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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. This piece was a finalist in Brillo's 15 Minutes of Fame Contest, sponsored in conjunction with the Andy Warhol Museum.
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 18-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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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 December 17, 2012-February 4, 2013

Dr. Thomas L. ClarkGARDEN OF INFANCY & TREE OF LIFE: SNOWFLAKE PAPER CUTTINGS
Dr. Thomas L. Clark
Did you know that the Garden of Eden is also the Garden of Infancy? That the tree of life is also the life giving womb? In new work illuminating familiar favorites, snowflake master Dr. Thomas L. Clark delves into the biological significance of ancient symbolism in exquisite, hand-cut paper creations. Clark’s snowflake of the tree of knowledge explores the biological origins of good and evil, shedding new light on the curves of the serpent. 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 3, 2012 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. in the Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1. If planning to attend the workshop, please bring scissors.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 17, 2012-February 4, 2013

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


Marcia PolenbergTHE BIRTHDAY PARTY: CERAMIC SCULPTURE
Marcia Polenberg
Marcia Polenberg is an award winning artist whose figurative and architectonic sculptural ceramics, drawings and paintings have been exhibited widely across the US and locally at WSG Gallery, Ann Arbor Art Center and the Clay Gallery. Born in New York City, Polenberg received a BA from CUNY Brooklyn College and an MFA from U-M. She has taught art at U-M, the College for Creative Studies in Detroit and UM-Flint, among others. Polenberg’s work is in collections in the US, England, France, Canada and Australia. This exhibit rejoices in childrens’ birthday parties! Along with celebrating the special birthday child, there is delight in the festive decorations, the birthday cake, the friends, and even the unexpected.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
TEMPORARY LOCATION CHANGE TO: Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 17, 2012-February 4, 2013

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


Ryan SteinK-12 STUDENT GROUP SHOW
Saline Area Schools

This exhibit celebrates the emerging artistry of students from Saline public schools. Saline Area Schools are strong in visual education, and students learn and participate in a wide range of media and processes throughout grade school. Every student develops an understanding of production, criticism, history, and aesthetics within the visual arts. In this exhibition, work from young people in grades K-12 will be displayed in both 2-D and 3-D galleries. The students explore themes as presented by eight different teachers in a variety of mediums, from drawing and painting to ceramics and sculpture, are included in this exhibit.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 17, 2012-February 4, 2013

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

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Alli BermanBRAIN FITNESS PUZZLE ART: INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION
Alli Berman

New York artist Alli Berman had a CVA (stroke) years ago. She experimented in her studio and came up with art that is viewable, touchable, and movable and incorporates a therapeutic art concept. Berman now creates exciting colorful interactive art installations to help people of all ages and abilities develop stronger, faster cognitive function as they enjoy her relaxing sensory experience. Neuroscientists and therapists use PuzzleArt in 15 countries and agree: it’s secret fun therapy for developing neural plasticity. It’s PuzzleArt like no puzzle you’ve ever done before. Watch this video or visit PuzzleArtTherapy.com to learn more. A workshop by the artist will be held in the gallery on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 from 12:00-2:00 pm.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 17, 2012-February 4, 2013

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


Karin L. BodycombeLANDSCAPE FORMS: PAINTING RETROSPECTIVE
Karin L. Bodycombe
A U-M graduate from the School of Art & Design in 1949, Karin L. Bodycombe forged new territory in the arts. Working to pave the way for others, she studied at Wayne State University and earned a degree in Art Education in 1952, later inspiring many student artists. Creating in watercolor, gouache, pen, acrylics and oils, Bodycombe said of her work, “I paint landscape compositions reducing them to the basic areas or forms of the subject resembling the environment only through the tiles. Brush strokes express my feelings.” Bodycombe has won many national awards and has exhibited her work in solo shows in Michigan and beyond. The Kerrytown Concert House is also hosting an exhibition of Bodycombe's work Jan. 4-Feb. 3, 2013, with an opening reception on Jan. 9 from 5-7 pm.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 17, 2012-February 4, 2013

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


Mari OgiharaINSIDE & OUT: FRAGMENTS & NARRATIVES IN CLAY
Mari Ogihara

Mari Ogihara uses clay as a medium for its close resemblance to skin. Her ceramic sculptures create tension and unity between raw and ornamented surfaces and illicit feelings of sensuality and serenity. After receiving a BFA in ceramics from U-M in 2003, Ogihara went on to study in Kyoto, Japan to experience ceramics in her native country. Upon her return she attended Temple University of Philadelphia to receive her MFA in 2006. She is the recipient of several grants & awards including the NICHE award in 2011, and has completed ceramic residencies in the US, France and Brazil. She currently maintains a studio practice at the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, New York.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 17, 2012-February 4, 2013

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

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On display December 17, 2012-April 8, 2013

Motawi TileworksCHARLEY HARPER BY MOTAWI: CERAMIC ART TILE
Motawi Tileworks

This exhibit features Motawi’s new collection of tiles based on the work of beloved wildlife artist Charley Harper (1922-2007). Harper’s work is modern, sophisticated and completely charming. His minimal graphic style lends itself perfectly to Motawi’s cuenca tile making technique. Nawal Motawi graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Fine Art. In 1992, she founded Motawi Tileworks in a garage studio. Today, Nawal employs more than 30 people and sells tile through hundreds of retailers around the county. In addition to this exhibit of newly released tiles, the University Hospital has Motawi tile murals in the east and west Patient Elevator Lobbies on floors 1-8.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Comprehensive Cancer Center, Level B2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 17, 2012-April 8, 2013
Open M-F from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


Charles St. Charles IIIHIDDEN GLIMPSES OF NATURE: PHOTOGRAPHY
Charles St. Charles III

The photography of Charles St. Charles reveals hidden glimpses of nature that few people have witnessed or are even aware exist. His work covers a vast spectrum, from the scale of very small while recording light passing through the natural lens of miniscule dew drops, to the scale of the very large while recording fields of daisies and fields of stars in the same image. The briefest moments of kissing and cavorting fox kits are frozen in time, while extraordinary long exposures taken during the night expose brilliant fall foliage surrounded by moving mist. Charles’ unmanipulated images all point to the same conclusion – it is a phenomenal world that we live in.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Comprehensive Cancer Center, Level 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 17, 2012-April 8, 2013
Open M-F from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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