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On display June 25-August 22, 2007

by Kip Kriigel

In Oxford, Michigan, Kip Kriigel, a nature, wildlife and landscape photographer, has access to a wide variety of wildlife as subject matter. Adhering to the philosophy that great photos can be taken in everyday places, a number of the photos are from his backyard or in parks and refuges accessible to all. His photograph Keeping a Watchful Eye: Red Tailed Hawk, taken at the Howell Nature Center, was voted the People's Choice award in the 2003 National Wildlife Federation photo contest and will be on display in this exhibit along with over 30 other works.
Taubman Lobby, North, Floor 1. Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

by Nancy Bulkley

Nancy Bulkley builds her forms by hand from slabs of porcelain. She makes her own stamps from carved clay that are later revealed with celadon glaze. She is originally from Ann Arbor, but she has lived and taught ceramics in Idyllwild, Mendocino and San Francisco, California for almost ten years. She is a new member of the Ann Arbor Potters Guild and teaches ceramics at the Ann Arbor Art Center and Kay Yourist Studio.
Taubman Lobby, North display cases, Floor 1. Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Each year Gifts of Art mounts an exhibit of the artwork of University ofMichigan Health System employees and volunteers. This year marks the 20th Anniversary of this annual exhibition. This eagerly anticipated event showcases the exceptional talent and creativity of the people whowork and volunteer at UMHS. The exhibition is juried, and there are ribbon awards for "Best in Category" and "Best in Show." A "People's Choice" ribbon is determined by patient, staff and visitor ballots. Ballot boxes are located at the gallery site. Winners will be announced at the Anniversary Celebration reception on Tuesday, July 10, 2007 from 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Taubman Center South Gallery.
Taubman Lobby, South, Floor 1. Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Photograph of one of the 2006 winners, Kathleen Nolan, with UMHS CEO Doug Strong

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by Sue Holdaway-Heys

Sue Holdaway-Heys is a full-time professional quilt artist from Ann Arbor MI. Of all the visual arts, her quilts are most like painting. Inspired by a passion for her perennial garden and making art in her studio, Holdaway-Heys explores different possibilities for the studio art quilt by capturing a mood or atmosphere with the use of space, light, color and movement. Surrounding herself with the calming beauty of nature, Holdaway-Heys expresses her amazement of the intricate patterns, shapes and combination of colors of nature in her quilts.
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1. Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

by Mark A. Piotrowski

Based in Bay City, Michigan, Mark A. Piotrowski presents a bold and vibrant collection of painted glass vases. Using enamel, spray paint and silk flowers, he delivers a vivid array of colors, shapes and patterns. In addition to being an accomplished artist, Piotrowski is also an art educator for the Bay City Public Schools and Delta College. Piotrowski works in many different mediums; however, his current focus has been on painted glass vases and contemporary oil paintings.
University Hospital Main Lobby display cases, Floor 1. Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

by Corey A. Bechler

Corey A. Bechler grew up in Moscow until the age of 21 when he moved into his family's log cabin in Benzie County, where he now has his studio. His work is born of a love for Aboriginal paintings, George Seurat, and the beach. He creates paintings dot by dot, color by color, slowly building up a unique and unmistakable texture. The paintings may have up to 15 layers of dots and sometimes up to 20 shades of the same color, giving them a rich depth and texture. Because Bechler does not create prints, the only way to experience the texture and true beauty of his work is to view the originals.
University Hospital Main Corridor, West, Floor 2. Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

by Elizabeth Soll, PhD & Andrea Sims

Elizabeth Soll and Andrea Sims both work in sterling silver with unique combinations of beads. In addition to wire and chain, their pieces contain semi-precious stones, freshwater pearls, shells, crystals, Czech glass, and more. Soll works as a Research Associate in the Department of Urology, and Sims is home schooling her children with plans to continue her education in graduate school.
Cancer Center Main Lobby, Floor B2.
Open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


On display August 2-September 30, 2007

The University of Michigan's Comprehensive Cancer Center, partnered with University of Michigan Health System's Gifts of Art, present: Still Life: Documenting Cancer Survivorship
This national traveling photographic exhibit, conceived and developed by the Creative Center of New York, portrays the personal experiences of twenty-five cancer survivors as they learned the art and craft of documentary photography.  Funded by a generous grant from the Lance Armstrong Foundation, participants worked with a photographer-in-residence, as well as leading educators and curators from some of NY's major museums to produce portfolios that told their stories.
The Creative Center is a community of artists, cancer patients and survivors, trustees, donors and friends who are dedicated to bringing creative arts to people who are living with cancer and to supporting patients and families from hospitals and hospices throughout the New York area. 
Cancer Center Voices Art Gallery, Floor B1.  Open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
An exhibition reception honoring the artists and the spirit of survivorship will be held Tuesday, September 25th, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the Voices Art Gallery, U-M Cancer Center, Floor B1.

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