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:
Please stop into (SCENE) Metrospace to see our latest exhibition traveling to us from Bloomington, Indiana where it was recently on view at I Fell Gallery. COMMAND + N was co-curated by Anna Buckner and Sul-Jee Scully of Command Zine and Bill Bass and Raphael Cornford of Noise Project. This special exhibition brings together the work of nine artists; Roxana Azar, Israel Campos, Zachary Carlisle Davidson, Jonathan McFadden, Rowland Ricketts, Saman Sajasi, Caleb Weintraub, Tyler Wilkinson, and Chad Wys.
I can’t follow everything going on. You can’t either. I can grab a few strands here and there, focusing my reading and my podcast listening and my conversations. Still, I’m falling woefully short. I know that any sources I access have bias, that I’ve been lied to by dominant narratives across media forms, that my experiences have been misrepresented if represented at all.
So let art speak to us all at once and emotively and with information and through reference and via updated, augmented, and even subverted traditions. For art does
indeed reveal our new narratives and emergent mythologies, forces that selectively continue and negate aspects of their older counterparts. “But which art?” you
might ask, “Where? How? Will there be beer?”
NOISE and COMMAND Zine co-curate the exhibition “COMMAND + N,” a traveling group show of artists whosework is invaluable, transformative and alive, acting upon us just as much as we respond in turn. Working across multiple media these artists reveal untold stories, recontexualize traditions, speak from marginalized identities, and play with the boundaries between digital and tangible.
Bringing together an expertise that spans the contemporary fields of painting, textile, printmaking, photography, comics and digital art, the curators present two exhibitions at I Fell in Bloomington, IN and (SCENE) Metrospace in East Lansing, MI, highlighting selected works as simultaneously discrete narrative objects and cohesively indicative of the story of our time.
To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel and reflect on that history, the Michigan State University Jewish Studies Program is very proud to sponsor its largest academic conference ever: “Israel at 70: Complexity, Challenge, and Creativity” on September 16-17, 2018 at MSU’s Kellogg Center.
The conference brings together 40 internationally recognized scholars from Israel and the United States under one roof to discuss Israeli society, culture, politics, foreign policy, and agricultural, biomedical, water, environmental, and business innovation.
If you are interested in attending please register at https://msuisraelat70.eventbrite.com. If you have any further questions please contact Amy Shapiro at 517-432-3493.
The Innovate State Speaker Series at MSU is a collaborative program designed to connect forward-thinking speakers with students and professionals interested in innovation and entrepreneurship. Topics include startups, new business creation, leadership and team-building, customer acquisition, fundraising and other special topics.
Held monthly through the academic year, this speaker series is held at 6 p.m. in the Erikson Hall Kiva on Farm Lane
Shaniqua Davis, CEO & Founder of Noirefy will be speaking at this series event.
Artist Scott Hocking will discuss his work The Sleeper (Cowcatcher), a site-specific installation comprised of old railroad ties and other artifacts that draws upon the natural and industrial histories of Michigan, from forests and lumber to ancient trails. Scott Hocking is a Detroit-based artist whose sculptures and site-specific installations address the constantly changing landscape of a city through its detritus.
Learn how to prepare a resume and motivation statement to make your Peace Corps application as competitive as possible. The MSU Peace Corps recruiters along with current Peace Corps invitees will walk you through the ins and outs of the application process, tips for strengthening an application, and how to avoid potential pitfalls.
The application workshop is targeted for people interested in learning how to apply to the US Peace Corps. This is an informal event so feel free to attend only a portion of the event if you can’t make it for the entire time.
We’re also very willing to share stories of our own service and information about the Peace Corps in general.
We hope to see you there!
Erika and Chad
MSU Peace Corps Recruiters
Speak directly with National Security Agency (NSA) employees to learn about the variety of career opportunities at the Agency. This session will specifically cover foreign language and intelligence analysis career paths, to include entry level and summer internship positions, but all questions and majors are welcome!
Register on Handshake at https://msu.joinhandshake.com/events/197750
The Third Thursday Speaker Series is a monthly lecture series that is sponsored by the College of Arts & Letters Excel Network and the Graphic Design Program in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design. This series offers students industry connections, alumni networking opportunities, and insights into a variety of industries and disciplines presented by working professionals who lead design and creativity efforts in organizations such as design firms, advertising agencies, nonprofits, and Fortune 500 companies. Speakers who are selected have a variety of experiences including graphic design, writing, user experience, brand strategy, creative technology, and digital media.
About Curt Schreiber
Curt Schreiber blends a lifelong interest in art and design with a passion for leadership, and has developed a highly successful professional career around brand strategy and corporate marketing communications. As Chief Design Officer and President at VSA PARTNERS, Curt ensures that VSA upholds the standards of excellence upon which the firm was founded 32 years ago and its belief that design has the power to solve complex business problems. He is known for building an internal culture that emphasizes consistency in producing stellar work, attracts the top talent in the industry, encourages free idea exchange, and focuses on long-term growth.
Dor (Nagesh Kukunoor, 2006)
Presented by Sitara Thobani
Expanding upon themes of separation, loss, migration and gender, Dor (2006) draws attention to those aspects of contemporary migrant labour that are often overlooked. Based on true events, the film is about two women brought together after their husbands leave to work in Saudi Arabia. As their relationship unfolds, each must come to terms with the changes their new situation brings. Critically acclaimed, Dor was directed by Nagesh Kukunoor and features the award-winning cast of Ayesha Takia, Gul Panag and Shreyas Talpade.