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CURRENT EXHIBITS

On display December 13, 2010-February 7, 2011

ClarkTHE PRODIGAL SON: SNOWFLAKE PAPER CUTTINGS
Dr. Thomas L. Clark
In this exhibit, the well known Biblical story of devastation and sibling rivalry – the Prodigal Son, is illustrated by snowflake master Dr. Thomas L. Clark. A former U-M physician, Clark, a.k.a. Dr. Snowflake, has been exhibiting snowflakes at the University of Michigan Hospital since 1987. In this show, his exquisite, hand-cut paper creations also tell the story of chapter one of Genesis as well as illustrate in fresh detail the Chinese Zodiac. A free, how-to workshop on the making of these beautiful, pictorial snowflakes will be held on Thursday, January 6, 2011 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at 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 Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 13, 2010-February 7, 2011

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


FarrisSHARED DREAMS: CERAMIC SCULPTURE
Lisa Farris
Lisa regularly finds herself in the company of eight children under the age of 12. The bandits move like a rowdy pack through houses and yards. Every once in a while they stop and make drawings. Farris finds inspiration in this pure, child’s view of what it means to be alive in the world, captured with an uninhibited sweep of crayon. She’s been known to make patterns for the sheer pleasure of it, dipping into the art history of Africa, Greece or Egypt. Farris challenges herself to try to see how few elements it takes to capture an expression.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 13, 2010-February 7, 2011

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


LaramieK-12 STUDENT GROUP SHOW
Saline Area Schools

This annual exhibit celebrates the emerging artistry of students from Saline Public Schools. Work from young people in grades K-12 who are discovering and developing their artistic approach and technique will be displayed in both 2-D and 3-D galleries. The students explore themes as presented by eight different teachers from thirteen grades. All 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 Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 13, 2010-February 7, 2011

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


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WarburtonDUCT TAPE PAINTINGS
Peter J. Warburton

Peter J. Warburton is an Ann Arbor based, self-trained artist. His works and medium, 17 colors of duct tape on board, have received national and international recognition. His most recent show was at the Belmont House Gallery in Chicago. In this exhibition at the University Hospital, some of the pieces are interpretations of Van Gogh’s works, especially those inspired by trips to St. Remy and Arles. Babar, an artwork donated by Warburton with a familiar subject portrayed in an unusual way, is on permanent display in the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.   
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 13, 2010-February 7, 2011

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


YenTHE SPIRIT OF CHINESE BRUSH
Christine (Yia-Shun) Yen

Christine (Yia-Shun) Yen, who is a medical interpreter at the University of Michigan Hospital and an instructor of Chinese painting and calligraphy at Washtenaw Community College, was born in Taiwan and began her studies of fine art at an early age, studying with well-known artists in both her homeland and Japan. She has mastered a wide variety of art media but in recent years has concentrated her artistic endeavors on Chinese painting on rice paper. She emphasizes that the most important process in Chinese painting is thinking: "Almost anyone can learn the technique, but a successful artist must learn to identify with the feeling about the subject and to transfer that to the paper."
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 13, 2010-February 7, 2011

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


LindemanUNCOMMON & CURIOUS: DIGITAL FIBER ARTS
Robertta Lindeman

For years, Robertta Lindeman of Saltlabs has collected 17th, 18th and 19th century illustrations – from botanicals to the “uncommon and curious.” Through digital means, she reprocesses and incorporates them into her designs. Recognizing that we seek comfort and relief in our homes and apartments, Lindeman works with her designs in craft mediums. She has printed and fabricated a variety of products with these images, and more recently, pillows. Designed with an editor’s eye and a stylistic hand, each pillow has a story as art or artifact.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 13, 2010-February 7, 2011

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

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On display December 13, 2010-April 3, 2011

SavitSIMPLICITY OF FORM: TURNED WOOD
Robert Savit

Robert Savit is a Professor of Physics at the University of Michigan. His decorative turned and carved vessels emphasize the beauty and simplicity of form. He is mostly self-taught, but he has studied with Ray Key, who has been turning wood for over 40 years. Savit's work is in many private collections in the United States and abroad.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Comprehensive Cancer Center, Level B2
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 13, 2010-April 3, 2011
Open M-F from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


GasparskiREFLECTIONS IN WATERCOLOR
Barbara A. Gasparski

Barbara A. Gasparski's use of transparent watercolors emphasizes the realism of her paintings. Trained as a medical technologist, she used china painting as a source of recreation. With formal training, this early beginning in art evolved into works with oil painting, watercolor, pastel and colored pencil. A resident of Shelby Township, Michigan, she has been active as coordinator of the Shelby Township Art Fair for over twenty-five years and was instrumental in bringing together like-minded artists in the area to form the Shelby Township Fine Art Society.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Comprehensive Cancer Center, Level 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display December 13, 2010-April 3, 2011
Open M-F from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


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UPCOMING EXHIBITS

On display February 14-April 3, 2011

WylieMOMENTS IN MEDICINE: SILVER GELATIN PORTRAITS
J. Adrian Wylie
Since 2001, J. Adrian Wylie has photographed subjects for the Moments section of Medicine at Michigan, the magazine of the University of Michigan Medical School and Health System. This exhibit includes Wylie’s silver gelatin black and white portraits of medical students, residents or fellows, accompanied by descriptions, in each subject’s own words, of a specifically poignant or memorable moment experienced during their U-M education. Moments provides a thoughtful glimpse into the lives and perspectives of the remarkable group of men and women who represent medical education at Michigan. J. Adrian Wylie is an Ann Arbor based freelance photographer who uses older film cameras in creating his black and white portraits.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display February 14-April 3, 2011

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


BurgosFORM & FUNCTION: CERAMICS
Francesc Burgos
Barcelona born ceramist, designer and architect, Francesc Burgos currently makes one‑of‑a‑kind ceramic and mixed media sculptures for the home in his Ann Arbor studio. Some are functional, some purely contemplative, but they are always distinct and elegant. His playful yet robust ceramic work consists mostly of thin porcelain sculptures that are minimal but have intriguing forms in dynamic equilibrium. The organic abstractions evoke aspects of nature but also of geometry, architecture, music or language. They pack in energy like a haiku poem.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display February 14-April 3, 2011

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


KalinowskiFROM STUDY TO STUDIO: OILS & PASTELS
Six Women Painters

KalinowskiPainting en plein air – outdoors on location – is coming on strong in the Midwest. Right here in Michigan, we have Six Women Painters who pack up their equipment and go outside to work en plein air in West and Northern Michigan landscapes. Their two to three hour en plein air field studies quickly capture the essence of the chosen scene, providing information and often forming the foundation of larger studio paintings. This exhibit pairs small en plein air color studies with their larger studio counterparts. Artists in the group include Kathleen Kalinowski, Marianna Heule, Connie Kuhnle, Patti Mollema, Kathleen Putnam and Kay Tiedt. 
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display February 14-April 3, 2011

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


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MarshallGARDEN OF DELIGHTS: GLASS & STEEL SCULPTURE
Brent Marshall

Cleveland, Ohio artist and former horticulture student Brent Marshall has a keen interest in seeing nature for all of its beauty: simple and uncomplicated, peaceful and contemplative. Polishing some areas to a high gloss and giving others a softer, matte texture, Marshall opens views into the depths of the glass. The ambiguity of space created by these views can bring up interesting questions about the solid nature of things. His glass and steel sculptures depict floral designs, which are pleasing to the eye as well as to the soul.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display February 14-April 3, 2011

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



KellerFLOWERS: MIXED MEDIA ON PAPER
Martha Rock Keller

Martha Rock Keller views each brushstroke as a narrative with a beginning, middle and end that builds with other brushstrokes into the overall story of the work. Nature is her teacher, and she aims for flexibility and openness to new ways of sensing space and form. Keller feels that paintings that work almost paint themselves, imbuing her with a sense of freedom, a feeling of expansiveness and peaceful calm that is casual, reassuring and fully awake. She says, “After the exercise in seeing that painting gives me, the real world becomes ever more exciting and interesting – a visual paradise. Art is like a storage battery – an energy field that can recharge us for life.” 
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display February 14-April 3, 2011

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



StokesREVISITED: PRINTMAKING & DRAWING
Emily Stokes

Ann Arbor artist Emily Stokes first studied printmaking at Wellesley College, and then at Arizona State University, where she earned her MFA in 2009. Using a combination of drawing and printmaking techniques, including stone lithography, intaglio, and screen printing, Stokes infuses her images of transitional landscapes, landmarks, and people with humor and imagination. Using her surroundings – both past and present ‑ as source material, Stokes always has a narrative in mind as she composes each image.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display February 14-April 3, 2011

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


MI Silversmiths GuildMETALS 2011: GROUP SHOW
Michigan Silversmiths Guild

Metals 2011 is a showcase of some of the top talent from university metal and jewelry programs from across the state of Michigan and Northern Ohio. This year’s students have been selected by the Michigan Silversmiths Guild from Bowling Green State University, Eastern Michigan University and College for Creative Studies. Michigan Silversmiths Guild has been going strong since its founding in 1948. Guild members include craft persons proficient in the fields of metalsmithing and jewelry making and serves to broaden the knowledge of its members’ craft and to facilitate communication with other metalsmiths. 
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display February 14-April 3, 2011

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


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