb 

    Professor Michael Reedy and Dr. Cam McComb greeted students attending the EMU Graduate Open House this morning. If you are interested in pursuing graduate studies yet were unable to attend the open house, please contact Professor Reedy to learn more about the MA and MFA degrees in Studio Art: [email protected]

    If you want to earn art teacher certification or are already an art teacher looking to earn a Master of Art in Visual Arts Education please contact Dr. Cam for more information: [email protected]

  • Amy Sacksteder, Publication, Exhibitions, And New Project Expand dropdown

    March 19

    Amy Sacksteder’s work

    In the winter semester, faculty member Amy Sacksteder’s work has been featured in issue 6 of Fresh Paint Magazine and in several exhibitions including the group shows 6th Annual Drawing Discourse at the University of North Carolina, Asheville and Urban Ecologies curated by Barometry Projects at the Galveston Art Center in Texas. Recent drawings and a new cast bronze and cast glass wall installation have been featured in a two-person exhibition (with Wayne State faculty member Adrian Hatfield) at Neon Heater Gallery in Findlay, Ohio for much of March. This work travels to the Dayton Visual Art Center for an upcoming (May-June) solo show entitled The Interior.

    The wall installation (detail pictured above) was realized through collaboration with and the hard work of EMU alumni Ilana Houten and Jessica Tenbusch, the generous guidance and expertise of sculpture professor Brian Nelson, and the fine Adobe Illustrator skills of painting professor Chris Hyndman. Sculpture alumnus Rob Todd fabricated the frames for Sacksteder’s new body of drawings. This work was supported by an Art Department Research and Development Grant.

  • Tech Talk #9 - Copyright (Change) Expand dropdown

    March 19

    Why is copyright so confusing? What are your options for protecting yourself both as a user and creator of images? How do you determine Fair Use? When do your still need permissions? What is Creative Commons? Do you need to register your artwork to keep others from stealing your ideas?
    Come find those answers and more.

    Presented by this week by
    Rita Bullard and Carole Pawloski
    Thursday March 19, 2015
    12:30-1:00 Ford 212
    Media Center

  • Jason DeMarte Featured In Multiple Exhibitions During Month of Photography, Denver Expand dropdown

    March 16

    An Artificial Relationship to Nature: Work by Jason DeMarte 

    As part of Month of Photography Denver 2015, RULE Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of work by Jason DeMarte entitled Confected. The show will open with a public reception on Friday, March 27, 2014 from 6-9pm and will be on view March 27 – May 9, 2015.

    Additionally, DeMarte will be giving a public lecture titled “An Artificial Relationship to Nature: Work by Jason DeMarte” on Saturday, March 28, 2pm – 4pm at RedLine. Several of DeMarte’s photographs will also be on view in the RedLine exhibition Playing With Beauty, opening Saturday March 14.

    Confected examines our cultural tendency to idealize the natural world while continually trying to improve upon it. DeMarte explores the veneer of material desire and constructed natural beauty by composing fictional tableaus that speak to our obsession with beauty, perfection and excess. Meanwhile, underneath the bright colors is an oppressive sense of disenchantment. By “improving” on the natural elements with lighting and post processing, nature becomes just another commercial good, victim to our materials desires. Carefully arranged, and then “sweetened” with sugary items and bright primary colors, DeMarte’s confections are indulgent treats that play with the boundary between the contrived and the natural. In the end the pieces mimic a consumer economy screaming for our attention and demanding that we desire more.

    On view
    Rule Gallery
    3254 Walnut Street, Denver, CO 80205
    Tuesday –Saturday 12-6p and by appointment

  • Students Work To Reactivate NAEA Chapter Expand dropdown

    March 12

    Carlee Sharma (left) and Courtney Miller (right)

    Kudos are given this day to Art Education Pre-service Educators Carlee Sharma (left) and Courtney Miller (right). These two women took the initiative and completed the work necessary to reactivate the National Art Education Association Student Chapter. Miller will serve as President and Sharma will serve as Vice President for two semesters as they work to grow membership and make professional connections between visual art education, EMU, and the Ypsilanti community. Involvement in the NAEA Student Chapter will allow art education majors to organize volunteer projects, host local speakers, plan arts related road trips, and raise funds to attend the National Art Education Association Conference held each Spring. If you are an art educator and want to be part of this professional community then please visit the student group webpage for meeting times and a list of ways to get involved.

  • Chris Hyndman Interview On markmaynard.com Expand dropdown

    March 6

    The work of Chris Hyndman

    Art faculty member Chris Hyndman was recently interviewed on Markmaynard.com as part of the ongoing series "Art, Food, Sex and Trauma: Mark Maynard shoots the *$(#@ with humankind’s most important artists… " Check it out.

  • Tech Talk #8 - iMovie Expand dropdown

    March 5

    If you’re interested in experimenting with video art or editing video documentation of your artwork, but are too overwhelmed by Final Cut Pro and After Effects, come see how iMovie can be easily used for basic cuts and edits as well as some more advanced video effects. In this Tech Talk, a variety of editing options will be demonstrated in iMovie ’11. From creating a new project, to cutting, cropping, and adding transitions, to adding still images and video and audio effects, to exporting your video, there is sure to be something useful to aid you in your video adventures.

    Presented this week by
    Joan Newberry
    Thursday, March 5, 2015
    12:30-1:00
    Media Center
    Ford 212

  • Chris Reilly Receives New Music USA 2015 Project Grant Expand dropdown

    March 1

    Intimate Instruments Workshop

    Faculty member Chris Reilly has received a project grants award from New Music USA during its third round of project grants. Chris received support from New Music USA for his project Intimate Instruments Workshop: Building the Linguaphone of Tremulous Communion. The Linguaphone is a two-player instrument that can’t be heard by an audience, built in a collaborative DIY workshop-performance.

    Awards for New Music USA’s third round of project grants total $284,250 support artistic work involving a wide range of new American music. The program recognizes and supports the multiple roles composers and contemporary music practitioners play in the artistic landscape and responds to the creative spirit of collaboration between artists from multiple disciplines. The 62 awarded projects include concerts and recordings as well as dance, film, theater, opera, and more, all involving contemporary music as an essential element.

    More details.

  • Ryan Molloy Included In Project Passion Exhibition Expand dropdown

    Feb. 20

    Project Passion

    Project Passion is an exhibition celebrating the self-initiated work of graphic designers. The exhibition is a collaborative effort between Minnesota State University, Mankato and AIGA Minnesota.

  • Brian Spolans And Ryan Molloy Featured In Grotesquely Macabre Organisms Exhibition Expand dropdown

    Feb. 20

    GMO: Grotesquely Macabre Organisms, curated by Christian deLeon, features sculpture and animation works by Ed Crago, Brian Spolans, Ryan Molloy, Wendy Williford, Daniel Zinck, and Martin Back. The exhibition explores the possible consequences of what happens when science and creation come together. The exhibition is at the Tarrant County College NW Gallery in Fort Worth, TX.

    More information.

  • Exhibition: Thumbs Up Detroit Art Exhibition -Doors Of Opportunity Expand dropdown

    Feb. 20

    BFA Candidate, Lauren Mleczko, will have Detroit 1920 included in Thumbs Up Detroit Art Exhibition - Doors of Opportunity in the Carr Center located in Detroit.
    Work will be on view February 27 & 28, 2015.

    Carr Center, Detroit February 27-February 28.

  • Exhibition: People On Paper Expand dropdown

    Feb. 20

    MFA Candidate Julia Windom currently has work in People on Paper at the Toledo Museum of Art. Work for this exhibition can be viewed from February 6- May 7, 2015.

    Toledo Museum of Art February 06-May 07.

  • Tech Talk #6 - Art Apps For Your Tablet Expand dropdown

    Feb. 19

     amazing art tools for your tablet

    Discover amazing art tools for your tablet. There are lots of free apps that allow you to sketch, draw and paint at a professional grade level. Learn what is available and what can be done both for planning or end results in the digital world of art. Your tablet is readily accessible to create art in new exciting ways.

    Presented this week by
    Sara Bowen
    Thursday, February 19, 2015
    12:30-1:00
    Media Center
    Ford 212

  • Tech Talk #5 - Photographing 2D Art Expand dropdown

    Feb. 12

    Photographing 2D artwork 

    Photographing 2D artwork is essential for artists who want to preserve their work in a catalogue or show online. In this workshop Jordan will demonstrate the correct way to position your art, set up your lighting kit, and adjust your camera & settings. The goal of this workshop is to have professional reproduced images of your work for little to no cost.

    Presented by this week by
    Jordan Ewert
    Thursday, February 12, 2015
    12:30-1:00
    Ford 212 Media Center

  • Tech Talk #4 - Innovative Printing Expand dropdown

    Jan. 26

    large format printer 

    Come check out our large format printer in the Art Department. Come see what has been done and what is possible. If you are in a 300 level or above art studio class (or Studio Concepts), you are entitled to 30 square feet of printing each term free (the money comes out of your course fee).The prints can be up to 42 inches wide. To print just provide a digital image and have the form signed by your prof. Pick up a form and guidelines on the door to Media Services, Ford 215.

    Come find out how and creative solutions.

    Presented this week by
    Jennifer Lickers
    Thursday, February 5, 2015
    12:30-1:00
    Ford 212 Media Center

  • Tech Talk #3 - Art Inspiration Expand dropdown

    Jan. 23

    1-23-2015

    Photo by PD Rearick.

    Learn how to examine different aspects of your life as resources for art ideas. Corrie Baldauf looks to her friendships, personal challenges, and the artists in the classes she teaches to find inspiration for her art practice. Finding a way to engage in a text, navigating through traffic, or having to wake up before sunrise is fodder for making art.
    Join us for this informal introduction to technology.

    Presented by Prof. Corrie Baldauf
    Thursday, January 29nd

    12:30 – 1:00 pm Media Center
    Ford 212

  • BFA Alum Tommy Wilson At Paint Creek Center For the Arts Expand dropdown

    Jan. 20

    Boxed Narratives

    BFA alum Tommy Wilson has a solo exhibition of his work at the Paint Creek Center for the Arts. Opening reception is on January 24 with an artist talk starting at 4pm and the opening from 5pm to 7pm. The show will run thru Feb 28.

  • Tech Talk #2 - Prezi Expand dropdown

    Jan. 16

    Have you been eager to ditch PowerPoint and try Prezi?

    Let Dr. Cam show you how easy it is to make visual presentations worthy of 21st century viewers. Use a template or design your own visual layout and then click to add text, photos, PDFs, YouTube videos, etc. Keep your presentation, curriculum design, and portfolios stored in the cloud or download them to your computer. Keep them private, share, or make them available to the world.
    View a brief tutorial.

    Presented by Dr. Cam McComb
    Thursday, January 22

    12:30 – 1:00 pm Media Center
    Ford 212

  • EMU Art Department Scholarships Expand dropdown

    Jan. 16

    Need some support? Departmental Scholarships are available!

    Pick up an application in the Art Office at 114 Ford Hall today!

    Deadline for CD and application is February 10, 2017

  • Tech Talk #1 - ARTstor Plus Extras Expand dropdown

    Jan. 12

    There are many old and new features in ARTstor that you might not know about nor have tried yet. Come check them out at www.artstor.org

    “ARTstor is a nonprofit digital library of more than one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences with a suite of software tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes.”

    Presented by Carole Pawloski
    Thursday, January 15

    12:30 – 1:00 pm
    Media Center
    Ford 212

  • Exhibition: Current Magazine Reviews Exhibition Currated And Featuring Work By EMU Professors Expand dropdown

    Jan. 10

    Current Magazine Reviews Allegorical Space exhibition at the Ann Arbor Art Center, curated by Prof. Brian Spolans and featuring work by Prof. Jason Demarte.

    Read more.

    Ann Arbor Art Center January 09-February 22. Opening Reception: Jan 9th 6-8

  • MA(VAED) Student Wins Teacher Of the Year Award Expand dropdown

    Jan. 7

    Masters of Visual Art Education Student Karen McDonald

    Masters of Visual Art Education Student Karen McDonald was just named DTE Educator of the Year for her work as an Art Teacher at Carpenter Elementary. More information. Congratulations Karen!

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