Textscape @ MSU Union Art Gallery
May 17 @ 12:00 pm – Jul 12 @ 7:00 pm
Textscape @ MSU Union Art Gallery | East Lansing | Michigan | United States


Hongtao Zhou

Textscapes are 3D printed documents to reemphasis printing in modern technological world.

May 17 – July 12, 2019


Textscapes are 3D printed documents to reemphasis printing in modern technological world. Printing technology was first created in ancient China to reproduce text using woodblocks, however today’s definition had been widely adopted in 3D printing, an additive process more often to create objects instead of duplicate text. Textscape generates letter-sized 3D documents to visually profile the subject matters of the texts, such as cities, landscapes or figures. These documents make reading process interactive for general audience or blind people, as knowledge as well as art. This series of work has variations of braille, language characters, calligraphies and number systems to bridge the contents and its visuality in architecture, landscape, portraits and abstract matters.

Hongtao Zhou is an interdisciplinary scholar and artist, he researches, practices and teaches in the areas of Design, Architecture, Exhibition Design, Furniture Design & Fabrication and Contemporary Sculpture & Installation. Hongtao holds a PhD from Purdue University, a MFA from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a MS from Northeast Forest University of China. He is a professor at Tongji College of Design and Innovation (D&I) and a visiting professor at University of Hawaii-Manoa (UHM). Hongtao had been serving as the Director of the UHM Haigo and Irene Shen Architecture Gallery. Currently he is Executive Member and Curator of the National Association of Chinese Artists in American Academia.

Hongtao has exhibited nationally & internationally including Centre Pompidou, Gwangju Design Biennale-South Korea, National Museum of China, Milan Design Week, Milwaukee Art Museum, Chazen Museum of Art, Haggerty Museum of Art, Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites, Charles Allis Art Museum, Honolulu Museum of Art School, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum in Beijing and Taiwan Design Center. He published his work and research in Interior Design, Interni, Design Bureau, Transmaterial, Metropolis, American Craft, Artdaily Zhuangshi Magazine, Modern Weekly and Huffington Post. Centre Pompidou and the University of Virginia collected his work. Hongtao’s work is currently on view in the 2019 Venice Biennale in collaboration with TONTSEN DESIGN in the European Cultural Centre Exhibition.

This exhibition made possible thanks to the MSU College of Arts and Letters, Department of Art, Art History, and Design. Special Thanks to Xia Gao, Associate Professor of Apparel and Textile Design. Work shown made possible by Jiabao Zhu, Project Assistant, Making Lab, Tongji University, College of Design and Innovation (D&I).

Arts Weekend 2019 @ Grand Hotel
Jun 28 – Jun 30 all-day

Join us on Mackinac Island for a special weekend at one of the world’s finest hotels where you will enjoy private porch receptions, unique programming, fine gourmet dinners, and good company!

Activities Include:

  • Private porch receptions and gourmet dinners
  • An enjoyable evening of musical theatre with a performance by MSU Department of Theatre students
  • Guided tour of the Manoogian Art Collection
  • Sustainable Design: Fashion and Costume – Presentation by faculty from Apparel and Textile Design program and Department of Theatre – Rebecca Schuiling, Assistant Professor and Theatre Faculty
  • The Art of Snares to Wares – Laura Cloud, Associate Professor
Call for Entry: Drawings at the Edge of Perception @scenemetrospace @ (SCENE) Metrospace
Jul 19 @ 10:53 am – Aug 23 @ 11:53 am

Deadline for Entry: August 23, 2019

The Renaissance Artist and Architect Brunelleschi is credited with inventing linear perspective and so transformed spatial illusion. We are currently in the midst of a technological renaissance with virtual reality creating another seismic shift in our sense of what illusion in Art is capable of and how the viewer can interact with it.  We seek to curate an exhibition of contemporary art that uses drawing or drawing inspired work that explores the boundaries of perception in its broadest sense. From Rorschach to dream imagery, Anamorphosis to optical illusions. We are looking for work that asks the viewer to confront themselves anew, to see themselves and the world in a new way.  Visionary work that looks around the corner of possibility, drawings that make visible the boundary of what it means to see.

This call is open to everyone 18 years or older and is open to all media. Submissions can range from traditional to conceptual. Drawings at the Edge of Perception will be on view at (SCENE) Metrospace, an urban gallery in East Lansing, MI from September 13 – October 25, 2019. The only required criteria is that works must include drawing or be inspried by drawing, all works of art must be made by visual artists living in the United States.

Please click here for the full prospectus.

Robert F. Crawford Exhibition “MSU Student Life: From the Dorm to the Football Stadium” @ MSU Union Art Gallery
Jul 22 @ 12:00 pm – Sep 13 @ 5:00 pm
Robert F. Crawford Exhibition "MSU Student Life: From the Dorm to the Football Stadium" @ MSU Union Art Gallery | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

SHOW DATES:  July 22 – September 13, 2019

RECEPTION:  August 10, 2019, 2-4PM


MSU Student Life: From the Dorm to the Football Stadium, features two bodies of work by Robert F. Crawford. Bridging 30 years, the photographs illustrate the lives and experiences of Michigan State University students. Addressing the changing complexities of life, as students search for direction.

The black and white photographs taken in the early 1990s are portraits of MSU students. Along with the portraits, Crawford interviewed student as part of the Generation X: The Hopes and Dreams of College Students Oral History Collection held in the MSU Libraries – G. Vincent Voice Library. These interviews reveal both their backgrounds and reactions to life at Michigan State University. The challenge in both the black and white photography and the interviews was to capture a serious and contemplative side of college life. Both the interviews and the photographs preserve and address how individual students experience college, and how they search for and define their goals.

Taken within the last five years, the color photographs depict the pre-game spontaneity of students. Challenging Crawford to finding a way of interpreting constantly moving subjects in varying light conditions. These photographs feature students observed in front of the fraternity houses near Abbot Road and along Grand River Avenue, and the activities in and around Spartan Stadium. Capturing the colorful precision of the practice sessions of the Spartan Marching Band and the tailgaters covering the green spaces of campus. These images are of the collective and the aftermath. Despite the passage of time, the narration of these photographs has both changed and remained the same.

Robert F. Crawford began his education at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. After two and a half years he resigned and transferred to Columbia University in New York where he majored in Philosophy. He then worked as a social worker in New York City both in Harlem and on the Bowery. In the 1960s Crawford studied still and motion picture photography at the Germaine School of Photography in New York and then found employment in the film industry as a sound recordist, color timer, and editor.  Crawford briefly taught the basics of film production and lighting at the City College of New York in Queens and later at Lansing Community College. During the late 1970s and 1980s, Crawford worked as a cameraman and editor at Michigan State University. His still photographs have been published and exhibited locally and in New York. Crawford’s short films have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, at Columbia University and at the Ann Arbor Film Festival.

This exhibition was made possible thanks to the MSU College of Arts and Letters, Department of Art, Art History, and Design. Special thanks to Susan J. Bandes, Professor of Art History and Visual Culture, Director of Museum Studies.

Guest speaker: Dr. Kristof Savski @ Wells Hall B243
Aug 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

‘Native only’ – examining how white privilege in TESOL is constructed, upheld and challenged in Facebook groups for migrant teachers of English in Thailand

Recent critical examinations of the concepts of ‘nativeness’ and ‘native speaker’ have underlined its embeddedness both in historically-conditioned geopolitical inequalities as well as its close association with ideologies of race. These play a key role in particular in TESOL, where ‘native speakers’ continue to be routinely seen as ideal teachers and models for learners. While such a preference is routinely critiqued as a manifestation of white privilege, it is important to note that such hegemonic ideologies are constructed and upheld through concrete actions in discourse, through concrete social actions, and that the discourse around them also opens windows in which such hegemony may be challenged. This presentation will focus on how such discursive struggle plays out around TESOL job advertisements in Facebook groups for migrant teachers of English in Thailand. While these groups cater to a highly diverse population of teachers, one which includes both traditional ‘expats’ (i.e. whites from Anglophone nations) as well as numerous teachers of other nationalities and ethnic backgrounds (i.e. whites from non-Anglophone nations as well as large numbers of Asians and Africans), the job advertisements posted in them largely favour the former, with many job offers explicitly stating that only ‘native speakers’ may apply. This presentation will share the preliminary results of a critical discourse analysis of language used in these adverts and the comments posted below them by group members. I will focus particularly on the discursive actions made by particular actors to enforce the hegemonic ideology – native-speakerism – and on the moves that attempted to subvert and challenge this ideology in different ways.

Pizza! & combined MATESOL/SLS Orientation @ B243 Wells
Aug 21 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Come to the combined MATESOL/SLS orientation on Wednesday, August 21, 11am – 1pm; Wells B243.  We will have pizza galore!

Graduate Student Orientation and Resource Fair @ MSU Union
Aug 24 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Front of a brick three story building with pink flowers out frontGRADUATE STUDENT WELCOMING

All NEW and RETURNING Graduate Students are invited to attend the annual orientation program for graduate students of Michigan State University. The Orientation and Resource Fair will take place on Saturday, August 24, 2019 in the MSU Union from 9AM – Noon. See

COGS Fall Welcome Cookout (for all grad students and their families!) @ Benefactors Plaza 
Aug 24 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Free swag! Free food! Free ice cream! Free info! Come to the annual COGS cookout! It is for all graduate and professional students and their families! More info here:

Library Orientation for TESOL/Linguistics/SLS @ Meet in the South lobby of the Main Library in seating area before 12:30
Aug 26 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm


Library orientation for TESOL, Linguistics, and SLS students Monday, August 26, 12:30 – 2pm; Meet in the South lobby of the Main Library in seating area before 12:30.  Orientation will be in the Beal Instruction room.
Career Services Drop-in Days @ Student Services, Room 113
Aug 28 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Career Services Drop-in Days @ Student Services, Room 113

MSU Career Services Network is hosting “Drop-In Days” where all students can learn about Career Services Network and the services that we provide. They will be providing information and help with several resources such as: finding on campus jobs, resume reviews, career fair prep, navigating Handshake, and building a professional social media presence. Drop-In Days will occur August 26th-August 28th from 11am-3 pm in the Student Services Building, Room 113