SELF- Solo exhibition featuring the work of Clarissa R Gerber @ MSU Union Art Gallery
May 25 – Jul 21 all-day
SELF- Solo exhibition featuring the work of Clarissa R Gerber @ MSU Union Art Gallery | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Self – Clarissa R Gerber

Show Dates: May 25- July 21, 2018
Saturday, July 21

Artist Statement

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

Bridge Fest @ Lansing City Market
Jun 21 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Bridge Fest @ Lansing City Market

Under the Shiawassee Bridge in Downtown Lansing (on the river trail near Lansing City Market)
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Dance the night away at ‘Bridge Fest’ — a riverside festival to highlight music and artists from across the region and local eats, held on the Lansing River Trail. Explore the lively #LoveLansing arts and culture scene, featuring a robust artisan village on the city market plaza, live art installations with chalk artists and muralists, Lansing-based artists, recreational games, hula hooping, and more! As the sun goes down, join Lansing 5:01 under the Shiawassee Bridge for a free concert featuring premier Michigan musicians. RENT STRIKEMichigander and frontier ruckus will jam the night away!

Disney’s “The Lion King” @ Wharton Center
Jul 11 @ 7:30 pm
Disney's "The Lion King" @ Wharton Center

Winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, THE LION KING brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway. Tony Award®-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. THE LION KING also features the extraordinary work of Tony Award®-winning choreographer Garth Fagan and some of Broadway’s most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Award®-winning artists Elton John and Tim Rice.

Come out and enjoy this sensory friendly performance of Disney’s “The Lion King” at the Wharton Center for Performing Arts.

Art History: Nasty Women in Art @ MSU Broad Art Lab
Jul 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Art History: Nasty Women in Art @ MSU Broad Art Lab

Following the women’s movement of the 1960s, many women artists began to make art highlighting their underrepresented voices in the art world. Trace the contributions and histories of these early feminist artists and the generations that followed in this month’s session. Art History is an ongoing educational series delves deeper into the MSU Broad Collection.

How to Get Your Work in a Gallery with Katrina M. Daniels @ Marshall Street Armory Lansing
Jul 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
How to Get Your Work in a Gallery with Katrina M. Daniels @ Marshall Street Armory Lansing

Would you like to show your work in an art gallery? Would you like to learn more about exhibiting? This workshop will offer an overview that includes, but is not limited to, finding the best gallery for you and your work, preparing an application and the difference between showing in a gallery versus a business. There will be plenty of time to ask questions as well.

Williamston ArtFest
Jul 28 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Williamston ArtFest

Williamston ArtFest is looking for participants for this year (July 2018). I thought you know students & community members that might be interested.

We are looking for emerging visual, performing and spoken artists.

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


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:

Consul-General of Pakistan @ Room 115, International Center
Aug 26 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
The Consul-General of Pakistan (Chicago office), Mr. Faisal Niaz Tirmizi, will visit the Michigan State University campus on Sunday, August 26th. Following his talk, a Pakistani-style lunch will be served.
One Book, One Community: Justice Sonia Sotomayor @ East Lansing High School Theater
Aug 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
One Book, One Community: Justice Sonia Sotomayor @ East Lansing High School Theater

The City of East Lansing and Michigan State University announce the book selection for the 2018 One Book, One Community program: “My Beloved World,” a memoir by Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court of the United States.

Sotomayor’s story is one of determination and the hope, tenacity, hard work and self-reliance that would propel a little girl who grew up in a Puerto Rican corner of the Bronx to the highest court in the land.

UFest @ MSU Union
Aug 27 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
UFest @ MSU Union

Start the 2018-2019 year off right with the 38th Annual UFest! Hosted by University Activities Board and the MSU Union, come and celebrate a new year!