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On display June 19-September 10, 2017

Zengquan XuPHOTOGRAPHY THROUGH CHINA
Zengquan Xu
Zengquan Xu is a retired electrical engineer who worked professionally in the local automotive industry. Since his teens, photography has been his lifetime hobby. He has a great love for travel photography and landscapes, especially subjects that are culturally related. Using both film and digital photography, Xu prints his work on paper and canvas. This exhibit is in partnership with the U-M Confucius Institute.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 19-September 10, 2017

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



Olga StowersCERAMIC HOUSES
Olga Stowers
Olga Stowers was born in Siberia and grew up in Moscow, Russia where she earned her degree in finance. She has always been interested in creating art, and started working with clay three years ago in Ann Arbor. Stowers has made different clay pieces, but houses and buildings are her favorites. Stower’s pieces demonstrate her unique style and great attention to detail.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 19-September 10, 2017

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



Aussome Study GroupCOLORING WITH THE MASTERS: ART QUILTS
Aussome Study Group
For this exhibition, the Aussome Study Group (ASG) picked some of their current favorite artists – MaryAnn Beckwith, Peter Max, Louis Tiffany, Dr. Seuss, Ugo Nespolo, Rick Loudermilk and George Rodrigue – and created art based on their work. This exhibit also contains images and information about each of the inspiration artists. The work of ASG award winning artists, Mary Andrews, Lois Ann Fulton, Robbie Payne and Carol Tamasiunas, has appeared in Quilting Arts and Fiberarts magazines and the book, The Natural World, and they have exhibited their work locally, nationally and internationally.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 19-September 10, 2017

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

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Gabrielle SoltisSIMPLI JESSI: HANDMADE RAG DOLLS
Jessi Halliday Mesalic
Jessi Halliday Mesalic is an interior designer, artist, illustrator, doll maker, painter, yarn fanatic and lots of other artistic-type things. Originally from Michigan, where she earned her BFA at the College for Creative Studies, she has recently returned from a 3-year adventure living in the countryside of England. Simpli Jessi dolls are handmade with great care and attention to detail. Natural linens, organic cotton stuffing, felt, yarn, and reclaimed fabrics are used in every doll, making each one unique and special.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 19-September 10, 2017

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



Catherine McClungHIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW: WATERCOLOR
Catherine McClung

Combining a passion for painting and a love of nature, Catherine McClung has shown her work in the Ann Arbor Art Fair since 1980. In both Michigan and Florida, she walks every day observing and photographing birds to use as a reference for her watercolor paintings. Over a two-year period, she created paintings of all of the 33 birds mentioned in the Bible. McClung also created china patterns for Lenox tableware. In 2002, the Michigan Governor’s office asked her to represent the state by designing an ornament for the White House Christmas tree.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 19-September 10, 2017

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



Thom BohnertTHE SHIFTING CIRCUS: DRAWING & SCULPTURE
Thom Bohnert

The drawings and sculpture of Flushing, Michigan artist Thom Bohnert range from lyrical to poetic, playing with tension and balance in a kind of whimsical theatrical arena. His drawings show a complex layering, allowing viewers to imagine a storytelling encounter of spaces. His ceramics and sculptures are compositions often combining wire armature and wet looking clay fragments with colorful multi-glazed surfaces. He is the recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, among others, and museum collections include Minneapolis Art Institute and Detroit Institute of the Arts. On July 20, Gifts of Art presents circus aerial arts by Ringstar Studio in the University Hospital Courtyard from 12:00-1:00 pm, more info.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 19-September 10, 2017

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



Boisali BiswasFIBER MUSINGS
Boisali Biswas

Boisali Biswas is a studio artist working in mixed media fibers, currently residing in West Bloomfield, Michigan. She is originally from India, and her formative years were spent at Visva-Bharti International University, founded by the Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore. She has an attunement with nature and a deep rooted attachment to the traditional art forms of her culture rich homeland. Living in this country for over two decades and incorporating styles, techniques, and inspirations of western culture into her Indian background has made her art into a cauldron of multicultural assemblages.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Comprehensive Cancer Center, Level 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 19-September 10, 2017

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

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Elaine ReedTOY ROBOTS PAST & PRESENT
From the collection of Elaine Reed
Elaine Reed has been collecting toy robots for over 30 years. As a painter herself, she appreciates the artistic design & futuristic ideas that robots awaken in people. As a child, television programs like Lost in Space, The Jetsons & Star Trek inspired Reed to dream large and wish for a real robot of her own. Although she doesn’t own any real live robots, some of her best friends are robots. At the University of Michigan Health System, Reed works as a Bedside Artist for the Gifts of Art program and as an artist at the Turner Senior Resource Center. She also volunteers at 826 Michigan in Ann Arbor writing about robots.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Cancer Center Elevator Alcove, Level 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display through September 10, 2017

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

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UPCOMING EXHIBITS

On display September 18-December 10, 2017

Ellie HaroldFLIGHTS OF FANCY: OIL PAINTING
Ellie Harold
Since Ellie Harold started painting in 2003, she has primarily been a landscape artist, painting Michigan barns and lake shore scenes in oil. In November 2016, following a trip to Mexico, birds unexpectedly started migrating to her canvases and an entirely new body of work began to take shape. The current exhibit, Flights of Fancy, features birds in colorful, light-filled works. The birds represent the lightness she associates with qualities of joy, hope, healing and inspiration she sees as a source of personal well-being.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display September 18-December 10, 2017

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



Cat CrotchettUNDER COVERS: ENCAUSTIC & MIXED MEDIA
Cat Crotchett
Cat Crotchett’s current work combines elements of Eastern and Western cultural patterns in fragments that together form something different than their individual parts. These images represent an intersection of information as well as ideas of cultural appropriation, assimilation, fragmentation and alteration. Crotchett uses wax because it is relevant to both Eastern and early Western artistic cultures. A professional artist for over 30 years, Crotchett has exhibited nationally and internationally. She is a professor at Western Michigan University and lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display September 18-December 10, 2017

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

Photograph of Cover Me Again II by Cat Crotchett, photograph by Shuichi Murakami. High resolution version available upon request.


Emily J. HeysMICHIGAN MEDICINE EMPLOYEE ART EXHIBITION
Each year Gifts of Art presents an exhibition of artwork by Michigan Medicine faculty, staff, students, volunteers and family members. It showcases the exceptional talent, creativity and accomplishments of artists in the extensive (~26,000) Michigan Medicine 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 on-site ballot box. Winners will be announced at the Artist Reception and Award Ceremony held in the exhibit galler, on Tuesday, Oct 24, 2017 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 18-December 10, 2017

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

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Steve & Ann LovelessPHOTOGRAPHY INTO FIBER: ARTPRIZE WINNER
Steve & Ann Loveless

Steve and Ann Loveless both grew up in northwestern lower Michigan and love the nature and beauty of the outdoors. Steve is a fine art photographer, and Ann is a textile artist. After exhibiting some of Ann’s textile designs inspired by Steve’s photography, they had the idea to create works that morph a photograph into a textile. One aspect of the process is that it can trick the viewer into questioning what they are seeing and invite them to engage more with the work. Northwood Awakening, a 25 by 5 foot piece that was the ArtPrize 2015 Public Vote Grand Prize winner, will be on display.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display September 18-December 10, 2017

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



Laura CavanaghTHE CUT UPS: PAPER COLLAGE
Laura Cavanagh

Laura Cavanagh is a Michigan native who graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan in 2011 with a BFA in Art & Design and a minor in Art History. Cavanagh’s work consists primarily of cut paper and mixed media. Working with these materials allows her to approach her work in much the same way a sculptor does: adding to and cutting away from. Cavanagh finds the artistic process to be deeply meditative. Cavanagh lives and has her studio in a historic home in downtown Rochester, Michigan.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display September 18-December 10, 2017

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



David HelmGEOMETRIC GLASS PAPERWEIGHTS
David Helm

David Helm worked at Ford’s River Rouge complex for 32 years. He is a Vietnam veteran who graduated from the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in glassblowing. His work is made with colored glass cane that he makes, fuses together, and then grinds and polishes for the finished product.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display September 18-December 10, 2017

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



Gregory PotterWHEN PIGS FLY: OIL PAINTING
Gregory Potter

Professional artist and instructor Gregory Potter believes that anyone can develop artistic skill if they put the work into it. Potter's teaching helps with that, but he also shows his paintings in art fairs, galleries and even Army barrack walls, anywhere people enjoy art and laughing out loud. A flightless bird, his flamingo isn’t deep or subversive, but it does have a top hat and is riding on the back of a zebra that is standing in a nest powered by a propeller. Nothing unusual for a man who served four tours in the Middle East. Working in his home gallery in Franklin, Indiana, he is amused as viewers sometimes see his animals as “above all the B.S.” or “leaving without knowing where [they’re] going.”
Gifts of Art Gallery – Comprehensive Cancer Center, Level 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display September 18-December 10, 2017

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

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On display September 18, 2017-September 9, 2018

Stearns CollectionAMERICANA MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments

The Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments within the U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance is one of the largest accumulations of historical and contemporary musical instruments from all over the world that is housed in a North American university. Known internationally as a unique collection, it is not only a precious heritage from the past, but also a rich resource for musical, educational, and cultural needs of the present and future. This exhibition features a selection of Americana musical instruments with origins from around the world.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Cancer Center Elevator Alcove, Level 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display September 18, 2017-September 9, 2018

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

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