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On display June 23-August 18, 2008
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

INSPIRED BY NOAH: ACRYLIC PAINTINGS
Antonio Macioce

Originally from Italy, Antonio Macioce is a prolific painter with a BFA from Notre Dame, a 35-year career in advertising and exhibitions in many galleries. He works in a variety of styles, but this exhibition’s paintings are unique as they were inspired by his grandson, Noah. As a one-year old, Noah created many drawings of circles in various colors.  Macioce was fascinated by them, and he decided to turn one of them into a painting. This piece became the source work for all of the paintings in this series. Realizing that adults cannot think or draw with the clear imagination of a child, Macioce gathered visual vocabulary from the study of children’s works. In the series that ensued, he expresses feelings of simplicity, warmth and humor in his own way, creating sophisticated work with impressions of the joy of childhood.
Taubman Lobby, North, Floor 1. Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


TRACES: CAST BRONZE
Norwood Viviano

Stories and family traditions are built around possessions, and Norwood Viviano’s work explores objects that were brought to American during the great Italian immigration of the early 20th century. With a Master of Fine Arts from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and a career as an art professor and professional artist, Viviano tells visual stories through his sculptures. These stories have sadness for the land and culture that was left behind, yet are full of hopes and dreams for a new future — stories full of questions of identity. He casts actual handmade historical objects in bronze, bringing to life the craft of the artisan within the art of the sculptor, keeping alive a century-old time.
Taubman Lobby, North display cases, Floor 1. Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


UMHS ANNUAL EMPLOYEE ART EXHIBITION
Each year Gifts of Art presents an exhibition of the artwork of University of Michigan Health System staff. This eagerly anticipated event showcases the exceptional talent and creativity of the people who work 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 Award Reception on Tuesday, July 8, 2008 from 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Taubman Center Lobby South Gallery.
Taubman Lobby, South, Floor 1. Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

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CONSERVATION & COLOR: OIL ON CANVAS
Melissa Leaym-Fernandez

Do you remember how you felt when you saw your first elephant? Bringing people to remember when their hearts soared with wonder is one of the intents of Melissa Leaym-Fernandez’s work. Using color, Leaym-Fernandez pulls the eye through her work, letting the viewer enjoy endangered animals in a new visually invigorating way. Having studied elephants for about 8 years, Leaym-Fernandez finds them to be intriguing and engaging subject matter. Leaym-Fernandez encourages environmental awareness and ecological conservation to those who are attracted to her vibrant collection of animals. 
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1. Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


FIGURATIVE SCULPTURE & CLOTH DOLLS
Sharon Snoeyink

From her studio in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Sharon Snoeyink creates a variety of one-of-a-kind dolls using an intuitive, naturally evolving method. Getting her start as a child who designed her own clothes for her dolls, Snoeyink’s work is now found in many private collections and museums and is shown at juried art shows around the country. Avoiding the representation of a particular country or time period, her dolls are created uniquely out of creative combinations of colors and textures. They are designed simply for the joy of something beautiful to pass on, to give others a moment of peace and joy in the midst of the busyness of life.
University Hospital Main Lobby display cases, Floor 1. Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


BEYOND THE BLOOM: TRADITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Diane Aronoff

Ann Arbor resident for over 20 years, Diane Aronoff renewed her interest in gardening in 1993. Using the techniques of traditional color photography and a vintage 1970’s film camera, she creates abstract images of flowers in reconstructed settings. She designs imaginary pools and otherworldly gardens using a macro lens, shells, ceramics and water. She strives to imbue her photographs with painterly qualities and a sense of mystery and enchantment. 
University Hospital Main Corridor, West, Floor 2. Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


NEW CLAY WORK: CERAMIC STONEWARE
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.


THE SPIRIT OF PLACE: OIL PAINTINGS
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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