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On display April 13-June 7, 2015

Maria RuggieroTRANSITIONS: WATERCOLOR ON PAPER
Maria Ruggiero
The current work of Ann Arbor based artist Maria Ruggiero focuses on the large and small events in daily life through the genre of still life. She creates complex compositions of objects and other elements that reflect aspects of her experiences, with an emphasis on those that relate to the development of her young son. Pattern, decoration, and the juxtaposition of objects with flat images are consistent elements in Ruggiero's paintings, as is her interest in light quality and color. She holds a BFA in Studio Art from Michigan State University, an MFA in Painting from Kent State University in Ohio, and she is Professor of Art at Eastern Michigan University.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display April 13-June 7, 2015

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


Middy PotterEVOLUTION OF ROCK GETTING WHEELS: MIXED MEDIA SCULPTURE
Middy Potter
Ann Arbor artist Middy Potter has creativity at the center of his life. When composing a sculpture, he adds a dash of humor, a bit of whimsy, and a pinch of wonderment. Self-taught as an artist, Potter realizes the connection between science and art. His formal training includes a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, a form of art in itself. Texture, color, technical challenges and different materials are part of his creations. Materials for Potter's sculptures include wood, cloth, 3-D glass mosaic, stone, metal, cast stone and found objects.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display April 13-June 7, 2015

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


Sara Slee BrownALONG THE WAY: COLLAGE ON CANVAS
Sara Slee Brown
Iowa City artist Sara Slee Brown focuses on using images of natural beauty and man-made buildings to create imaginary scenarios that give rise to possibilities outside of everyday experience. Using the computer as her medium, she digitally combines photographic images and original artwork. She then makes digital prints and layers them onto canvas with acrylic varnish. The resulting surface is more paint than print, revealing the artist’s hand upon the work. Brown holds a BFA from the U-M Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design and an MFA in Painting from the University of Iowa School of Art.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display April 13-June 7, 2015

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


Lynette CurtissCHASING FOTOS – CRITTERS
Lynette Curtiss
Lynette Curtiss is an award winning Michigan based artist who has always had a passion for photography. She has used this passion to capture the beauty of many forms of life, including people, places, wildlife and nature. Curtiss holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University and a photography certificate from the College of Creative Studies. She continues to expand her knowledge of photography by taking workshops, leading photography group meet-ups with Ann Arbor Shutterbugs and collaborating with other groups. She is also the volunteer yearbook editor for Parkview Elementary in Novi.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display April 13-June 7, 2015

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

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Karl LaubBIG PAINTED STUFF: MIXED MEDIA ON CANVAS
Karl Laub

Karl Laub’s paintings are a mixture of acrylics, watercolors, pastels, molding paste and whatever else he can find to include in his artwork. He has enjoyed working on these larger pieces that have let him experiment with a wider range of colors and techniques and allowed him more room to make a mess. Laub is the Community Development Director for the City of River Rouge and resides in Gibraltar, Michigan.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display April 13-June 7, 2015

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


Graceann WarnPROOF: ENCAUSTIC ON WOOD
Graceann Warn

As she paints and constructs, Graceann Warn’s paintings and assemblages use the metaphor of excavation. Her formal education in landscape architecture and classical archaeology assist her as she attempts to unearth an object or solve a mystery. A full time artist since 1985, Warn now works primarily on wood panels with oils and encaustic, and much of her work is concerned with the science and mystery of uncovering and covering. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is in the collections of Yale University, Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY,  US Embassies in Nairobi and Sarajevo, Pew Charitable Trusts and many others.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display April 13-June 7, 2015

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


Ashley BuchananPEARLS, CHAINS & SILHOUETTES: HANDMADE, INDUSTRIAL & DIGITAL JEWELRY
Ashley Buchanan

Drawing on common jewelry motifs and iconic imagery, Ashley Buchanan individually hand-cuts silhouettes from sheet metal using a traditional jeweler’s saw. She then applies color using an industrial process called powder coating. In select pieces, Buchanan incorporates digitally scanned photographs made into buttons that she prong sets onto pieces in the form of gemstones. By combining the handmade with the industrial and the digital, Buchanan pushes the boundaries of jewelry, producing pieces with a fresh voice that speaks to the past, present and future of craft while maintaining the seductive quality of jewelry.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display April 13-June 7, 2015

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

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On display April 13-August 23, 2015

Deborah L. HooverSEEING MUSIC: ACRYLIC & WATERCOLOR
Deborah L. Hoover

Deborah L. Hoover hopes to achieve what the Swiss artist Paul Klee described as, “making the invisible visible.” The music the musicians create in her paintings is full of life. Can you hear it? Using vibrant colors in acrylic or watercolor, Hoover’s paintings inspire a multisensory response. She graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design and currently works in graphic arts and painting.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Comprehensive Cancer Center, Level 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display April 13-August 21, 2015

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

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On display January 7 to end of 2015

Dinnerware Museum CollectionTHE DINNERWARE MUSEUM: A PLACE AT THE TABLE
Dinnerware Museum Collection

The Dinnerware Museum, a new museum in Ann Arbor established in 2012, features a collection of thousands of pieces of functional dinnerware from all over the world along with fine art referencing dinnerware created from ceramic, metal, glass, paper, plastic and more. This exhibition highlights portions of eight memorable place settings of American tableware dating from the 1930s to the present, including sets designed by the leading 20th century designers Eva Zeisel, Russel Wright, Glidden Parker, and Don Schreckengost as well as new dinnerware by contemporary artist Julia Galloway in 2014. For more information, visit: http://www.dinnerwaremuseum.org.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Cancer Center Elevator Alcove, Level 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display January 7 to end of 2015

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

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UPCOMING EXHIBITS

On display June 15-August 23, 2015

Lisa GoedertA CALMING FORCE: ACRYLIC ON CANVAS
Lisa Goedert
Ferndale, Michigan based artist Lisa Goedert is inspired by patterns found in nature. She works spontaneously using circles, scribbles, dots, dashes, and lots of rhythmic lines. She manages to create works that are both bounding in playfulness, yet hold a certain transcendental, calm minimalism about them. Goedert earned a BFA at Wayne State University and is a vocalist and lyricist for the Detroit band, the Luddites.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 15-August 23, 2015

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


Nancy BulkleySNOWFLAKE FLOWERS: PLATES & BOWLS
Nancy Bulkley
Nancy Bulkley throws forms on the potter's wheel almost as a canvas for her designs. For her surface design, she creates and hand cuts snowflakes or flowers out of paper and then applies them with blue slip to her ceramic plates and bowls. The pieces are intended to serve food and help connect the maker to the user. Nancy Bulkley makes clay work and teaches in Ann Arbor, her home town. She studied art at the University of Michigan and received her BFA from Alfred University in upstate New York.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 15-August 23, 2015

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


Jeffrey M. Levine MD, AGSFAN INTERNATIONAL CELEBRATION OF AGING: COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY
Jeffrey M. Levine MD, AGSF
Dr. Jeffrey M. Levine is an international exhibiting artist and geriatrician in New York City with an interest in art as applied to medicine and medical education. He is Assistant Professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Care at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and his photographic work is intended to raise awareness of the aging demographic and its impact on the healthcare system and society. Levine studied at the Art Students League, the School of Visual Arts, and the International Center for Photography, all in Manhattan, New York.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 15-August 23, 2015

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


Kelly ChurchTRADITIONAL & CONTEMPORARY NATIVE AMERICAN BASKETRY
Kelly Church & Cherish Parrish
Kelly Church and Cherish Parrish are Anishnabe Master black ash basket makers who come from an unbroken line of weavers. They are award winning artists and exhibit internationally. Church, a Grand Traverse band member, has a BFA from U-M and is an artist and activist who works with Native Youth. Parrish is a Gun Lake band member and of Ottawa decent. She is a student at U-M, studying linguistics and Anishnabe language. Church and Parrish harvest and prepare their own materials from the growth rings of the black ash tree to create weavings that are traditional and contemporary in style, using both traditional and innovative materials.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 15-August 9, 2015

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

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Michael SheetsSTONES SERIES: PAINTING ON CANVAS
Michael Sheets

The paintings that comprise Stones Series by Michael Sheets had their genesis in a vacation he took on the shores of Lake Superior. Working from a small collection of stones gathered along the beach, he produced the first of the series. In the 30 years since that canvas, he has explored the many subtle nuances of color, surface and composition inherent in the subject. Although he works with other subject matter, his Stones Series is the most popular. His work has been shown in major art centers across the country and is in the permanent collections of over 200 individuals, corporations and public institutions.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 15-August 23, 2015

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


Timothy GaewskyIN LIVING COLOR: PAINTING ON WOOD
Timothy Gaewsky

Timothy Gaewsky is a painter and mixed media artist working out of Toledo, Ohio. His current paintings use visual aesthetics drawn from sources such as toy packaging designs, 8-bit video games, pinball machine graphics, ‘60s psychedelic imagery and pop art. Using vibrant colors, flat, hard-edge shapes and playful geometrical patterns, he visually stimulates viewers with a focus on the attraction to familiar symbols and colors. Gaewsky earned an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a BFA from Cleveland Institute of Art. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 15-August 23, 2015

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


Janet KelmanSEAFANS & FUSED GLASS
Janet Kelman

Janet Kelman began her love affair with glass in 1970. While studying chemistry in college, she watched, fascinated, as the glassblower in her department created scientific equipment, inspiring her to later teach herself lampworking (glass worked over a torch) and open a hot glass studio. Learning to scuba dive inspired her sculptural Seafan series. They reflect the undulating forms and luscious colors of coral reefs. Kelman's fused glass squares resemble rushing water, with matter floating downstream: twigs, bugs and stones reflect the colors in the sky.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 15-August 23, 2015

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

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