Walter E. Terhune Gallery at the Owens
Center for Fine and Performing Arts
March 4 — 31, 2016
Where do we find them and how do they shape us?
Why do we embrace or reject them?
When does a unifying contour become a divisional line?
Artists from the Great Lakes region are invited to enter a juried exhibition considering these and other questions related to the borders we find in contemporary life. Hosted by River House Arts and Owens Community Center for Fine and Performing Arts, the exhibition is an opportunity for both emerging and mid-career artists, including those working collaboratively. Submissions from artists 18 years of age and older will be accepted through the online service CaFÉ at CallForEntry.org through February 1, 2016. There is an entry fee of $30
The Juror : Sarah Rose Sharp writes about art and culture in the greater Midwest region for Art in America, Hyperallergic, KnightArts, ZIPR Magazine, and other arts publications. She was named a 2015 Kresge Literary Arts Fellow for Arts Criticism and was just named as a participant in the 2016 International Art Critics Association/USA Section (AICA/USA) and the Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program.
The complete prospectus can be found at www.riverhousearts.com
TAAE 95 artist Julie Friedman, along with fellow printmakers Charles Beneke and Joe Vanderkhove, will be showing her work from November 13-December 12 at the Harris Stanton Gallery in Akron, Ohio.
“Ohio Printmakers showcases the new works of three noteworthy artists who explore themes of memory and loss through a variety of printmaking methods, including intaglio, screenprint, and plasterprint.”
TAAE 95 artist Katie St. Clair’s large scale paintings will be on view this winter at Cincinnati Art Underground, a brand new contemporary art space in downtown Cincinnati. She shares the exhibition space with glass artist Jacci Delaney. The gallery is located at 1415 Main Street, Cincinnati OH 45202. The exhibit runs from November 13 through January 2, 2016.
Cincinnati Art Underground is a newly opened space, and the website does not yet list hours of operation. For more information call 513-903-0623, or contact by email: email@example.com
University of Michigan’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens has issued a juried call for art to be installed in the garden’s conservatory November 28-January 3 as part of their winter exhibit. The theme is Forest and Tree: A Multitude of Gifts, and the show is open to all media. Artworks will be displayed throughout the conservatory building. Interested artists may send 3 images (72 dpi, maximum 1MB each) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is no fee to enter, deadline for entry is October 16. For additional information go to: http://bit.ly/1Kk7eCy
Wish List, an art exhibit described as “a contemporary statement of curatorial desire” has opened in Toledo in a former department store Lamson’s (which was recently the venue for Artomatic 419). The show was curated by Rocco DePietro and Gloria Pritschit of Gallery Project. It has been reviewed in the online arts magazine Hyperallergic: http://hyperallergic.com/232456/an-abandoned-department-store-stocks-up-on-art/
I was honored last week to participate in an exhibition and silent auction in honor of Detroit’s 314th birthday.
All the works in the exhibit related to the city’s early history as a French colony; participating artists were asked to create artworks relating to legends of old Detroit. The legend of the Nain Rouge and the tale of the Loup Garou were two favorites among many others that the artists chose for their commissioned works. My own picture “At Askin Point” relates to the tale of La Chasse Gallerie (The Wild Aerial Hunt).
Like many other arts-related events in Detroit, this was a one-night affair held at the Jam Handy, a former historic movie studio turned events venue. In addition to the art exhibit and auction, the “Fest d’Anniversare” featured a lecture by Amy Elliot Bragg, author of Hidden History of Detroit, on the early history of the city, beer by Brew Detroit and cash bar, a strolling dinner of French-inspired cuisine created by Upriver Local and music by DJ Erno.
The event was a collaboration of the Detroit Drunken Historical Society and Corktown Studios. To see pictures of the event:
Sorry for the rather poor quality of this photo, but I took this picture on my phone while walking around in downtown Ann Arbor. This is an installation by talented A2 artist Mike Sivak whose beautifully crafted artworks often refer to devotional objects such as reliquaries and altars, all in the service of his reverence for art.
This installation is part of an ongoing program of Ann Arbor Art Center which selects artworks to appear in the “Aquarium” microgallery on Ashley Street near Liberty, adding some much-needed visual liveliness to an otherwise featureless city block. The space is 8′ x 8′ x 2.5′
To quote the accompanying wall copy:
The Aquarium is a microgallery that hosts ten exhibitions annually. The mission of the Aquarium is to showcase the work of regional artists working with alternative media such as installation, moving image and performance. Artists are invited to fill the gallery in its entirety with a work of art that is unconventional and fun.
I noticed that the windows project is funded by an organization called the Ann Arbor Awesome Foundation which I had never heard of. Upon a little investigation I found out that this group provides mini grants to support the “creation of awesomeness in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area” Their recent grants, in addition to the Aquarium project, include funding a mural on the Dos Hermanos Market in Ypsilanti. They have also recently funded projects by Bike A2 and Abundant Michigan Permaculture Ypsilanti. For more: http://a2awesome.org/
Play Time opened on May 22 at the Toledo Museum of Art. The exhibit celebrates the art of diversion and the value of play to both refresh the human spirit and inspire creativity. Unlike “look but don’t touch” exhibitions, this interactive, family-friendly, hands-on exhibition enables visitors to immerse themselves in contemporary art as they may never have done before.
“This show is not only about play in the traditional sense, but also the idea of being in the moment, of inspiring wonder, of invoking your natural curiosity,” said Halona Norton-Westbrook, who is co-curating the exhibition with the Museum’s associate director Amy Gilman.
“It’s an experimental exhibition that aims to defy traditional ideas of viewing art by providing interactive experiences. The exhibition is not confined to a single gallery, and in fact, it will change throughout June, July and August so viewers will need to come more than once to see it all,” said Norton-Westbrook, who is the Museum’s Mellon Fellow and associate curator of contemporary art.
Major works in the exhibition include room-sized Harmonic Motion by artists Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam and Charles Richard MacAdam, which was initially commissioned by Enel Contemporenea in Rome. The colorful, multi-sensory installation allows children and adults to climb and play inside its hand-crocheted hanging nets.
Play Time continues through Sept. 6. The exhibition is sponsored in part by ProMedica and made possible with the support of Museum members and the sustainability grant program of the Ohio Arts Council. In addition to works of art being added and subtracted from the exhibition during its run, a wide range of exhibition-related programs is planned. A list of programs follows. For more information, visit http://playtime.toledomuseum.org/. The Museum is open every day except Monday and will be closed on Memorial Day and on Labor Day.
I went to the Painting Now exhibit at the Ann Arbor Art Center last week mostly to see work by Toledo area artist Tim Gaewsky, whose paintings I like. But I got way, way more than I bargained for. The show, in the second floor gallery at 117 W. Liberty St. in Ann Arbor is a knockout— a rich, kaleidoscopic cornucopia of wildly divergent painting styles, subjects and approaches that makes it a feast for the eye and mind.
Notes on the exhibit state that “Painting in 2015 is characterized by its inclusiveness of genres, styles, aesthetics, concepts, materials, and processes. There is no single direction, but multiple vectors of highly energetic artistic expression. The result is a continuing flowering of independent, eclectic, and significant art works that characterize the American art scene.”
The exhibit lives up to this description in every way imaginable. Juried by Peter Williams (http://goo.gl/b8FfXo), no painterly stone is left un-turned by these accomplished artists, chosen from over 400 entries. Figurative work appeared to be slightly favored, probably reflecting the available pool of Midwestern talent.
I’ve included a few of the paintings I like below, but these selections are very far from exhausting the pleasures, both intellectual and visual, of this exhibit.