Dr. Joanna Grabski’s research addresses the intersection of urbanism and visual culture in Senegal’s capital city of Dakar. Grabski is the Director of the School of Art at Arizona State University, and recently published Art World City: The Creative Economy of Artists and Urban Life in Dakar. Grabski will present the keynote lecture for the 2017 Art History & Visual Culture Symposium.
Los Angeles-based textile artist Karen Hampton examines the African American diaspora and explores her personal and ancestral narrative through the art of embroidery, coupled with found textiles and a multitude of textile techniques. Her work recounts her own complex family history and gives voice to long-forgotten stories that tell about African-American experience.
New York based Joanne Greenbaum’s paintings are energetic profusions of overlapping techniques and colors, featuring clusters of architectural forms, irregular shapes, and doodle-like lines. Her work is held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Hammer Museum, UCLA, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis, and many others.
Alejandro T. Acierto is an artist and musician whose work is largely informed by the breath, the voice, and the processes that enable them. Based in Chicago, his work has been shown at the MCA, SAIC, and SOMArts, among many others. Acierto is also a founding member of contemporary chamber orchestra Ensemble Dal Niente.
Critically acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Lucy Knisley specializes in personal, confessional graphic novels and travelogues. She has made comics for various anthologies and publications including Marvel comics, Valiant comics, Adventure Time comics, and Boom Studios. Knisley will present the 2018 Keynote Lecture at the 11th Annual Comics Forum.
Award-winning editor Diana Schutz has been working in comics for almost forty years. She was senior executive editor at Dark Horse Comics. She teaches Comics Studies at Portland State University is a published author of both comics and prose, and was the first woman to be inducted into the Canadian Comic Book Creator Hall of Fame. Schutz will present the 2018 Scholar Keynote Lecture at the 11th Annual Comics Forum.
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:
Dr. Elizabeth Sanders introduced many of the tools and methods being used today to drive and/ or inspire design from a human-centered perspective. Sanders teaches Design at The Ohio State University and is the founder of MakeTools. Recently she co-authored Convivial Toolbox: Generative Research for the Front End Design.
Dr. Joanne Turney is a Design Historian specializing in textiles and fashion as material culture. Turney teaches at the University of Southhampton, Winchester School of Art in the UK. Her book, The Culture of Knitting, is seminal knitwear research and is the framework for understanding the complicated position of knitwear in contemporary culture.
Self – Clarissa R Gerber
Show Dates: May 25- July 21, 2018
Reception: Saturday, July 21
Whether understood as complex physiological organisms or as souls swaddled in flesh, humans embody mystery and potentiality. My interest goes beyond the unseen and incorporeal elements to embrace the physicality of people as well as their collective psychology. I find subtle moments revealing—the tension in an arm, the curve of a shoulder, the intense look in an eye, and the connections people make when they look at each other.
My work rides the edge between different modes of painting with color acting as a central component. I am drawn to that space where representation meets abstraction and where volume and flatness intersect. Overlapping marks create layers of paint that both reveal and conceal, similar to our physical surroundings’ ability to both reflect and influence our identity. My current series acts as both a study of persona and as conduit to express emotion for myself, for the model, and for the viewer. Through the use of color and the expressive language of paint, my work connects the personal to that which links us as human beings.
Clarissa R Gerber received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Michigan State University in 2011. Gerber is a figurative painter who uses color and the expressive language of paint to present the human form, both physically and psychologically. Her work has been exhibited numerous times in national juried exhibitions, including the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition in Brooklyn, New York; Gallery 263 in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights, Illinois; and First Street Gallery in New York City. In 2015, Gerber had a solo exhibition entitled Sensation in the Sheetz and McLanahan Galleries on the campus of Penn State Altoona. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio. Additional information and images of Gerber’s work are available at ClarissaRGerber.com.