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On display April 21-June 16, 2008
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Michigan Quilt Artists

The 10th annual exhibit of the Michigan Quilt Artist Invitational features a stellar array of imaginative and inventive quilts that interpret this year’s theme, “Out of this World.”  Artists made use of tie-dyed fabric to capture shimmering light effects of an exploding star, and fabric paints and stitching helped to create clouds of colorful steam from an ascending spacecraft.  Curators Mary Andrews, Judy Dunnett and Marty Lawrence selected over 50 quilt makers from around the state to participate in this annual exhibit which tours galleries, museums, and libraries throughout Michigan. 
Taubman Lobby, North, Floor 1. Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

by Claire Christiansen

Claire Christiansen creates bold and colorful geometric origami sculptures, using a variety of papers, ranging from recycled papers like maps and bird guide books, to paper printed with her own hand-drawn patterns and linocuts.  Unit origami sculpture is made from multiple pieces of folded paper; the more intricate pieces have as many as 270 individually folded units.  Utilizing bold colors and strong lines, Christiansen’s pieces work to create a harmony between the chaotic and random patterns on the paper and the concrete linear structure of the final piece. 
Taubman Lobby, North display cases, Floor 1. Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

U-M Center for Organogenesis
A fascinating combination of art and science, Bioartography features photographs used in the study of organ growth, function and disease from the U-M Center for Organogenesis.  Many of the microscopic biological structures are beautiful on a purely aesthetic level when enlarged and viewed as abstract images.  Yet these very same images play a key role in the process of understanding organ health, as the scientists use microscopes and special stains or “colors” to look at the tissues for important changes.  The center unites scientists from many fields who work together to design new and effective ways to treat disease and repair damaged organs, and they produce aesthetic images in the process.
Taubman Lobby, South, Floor 1. Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

by Debra Giller

Debra Giller of Somerville, MA creates objects with multitudes of visual associations.  She plays with the intricate shapes and biological associations evoked in mechanical objects as well as the interior worlds of the cellular life of flowers and other organisms.  Using exaggeration, multiple layering and complex combinations of clay forms, Giller gives shape to her intuitive understanding of the interior forces behind material objects with technical rigor.  Multiple firings, several layers of different glazes and carving on the work bring out rich layers of texture and color.
Taubman Lobby, South display cases, Floor 1. Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

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by Elisabeth Sullivan

Beginning her art career at 17 with her first commissioned mural, Ypsilanti native Elisabeth Sullivan produced artistic clothing for many years.  Now based in Tucson, Arizona, Sullivan spends time hiking in the mountains, playing in the California surf, and watching thunderheads build over the Arizona desert.  These experiences are embedded in her work, and she creates a mood in her skyscapes one can step right into.  In addition to her art business in Tucson, Sullivan participates in fine art festivals across the country, donating a portion of her profits to environmental and wildlife organizations.
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1. Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

by Cliff Lounsbury

Cliff Lounsbury feels strongly about using wood native to his home, so he creates most of his wooden carved vessels out of chokecherry burl, indigenous to northern Michigan.  Chokecherry is widely considered a menace species, so Lounsbury derives pleasure from turning exquisite vases from so called bad wood.  The wood’s intense patterns and gnarled variations are continually astounding, challenging, and inspiring.  Often he uses his turned vessels as a canvas upon which he adds intricate carvings.  Lounsbury’s unique style is recognized nationally and resides in many collections.  His work has been accepted in numerous metropolitan museums’ permanent collections.   
University Hospital Main Lobby display cases, Floor 1. Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

by Lenore H. Crawford

After years of working with textiles, Lenore Crawford’s technique of creating impressionistic fabric art has allowed her to create intricate scenes of architecture and gardens that have depth and beauty not easily achieved with traditional paints.  Her fiber art pieces have been displayed at major quilt shows world wide, and one was chosen for the cover of the American Quilter Magazine 2007 Spring Issue.  Her technique has evolved to include fusing, fabric painting, and thread painting to add more depth and detail to her pieces, many of which have been influenced by her travels to France.
University Hospital Main Corridor, West, Floor 2. Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

by Craig Hinshaw

The black and white handbuilt ceramic vessels in this show are a new direction from Craig Hinshaw’s well known animal pieces.  Hinshaw moved to Michigan to attend Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1973 and never left.  He teaches elementary art in the Lamphere School District in Madison Heights and lives and maintains a studio in Davison, Michigan.  Hinshaw has just published a new book of elementary age ceramic lessons, entitled Clay Connections.
Cancer Center Main Lobby display cases, Level B2.
Open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

by Laurie Schirmer Carpenter

The vast beauty and quiet of a landscape is the subject of Laurie Schirmer Carpenter’s paintings.  Working on linen, canvas or panel, she captures in oil paint the universality and timeless quality of the land while giving the impression of a particular place at a particular point in time.  Paintings may be of a single place or a composite of several places, inspired by that mysterious dialogue between place and self.  Currently residing in northwestern Indiana, Carpenter’s work has been shown extensively, regionally as well as nationally, and is found in both private and corporate collections. 
Comprehensive Cancer Center, Level 1. Open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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