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Jan
20
Sat
WATER Puerto Rico……Flint a Human Right Exhibition @ MSU Union Art Gallery
Jan 20 – Mar 23 all-day
WATER Puerto Rico......Flint a Human Right Exhibition @ MSU Union Art Gallery | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

WATER Puerto Rico……Flint a Human Right Exhibition Reception

A solo exhibition featuring Karen Hampton, MSU Artist-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies.

JANUARY 19 – MARCH 23, 2018
RECEPTION JANUARY 19, 5-7PM, REMARKS AT 6:15PM

Join us Friday, January 19, 2018 from 5-7PM for the opening reception for WATER Puerto Rico……Flint a Human Right a solo exhibition featuring the work of Karen Hampton at the MSU Union Art Gallery. Opening Remarks will be offered at 6:15PM.

Artist Statement:
I am a conceptual mixed media artist, addressing issues of colorism and race in my works. I seek to break stereotypes and address issues related to my life. My artwork is steeped in oral history and expresses the narrative of those whose stories have not yet been fully told. As a storyteller, I impart conceptualized stories about the “other” in society. I view myself as a vehicle for ancestral stories to transcend history and remain part of the historical record. The canvas of my artwork is fabric, which I age and imbue with conceptualized images of a forgotten part of the American story. Using images and text, I embed the cloth with the hopes and visions of my ancestors, particularly those whose stories that have remained invisible. Whether woven or stitched, every time my weft crosses the warp or my needle pierces the cloth, I reach through another layer of scorched earth that slavery has left behind and work to reframe critical issues of race.

Karen Hampton is a Michigan State University, Artist-in-Residence: Critical Race Studies. Hampton joins us from Los Angeles, CA for the 2017-2018 academic year. Her 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 she will be offering a public lecture about her work on January 30 at 6PM in 107 S. Kedzie Hall.

Mar
22
Thu
Reincarnation in America @ N022 Business College Complex
Mar 22 @ 7:00 pm

Reincarnation in America

with Dr. Lee Irwin

Professor at College of Charleston

Mar
30
Fri
R&W Graduate Program Workshop: Open meeting with graduate students @ Room 271
Mar 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
R&W Graduate Program Workshop: Open meeting with graduate students @ Room 271 | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

R&W Graduate Program Workshop: Open meeting with graduate students

Focuses: time and space for graduate students to ask any questions, raise concerns, etc.

Snacks will be available

Apr
27
Fri
Breaking Neuro Ground: Breaking Literary Neuroscience & the Benefits of Interdisciplinarity @ MSU Union, Lake Superior Room
Apr 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Breaking Neuro Ground: Breaking Literary Neuroscience & the Benefits of Interdisciplinarity @ MSU Union, Lake Superior Room | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Dr. Phillips will discuss 3 ongoing research projects at the Digital Humanities and Literary Cognition Lab (DHLC), and reflect on lessons learned from interdisciplinarity.

Jul
27
Fri
DRAWN TO PRINT National Juried Exhibition @ (SCENE) Metrospace
Jul 27 – Aug 31 all-day
DRAWN TO PRINT National Juried Exhibition @ (SCENE) Metrospace | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

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:

CONNOR ACHESON
DANIEL ALYIM
BRANDIN BARÓN
CURTIS BARTONE
ANNE BEIDLER
PATRICIA BENDER
SUZIE BUCHHOLZ
ANTONIO CARDOSO
EVAN CHRISTOPHERSON
DUSTIN CLARK
AMANDA COE
ANDREW DECAEN
HECTOR DEL CAMPO
SUZANNE DITTENBER
MATT DRISSEL
EVAN FERRARO
CYNDI FORD
SARAH HEYWARD
TRAVIS JANSSEN
JOHN JUDGE
CAROL MYERS
JOSH NEWTH
KATHLEEN ROGERS
MARK ROSPENDA
DIANE STAVER
SALLY SCHLUTER TARDELLA
BRUCE THAYER
OLIVIA TIMMONS
MARGI WEIR
JANE ZICH

Aug
3
Fri
THEN NOW Painting and Drawings by Dianne Wolter @ MSU Union Art Gallery
Aug 3 – Oct 5 all-day
THEN NOW Painting and Drawings by Dianne Wolter @ MSU Union Art Gallery | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

THEN NOW

Featuring Dianne Wolter’s paintings and sculptures.

August 3- October 5, 2018

Reception September 8, 3-5PM

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

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.

BIO

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:

http://www.diannewolter.com/

Aug
31
Fri
“A Place at the Table” Screening & Reception @ East Arbor Architecture + Gallery
Aug 31 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
"A Place at the Table" Screening & Reception @ East Arbor Architecture + Gallery | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

A Place at the Table is in many ways an MSU project because it features interviews with MSU graduate students, faculty, and staff who attended the 2017 Women’s March.

The 17-minute film attempts to unpack the experience of the 2017 March on Lansing, featuring the voices of 16 attendees. The interviewees reflect on three questions: why they attended the march, what the experience was like, and what we can do to keep the momentum of the march going. As we hear their disembodied voices, we see footage of the march that brings to life the collective experience of that day. The film features diverse voices: Latinxs, American Indian, Black, Queer, and others.

This event is free and open to the public, so come along and bring your friends and family. In case you need more incentive, there will be free food and drinks for all.

The screening is sponsored by Michigan State University, the College of Arts and Letters, the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures, The Doc Lab, the Department of Media and Information, the Diversity Research Network-Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, the Center for Gender in Global Context, and the Chicano/Latino Studies Program.

Sep
14
Fri
COMMAND+ N Group Art Exhibition @ (SCENE) Metrospace
Sep 14 @ 1:00 pm – Oct 28 @ 5:00 pm
COMMAND+ N Group Art Exhibition @ (SCENE) Metrospace | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

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.

Curators Statement

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.

Sep
25
Tue
Jesse Reed Visiting Artist Lecture @ 109 South Kedzie Hall
Sep 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Jesse Reed Visiting Artist Lecture @ 109 South Kedzie Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

JESSE REED / SEPTEMBER 25 / 109 S KEDZIE / 6PM

Jesse Reed is a graphic designer living and working in New York City. He co-founded the independent publishing imprint, Standards Manual, in 2014 and is currently a partner at the Design Consultancy, Order.

For more information about Jesse Reed’s work please visit:

http://jessereedfromohio.com/

Oct
8
Mon
Zig Jackson Visiting Artist Lecture @ B310 Wells Hall
Oct 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Zig Jackson Visiting Artist Lecture @ B310 Wells Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

ZIG JACKSON / OCTOBER 8 / B310 WELLS / 7PM

Photographer and Professor at SCAD, Zig Jackson identifies and tackles issues that sometimes radically different Native American tribes have in common such as how to deal with tourism. marketing, myth, traditions, and stereotyping. He uses his work to raise awareness about cultural identity, representation, and appropriation to touch on issues like paternalism, sovereignty, and commodification.

For more information about Zig Jackson, please visit:

http://www.risingbuffaloarts.com/bio.html