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Gifts of Art: Bringing the world of art & music to Michigan Medicine
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. All exhibits and events are free. For more information email Carrie McClintock or call 734.936.ARTS (2787).

NEW DECEMBER EXHIBITS

ONGOING DECEMBER EXHIBITS

DECEMBER CONCERTS

CounterpointHOLIDAY HARMONIES
Counterpoint

Come enjoy some of your holiday favorites with the local band Counterpoint. Their blended vocal harmonies and refreshing arrangements of seasonal music are a Michigan Medicine tradition. With Debbie Colesa, Deborah McKenzie, and Laurie Williams on vocals, Jenna Devare on violin, Peter Tchoryk on trumpet and vocals, guitarist Dave Karl, and bass player Daniel McConnell, their full bodied yet easy listening sound is enlivening. Guest performers often make appearances, and the band brings song lyrics, extra percussion instruments and bells for audience members to join in on the fun. Look for live stream video on Gifts of Art Facebook.
Gifts of Art free concert
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, 12:00-1:00 pm
Gifts of Art – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Photograph of Counterpoint by Keith Williams. High resolution version available upon request.


Dodworth DuoHISTORICAL HOLIDAYS
Dodworth Duo

The Dodworth Duo brings alive the music of America's past in formal period attire with voice, various instruments and guitar. Classically trained soprano Elizabeth Mitchell and classical tenor David Andrews bring holiday music from the 19th century Dodworth era (1835-1895) in a historical context while encouraging audience participation. You’ll hear songs such as “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen”; “White Christmas”; “Little Drummer Boy”; “Angels We Have Heard On High” and “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” as well as audience requests. Look for live stream video on Gifts of Art Facebook.
Gifts of Art free concert
Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, 12:00-1:00 pm
Gifts of Art – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Photograph of Elizabeth Mitchell & David Andrews by Marilyn Gouin. High resolution version available upon request.


Klezmer R&DECLECTIC JAZZ & KLEZMER
Klezmer R&D

Dave Gitterman (piano) & Ralph Katz (clarinet) both began music lessons as young children and have kept playing music into retirement. Take decades of performing with community choirs, bands & orchestras, and add Klezmer, Contra dance tunes and jazz standards, and you’ll see how these two are hard to categorize. Both retired software engineers, they have been playing as a duo for 10 years. Look for live stream video on Gifts of Art Facebook.
Gifts of Art free concert
Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, 12:00-1:00 pm
Gifts of Art – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Photograph of Dave Gitterman & Ralph Katz by Ronnie Simon. High resolution version available upon request.


No concert
Dec. 26, 2019
Happy New Year!

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NEW DECEMBER EXHIBITS

On display December 16, 2019-March 6, 2020

Greg PotterTHE WHIMSICAL WORLD OF GREG POTTER
Surrealist painter and instructor Greg Potter is based in Franklin, Indiana. After more than 20 years in the service and four tours in the Middle East, he is now pursuing his passion in painting and 3D art. Lightheartedness, quirkiness, and a desire for freedom are his creatures’ main traits as they fly on nests, sail on lakes, or venture into outer space. Looking for autonomy on their way somewhere, his boldly colored animal explorers, tourists, and misfits are uncaring about their surroundings and challenge expectations. They are out of their element due to circumstances beyond their control. One patient shared that for her, Potter’s work symbolized the process of adapting to a diagnosis by transforming into someone stronger and wiser without losing who you really are.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 16, 2019-March 6, 2020

Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Flying Penguins with Ugly Sweaters by Gregory Potter, photograph by the artist. High resolution version available upon request. 


Mr. Song MillineryHATS & FASCINATORS
Mr. Song Millinery

Luke Song’s Detroit millinery was frequented by the late great Aretha Franklin. Franklin wore her much-discussed Mr. Song hat for her performance at President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration. Mr. Song Millinery has been in business since 1982, making hats for church, the Kentucky Derby, Ascot, and other special occasions. Hats by Mr. Song Millinery are also on display at the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, several African-American Museums, and the Smithsonian. “So consider yourself a part of history if you decide to wear one." – Pamela Thomas-Graham, “The Best Makers of Couture Millinery in the World”, 8/13/2019.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 16, 2019-March 6, 2020
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Birdnest Couture Flora by Mr. Song Millinery, photograph by Moza. High resolution version available upon request.


Linda Erf SwiftHIGH SCHOOL PHOTO PROJECT
Linda Erf Swift
In her early career, Linda Erf Swift worked as a teacher and social worker in public schools, and later graduated from the School of the Art Institute, Chicago. 12 years into her current work, Swift photographs students in three high schools on Chicago’s Southside: Kenwood Academy, King College Prep (public schools) and University High (private). She asks seniors to bring in a quotation they believe speaks to their identity, and Swift takes their portrait with it on a blackboard behind them. The images challenge viewers to evaluate their assumptions about adolescents by opening a door into what young people really think and aspire to. The students’ choices reveal a youth culture that is wise and artistic, assertive and joyful, discerning and full of possibility.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 16, 2019-March 6, 2020
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Noelle by Linda Erf Swift. High resolution version available upon request. 


Leslie SobelSHRINES & RELIQUARIES: MEMORIALIZING CLIMATE
Leslie Sobel
In 2017 Leslie Sobel, as artist in residence at Kluane National Park in Yukon Territory, Canada, camped on an icefield with a group of climate scientists. The landscape shrines in this exhibit combine her work as an environmental artist with the experience of that pristine, remote, beautiful, and at risk environment. The mixed media boxes – utilizing painting, monotype, photography, resin and encaustic – capture memories of places being altered by climate change. Meant to bring complex ideas and big emotions into a size one can literally hold in one’s hands, the works have charred exteriors and bright colors and metal leaf echoing traditional Tibetan iconography in depicting the beauty and spiritual power of high places.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 16, 2019-March 6, 2020
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Kaskawulsh Descent by Leslie Sobel, photograph by the artist. High resolution version available upon request. 

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Allison SvobodaHEALING POWER OF NATURE: MIXED MEDIA
Allison Svoboda

Allison Svoboda was born in Detroit. A proud Midwesterner, she splits her time between studios in Chicago and Pentwater, Michigan. She is recognized for her ethereal paintings and sculptural installations. Finding the edge between intuitive and deliberate mark making, Svoboda’s work is a meditation on the earth’s last places of quiet and untouched beauty. Challenging the viewer to rethink their responsibility to Mother Earth, her collage works are intricate paintings layered to create sculptural works. These paintings are based on fractal geometry (infinitely unfolding terrains of self-similar shapes like those in living things. In 2015, she received a Hemera fellowship to study Zen and calligraphy in Japan, which continues to influence her work.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 16, 2019-March 6, 2020
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Collection of pieces by Allison Svoboda, photograph by the artist. High resolution version available upon request.


Laura CavanaghPERSONAL SPACE: OIL & CHALK PASTEL
Laura Cavanagh

In this body of work, Detroit artist and U-M alumna Laura Cavanagh explores quiet, intimate spaces. An introvert by nature, “space,” and the preservation of personal space, is immensely important to her. She encounters these spaces both indoors and out, and she employs light and color to capture her emotional state relevant to the space. She works with oil and chalk pastel, a medium that allows her to make tangible those moments that are fleeting and transitory. Cavanagh breaks down architectural elements into bold blocks of color, creating an atmosphere of still quietude, so critical to her creative process.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 16, 2019-March 6, 2020
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Is It Really Over? by Laura Cavanagh, photograph by the artist. High resolution version available upon request.

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Anne Bae CAGES, NESTS & BUTTERFLIES
Anne Bae

Anne Bae is a multidisciplinary artist based out of New York. Her sculptural works are infused with symbolism and metaphors in the forms of cages, nests and butterflies. All works are made entirely of varying weights and types of paper, including hanji (Korean traditional) and common coffee filters. Representing concepts of time, memory, openness and constraint, the pieces are created with traditional methods, using scissors and simple die-cutting tools; cross-disciplinary techniques, such as weaving and tatting used in fiber arts; and technologies like laser cutting machines. There are two series of paper nests: one created entirely without the use of adhesive, and the other involves tatting with knots. Viewers are encouraged to contemplate, find meaning and ultimately – hope.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 16, 2019-March 6, 2020
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Unhidden Frame by Anne Bae, photograph by the artist. High resolution version available upon request.


Aaron DworkinFRACTURED HISTORY: DIGITAL ART ON CANVAS
Aaron Dworkin

Fractured History explores concepts of identity, love, loss and the connection between music, history and civil rights. Aaron Dworkin is a social entrepreneur, author, artist and professor of music. Classically trained in the violin, Dworkin grew up in a diverse household; his adoptive family is Jewish, his biological mother is Irish Catholic, and his biological father is African-American and a Jehovah’s Witness. His passion for inclusion and social justice inspired him to found the Sphinx Organization, which works to help reflect the diversity in the US in orchestras. The digital and mixed media works in this exhibit combine elements of music, diversity, and an evolving aesthetic of the abstract that mirrors a disjunct search for unconditional love.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Rogel Cancer Center, Level 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 16, 2019-March 6, 2020
Open M-F from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Diana’s Trumpet by Aaron Dworkin. High resolution version available upon request.


ONGOING DECEMBER EXHIBITS

On display September 16-December 6, 2019

Unruly ArtsTHE UN-QUARIUM: MIXED MEDIA
Unruly Arts
Unruly Arts is a professional art studio that serves adults with disabilities, located within the Artist Village at the Toledo Botanical Garden. In this supportive community, each artist is encouraged to find and develop their authentic voice through art and the creative process. The Un-Quarium exhibit is a series of three large canvases of stretched silk polyester, along with a collection of smaller aquatic themed glass and silk abstracts showcasing a wondrous world beneath the sea. The works reflect a collaborative effort by eighteen artists from Unruly Arts studio. Their art celebrates the joyful and vibrant expression of color and texture as well as their unique vision.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display September 16-December 6, 2019

Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

The Un-Quarium series by Unruly artists, photograph by Lori Schoen. High resolution version available upon request.


Victoria BulgakovaBAЗA: COPPER & BRASS VESSELS
Victoria Bulgakova
Victoria (Vika) Bulgakova grew up in Ukraine, a part of the former Soviet Union. She immigrated to the U.S. in 1994, and for the next 22 years, New York became her home. In 2016, she moved to Michigan to pursue an MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art. She found the raw beauty of Detroit inspiring and kept her metalsmithing studio practice in the city. The copper and brass vessels in her Ваза series and other included works are a meditation on fluidity of memories: their ability to shift from reflection to re-invention over time. Each vessel potentially holds something within its boundaries, whether tangible or not.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display September 16-December 6, 2019
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Ваза #18 by Victoria Bulgakova, photograph by the artist. High resolution version available upon request.


Ronaldo ByrdGIFTS OF ART EMPLOYEE ART EXHIBITION AT MICHIGAN MEDICINE
Each year Gifts of Art presents an exhibition of artwork by Michigan Medicine faculty, staff, students, volunteers and family members. It showcases the exceptional talent, creativity and accomplishments of artists in the extensive (~26,000) Michigan Medicine community. There are artist juried ribbon awards for Best in Category, Best in Show, and a People's Choice award determined by ballots in the on-site voting box. Winners will be announced at the Award Ceremony & Reception held in the exhibit gallery, date TBA. For more information, please visit: www.med.umich.edu/goa/employee.htm.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display September 16-December 6, 2019
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Photograph ofthe 2018 winning piece in Painting, Harriet by Merideth Sauvé. High resolution version available upon request. 

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Jeanne BieriOIL ON WATER: PAINTING ON LINEN
Danielle Eubank

Danielle Eubank is an award-winning artist who gave a keynote address to the Michigan Water Environment Association in June 2019. She has been on four international sailing expeditions and painted every ocean on the planet to raise awareness about the oceans (and lakes) and climate change. Her large oil on linen paintings are emotive abstract portraits of specific bodies of water, and this exhibition features the Arctic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. She creates patterns within patterns, representing vertical stacks of rhythms. The undulating forms, such as water ripples, oil slicks, and refuse, combined with the memories that water evokes, makes her work eye-opening, yet soothing and sensual.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display September 16-December 6, 2019
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Ny Alesund II by Danielle Eubank, photograph by the artist. High resolution version available upon request.


Laura CavanaghPEN & INK QUEENS
Laura Cavanagh

Introverted and shy by nature, Laura Cavanagh uses her art as an outlet to create humorous larger than life personalities. In Pen & Ink Queens, Cavanagh draws inspiration from medieval and renaissance-era garments to adorn quirky, queenly figures. Cavanagh works in a style that is hyper-detailed and intricate, so she remains present during the creative process. A true Michigander, Cavanagh was born and raised in Southeast Michigan, attended U-M, and currently works in Detroit. Cavanagh makes a concerted effort to exhibit as much as possible in her home state, and when she is not in her studio, you can find her cooking, practicing yoga or playing with her cat, Benji.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display September 16-December 6, 2019
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Zora by Laura Cavanagh, photograph by the artist. High resolution version available upon request.

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Steve Wirtz FOOTBALL & PETS: PAPER SCULPTURE
Steve Wirtz

This exhibit of Steve Wirtz' sculptures features a selection of his Dynamic Football series and animal works. The Dynamic Football laminated paper works explore compositions of action, allowing the artist to exploit the properties of the medium. The pieces are constructed by gluing many layers of paper over wire armatures. When dry, the sculptures are painted in an often splashy, sketchy style. Wirtz’ silly animal works are what the artist is best known for, and they take shape in his Goetzville, Michigan studio.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display September 16-December 6, 2019
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

When Do We Eat? by Steve Wirtz, photograph by the artist. High resolution version available upon request.


Jeff JosephMICHIGAN SPORTS GALORE: OIL ON CANVAS
Jeff Joseph

Brighton, Michigan artist Jeff Joseph’s introduction to art making was drawing pencil sketches of his junior high classmates. His specialty is sports arts, and he has a license to create art for several universities including U-M, Ohio State and Michigan State. His work is about the quiet moments of sports as well as the shifting and complex panorama of all sports. This exhibit will include portraits, stadium landscapes and images from Michigan sports teams. Focusing on accuracy and detail, his originals can take anywhere from four months to a year to complete, but he is always updating collectors around the country with new pieces.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Rogel Cancer Center, Level 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display September 16-December 6, 2019
Open M-F from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Coach Lloyd Carr by Jeff Joseph, photograph by the artist. High resolution version available upon request.


Yankee Air MuseumWILLOW RUN & THE HOME FRONT DURING WWII
Yankee Air Museum

The Yankee Air Museum dedicates itself to educating individuals about the history of US military aviation. Located at the historic Willow Run Airport, just east of Ann Arbor, where over 8,600 B-24 Liberator Bomber aircraft were produced during World War II, the Yankee Air Museum seeks to keep the history of the ‘Arsenal of Democracy’ alive. The Willow Run Bomber Plant is home to ‘Rosie the Riveter,’ the iconic symbol of the thousands of women who poured into industrial factories to help the war effort during WWII. This exhibition features unique artifacts from the US home-front, the Willow Run Bomber Plant, and local WWII aviators from Ann Arbor.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Rogel Cancer Center Connector Alcove, Level 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 21, 2018-March 8, 2019
Open M-F from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Photograph of Willow Run banner, courtesy of Yankee Air Museum. High resolution version available upon request.

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