DRAWN TO PRINT
A national juried exhibition of drawning and printmaking and everything inbetween.
July 27 – August 31, 2018
Reception July 27, 6-8PM
This exhibition is the result of a national call and features works on paper that explore the ways in which the diverse and inclusive mediums of drawing and printmaking converge and are completely separate.
The path followed by a brayer can begin with a pencil, a mouse, a cut, or a maybe a stencil. There is no limit to the ideas that can be explored through drawing or printmaking. The presence of the artist in these processes can be at the forefront or separated by many layers of information. Surfaces can be additive or subtractive. Lines and forms can be ink, paint, graphite, thread, a cut or a tear. The work in this exhibition meets with the act of one material being pulled across the surface of another.
This exhibition features work from:
HECTOR DEL CAMPO
SALLY SCHLUTER TARDELLA
Featuring Dianne Wolter’s paintings and sculptures.
August 3- October 5, 2018
Reception September 8, 3-5PM
Painting provides me a process driven opportunity to experiment, discover, manipulate, play, and sometimes even tell a story. I value mark making and like to see evidence of the history of the process in the finished painting. Narrative has been a component of my art that allows me to ask questions and make observations. I use whimsy as a means to enliven or to soften the content. Recurring themes and images return to new environments. Images that possess a personal iconography are infused with content from experiences and memories that hold power. I begin by creating an active ground plane, and then working out to the surface, sometimes finding rather than imposing imagery. I enjoy working figuratively, layering, searching for ideas and inspiration from the manipulation of the media, and often but not always embracing a narrative.
Adding papier-mâché sculpture to my studio involvement has been a logical and natural extension to my previous singular focus of two-dimensional work. The process is reductive, starting with foam forms that have been created by gluing construction foam into blocks that can be carved. Papier-mâché mulch and layers of paper finish off the surfaces and ease transitions and contours. The torn paper can communicate a new narrative while holding onto its past. I find myself stacking forms which is another way of layering, bringing elements together in proximity or support, contrasting familiar with fantastic.
Dianne Wolter graduated from Michigan State University in 1965 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a teaching certificate. Teaching and studio involvement have been the focus of her professional life since then. She concentrated on fabric collage for the first 14 years of her creative journey, teaching it in public schools throughout southern Michigan sponsored by the Michigan Council for the Arts. In 1979, Wolter began teaching after school art classes in her home studio to area children. Sharing her studio with children was a rewarding and meaningful opportunity. To concentrate more fully on her own art, she retired from teaching in 2002 to focus more on painting. A whim to make a cat riding on a unicycle introduced sculpture as an additional interest. Since then, Wolter has been enjoying both sculpture and painting.
For more information about Dianne’s work please visit her website:
Come and support Jie Liu as she defends her dissertation on Friday. Time and location: August 17 (Friday), 1:00 pm, B342
THE L2 ACQUISITION OF CHINESE CLASSIFIERS: COMPREHENSION AND PRODUCTION
There is a long-standing discussion on whether new functional categories and their features are acquirable by L2 learners, and what the source of non-nativelike L2 performance in production and online comprehension is when morphological marking is involved. The current study employed an elicited production task, a self-paced reading task, a lexical decision task, a classifier knowledge test, and a proficiency test, to investigate the process by which English-speaking learners of Chinese acquire a new functional category, Mandarin classifiers, with a focus on the source of the challenges L2 learners face in the process.
Main findings include: (1) In production, compared to native speakers of Chinese, L2 learners over-relied on the general classifier ge, and used less specific classifiers; (2) L2ers were not sensitive to classifier omission in online comprehension, but they showed sensitivity to inconsistent classifiers that conflicted with the semantic features of the nouns; (3) L2 learners’ lexical knowledge and their lexical retrieval ability play a crucial role in their performance in classifier production and online comprehension.
The results suggest that establishing the new functional category, classifiers, in L2 syntax is not unattainable for English-speaking learners of Chinese. The real constraint may lie at the lexical level. Sufficient lexical knowledge can contribute to native-like performance regarding Chinese classifiers. L2 learners of Chinese differ from native speakers in ability to access co-occurring information between classifiers and nouns in mental lexicon organization with regard to classifiers. The role of L2 proficiency in classifier acquisition is also discussed.
All new SLS Ph.D. students: Orientation is 8/23/2018 at 9:30 AM in B243 in Wells Hall, with the lunch at noon in the Atrium. All SLS Faculty will join the meeting at 11 AM. Returning students: Please join the new students and all faculty at noon in the Wells Hall 2nd floor Atrium for lunch, and also from 1 to 2 PM in B243 for a mixer. A potluck is to follow in the evening at Shawn’s house; new students do not have to bring anything. Directions to Shawn’s house will be given out at the orientation, as well as info on ride sharing to get there. See you all in August!
Returning students: Please join the new students and all faculty at noon in the Wells Hall 2nd floor Atrium for lunch, and also from 1 to 2 PM in B243 for a mixer. A potluck is to follow in the evening at Shawn’s house; new students do not have to bring anything. Directions to Shawn’s house will be given out at the orientation, as well as info on ride sharing to get there. See you all in August!
The City of East Lansing and Michigan State University announce the book selection for the 2018 One Book, One Community program: “My Beloved World,” a memoir by Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court of the United States.
Sotomayor’s story is one of determination and the hope, tenacity, hard work and self-reliance that would propel a little girl who grew up in a Puerto Rican corner of the Bronx to the highest court in the land.