STA 112: Art & Design: Concepts and Practices @ Gallery 101 & 114, Kresge Art Center
Jan 8 – Jan 26 all-day
IN THE ABSENCE OF SIGHT Exhibition @ (SCENE) Metrospace
Jan 20 – Mar 10 all-day
IN THE ABSENCE OF SIGHT Exhibition @ (SCENE) Metrospace | East Lansing | Michigan | United States
A Solo Exhibition featuring the work of Alejandro T. Acierto, MSU Artist-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies
January 19 – March 10, 2018

Join us Friday, January 19, 2018 from 6-8PM for the opening reception for In the absence of sight, a solo exhibition featuring the work of Alejandro T. Acierto at (SCENE) Metrospace. Opening Remarks will be offerd at 7PM.

Artist Statement:
In the absence of sight is a new body of work that draws on the erasures of Pilipinx people by American occupiers during the era of US colonialism in the early 1900s. Through an investigation of American archival photographs, postcards, and images housed in various collections in Michigan and Washington DC, this work reimagines erasure as an opening to speculate other forms of presence. While early depictions and characterizations of the Philippines projected a “savage” people “unfit for self-government”, US colonial officers, journalists, and writers used images of Indigenous Pilipinx people as a mechanism of persuasion to justify their sustained occupation to the American public. Though visual abjection often manifested in images of Pilipinx people either dead or in captivity persisting over three decades, this intervention draws on Pilipinx mythology of the Aswang, a shape shifting ghost-like spirit that wreaks havoc on its targets and their communities. In positioning Indigenous and mestizx resistance to US occupation as a metaphorical permutation of the Aswang, this work foregrounds Pilipinx sovereignty as a way to begin to challenge the formations of representation by the American colonial political agenda.

Alejandro T. Acierto is a Michigan State University, Artist-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies. Acierto joins us from Chicago, IL for the 2017-2018 Academic Year. His exhibition is sponsored by the Department of Art, Art History, and Design along with the generous support of others including the College of Arts & Letters, Creating Excellence Funding Program from the Office for Inclusion & Intercultural Initiatives, Office of the Provost, and the MSU Federal Credit Union. Additionally he will be offering a public lecture about his work on February 13 at 6PM in 107 S. Kedzie Hall.
MSU Music Running Start Competition Live Pitch @ Hart Recital Hall
Jan 28 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
 Each year, College of Music students have an opportunity to design a project or business that features creative content, uses a unique model or approach, reaches a new audience, or does something better in the world of music. This year, eight students will pitch their innovative ideas—from an electronic vibraphone to a campaign for women composers— to a panel of judges as they compete for awards of up to $2,500, generously sponsored by the MSU Federal Credit Union, the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, Cynthia Kay & Co, the MSU Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship, and other donors. 
You can see more about the finalist projects and the event on our Facebook event, where we are featuring each of the student projects in advance, or the event listing on the College of Music website.
STA 391 Mixed-Media Portraits @ Gallery 101, Kresge Art Center
Jan 29 – Feb 9 all-day
Foundations Juried Exhibition @ Gallery 101 & 114, Kresge Art Center
Feb 12 – Feb 23 all-day
First Year Graduate Exhibition @ Gallery 101, Kresge Art Center
Feb 26 – Mar 2 all-day
Leila Malekadeli, BFA Solo Exhibition @ Gallery 114, Kresge Art Center
Feb 26 – Mar 2 all-day
Leila Malekadeli, BFA Solo Exhibition @ Gallery 114, Kresge Art Center | East Lansing | Michigan | United States


Leila Malekadeli BFA Solo Exhibition

Kresge Art Center Gallery 114

February 26-March 2, 2018


Identity is fluid. It is pieced together. It intersects. It can be lost and then found. It can bend, break, and be mended. It is a continuous growth.

SemiTransparent features introspection, reflection, and restraint in an amplified, complex retrieval of identity specific to gender, language, and privacy. Although these works speak to my own identity and experience, they are made to be universal. Through the exertion of working in three-dimensions, I labor through my emotions, stubbornness, and vulnerabilities. It forces me to consistently question ideas of self-worth and arbitrary values within the constructs of social hierarchies. I allow my work to dictate the materials used – metal, paper, wood, clay, textile, electronics – and I allow materiality to shape forms that both substantiate and oppose. The idea of lending oneself to a material aids in underscoring my point of view. Working in mixed media, I derive intimacy from the use of scale and monumentality as well as its reversal. The act of repetition illuminates the obsessive qualities embedded in the processes of my work, while allowing the full context to remain elusive to the viewer.

– Leila Malekadeli

Public Art: Understanding and Practice Exhibition @ Gallery 114, Kresge Art Center
Feb 26 – Mar 2 all-day
Public Art: Understanding and Practice Exhibition @ Gallery 114, Kresge Art Center | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Public Art: Understanding and Practice

Kresge Art Center Gallery 114

February 26- March 2, 2018

This exhibition celebrates the eight artists that took on the challenge of a collaborative Mural project. The mural is on permanent display in the Grove Street Alley in East Lansing’s downtown and is titled: A Colorful Melange; We All Belong Here and was made under the guidance of Professor Benjamin Duke.

I invite you to join us summer 2018 for this year’s project.

This class combines travel with artistic production. We will travel to New York City, Grand Rapids and Detroit to see significant works of Public Art and then make some for our community. We will cover all aspects of production from generating a theme, sourcing the image, putting together a professional public art proposal, to execution and instillation of the work.

This exhibition features works from:

Salvador Carrillo

Summer Dawdy-Allen

Cami Ernst

Leila Malekadeli

Ciera Mckay

Peter Shutt

Richard Tanner

Alyssa Thornton

BFA Graphic Design Exhibition @ Gallery 101 & 114, Kresge Art Center
Apr 16 – Apr 27 all-day
The Wash (as it seams) @ MSU Union Art Gallery
Jan 21 @ 12:00 pm – Mar 2 @ 2:00 pm
The Wash (as it seams) @ MSU Union Art Gallery | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

MSU Union Art Gallery

49 Abbott Road, Rm. 230, East Lansing, MI 48824


The Wash (As It Seams)

Solo exhibition featuring the work of Babette Shaw.

January 21 – March 2, 2019

Artist Lecture January 31 6pm, Natural Science Rm. 326

Exhibition Reception February 1, 6 ­– 8pm



Babette Shaw Artist Statement

As human beings, we communicate through language, visual and verbal.  We have within us an innate desire to connect with one another, yet our language, essential to communication, often serves to polarize us both interpersonally and through the maintenance of institutionalized systems of dominance, oppression, and coercion.  Inherent within our language are misogynistic words, phrases, and ideals that inform us and affect the way we interact with one another.

Inception of this work began with a certain group of political leaders speaking mis-information about womxn’s bodies; as a consequence, most womxn, regardless of party alignment, voted against their interests.  Yet, statements and occurrences made public throughout the recent United States election processes reveal what low-base views we are willing to accept about womxn, however damaging or oppressive to the potential growth beyond them.  Misogynistic language, gendered ideals, gendered scripts influence our politics, our laws, our institutions, the wage gap, our public and personal spaces, our social and interpersonal relationships.  These bodies of work are representative of personal narratives and of individual womxn who have chosen to share their stories.

Babette Shaw Bio

Babette Shaw, native to California, is an exhibiting photography-based social practice artist whose work includes photography, sculpture, fiber art, installation, and the written or spoken word.

She received her MFA in Photography from The University of Memphis with undergraduate academic pursuits in fine art photography, creative writing, and gender studies.  As an artist, she addresses issues concerning gender and race constructions and disparities in contemporary culture, as well as their historic and archaic underpinnings. Shaw currently teaches at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.  Alongside her art practice and her teaching, she has served on numerous panels for organizations, including the National Center for Research on Women (CROW), and has given lectures at various academic and community-based institutions. Her work is in public and private collections across the country.

Shaw is here to engage the Michigan State University campus as Visiting Artist and Scholar to invite students, past and present (as well as other members from the community), to participate in one of her social practice projects, The Panty Project, which is designed to help individuals and communities heal from gendered and sexual trauma and abuse. While on campus, Shaw will be meeting with womxn from the greater MSU community who have chosen to share their stories as part of this ongoing work. If you are interested in participating in The Panty Project, please email