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On display December 18, 2017-March 11, 2018

Hiroko LancourCONTEMPLATE THE CALM: MIXED MEDIA
Hiroko Lancour
A Japanese native, now living in Royal Oak, Michigan, Hiroko Lancour has become a full-time artist after retiring from her career in information technology. She is a mixed media artist with cross cultural aesthetics between East and West. Lancour often uses repetitive patterns and processes with natural materials such as paper and fiber. Her contemplative works transcend cultural differences to address common feelings among many people.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 18, 2017-March 11, 2018

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



Motawi TileworksDISTINCTIVE AMERICAN ART TILE
Motawi Tileworks   
Motawi Tileworks was started in Ann Arbor, Michigan 25 years ago by Nawal Motawi in a small garage. Today, Motawi tiles are sold in over 300 locations nationwide, including galleries and the shops in Detroit Institute of Arts and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Tiles are made from a porcelain hybrid clay, a recipe unique to Motawi tiles. The raised lines on each tile require a hand glaze technique to pool the glaze between the lines. Motawi Tileworks has many themed collections, some based on the work of fine artists such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Charley Harper. You can also see 17 permanent Motawi art tile murals throughout Michigan Medicine.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 18, 2017-March 11, 2018

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



Desiree WarrenPRAIRIE MANTRAS: PAINT & VINYL ON ALUMINUM
Desiree Warren
Desiree Warren’s current body of work is a journey using one shape (the orzo) to create a multitude of layers that evoke landscapes and organic assimilations. Growing up in the country in Kansas, she had wide open spaces to explore, as well as many of her family’s dilapidated farm buildings and overgrown pasture lands. At the University of Kansas, she began working with street sign material and has continued to incorporate aluminum and vinyl in her work. Part of this series is included in the 2017 Women to Watch: Metals exhibition at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri, where she lives and works. 
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 18, 2017-March 11, 2018

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



Jean-Marc FontaineFROM MUD TO BEAUTY: CERAMICS
Jean-Marc Fontaine

Jean-Marc Fontaine, a French scientist and artist who earned his Ph.D. from University of Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, presents a unique set of ceramic works inspired from 10th-8th century BC to the present day. The style varies from simple, traditional forms to elaborate, one-of-a-kind creations. Featuring rustic antique surfaces, warm colors and highly individualized textures, his work also occasionally takes whimsical forms. He also plays the accordion. Fontaine is a research scientist at the U-M Medical School in biochemistry.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 18, 2017-March 11, 2018

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

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Nicole MacdonaldDETROIT MUSIC LEGENDS
Nicole Macdonald

As a community activist and artist in Detroit who focuses on neighborhood empowerment, Nicole Macdonald makes large-scale public paintings featuring city luminaries past and present on reclaimed materials. The Detroit Music Legends portraits are 6 x 8 foot, the size of the windows where they will be installed in late 2018 on the Detroit Savings Bank Building, designed by Albert Kahn at 6438 Woodward Avenue. A muralist, collagist, painter and tagger, Macdonald co-founded City Sculpture, a nonprofit Detroit art park, is a board member of Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, and has exhibited at the Detroit Institute of Arts and Casco Gallery, Netherlands.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 18, 2017-March 11, 2018

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



John PappasINK PORTRAITS
John Pappas

Based out of Chelsea, Michigan, John Pappas believes that if you can imagine a fun idea making sense, you should make it. He applies this to both his graphic design and fine art. With so much to see and ruminate on in life, Pappas keeps his hands busy by putting pen to paper. This body of work consists of portraits drawn with ink on a variety of surfaces including paper, basswood and aspen panels in an offbeat pen and ink style that leans heavily on pointillism and crosshatching. The subjects range from athletes to musicians to personal friends.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 18, 2017-March 11, 2018

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



David HelmMY PLAYGROUND: ASSEMBLAGE SCULPTURE
Joan Painter-Jones

Starting with watercolor, Joan Painter-Jones’ work kept building out farther and farther until it became sculpture. Brought up in a household where money was tight, she doesn’t like to waste anything and is captivated by old scraps of things with peeling paint and rusty metal – especially broken things that have a story to tell. She usually starts out with an interesting piece of wood and builds on it, often painting on it and adding collage, all while developing an emotional connection to it. Working in her quiet Milan, Michigan backyard art loft “playground,” she has no message to preach with her work, just her own personal wish for peace and justice.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 18, 2017-March 11, 2018

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



Daniel SidoliTHE DESERT SOUTHWEST: PHOTOGRAPHY
Daniel Sidoli

Born and raised in Flint, Michigan, Daniel Sidoli has always had the creative itch. It led him to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a BA degree in Fine Arts. With this body of work, his intent is to capture images that illustrate the unique landscape that erosion sculpts over time. His goal with photography is to be artistic yet convey truth. He wants the subject to inspire the audience and leave a lasting impression: to elicit an emotional response. Each image represents moments in time and of journeys traveled, both figuratively and literally, since he is involved in every step of the process as he sees each piece to completion.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Comprehensive Cancer Center, Level 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 18, 2017-March 11, 2018

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



On display September 18, 2017-September 9, 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-September 9, 2018

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


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UPCOMING EXHIBITS

On display March 19-June 10, 2018

Tina WestTIMELESS INSTANTS: STILL LIFE PHOTOGRAPHS
Tina West
Originally from Kansas City, Tina West discovered photography while studying sculpture. She sees her photographs more as paintings, and her still lifes have powerful cast shadows and frequent light play. Influenced by Gerhardt Richter and surrealism, West’s images communicate a sense of being, connecting not only the objects in the photographs, but also the viewer and the photograph. She draws inspiration from the objects in her vast collection of unique treasures, and she speaks to their unreserved timelessness with maturity and wonder. All of the images in this exhibit were created using instant film in a 4x5 view camera.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display March 19-June 10, 2018

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



Richard LightFIGURES IN BRONZE
Richard Light
Figures in Bronze showcases 30 years of Richard Light’s human and animal sculptures, from 1987 to 2017. Look for giraffes, birds, women of industry, and a portrait bust of a young Einstein, a commission made for the Albert Einstein Memorial at the Collège de France in Paris. Light, a fine art bronze sculptor and park designer, has garnered prizes in the US and Europe including the Prix de France from the Salon de la Société des Artistes Français, the largest art show in France. His studio is located in the Park Trades Center in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display March 19-June 10, 2018

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



Susan AurinkoON BLUE: PHOTOGRAPHIC MEDITATIONS
f8collective
Loosely based on the concept of the early 20th century group f64, the f8collective is composed of female contemporary Chicago photographers who all happen to have strong family ties to Michigan. The group of images on exhibit is from a project called On Blue: A Meditation. Blue is… tranquil pools of clear water; languid clouds drifting in azure skies; mood indigo; cobalt glass; cerulean blue eyes; sapphire cornflowers; poignant music, emotion and sentiment. Blue is a rare color in nature, yet found in the largest things such as sea, lake and sky, as well as some of the smallest: sapphires, forget-me-nots and delicate tropical butterflies.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display March 19-June 10, 2018

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



I.B. RemsenGROUP CERAMICS SHOW
WCC Faculty, Staff & Students

This group show will feature the work of faculty, staff and students from the Washtenaw Community College (WCC) Ceramics Program. Artists range in ages from 17-87. Many different styles and approaches to ceramic art will be on display, including ceramic sculpture and functional ceramics. Curated by WCC Instructor I.B. Remsen, all of the pieces in this show are personal favorites of the participating artists.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display March 19-June 10, 2018

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

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John DempseyBEING THERE: ACRYLIC ON CANVAS
John Dempsey

John Dempsey’s large scale paintings bring together different environments – factories, religious spaces, government facilities, public areas and landscapes – into single compositions. He visually chronicles and explores the complex combinations of environments that we collage together from memory everyday as we form impressions of the places we go. These paintings from the Glare Series present a variety of environments together, all at once, in order to visually chronicle and explore this complex circumstance of place. Dempsey’s studio is in Flint, and he currently is an Instructor at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display March 19-June 10, 2018

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



Mary BrodbeckMOKUHANGA: LANDSCAPE WOODBLOCK PRINTS
Mary Brodbeck

Mary Brodbeck studied Japanese woodblock printmaking (mokuhanga) in Tokyo with Yoshisuke Funasaka. Her landscape prints – made from impressions on paper from carved and inked woodblocks – have received critical acclaim in both Japan and the US; the Autumn, Sleeping Bear Dunes series is in the permanent collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Brodbeck applies principles of Japanese aesthetics, including subtlety, austerity and naturalness, to her art practice in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Many people have felt a strong sense of place in her work. Still more connect with the sense of calm, contemplation and deep reflection that place can evoke.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display March 19-June 10, 2018

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



Aimee LeeDUCKS TO DRESSES: PAPER POSSIBILITIES
Aimee Lee

Originally from New York, Aimee Lee works in Cleveland and is an artist, papermaker, Fulbright Scholar, author and the leading hanji (Korean paper) researcher and practitioner in the US. Fusing contemporary fashion ideas with traditional clothing, Lee connects past and present through everyday dress creations in paper. The hanji techniques she uses include natural dyeing and waxing, texturing for supple or stiff surfaces, slicing and spinning into thread, and tearing strips to cord. Her paper ducks are inspired by Korean wedding ducks – known for fertility and mating for life – and are built without an armature; the hollow bodies are woven like baskets.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display March 19-June 10, 2018

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



Re KielarBEAUTY MEETS MY MESS: MIXED MEDIA COLLAGE
Re Kielar

Re Kielar was born in Chicago’s little Italy neighborhood with her grandparents upstairs and aunt and uncle across the courtyard. Her world was very Italian, and when she walked outside, she felt like she was leaving one country and entering another. Ever since she was a child, she has loved paint and texture and seen beauty in the most unlikely places. Her artwork expresses human emotion through drawing in ink with rough papers, old book pages, metal embellishments and natural objects. Each abstract collage is coupled with her poetry, so each piece is a walk into her soul. She hopes that by sharing that which is broken, we can find healing spaces that knit our hearts together.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Comprehensive Cancer Center, Level 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display March 19-June 10, 2018

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

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