Featuring Dianne Wolter’s paintings and sculptures.
August 3- October 5, 2018
Reception September 8, 3-5PM
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.
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:
Professor James Pivarnik (MSU’s Research Integrity Officer) will talk about responsible conduct of research (RCR), identifying and defining federal definitions of research misconduct (falsification, fabrication and plagiarism), and resources available on campus for undergraduate researchers. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding adherence to RCR standards.
Wish there were more opportunities to connect with our local community through the arts? Interested in creating partnerships, performances, events, venues, and projects in the City of East Lansing for 2018-19? Come meet students from the arts across campus and let’s create together. Facilitators will take you through a process to collectively create and test ideas that will make East Lansing a more welcoming, creative place to be in 2018 and 2019. We’ll provide plenty of food to keep the ideas generating! What you’ll need to bring: enthusiasm. What you’ll leave with: tools to bring these ideas to life and potential partners to make it happen.
Basics in R (R studio, installation, import files, running code, useful resources)
SLA researchers have been increasingly using R (a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics; see more details here) to perform data cleaning and statistical procedures. In this session we will tackle some of the very first steps for one to start using R. We will specially align this meeting with the first task(s) / assignment(s) in LLT 873 Quantitative SLS Research Methods. We will also try to get some R users in our program to help everyone out when needed.
Testing & Tasting (or the language assessment research and reading group) is a group for practitioners and researchers interested in language testing and assessment. Meetings provide a forum for both faculty and students to learn about advanced assessment topics and discuss language testing in a friendly setting- with snacks! The group usually meets once a month, with each meeting featuring presentations from SLS students, faculty members, or testers of the ELC testing office. Recommended readings (if there are any) will be sent to the whole group via email before each meeting. We have Dr. Paula Winke, Dr. Dan Reed, and Dr. Koen Van Gorp as regular faculty advisors, and occasionally we invite guest speakers to Skype in.
Presenter(s): Wenyue (Melody) Ma & Dr. Paula Winke
Topic of discussion: Self-assessment
Melody Ma and Dr. Paula Winke will co-present their co-authored article on self-assessment. Dr. Winke will also show the group a self-assessment tool she and her research team developed for the ACTFL oral proficiency test.
Come learn about what job searches in applied linguistics entail, with Drs. Susan Gass and Paula Winke, noon to 1 PM, Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, Room B342.
Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English will be presenting Generous Thinking: The University and the Public Good as part of the University Interdisciplinary Colloquium. Read a summary of her talk below:
The university stands in a peculiar relationship to twenty-first-century American culture. On the one hand, that culture imagines institutions of higher education to be providers of vitally important credentials for those seeking an engaging career and a secure economic future. On the other, that same culture routinely depicts the university and its denizens as being out of touch with the real needs of their communities, producing and transmitting useless, abstract knowledge and standing in the way of real economic and technological progress. Generous Thinking proposes that those of us who work within the university might take a hard look at the ways we connect and communicate with a range of off-campus communities about our shared interests and concerns in order to begin rebuilding the relationship between the university and the public that it is meant to serve.
Coffee and refreshments will be provided.