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On display September 1-December 6, 2015

Laurie Schirmer CarpenterTHE SPIRIT OF PLACE: OIL PAINTINGS
Laurie Schirmer Carpenter
A full time painter, Laurie Schirmer Carpenter studied art at the University of Colorado, Denver but has deep ties to the Midwest. She has developed a special interest in the land and skies of this region, which are often depicted in her paintings. While her paintings are of particular places or things in nature, they are paintings first – ideas made visual. Most of them result from sketches, en plein air paintings and photographs made during a walk or bike ride through the countryside. Using these references, she creates the paintings in her studio that are often a composite of several places. Her oil paintings can be found in many private and corporate collections.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display September 1-December 6, 2015

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


Lisa WalshA COLLECTION TO WEAR: GLASS JEWELRY
Lisa Walsh
Working over an oxygen-propane torch flame, Lisa Walsh creates the glass beads she uses in her original jewelry designs. Fascinated with rocks and stones from an early age, she enjoys mimicking this organic theme using traditional flameworking techniques and incorporating precious metals into the glass at the molten stage. Walsh lives in Lafayette, Indiana, and has been creating glass art and jewelry designs since 1998. 
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display September 1-December 6, 2015

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


Steven Christian Upton, 2014 winner of Best in ShowANNUAL UMHS EMPLOYEE ART EXHIBITION
Each year Gifts of Art presents an exhibition of artwork by U-M Health System faculty, staff, students, volunteers and family members. It showcases the exceptional talent, creativity and accomplishments of artists in the extensive (~26,000) UMHS community. There are ribbon awards for Best in Category and Best in Show, and a People's Choice award will be determined by votes of visitors to the exhibit by using the voting ballots and box provided on site. Winners will be announced at the Artist Reception and Award Ceremony held in the exhibit gallery on Tuesday, October 27, from 11:45 am-1:00 pm. For more information, please visit: www.med.umich.edu/goa/employee.htm.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display September 1-December 6, 2015

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

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Dale FisherTHE COLOR OF U-M SPORTS: HELICOPTER PHOTOGRAPHY
Dale Fisher

As perhaps the world’s only artist-photographer who works primarily from a helicopter, Dale Fisher captures and transforms his subjects using color, light and shadows – all while skimming over his subjects at ground speeds of up to 120 miles per hour. In the US Navy, he began shooting with a camera from the skies as an aerial reconnaissance photographer. In the ‘60s, Fisher traveled the country in a Ford pickup truck with a camper top darkroom, towing a rather lengthy trailer with his helicopter. Now working in the digital format, Fisher currently resides and has his studio on a 200 year old farm in Grass Lake, Michigan, and his work can be found in public and private collections across the country.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display September 1-December 6, 2015

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


Bill FranzAT WORK & PLAY: PHOTOGRAPHY
Bill Franz

After retiring from his career in business and engineering, Ohio artist Bill Franz became a volunteer photographer, doing projects for numerous nonprofit organizations. His environmental portraits show people at work and at play in a variety of contexts. Franz’ work has been on exhibit in Ohio and neighboring states.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display September 1-December 6, 2015

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


Mary CodyPALETTES & PATHS: BEAD WOVEN JEWELRY
Mary Cody

Returning Gifts of Art exhibiting artist Mary Cody designs colorful jewelry with a subtle message meant to inspire creativity and hope. She freely combines tiny 24 kt gold, palladium and glass beads in her original weavings by "picking up the pieces," a look that came by accident after costly beads scattered across the floor. Cody sees her work as representing the lessons in our lives – how unforeseen events are often prior to beautiful blessings. Her bead woven jewelry has been in fine art shows from Ann Arbor, Michigan to Bellevue, Washington and has been described as miniature works of stained glass. 
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display September 1-December 6, 2015

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

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Sheryl BudnikLIGHT WITHIN THE DARKNESS OF NATURE: OIL ON CANVAS
Sheryl Budnik

Using palette knives and an intuitive response to her oil paints and surface, painter Sheryl Budnik first looks carefully at the land or sea, noticing her emotional response. She paints what she feels is the heart of a place, finding "the light within the darkness of nature”, or Lumen Naturae. This refers to Paracelsus’ Middle Ages idea that the light in nature allows inspiration and intuition to rise from the subconscious. Budnik evokes a memory of land or water with her abstract paintings in order to connect us with the spirit of the earth and leave us with an awareness that we are all nature.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Comprehensive Cancer Center, Level 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display September 1-December 6, 2015

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


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, 2015-January 6, 2016

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

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UPCOMING EXHIBITS

On display December 14, 2015-March 13, 2016

Thomas L. ClarkSPLITS & MUSIC: SNOWFLAKE PAPER CUTTINGS
Thomas L. Clark
This year’s exhibition of Dr. Thomas L. Clark’s exquisite, hand-cut paper creations highlights work from his book Splits as well as a collection of snowflakes about music. Each of these exquisite designs are intricate works of art, yet as a group, they tell stories that encompass much more than the sum of their parts. In addition to their pictorial detail, the perfect symmetry of snowflake design contributes to the metaphorical meanings. A former U-M physician, Clark, a.k.a. Dr. Snowflake, has been exhibiting his snowflakes at U-M Hospitals since 1987. The annual free snowflake making workshop will be held on Thursday, January 7 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. in the Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1. Video about Dr. Clark's exhibits with Gifts of Art.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 14, 2015-March 13, 2016

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


Daria White PaikART FROM MY HEART: CERAMICS
Daria White Paik
Daria White Paik grew up in Seoul, Korea where she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1983. In 1988, she moved to the US where she gained her foundation in ceramics at the University of Alabama. When she works with clay, she starts with a blank state of mind, and her work comes from her heart. She feels that creativity cannot be learned; only the techniques can be taught. When she touches clay, she forgets time, seeing the only prerequisite for art as a spark of creativity. Paik now teaches at the Ann Arbor Art Center, is a student advisor at Washtenaw Community College, and is a member of the Ann Arbor Potter’s Guild.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 14, 2015-March 13, 2016

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


Laura B. DeLindA GATHERING OF FRIENDS: LINOCUT PRINTS
Laura B. DeLind
Laura B. DeLind has been cutting and hand-printing linocuts for over 40 years. She enjoys linoleum as a print medium because it is unpretentious, has no pre-existing texture, and lends itself to bold, spontaneous images. DeLind is fascinated by black and white design and the interactions of positive and negative space. Her prints are inspired by organic shapes, birds providing a ready-made “excuse” to explore pattern. DeLind’s work has been exhibited regionally and nationally.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 14, 2015-March 13, 2016

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

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Maggie BandstraGARDEN INSPIRED ART POTTERY
Maggie Bandstra
Maggie Bandstra uses stoneware, black wax and matt glazes to create her garden inspired pottery. These designs begin by sketching flowers from her garden and then abstracting interesting shapes from the sketches. These sketches are used when designing the pottery. Bandstra lives and has her studio in Grand Haven, Michigan. She teaches art for Hudsonville Public Schools and serves as curator for community art events. 
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 14, 2015-March 13, 2016

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


Karin Wagner CoronFRESH WATER MICHIGAN: OIL PAINTING & PHOTOGRAPHY
Karin Wagner Coron & Steven Coron

Michigan native Karin Wagner Coron is an artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Eastern Michigan University who works in oil, oil pastel, graphite and mediums on paper and canvas. As a child, Wagner Coron often played outside, ran in the woods and fields, and developed a deep inward connection to the land. Her work reflects that relationship. Her husband Steven Coron, also with a BFA from EMU, is an artist with a deep affinity for the Great Lakes who teaches fine arts at Community High school in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In his current photographic work, he captures single digital images, which he edits and joins to create digital panoramic photomontages.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 14, 2015-March 13, 2016

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

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Robert deJongeA WALK ALONG THE SHORE: DIGITAL IMAGING
Robert deJonge

Inspired by the places where land meets the waters of the Great Lakes, Robert deJonge uses his skills with a camera, computer, and printer to build images that explore our spiritual, emotional,  and physical connection to this unique place that defines Michigan. From intimate portraits of wildflowers to the grand expanse of the night sky, it is a rich palette to work with, and deJonge captures it with elegance and intention. In his words, “I’m not just interested in pretty pictures I’m interested in the story these places have to tell and the questions they ask.”
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 14, 2015-March 13, 2016

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


Stephen PalmerFOUND OBJECT FISH: MIXED MEDIA
Stephen Palmer

Steve Palmer was born in Berkeley, California and raised by a poet and a painter, so it was in his blood to
become an artist. Now located in Traverse City, Palmer creates fish sculptures using crutches and paddles for bases. He then makes fins, teeth, tails, and eyes from unique items and fills in the form with found objects. Before retirement, he was a teacher and school administrator, and he holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership. Early in Palmer’s artistic career, he worked in pottery, batik, photography and glass before finally settling on mixed media sculpture. 
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 14, 2015-March 13, 2016

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


Lenore CrawfordSCENES IN FABRIC
Lenore Crawford

Lenore Crawford uses fabric to express her love of French architecture and flowers. The pieces are inspired by photos she has taken, and she creates her fiber art with an eye for color and realism using a raw edged fusing technique. Small amounts of fabric paint provide detail and shading. The texture and warmth achieved from the fabric itself lends the work an impressionistic softness. Capturing the beauty of everyday life and her surroundings in fiber is her passion.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Comprehensive Cancer Center, Level 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 14, 2015-March 13, 2016

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

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On display January 11-December 11, 2016

Belle KoganWORKS BY BELLE KOGAN: FIRST FEMALE INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER
This exhibition presents industrially-produced art pottery pieces designed by Belle Kogan (1902–2000), for Red Wing Potteries in Red Wing, Minnesota. Kogan is considered the first prominent female industrial designer in the United States, a founder of the profession, and one of the 20th century's most significant designers. Her design aesthetic was heavily influenced by the geometric and streamlined shapes of Art Deco. Belle Kogan Associates, her New York–based studio, was the first American female-led design firm. Her contracts with Red Wing Potteries produced over 400 different art pottery shapes from the late 1930s to the early 1960s, as well as several dinnerware and kitchenware lines. Belle Kogan and her firm designed products not only in ceramics but also clocks and small appliances, glassware, and pieces in silver, plastics, wrought iron and wood. More info.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Cancer Center Elevator Alcove, Level 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display January 11-December 11, 2016

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


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