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CURRENT EXHIBITS

On display August 20-October 8, 2012

Darryl BairdA STUDY IN NATURE: GELATIN SILVER PRINTS
Darryl Baird
Darryl Baird is Associate Professor of Art at U-M Flint in graphic design and photography. This body of photographic work is a series of highly magnified plant sections offered as homage to natural life cycles and the inherent potential for beauty in mature forms. These images are a means to explore the cycles of all living things and a way to find understanding through the process. For this series, Baird used antique lenses and the now discontinued Polaroid Positive/Negative 55 film. His work is included in the collections of the Detroit Institute of Art, Museum of Fine Art in Houston, Texas and U-M Museum of Art in Ann Arbor.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display August 20-October 8, 2012

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


Valerie MannRIGHT TOOL FOR THE JOB: PAINT & ENCAUSTIC ON WOOD
Valerie Mann
Valerie Mann has been showing her work professionally throughout the US and in Canada and Germany for 23 years.  She grew up on a large family farm in Indiana, went to University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana to earn a BFA in painting, then to MSU to earn an MFA in sculpture. Now working and teaching in Ann Arbor, Mann’s use and study of tools inspired this body of work. Used every day and sometimes taken for granted, tools are indispensable in the making of art. These favorite tools are beautifully designed and well-thought out for their specific job.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display August 20-October 8, 2012

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


Elizabeth Adams25th ANNIVERSARY EMPLOYEE ART EXHIBITION
UMHS Employee & Family Artists

This year, Gifts of Art celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Employee Art Exhibition! This eagerly anticipated annual event showcases the exceptional talent and creativity of the people who work at the University of Michigan Health System, and for the first time this year, family members too! There are ribbon awards for Best in Category and Best in Show, and a People's Choice award will be determined by the votes of visitors to the exhibit. Winners will be announced at the Artist Reception and Award Ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012 from 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the exhibition gallery, which will be hosted by Dr. Ora H. Pescovitz, Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display August 20-October 8, 2012

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

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Xu, ZengquanLOVE'S EMOTION IN CHINESE OPERA: PHOTOGRAPHY
Xu, Zengquan

Traditional kunqu, a genre of classical Chinese theatre, comes alive in the large scale photographs of Xu, Zengquan. The viewer experiences the personalities of the characters and the spirit of the dance, opening a window into traditional Chinese culture and history. Now a local practicing engineer, Xu was born into a family of 10 brothers and sisters, in Jiangsu, China, and discovered his passion for photography in his teens. His work has been published by the Smithsonian Institution. Gifts of Art is pleased to present this exhibition in partnership with the U-M Confucius Institute. The Suzhou Kun Opera Theater of Jiangsu Province will conduct an artistic demonstration and plain clothes performance of kunqu — classical Chinese opera — in the gallery on Sept. 27. more
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display August 20-October 8, 2012

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


Elizabeth BuseyCONNECTIONS: LINOLEUM BLOCK PRINTS
Elizabeth Busey

Elizabeth Busey has been inspired by global travel to explore the forces that shape our world – growth, pressure, erosion and decay. Through this exploration, she highlights patterns from many disparate perspectives in order to celebrate their universality in the natural world. Her work is created by printing multiple layers of ink onto cotton rag paper, where a single linoleum block is gradually reduced with each color layer. Busey is a primarily self-taught printmaker who produces her work in Bloomington, Indiana on a press made of recycled steel.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display August 20-October 8, 2012

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


Jean-Marc FontaineFRENCH CONNECTIONS: POLYMER CLAY SCULPTURE
Jean-Marc Fontaine

By day, Jean-Marc Fontaine is a molecular biologist, and by night and weekend, he is an artist. He spent his childhood and youth in Normandy, France, and his dream of becoming a scientist grew together with his imagination and passion for oil painting and drawing. After moving to the US in 1998, Fontaine became fascinated with sculpting. This self-taught artist explores funny and familiar subjects, with close attention to details in human anatomy. Viewers will meet French, Belgian, British and American characters. Fontaine hopes that “…these cartoon characters will bring a smile to patients (children and adults, alike).”
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display August 20-October 8, 2012

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

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On display August 20-December 10, 2012

Monte NaglerEXPRESSIONS OF LIGHT: PHOTOGRAPHY
Monte Nagler

A driving force in Monte Nagler’s artist quest is to have others see the world in a finer light and to appreciate life a little more. He has the ability to make visible what others can only sense, sharing with viewers the emotional beauty he experiences. Nagler’s photographs, which have won numerous awards, are found in many private and public collections, including the Detroit Institute of Art, the U-M Museum of Art and the Grand Rapids Art Museum. He is also a noted writer, lecturer and teacher of photography and the author of six highly successful photography books.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Comprehensive Cancer Center, Level 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display August 20-December 10, 2012
Open M-F from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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UPCOMING EXHIBITS

On display October 15-December 10, 2012

Patrick DengateCONTEMPORARY CUBISM: PAINTING & WOODCUT PRINTS
Patrick Dengate
Bright colors, strong edges, and intersecting geometric forms are the hallmarks of Patrick Dengate's current studio work. Drawing from the tradition of 20th century Cubism, Dengate presents paintings and woodcuts with subjects ranging from Utah canyons, Costa Rican towns, busy rail yards, and ships on the Great Lakes. His work is featured in the recently published book Eyes On: Landscapes, a compilation of 50 contemporary painters from around the world. Dengate's work is on display in several corporate collections in Michigan and can be found in private collections across the US, Canada and Europe.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display October 15-December 10, 2012

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


Rebecca HarrisORIGAMI TESSELLATIONS & FRACTALS
Group Origami Show
This exhibit features origami artists who enjoy folding fractals, tessellations and corrugations out of paper – an area of origami that explores pattern and texture in art and design. Each artist approaches this in their own unique way, and their work highlights the variety and beauty of this little known branch of origami. The artists hail from around the US, and were selected for their expertise and artistry in folding these beautiful patterns.The show was curated by Beth Johnson and includes work by Malachi Brown, Tom Crain, Rebecca Harris, Beth Johnson, Chad Killeen and Ben Parker.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display October 15-December 10, 2012

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


Denise RohdeBOWLING, BURGERS & DOGS: DIGITAL COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY
Denise Rohde

After receiving a BFA from Rutgers University, Denise Rohde went on to study photography with renowned photographer Art Sinsabaugh at the University of Illinois. Working for years in a darkroom, the switch to digital allowed her to draw from her painting and printmaking experience. Being able to combine mediums digitally has unleashed her imagination. Denise moved to Ann Arbor eight years ago from Champaign, Illinois, and she has found Michigan to be an “eyeful.” Some of her exhibits include the University of Illinois, Roulette NYC, Peachtree Plaza Atlanta and the Kodak Pavilion, Epcot Center.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display October 15-December 10, 2012

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

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Gail Rosenbloom KaplanBRILLO BLOX & MORE: SAND ART SCULPTURE
Gail Rosenbloom Kaplan

Farmington Hills, Michigan artist Gail Rosenbloom Kaplan has a portfolio of work that includes trompe l‘oeil clay, glass mosaics, printmaking, mixed media, and most recently, sand art. In addition to local gallery exhibitions and community installations, her work has been displayed through the U.S. Arts and Embassy Program and showcased in Norway, Barbados and Brazil. Kaplan presently works at Children’s Hospital in Detroit where she creates art with children and adolescent patients to provide an atmosphere for healing. The Brillo Blox sand art sculpture is comprised of 12 cubes and is designed as a puzzle than can be assembled as an abstract sculpture. These puzzle cubes highlight the different pictures used in the advertising of Brillo over the past 100 years.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display October 15-December 10, 2012

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

Please see Brillo Blox by Gail Rosenbloom Kaplan. High resolution version available upon request. 


Mingshi HuangREMINISCENCE OF ANN ARBOR: OIL ON CANVAS
Mingshi Huang

Born and raised in China, Mingshi Huang studied at Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan, where he earned his graduate degrees.  Huang travels extensively between the US and China and currently teaches at Nanjing University in Jiangsu Province. Recently, he completed several monumental museum commissioned sculptures in China. This exhibition is a reminiscence of Huang’s work done while in Ann Arbor. Although his interests spread from representational to expressionist, Huang is rooted in a traditional ground. His figure paintings and landscapes reflect his masterful approach to traditional realism.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display October 15-December 10, 2012

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


Advance Practice Registered NursesMANY FACES OF ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSING: STORY PORTRAITS
This exhibit features portraits of and stories by Advance Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) who work at the University of Michigan Health System. Stories by these nurses with advanced training overlay their portraits with words. Led by Assistant Professor Laurie Hartman, this collaboration with Gifts of Art shines a spotlight on APRNs, explaining how in their work they conduct evaluations, order and interpret diagnostic tests, deliver various treatments and prescribe medications. Nurses, who tend to treat patients in a holistic manner, viewing humans across the lifespan as biological, psychological, social and spiritual beings, are consistently among the most highly trusted professionals in the nation.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display October 17-December 10, 2012

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


One Acre CeramicsONE ACRE CERAMICS: HANDCRAFTED STONEWARE
Thomas & Sarah Gelsanliter

Thomas and Sarah Gelsanliter are full-time ceramic artists creating unique handmade tiles and pottery at their studio, One Acre Ceramics, located in southeastern Michigan. Thomas received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2002, and his intricate designs are influenced by historical furniture, industrial plate ware, and classic Arts & Crafts and folk art iconography. Sarah is largely self-taught as a potter and spent a year living in Japan, visiting studio potters throughout the country. She throws all of the pottery on the wheel, finishing and assembling each piece when partially dry. A palette of luminous glazes highlight the hand-carved designs and crisp lines, giving each piece a polished, radiant finish. 
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display October 15-December 10, 2012

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

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