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On display June 18-September 9, 2018

John MegahanNATURE ILLUSTRATED: OIL & ACRYLIC PAINTING
John Megahan
John Megahan grew up in the Pacific Northwest. The mountains of Idaho, Oregon and Washington instilled in him a deep love and appreciation for nature. In college he studied art and biology, and after graduation worked as a freelance illustrator for commercial and educational institutions. Since 1996, he has been a scientific illustrator for the U-M Museum of Zoology. In addition to scientific illustration and painting, he occasionally teaches at the U-M Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, the University of Oregon, and illustrates children’s books.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 18-September 9, 2018

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



Charlie PatricoloNOT YOUR GRANDMOTHER'S DOLLS
Charlie Patricolo
Charlie Patricolo has been creating, engineering and executing dolls for 25 years, and teaching doll making for 20. She studied at the John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina, and has been a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild since 2002. When teaching, Patricolo feels that, “Watching someone go from ‘I can’t do this’ to ‘I can’t believe I did this!’ is pretty fantastic! Her inspiration often comes when she isn’t looking for it: in songs and books when a line rings out so clearly it cannot be ignored, or a piece of fabric that refuses to be left behind. Patricolo is now based in North Carolina, but lived most of her life in Michigan.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 18-September 9, 2018

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



Larry HauptmanLIFE, ARCHITECTURE & PEOPLE OF CUBA
Larry Hauptman
Larry Hauptman is a photographer who is fascinated by and seeks to document the life and culture of peoples around the world. This exhibit is about the Cuba of today. Many forces have contributed to Cuba’s history, and evidence of its struggles can be seen everywhere. Yet despite the decaying structures and uncertainties, you do not have to look hard to find much beauty and happiness.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 18-September 9, 2018

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



Dennison DorseyCOLLECTED SURFACE: FUNCTIONAL CERAMICS
Huron Valley Ceramics Collective

The Huron Valley Ceramics Collective (Isabella Comai, Dennison Dorsey, Sasha Guo and Margaret A. Miller) is a group of emerging artists who work out of the Clay Work Studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The works in this exhibit are an expression of how ceramics mediate our daily life though use. The artists explore life and reflection through surface and narrative elements by using a combination of wheel thrown and hand built terra cotta, stoneware and porcelain.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 18-September 9, 2018

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

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Adnan ChararaRECONSTRUCTED BLUEPRINTS: ACRYLIC PAINTING
Adnan Charara

In this exhibit, Adnan Charara translates his assembled characters, from both collage and found object assemblage, into commanding acrylic paintings. The backgrounds interact with the figures, who represent history, identity, and the struggle for a sense of belonging. They are blueprints for being human: imperfect, unique and multi-faceted. Charara works in various mediums ranging from drawing, to jewelry, to large scale sculpture. He is a Lebanese-American artist with a studio in Detroit.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 18-September 9, 2018

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



Patty CarrollFLORA & FAUXNA: PHOTOGRAPHY
Patty Carroll

Patty Carroll’s highly intense, saturated color photographs have led to her recognition as one of Photolucida’s Top 50 Photographers (2104, 2017). Flora & Fauxna is a still life series about women and their homes using decorative fabric, artificial flowers and ceramic birds to create a sumptuous, and often humorous, ornate world. Unlike traditional still life images, these photographs show no horizon line, dramatic lighting, or symbols of death and decay. Birds in many cultures are messengers between heaven and earth, acting as a bridge between the mundane and spiritual life. In Carroll’s work, birds represent the human desire to escape gravity and reach the level of angels.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 18-September 9, 2018

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



Marsha ChamberlinFLEXX – SEMI-INDUSTRIAL JEWELRY
Marsha Chamberlin

Starting with the material of screen spline, Marsha Chamberlin combines items such as grommets, bungee cord, washers, nuts, floor matting and more with an array of beads to create a contemporary, semi-industrial style of work. Pieces often contrast the functionality of hardware with sparkles and colors that provide a unique style.
Marsha Chamberlin was president and CEO of the Ann Arbor Art Center (formerly Ann Arbor Art Association) for 33 years.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 18-September 9, 2018

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



Cathy VanVoorhisWATER'S PRESENCE: LANDSCAPES IN OIL
Cathy VanVoorhis

Cathy VanVoorhis’ oil landscape paintings represent her experience of the healing power of nature. VanVoorhis travels to lakes, rivers and streams to witness the ecology and beauty of natural coastlines of Michigan. She finds inspiration in the writing of naturalists such as Rachel Carson, and the understanding of the intricate web of all life. This series of paintings focuses on the healing that comes from contemplation of bodies of water. This beautiful element can bring a meditative calm and inner peace, as one feels a connection to the timeless forces of life. VanVoorhis is a lecturer at the U-M Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Comprehensive Cancer Center, Level 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 18-September 9, 2018

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

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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 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.
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 – Comprehensive 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.

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