2018 Department of Art, Art History, and Design Faculty Triennial Exhibition @ Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum
Mar 17 @ 12:00 pm – May 13 @ 7:00 pm
2018 Department of Art, Art History, and Design Faculty Triennial Exhibition @ Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

2018 Department of Art, Art History, and Design Faculty Triennial Exhibition

Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum

March 17-May 13, 2018

Exhibition Reception April 8, 6-8PM

The 2018 Department of Art, Art History, and Design Faculty Triennial Exhibition showcases the recent work of twenty studio art & design faculty members. Recognized nationally and internationally, Michigan State University studio art & design faculty member’s creative research is regularly exhibited in venues all over the world. Collectively they have received recognition and support from Fulbright, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Pollack-Krasner Foundation. Representing a broad-range of media and contemporary art and design approaches, the exhibition highlights the faculty’s dedication to actively pursuing creative research.

The 2018 MSU Department of Art, Art History, and Design Faculty Triennial exhibition is organized by the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at MSU and guest curated by Christopher Atkins, Curator of Exhibitions & Public Programs at the Minnesota Museum of American Art. Support for this exhibition is provided by the John and Susan Berding Family Endowment.

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