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On display August 25-October 13, 2008
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

PORTRAITS OF FRIENDS: PAINT ON CANVAS
by Nancy Swearingen

Working out of her studio in Northville, Michigan, Nancy Swearingen creates commissioned portraits using photography, painting and drawing in charcoal and pastels. This exhibition is composed of paintings that are character studies of animals, birds and fish. Deeply understanding character enables Swearingen to visually display the personalities of her subjects. Her portraits are interpretive rather than utterly observational – context is implied, not specific. Swearingen’s desire is to delight the eye with the surface and warm the heart of the observer with the individuality of her subjects.
Taubman Lobby, North, Floor 1. Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


MOTAWI AT HOME: HANDMADE CERAMIC ART TILE
by Motawi Tileworks

This locally owned, nationally known art studio creates unique handmade tile reflecting the classic style and craftsmanship of America's historic Arts & Crafts movement. Brother and sister duo Karim and Nawal Motawi, both U of M alumni, are committed to handcrafting tile with vibrant, earthy glazes. Their passion is exploring new design and technical ideas, while maintaining a sustainable business that is a positive force in the community. Motawi Tileworks, now 16 years old, is a leader in the art tile market with 30 artisans on staff. Their art is accessible because it resides in homes, libraries, hospitals and other spaces enjoyed by the public, not just in museums. They believe that everyone is better off with art in their daily lives. UMHS has eight Motawi tile murals in the east and west Patient Elevator lobbies on floors 1, 2, 3 & 4, and more are in the works.  This exhibit contains tiles new to the Motawi collection this year.
Taubman Lobby, North display cases, Floor 1. Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


LIGHTHOUSES OF MICHIGAN: ARCHIVAL COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY
by Steven Huyser-Honig

The work of Grand Rapids based photographer Steven Huyser-Honig displays a deep connection to the beauty of the Great Lakes region. When a subject calls to him, he explores it meditatively and thoroughly to find the delight that is its essence. Challenged to create images that transcend the cliché, Steve has explored the themes of courage, integrity, and strength in the face of adversity that imbue these much loved symbols. Huyser-Honig captures his images with a digital camera and prints them with archival pigment inks on pure cotton paper – materials and methods that are more environmentally friendly than traditional photographic processes. A portion of each sale supports nonprofits working to preserve the Great Lakes.
Taubman Lobby, South, Floor 1. Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


INSIDE & OUT: CARVED LIMESTONE, BRONZE & PAINTED STEEL
by Mark Beltchenko

Many of the pieces that sculptor/designer Mark Beltchenko has on display in this exhibit are smooth, pedestal-sized pieces of carved limestone cradled by provocative steel structures. Steel clad channels connect each work from top to bottom. These vertical chambers house a maze of bronze wires, which according to the artist, symbolize networks of hidden information. This exhibit shows work from two separate but visually related series: The Insider and Out of the Box (maquettes). Beltchenko has created commissioned works for churches, corporations, libraries and municipalities in addition to producing his own bodies of work. 
Taubman Lobby, South, Floor 1. Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

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POSTCARDS FROM PARADISE: COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY
by Dale F. Fisher

Best known as an aerial photographer, Dale F. Fisher presents work in this exhibit taken almost entirely from the ground. He has been working for the last two years photographing a family of swans in an extremely isolated area. After observing the couple’s courtship process, he persisted in his photographic study, eventually capturing the adults teaching their young to fly in preparation for their annual southern migration for the winter. Fisher is founder of the Michigan Center for the Photographic Arts, a mentorship program for children located on his farm near Grass Lake, and he is the owner of two fine art galleries at the same location. He recently published a new book of his photography, Ann Arbor: Visions of the Eagle II.
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1. Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


STILL LIFE: SILK FLOWERS
by Rebecca Lambers

Couturiere Rebecca Lambers' love of gardens and her work come together in this diverse collection. With a focused sensitivity to color, texture and form, and using varied materials, she hand makes each flower individually, evoking the relationships flowers share with their surroundings. Each is an exquisite work of art, an expression of her belief in the philosophy of aesthetics, which deals with the nature, creation and appreciation of beauty as an integral and valuable part of our world.
University Hospital Main Lobby display cases, Floor 1. Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


ORBS OF BRIGHTNESS: ENAMEL PAINTED CUTOUTS
by Mark A. Piotrowski

Working with circular luminous forms, Mark A. Piotrowski's cutouts are bold and vibrant. The shapes are derived from drawings which are scanned into the computer and then multiplied, reversed and rotated to elicit an intriguing relationship. The resulting images are then drawn on panels and cut out with a jigsaw. After sanding, Piotrowski uses multiple layers of enamel based paint to build up a dense luminosity on the surface. In addition to exhibiting his work in many different mediums both locally and nationally, Piotrowski is also an art educator for the Bay City Public Schools and Delta College.
University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2. Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


CINDERELLA'S REVENGE: SHOES & MIXED MEDIA
by David Ian Grant

Ann Arbor native David Ian Grant is currently studying at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The series Cinderella's Revenge contained in this exhibit is composed of a set of nine high-heeled shoes. Each shoe has been painted, collaged, appliqued, and added to in some way so that it has become unwearable. By removing the shoes from their intended purposes and making them unwearable, David has transformed the functional object into an art form. 
Cancer Center Main Lobby display cases, Level B2.
Open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


COLLABORATIVE SPIRIT: FIBER FABRICATIONS
by Kathie Briggs, Peg Keeney & Desiree Vaughn

Northern Michigan fiber artists Kathie Briggs, Peg Keeney and Desiree Vaughn approach their art from very different perspectives. Keeney tends to work intuitively using organic forms, expressing her love for nature. Briggs is also inspired by nature; her pieces are tactile and often contain structural components. Vaughn’s minimalist style is characterized by strong graphic and textual elements. They also all enjoy collaborating on synergistic art, each bringing something unique to the collaborative art form. This exhibition contains collaborative work of all three artists as well as solo pieces.
Comprehensive Cancer Center, Level 1. Open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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