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On display September 17-December 7, 2018

Nihad DukhanSTROKES OF A REED PEN: ARABIC CALLIGRAPHY
Nihad Dukhan, Ph.D.
Dr. Nihad Dukhan’s modern Arabic calligraphy designs have a cross-cultural and personal form. He also creates classical designs using natural ink on ahar paper and acrylic on canvas, with pure gold and gouache color geometric and vegetal ornamentations. A native of Gaza, Palestine, Dukhan is now based in Farmington Hills, Michigan, and is a professor of mechanical engineering at University of Detroit Mercy. He received his master’s degrees in Arabic/Islamic calligraphy in Istanbul and the US after 15+ years of study. As a master of this time honored art tradition, he hopes to reach across cultural barriers and provide messages of oneness and shared values.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display September 17-December 7, 2018

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



Marcia PolenbergANIMAL FRIENDS: CERAMIC SCULPTURE
Marcia Polenberg
Marcia Polenberg loves animals, each with its own unique personality, intelligence and expressive range of emotions. Using terra-cotta sculpture clay, Polenberg hand builds her ceramic animals, seemingly bringing them to life. The face of each one-of-a-kind work of art expresses happiness, surprise, mischief, or a free spirit. Every sculpture is glazed and fired many times, building up a rich, textured colored surface. Holding an MFA from the U-M Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design in ceramics and sculpture and a BA from the City University of New York in painting, Polenberg widely exhibits her creative works in several media: ceramics, paint, graphite and pastel.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display September 17-December 7, 2018

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



Lynda MitgutschMICHIGAN MEDICINE EMPLOYEE ART EXHIBITION
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 17-December 7, 2018

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

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Hava GurevichORGANIC FICTION: ACRYLIC ON CANVAS
Hava Gurevich

Hava Gurevich’s colorful abstractions feature botanical, aquatic and microscopic motifs as she explores repeating patterns in nature. Blending images from the real world and her imagination, Organic Fiction celebrates nature in all its beauty, chaos and complexity. Hava Gurevich received a BFA in photography from U-M and an MFA in painting from Illinois State University. Her creative process begins with photographs and sketches of details in nature, such as tree branches, ice patterns, twisted vines, and delicate spring blossoms. These drawings contribute to her personal vocabulary of shapes and gestures, and she often digitally combines them with older paintings to become starting points of new works.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display September 17-December 7, 2018

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



U-M BioArtographyCELEBRATING SCIENCE & ART
U-M BioArtography

The brilliantly colored images in this exhibit were taken in the course of scientific research, and are beautiful in their detail, form and symmetry. For each one, an accompanying explanation describes its significance. The subjects of the images are cells, tissues and organs, from a wide variety of biological sources (plants, worms, fruit flies, fish, mice and yes, even human brain). The colors are added by investigators, to allow them to see the otherwise transparent tissues. By looking at these microscopic images, you will learn about research into normal embryonic development as well as cutting-edge investigations into diseases such as basal cell carcinoma, bipolar disease, epilepsy and cancer. BioArtography quilts at Michigan Medicine.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display September 17-December 7, 2018

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



Michael NashefINNOVATIONS IN ORNAMENT
Seven Artists

This group show of jewelry and ornaments includes the work of Roger Martin, who tackled the subject of a raven by relying on planes and shadow lines to imbue the surfaces of the bird with personality. Another one of the seven artists, Lorraine Kolasa, picked up the old fashioned art of tatting, then cast tiny pieces of her handmade lace into sterling silver jewelry. Michael Nashef, who spent half his life in war-torn Lebanon, has created a series of innovative vessels and brooches. Other artists included in this exhibit are Kim Cridler, Roger Smith, Renee Zettle-Sterling and Ruth Taubman, whose unmatched exuberance of color and 36 years of work and business innovation, place her jewelry firmly on the national stage.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display September 17-December 7, 2018

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



Lucy S. WuPACIFIC UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY
Lucy S. Wu

A passionate diver for more than 22 years, Lucy S. Wu is a self-taught artist. She started with film photography and now works in digital. This exhibit displays her friends of the sea and the stunning colors and patterns of the underwater world. Her “aquarium” is the Pacific Ocean along the southeastern Asian coastline from Australia north to the Philippines, as well as Micronesia and the Galapagos Islands. Her goal is to show the beauty and character of the life she encounters, with the hope that her photography will inspire ocean conservation. Wu grew up in Ann Arbor and is now based in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Rogel Cancer Center, Level 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display September 17-December 7, 2018

Open M-F from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.



On display September 18, 2017-December 7, 2018

Stearns CollectionAMERICANA MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments

The Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments within the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance is one of the largest accumulations of historical and contemporary musical instruments from all over the world that is housed in a North American university. Known internationally as a unique collection, it is not only a precious heritage from the past, but also a rich resource for musical, educational, and cultural needs of the present and future. This exhibition features a selection of Americana musical instruments with origins from around the world.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Cancer Center Elevator Alcove, Level 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display September 18, 2017-December 7, 2018

Open M-F from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


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UPCOMING EXHIBITS

On display December 17, 2018-March 8, 2019

Jon DonesTHE SKYSCAPES: PHOTOGRAPHY
Jon Dones
The Skyscapes is a photographic series of abstracted cityscapes and iconic buildings reflected into a graphic melding of architectural and organic forms. The kaleidoscopic elements in the works can seem at first foreign – an otherworldly feat overcoming physical possibility – but, upon closer inspection, often become recognizable. Still images of a daily commute through the city transmute into an indescribable feeling of home. For more than a decade, Dones has been involved in Detroit's art, design, music and nightlife scenes, collaborating across genres and industry to move Detroit’s civic identity forward. The Skyscapes mark the intersection of Dones’ background in multiple mediums and his obsession with cities and architecture.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 17, 2018-March 8, 2019
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.



Herb BabcockIMAGE VESSELS: BLOWN GLASS
Herb Babcock
Sculptor Herb Babcock creates both monumental and human-scale work using metal, glass and stone. In the early years of the American Studio Glass Movement (1974-1984) Babcock’s sculptural and painterly expression utilized the vessel format. By layering color — both mass and line — between gathers of clear, molten glass, the full compositions are viewed through the vessel as three-dimensional. Babcock is Professor Emeritus, College for Creative Studies. He was Section Chair of the Glass Department where he taught for 40 years. He lives in Ann Arbor and built a new studio near U-M north campus in 2016.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 17, 2018-March 8, 2019
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.



Ann L. RebeleFABRICATIONS: FIBER ART
Ann L. Rebele
Ann L. Rebele names this body of work FABRICations as she creates almost all of her own fabrics. Using plain white untreated cotton and/or sheer silk organza fabrics, she paints, draws, dyes, and/or prints on the fabric. Rebele incorporates layers and three-dimensional effects into her fabric designs. She lives in Columbus, Ohio where she studied design at Ohio State University.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 17, 2018-March 8, 2019
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


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Elena WeissmanSTEEPED IN WHIMSY: CERAMIC TEAPOTS
Elena Weissman
This exhibition features a selection of Elena Weissman’s hand-built ceramic teapots created over the last two decades. The teapots are playful interpretations of many everyday objects. In addition to ceramics and photography, Weismann works in paper arts, book making, fused glass, beads, mosaics, metalwork and painting. Her photography can be seen in several professional buildings in the Detroit metropolitan area, as well as in many personal collections. In addition to participating in art exhibits and juried art shows, she has also created commissioned works in glass mosaics as well as a number of large custom ceramic tile art installations.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 17, 2018-March 8, 2019
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.



Gregg ChadwickMYSTERY TRAIN: OIL ON LINEN
Gregg Chadwick

Gregg Chadwick grew up with the rails of America in his blood. His grandfather Arthur Desch stoked coal in steam engines before becoming a train engineer on the Jersey Central Line. At family gatherings in Chadwick’s grandparent’s home, his aunts and cousins played music to the rhythms of the trains outside. From Junior Parker, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, to arts writers and directors Greil Marcus and Jim Jarmusch, the enduring mythos of America and its legacy has been wrapped up in the blues notes of the song “Mystery Train”. Chadwick’s current series of paintings, Mystery Train, is steeped in the powerful echoes of those machine days.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 17, 2018-March 8, 2019
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.



Ruth CroweSTORYTELLING WITH PHOTO FUSION & ENCAUSTIC
Ruth Crowe

Ruth Crowe graduated from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas with a degree in Art Education. She served in the US Army and was a Los Angeles Police Dept. officer and collegiate softball coach. In 2014, in her Ann Arbor backyard studio, Crowe began her current work with encaustics and image transfer processes. She creates her multi-media works by combining personal and vintage photography with wax on wood. In addition to exhibiting her work in Ann Arbor and Toledo, Ohio, Crowe also shows at the Water Street Gallery in Douglas, Michigan. In 2018, Crowe presented her work at the Ann Arbor Art Fair, the Original.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 17, 2018-March 8, 2019
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


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Dennis NahabetianFRAGILE GEOMETRIES: METAL SCULPTURE & JEWELRY
Dennis Nahabetian

Dennis Nahabetian’s metal sculptures captivate the viewer with their exquisite detail and refined beauty. Combining a masterful use of metal and textile techniques, Nahabetian carefully constructs objects that simultaneously harness light while projecting complex linear shadows. A native of Michigan, Nahabetian received his BFA from Eastern Michigan University and MFA form Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He currently lives and has his studio in Orchard Park, New York, near Buffalo. Nahabetian has work in many public and private collections and has exhibited at a variety of venues for over 25 years.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 17, 2018-March 8, 2019
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.



Sharon WillIMPRESSIONS IN PASTEL
Sharon Will

Sharon Will’s commitment to painting is to capture the simple, everyday beauty around her in her native Michigan and beyond. She is passionate about painting plein air (outdoors) whenever possible, as she feels the direct observation from life is the best teacher to truly see the subtleties of light and color in nature. Working on sanded paper, her process begins with a pastel and alcohol/mineral spirits under-painting wash to establish value and color. Soft pastel is applied in layers, often in contrasting color and temperatures for vibrancy. Over her 35-year career in painting, Will has won numerous national awards. She also operates a custom framing business from her home/studio in Washington Township and teaches occasional workshops.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Rogel Cancer Center, Level 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 17, 2018-March 8, 2019
Open M-F from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.



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 Entrance Alcove, Level 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 17, 2018-March 8, 2019
Open M-F from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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