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2024 Juried Student Art Exhibition - White text on a multi-color background

2024 Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

Juror: Teresa Dunn

Location: University Art Gallery

    Dates: February 16 – March and March 12-15, (closed for Spring Break). 

    Opening Reception: Saturday, February 17, 2024, 2-4 pm

    Included Artists:  Court Annuschat, Emily Bober, Cheyanne Barteck, Skip Bleecker, Jessie Chen, Alaina Daniels, Alexandra Daniels, Ellie DeBoer, Isaac Dunham, Jo Esch, Alondra Garcia, Tena Gilbreath, Brooke Gledhill, Blue Grant, Brea Hoffman, Jennifer Holscher, Sammie Hutter, Alec Johnson, Carly Judit, Victoria Knieper, Dan Marvin, Nico Mendoza, Melissa Navarre, Brad Nelson, Taylor Propp, Jade Riehl, Michael Ritchings, Riley Robinson, Shannon Scharba, Amber Schelling, Helena Schneider, Douglas Sias, Rachel Smith, Cora Wallen, Claudia Waske, Caroline Westfall, Robin White, Taylor Williams, Christina Wollenhaupt, Hannah L. Wormsley.

    ARTWORK: Margaret Lejeune - Thirteen Hours to Fall (work-in-progress) Sculpture, Blue on White

    Margaret LeJeune - 2023-2024 Barstow Artist-in-Residence

    Artist Talk: Thursday, Jan 18 @ 5pm

    Wightman Hall 142 - ART 096 Approved

    Margaret LeJeune is the 2023-2024 Barstow Artist-in-Residence. She is an image-maker, curator, and educator originally from Rochester, New York. Anchored in photography, her creative practice marries art, science, and environmental history. Often inspired by a place-based approach, her work focuses on the climate crisis through investigations of wetlands, habitat loss, and the current mass extinction event. She has exhibited her work internationally, including exhibitions in the United States, South Africa, and South Korea. LeJeune has participated in numerous artist residencies and was recently named the 2023 Woman Science Photographer of the Year by the Royal Photographic Society. View her work here:

    Shirley Brauker- Heritage and Legacy exhibition, University Art Gallery, Jan 12-Feb3, 2024, Reception: Sat Jan 20th, 2-4pm. Curators Talk by Stephanie Jackson at 2:30pm

    Shirley Brauker: Heritage and Legacy

    Exhibition: January 12 — February 3, 2024
    Reception:  January 20, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. with a curator talk by Stephanie Jackson at 2:30 p.m.

    Shirley Brauker was an artist who told stories from her life and her indigenous heritage.  She was a member of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians and a Central Michigan University alumnus.  She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art, a Masters degree in Art, and in 2015 she was the featured commencement speaker and was awarded an honorary PhD from CMU. She also did post-baccalaureate work at IAIA – Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe. In Spring 2013 she was The Olga J. and G. Roland Denison Visiting Professorship of Native American Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

    Shirley worked in several media: ceramics, beadwork, and drawing.  She stated “I have spent my entire life learning about art and my Native American heritage.  I have combined these two interests into my own unique style of art.  I use images from my cultural background as well as my imagination to create pieces that reflect the way I see the world around me.  Some ideas come from textbooks, others come from stories passed down by my mother, while others are born from my own personal experiences.”

    Sharing her art and heritage was important to Shirley and she was constantly teaching workshops and mentoring young artists.  The exhibition will include works by two of the artists she mentored: Stephanie Jackson (who is also the co-curator of this exhibition) and Aryl Ruffino (her granddaughter).

    Recent exhibitions and events

    FALL 2023 BAA exhibition poster entilted Diverse Duo

    Diverse Duo: Bachelor of Applied Arts in Art, Fall 2023 Exhibition

    Event Dates: Dec 1st-16th
    Dec 8th 4-6pm
    Free and Open to the Public - Approved for ART 096
    University Art Gallery

    This art exhibition showcases the work by CMU Department of Art & Design candidates for the BAA in Art degree.  BAA candidates are Andrew Thomas and Mariah Wilson. The exhibition fulfills part of the requirements for their degree and capstone class taught by Anne Gochenour, Director of the University Art Gallery.

    Barstow 30th Anniversary Exhibition Poster

    30th Anniversary Barstow Artist-in-Residence Exhibition

    Event Dates: Dec 1st-16th, 2023
    Reception: Dec 8th 4-6pm
    Free and Open to the Public - Approved for ART 096
    University Art Gallery

     The Barstow Artist-in-Residence Program is 30 years old! This program was made possible by the generous gift of the late Stephen Lawrence Barstow.  Barstow was a prominent architect and civic leader in Midland who believed in the value of art and art education.  His endowment allows the Department of Art and Design to bring in a visiting artist every year. The artists live in the beautiful Barstow designed house on the banks of the Chippewa River.  The gift also provides scholarships for students and funding for the Barstow Speakers Series. The Department of Art & Design has been bringing in Barstow Artists-in-Residence since 1992 and most of them gifted a piece of their art to the Central Michigan University Art Collection. These works will be featured in this exhibition.

    Elise Engler, Diary of a Radio Junkie, 1888 Days of Waking Up to the News (selection of 108 works) 2016-2021. A collage of hand drawn images of events of the year 2020.

    Artist Talk: Elise Engler

    Event Dates: Thursday, Nov 2nd, Reception 4-6pm, Artist Talk @ 5pm
    Free and Open to the Public - Approved for ART 096
    University Art Gallery

    NYC Artist and author of A Diary of the Plague Year, an Illustrated Chronicle of 2020. One of the featured artist in the current exhibition in the University Art Gallery entitled The Artist as Witness. This exhibition features work with a laser focus on conflict and suffering, injustice, and social change. This exhibition comprises works by skilled artists including those trained in the Community Partners in Action Prison Arts Program in Connecticut.

    The Artist as Witness Exhibition Poster Kathe Kollwitz Pensive Woman 1920, NY

    Exhibition: Artist as Witness

    Event Dates: Oct 13 - November 11, 2023
    Free and Open to the Public - Approved for ART 096
    University Art Gallery

    The Artist as Witness features work with a laser focus on conflict and suffering, injustice, and social change. This exhibition comprises works by skilled artists including those trained in the Community Partners in Action Prison Arts Program in Connecticut. Their witness is rendered in meticulous figuration, with raw emotions of empathy, compassion, and outrage. Included Artists: Elise Engler, Michael Caron, Ryan Carpenter, Nancy Chunn, Sue Coe, Lee Jupina Sr., Käthe Kollwitz, & Michael Reddick.

    This exhibition was curated by Julia Wintner, Coordinator of Gallery and Museum Services at Eastern Connecticut State University.

    Jeffrey Greene artists in prison Barstow Series lecture poster

    BARSTOW LECTURE Jeffrey Greene - Artists in Prison 

    Event Dates: Tuesday, October 10 @ 5pm
    Free and Open to the Public - Approved for ART 096
    Wightman Hall 142

    Jeffrey Greene is the Program Manager of the Community Partners in Action Prison Art Program in Connecticut. He has spent the past 32 years establishing and fostering art collectives in Connecticut's prisons, encouraging art-making as a way not only to change artist's lives but also to change the environment in which they live. He asks artists to undertake rigorous endeavors and create work "that only exists because they exist," that transcends typical "prison art," that is not "of the prison," and that helps the artists, themselves, transcend their incarceration.

    Sculptures by faculty member Jeremy Davis, wood, bronze and foam structures

    Department of Art and Design: Faculty Exhibition 2023

    Event Dates: Ends this week on Saturday, September 30th
    Opening Reception: Sept 7th @ 4pm-6pm
    University Art Gallery

    The exhibition features sculpture by Jeremy Davis, prints by Johanna Paas, painting and ceramics by Hannah Duggan, an installation piece by Anne Gochenour, mixed media and glass by Lavanna Shurtliff and animation and Zoetrope by Steve Leeper.

    Color Test bars in circle over black background with

    PARDON THE INTERRUPTION: Spring 2023 Bachelor of Fine Arts & Bachelor of Applied Arts in Studio Arts Exhibition

    Event Dates: April 21 - May 6, 2023
    Opening Reception:
    April 22 from 2-4pm, BFA Artist's talks @ 1pm
    University Art Gallery

    BFA: Madeline Devantier, Maddie Graham, Chloeana Merchant, Dez Pruiett, & Lindsay Robertson
    Sasha Clemons, Nico Lenz, Aniela Ormanian, Nicolas Weise

    UFO in foreground beaming up characters over black night background

    CMU ANIMATION: Spring 2023 Senior Gallery & Showcase

    Senior Gallery Event Dates: April 24 - May 2, 2023
    Gallery Location:
    3rd Floor Gallery Space, Park Library

    Spring Showcase Date: Tuesday, May 2nd @ 6pm-7:45pm, Reception following
    Showcase Location:
    Opperman Auditorium, Park Library

    The text Out Of Place on top, spliced in half. Pieces of images of faces placed together in a collage. The text Graphic Design 2023 in circles on top of the collage.

    2023 Annual Juried CMU Student Art Exhibition

    Exhibition Dates: February 24 - March 3 & March 14 - 25. (Closed for Spring Break)

    Logo for an upcoming exhibit. Teal background. Black text

    OUT OF PLACE: 2023 Graphic Design BFA Exhibition

    Exhibition Dates: April 1st - April 15th, University Art Gallery
    Opening & Reception: April 1st, 2-4pm

    Two paintings side by side. One in black and tan tones of branches with birds resting on them with organic nature shapes as a backdrop. The other is a rainbow of colors, a collage of shapes found in nature.

    Field Notes:  Works by Kenneth Buhler and Ellen Driscoll 

    January 13 – February 11, 2023 at the University Art Gallery
    Artist Talk begins at 4pm; Reception is on Thursday, Jan 26th from 4-6pm

    While both artists in Field Notes are deeply inspired and engaged with the botanical world in all its wonder and complexity, their work shows the range of how an artist might consider the plant kingdom - Driscoll with reductive, lush, and warm earth tones and Buhler with poetic, language-inspired color.

    Black and white image of a black woman's profile. She has short cropped blonde hair, an earring shaped like the continent of Africa and a large ornate necklace

    Danielle Eliska: Capitalize the B in Black

    February 9 - March 26, 2023 - Baber Room Gallery, Charles V. Park Library

    This exhibition includes photography and collage works amplifying Black life and lineage.

    Ceramic sculpture. A multicolored base with three human skulls and a few scattered bones on top of it.

    Jessica Brandl: Visiting Artist

    Artist Workshop & Demo 5:00pm-7:30pm, Wednesday, February 15th, North Art Studio, Ceramics

    Faculty and student news

    Photo of Melissa Navarre BFA Studio Art '24 with a ceramic djembe

    Melissa Navarre, BFA Studio Art '24

    Melissa has been awarded the 25th Annual Regina Brown Undergraduate Fellowship through the National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts. A $2000 award given to 3 undergraduates per year to pursue research pertaining to their thesis work. This award comes on the heels of the current research pertaining to The Ancient Future workshops at CMU and Ox-Bow. This competitive award is highly regarded in the field.

    Photo of Chelsea Dunham an Animation student in Art and Design.

    Senior animation major Chelsea Dunham on the CMU Animation Showcase: 'I just found it really fulfilling'

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    Students in CMU's animation program stand in front of a display of their project at the New Venture Challenge's Campus Innovation Showcase.

    ANIMATION PROJECT DEBUTED AT BUSINESS EVENT: Art student learns the value of entrepreneurship

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    Recent department news

    A sculpture. The base is a wooden box. Attached to the top of the box are various sized tuning forks.
    Sculpture faculty Jeremy Davis was announced as a semi-finalist in the triennial Outwin Boochever National Competition held in the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. His sound portrait, Disambiguated, was one of 80 works chosen as semi-finalists out of more than 1700 entries. See (and hear) the work.
    The Hand magazine - Madeline Devantier Image

    Madeline Devantier and Courtney Annuschat both have several works published in the February issue of Hand – a national magazine. Milkweed, Linocut 15"x12"

     Sourz Film Poster - Lindsay Robertson, Animation BFA 2023

    Lindsay Robertson, Animation BFA 2023,  had an animated film accepted into an international festival in Greece.

    See her work HERE

    In Memoriam

    The Department of Art and Design would like to remember our retired faculty members who have passed since 2020. Each one made a huge impact to our community, teaching and inspiring countless students during their time here at CMU.
    They will be missed.

    Tom Bambas - Metalworking 1969-1999
    Died August 15, 2023

    Vitold Kobisz - Sculpture 1966-2001
    Died January 28, 2023

    Burt Dickerson - Painting 1965-1985
    Died 2022

    Earl Nitschke - Printmaking 1960-1995
    Died December 2, 2020