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CURRENT EXHIBITS

On display August 24-October 12, 2009

CHICAGO: HAND ALTERED POLAROID PHOTOGRAPHS
Cynthia Davis

Award‑winning artist Cynthia Davis captures the Windy City in these remarkable enlargements of hand‑altered Polaroid photographs. The images are from her fifth book, Chicago, published by the University of Michigan Press, and offer a unique view of one of America's greatest cities. Davis creates her work by manipulating Polaroid SX‑70 photographs while they're still soft and malleable. The result are pictures imbued with a dreamlike quality – reminiscent of a place between photorealism and impressionist painting.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1.
On display August 24-October 12, 2009.
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


DAYDREAMS: MIXED MEDIA SCULPTURE
Barbara Yerace & Valerie Mann

Barbara Yerace and Valerie Mann have been collaborating for 9 years, bringing together their respective backgrounds as glass artist and sculptor to create pieces that are at once fun and serious. Their collaborative work sessions are often filled with humor and experimentation. They spend hours casting hot glass into sand molds, and Valerie assists Barbara on the larger blown elements in the work. Next, they take the cooled glass, sketch, discuss ideas and compositions, and then they independently create the finished pieces.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1.
On display August 24-October 12, 2009.
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


OUR DIVERSITY: GROUP SHOW
Chelsea Painters

The Chelsea Painters is a vibrant group of men and women who have a passion for developing their own artistic vision. They express this through a variety of mediums, including watercolor, gouache, acrylic, oil, pastel, monotype, colored pencil, pencil, collage, photo transfers and encaustics. They meet weekly in Chelsea, Michigan, and are actively involved in art on local, regional, and national levels. Membership is limited to twenty-five artists and is by invitation.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1.
On display August 24-October 12, 2009.
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


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LOTS O' POTS: SCULPTURAL & FUNCTIONAL PORCELAIN
Philip Wilson

Working out of his studio in Grand Rapids for almost 25 years, Philip Wilson has refined a process of utilizing contemporary design in the durable, high quality material of porcelain. All of the pieces are wheel formed porcelain, altered and assembled, with patterns of texture and inlaid slip. The warmth of Wilson’s handmade craftmanship and an interplay of textural patterns and subtle glaze color make this pottery both artistic and perfect for everyday use.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1.
On display August 24-October 12, 2009.
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


PICTORIAL TAPESTRIES
Anna Kocherovsky

Russian born tapestry artist Anna Kocherovsky draws inspiration for her handwoven tapestries from reading and reflection, creating numerous drawings for each piece. She loves mythology and history, and the stories she enjoys often find their way into her work. Using a loom technique she learned in Moscow and imported wool yarns from Sweden, Kocherovsky keeps the tradition alive here in Michigan, where she has lived since 1989.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1.
On display August 24-October 12, 2009.
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


ART IN NATURE: QUILTS
Mary Andrews

In these small art quilts, Grand Blanc artist Mary Andrews depicts nature from the smallest detail to the larger landscape. She dyes her own fabric, uses machine and hand quilting, and embellishes with paint, thread and various surface design elements. In addition to the U.S., Andrew’s work is exhibited in Canada, Europe and Australia.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2.
On display August 24-October 12, 2009.
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.




TEAR JARS: FLAMEWORKED GLASS
Lisa Walsh

Working with hot glass since 1998, Lisa Walsh draws inspiration from a lifelong fascination with rocks and minerals. Flameworking came easily to Walsh, and her award winning designs and masterful work has been published in numerous international magazines and books. Her creations include jewelry, miniature sculptures, and functional objects, and are carried by more than sixty art galleries across the nation.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2.
On display August 24-October 12, 2009.
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

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On display August 24-December 7, 2009

WEARABLE ART: HANDWOVEN FIBERS & MORE
Carol Furtado

U-M School of Art & Design alumna Carol Furtado started as a weaver over 30 years ago, working on a loom. She is now engaged in a great variety of activities as she produces her line of wearable art. Handweaving, felting, dyeing and beading are common tools of her trade. Lately, she has been exploring Nuno felting, a Japanese felting technique which combines wool felt with silk fabric. One of her dyeing techniques is a resist process involving clamping and applying dye in multiple steps, creating a multiple color, multiple shape design.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Comprehensive Cancer Center, Level B2.
On display August 24-December 7, 2009.
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


SECRETS OF THE GARDEN: SCANNER ART
Phyllis Ponvert

These images were taken without a camera. Ponvert places her subjects directly on a digital scanner and then alters them in Photoshop. The images in this exhibit were taken over the past three years from subjects in her garden in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her work has been shown at the Kerrytown Concert House, and her garden was chosen to be on the Ann Arbor Women’s Farm and Garden Walk in 2008.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Comprehensive Cancer Center, Level 1.
On display August 24-December 7, 2009.
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


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UPCOMING EXHIBITS

On display October 19-December 7, 2009

BioArtographyART UNDER THE MICROSCOPE: BIOARTOGRAPHY QUILTS
Fiber Artists @ Loose Ends
This unique collection of art quilts is inspired by scientific photographs taken by researchers at the U-M Center for Organogenesis. In the course of diagnostic research, the microscope and special stains are used to examine tissues for alterations in structure or function that are characteristic of health or disease. The beauty of the photographs of these tiny biological structures, which is a fascinating combination of art and science, inspired this series of quilts by the Washington DC group, Fiber Artists @ Loose Ends. This traveling exhibit, sponsored by the Society for the Arts in Healthcare in partnership with Gifts of Art and the Center for Organogenesis, aims to honor these scientific research efforts, enrich community spaces by bringing the arts into everyday life and raise public awareness about the importance of the arts in healthcare settings. Two of the quilts in this series will be previewed along with BioArtography images at the Duderstadt Gallery, U-M North Campus from Sept. 28-Oct. 12, 2009.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1.
On display October 19-December 7, 2009.
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


RedwoodMOTAWI AT HOME: HANDMADE CERAMIC ART TILE
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 17 years old, is a leader in the art tile market with 25 artisans on staff. In addition to this exhibit of newly released tiles, the U-M Health System has Motawi tile murals in the east and west Patient Elevator lobbies on floors 1-8. A free Make-A-Tile workshop will be held in the gallery on Thursday, Oct. 29 from 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1.
On display October 19-December 7, 2009.
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


In ChurchTHE PEOPLE OF MY WORLD
Ludmila Ketslakh

Formerly a Mechanical Engineer, Ludmila Ketslakh’s interest in photography was triggered by a number of factors: her desire to explore different parts of the world, to seek and document unique cultures, and to challenge the insidious forces of dilution and uniformity in society. She fervently believes that the world is a beautiful and mystifying place, and that the people of her world are profoundly diverse and fascinating, each with their own unique experiences that define their images. Observers of Ketslakh’s photography are captivated by its reality and absorbed into the emotion captured by her lens.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1.
On display October 19-December 7, 2009.
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


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Rabbit TreadTHE ANIMAL PIECES: CERAMICS
Craig Hinshaw

The pieces in this show address the intertwined relationships of animals and humans. In this body of work, Craig Hinshaw explores how both animals and humans are affected by such issues as consumerism, ecology and pollution. He explores these themes in both the subject matter and the way that he manipulates the forms. However, an element of humor softens the tensions he creates with these challenging subjects, bringing levity to the work and raising questions rather than answering them. In addition to his own work, Hinshaw has a passion for teaching young children — he was voted Michigan Art Teacher of the Year around the time of an opening of his work at Ezar Gallery in New York City.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1.
On display October 19-December 7, 2009.
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


The ReturnCONTEMPLATIONS: CHAIR SERIES II PAINTINGS
Candace Compton Pappas

In her acrylic, ink and mixed media paintings, Candace Compton Pappas speaks boldly about the quiet she observes. Pappas’ work arises from self-exploration and reflection on the natural environment, community, and family that surround her. Chair, house, and birds are repeated themes in her work. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Pappas grew up amidst the Bay Area Figurative Movement, and later she moved to Los Angeles and was immersed in the LA Feminist Art Movement, Conceptualism, and Performance Art. For the last 15 years she has lived, raised her family, and continued her art career in Chelsea, Michigan. 
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1.
On display October 19-December 7, 2009.
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


Broken Stone from the Ring of Brodgar, Orkney, ScotlandBYWAYS OF GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND
Cheryl Hogue

Combining her love of travel and photography, U-M alum Cheryl Hogue tours extensively through England, Scotland, and Ireland. Hogue’s images, created by both small and medium format cameras, are sold professionally with applications in retail books, calendar art, magazine covers, text books, travel brochures, and other media. The subject matter in this exhibit includes many of the lesser known islands such as the Isle of Lewis in the outer Hebrides and Orkney off of Scotland. 
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2.
On display October 19-December 7, 2009.
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


Deep BlueDEEP BLUE: CERAMICS
Sadashi Inuzuka

Sadashi Inuzuka was born in Kyoto, Japan and received his MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI in 1987. He is known for his large installations that explore the intersection of human society and the natural world; traditional and innovative process; art and science; and ceramics and video. Currently, he is a Professor of Art at the U-M School of Art & Design. This exhibit is a part of Art and Abilities: Investing in Ability Week, Oct. 21-31, 2009; in addition, Inuzuka will be giving both a lecture and a children’s workshop inspired by the theme of art and abilities.  More information is at the bottom center of our website: http://www.med.umich.edu/goa .
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2.
On display October 19-December 7, 2009.
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

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