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Past Exhibitions

Forest Sutras

Jill Eggers

March 16 – May 15, 2020

This exhibit features the work of artist and Grand Valley State University professor, Jill Eggers.  This series of twelve new paintings uses imagery from the forests of Michigan. Eggers photographs the tangled growth of woods, swamps, and nature parks in Michigan, and creates paintings in her studio, based on these images.  As part of her training to become ordained in the Buddhist faith tradition, she recently read the Avatamsaka Sutra, a 1600-page, 2000-year-old text.  This sutra, which speaks to the interrelatedness of all of life, in poetic, visual language, inspired this series.  In this exhibit, each painting is accompanied by a short, poetic fragment from the sutra.

Jill Ault
fiber artist

Jan. 13 - March 5, 2020

  Baber Room  -  CMU Libraries

Artist Presentation

Jan. 13 , 2020 


Sarah and Daniel Opperman Auditorium 
followed by a reception in the Baber Room

Refreshments will be served. 
Admission to exhibition and reception is free and open to the public.

Hands, Blues & Views

Personal Work of

Peggy Brisbane, Robert Barclay & Steve Jessmore

Sept. 23 - Nov. 27, 2019

  Baber Room  -  CMU Libraries

Artist Presentation

Sept. 26, 2019 - 7PM

Sarah and Daniel Opperman Auditorium 
followed by a reception in the Baber Room

This exhibition runs in conjunction with the exhibition in the Clarke Historical Library 
which explores how the visual record of CMU has been shaped by the 3 photographers 
who have created the record during the past 40 years. 

Two exhibit openings - one event!

Sept. 26, 2019 - 7pm


Sarah and Daniel Opperman Auditorium

Followed by receptions in the

Clarke Historical Library

and Baber Room

Charles V. Park Library - CMU 


Shaping Memories

Through 3 Lenses

Sept. 26, 2019 – February 2020

Clarke Historical Library

Mid-Century Masters
Andy Warhol's 
Soup Can, Hot Dog Bean 

July 24 - September 13, 2019

Celebration Day! August 29, 2019


Rachael Barron-Duncan
Associate Professor of Art History
Department of Art and Design - CMU

Sarah and Daniel Opperman Auditorium 
followed by a reception in the Baber Room

An exhibition of many of Central Michigan University's artworks created by artists 
during the mid-twentieth century. Some of the artists include: 
Joan Miro, Salvador Dali, Edward Ruscha, Alexander Calder, and Bruce Thayer. 
And of course: Andy Warhol. 

Andy Warhol's Soup Can, Hot Dog Bean 
generously donated to CMU by Matthew Siel
Andy Warhol's Marilyn - on loan from Matthew Siel  

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the significance of the moment
an exhibition of paintings by 
Edward Rebeck

May 28 - July 19, 2019

  Baber Room  -  CMU Libraries

Artist Presentation

June 3, 2019 - 4-6PM

Sarah and Daniel Opperman Auditorium 
followed by a reception in the Baber Room

More than 35 years as a graphic designer has influenced painter, 
Edward Rebeck's work with a focus on strong compositions and compelling color palettes, 
but he breaks from the rigid discipline of design with his expressive abstraction 
of subject and lush brush work. His paintings portray the quiet tranquility of moment and place.

Refreshments will be served. 
Admission to exhibition and reception is free and open to the public.

A Weaver's Notebook of Endangered Wildflowers

Carol Irving

March 25 - May 20, 2019

  Baber Room  -  CMU Libraries

  Artist Presentation

April 9, 2019 - 3PM

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Sally Rose

January 21 - March 20, 2019

  Baber Room -  CMU Libraries

  Artist Presentation

January 22 - 4-6PM

Graphic Medicine:

Ill-Conceived and Well-Drawn!

January 7 – February 16, 2019

Third Floor Exhibit Area (outside the Writing Center)

A National Library of Medicine traveling exhibit

New Acquisitions

Central Michigan University

Art Collection

November 1, 2018 - January 16, 2019

  Baber Room  -  CMU Libraries

  Artist Presentation

Austin Wirgau

November 15, 2018  - 3-5PM

Chinese Folk Pottery: The Art of the Everyday
August 22 - September 20, 2018

Baber Room & Third Floor Exhibit Area
CMU Libraries

Presentation by Marie Woo - traveling exhibit curator
September 13, 2018
Park Library Auditorium
Reception following in Baber Room

As China rushes headlong into modernization, folk pottery struggles for existence. Dragon kilns that operated for centuries are cold and threatened by extinction.

This exhibition explores contemporary folk pottery produced within the diversity of ethnic minorities and Han people across China. The objects on exhibit were collected between 1995 and 2009, while kilns and pottery in remote regions were documented. The works are a cross-section of products by Tibetan, Dai, Miao, Bai and Han potters. 

The exhibition examines pottery from three different perspectives: production values, functions, and aesthetics. While some of the techniques used in production are widespread throughout China, others are localized to specific areas or ethnic communities. Mass-produced plastics which have flooded the commercial markets in the last twenty years have reduced demand for folk pottery, posing a challenge to artisans from rural areas with these specialized skills and knowledge. In many cases, once thriving pottery villages with multiple kilns, home to numerous families of skilled potters, have shrunken to a single potter.

Throughout the 8,000 years of China's ceramic history, the vast majority of pottery produced has been utilitarian objects created for the average consumer. Ceramics on exhibit in museums and collected by connoisseurs often represent only the objects produced for the elite and economically powerful members of society. Objects of daily use have often been overlooked for critical appreciation of the techniques and aesthetics.

This exhibition presents a window of diveristy and the rich tradition in Chinese folk pottery. 

Following Marie Woo's presentation and the Chinese Folk Pottery exhibit reception:

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Charles McGee's Noah's Neon 1 - THE GLOW RETURNS

Monday, April 30, 2018

            1-3PM - Baber Room – CMU Libraries


CMU Libraries welcomes vintage neon specialists Josh & Becky Averill from "The Bends Glassworks," and Tom Dymora, as they complete refurbishing of one of CMU's most important artworks. Noah's Neon 1, was created in 1995 by acclaimed Detroit artist Charles McGee, who also was commissioned to create Gateway (Centennial Sculpture), which has been exhibited in the Rose Arena pond for nearly 20 years.

These events are free and open to the public. We encourage you to join us to watch as this rare piece of historical neon returns to its original splendor!

Learn about Charles McGee:


Justin Kellner & Jane Kramer

April 4 - May 23, 2018

Baber Room - CMU Libraries


As we celebrate the tenets of Earth Day, 

the art of Justin Kellner and Jane Kramer reveals the beauty, 

while honoring concerns about the preservation and protection

 of our natural world. 

The exhibition title refers to a term which describes a group of species:
Special Concern: While not afforded legal protection under the Act, many of these species are of concern because of declining or relict populations in the state. Should these species continue to decline, they would be recommended for Threatened or Endangered status. Protection of Special Concern species now, before they reach dangerously low population levels, would prevent the need to list them in the future by maintaining adequate numbers of self-sustaining populations within Michigan. Some other potentially rare species are listed as of Special Concern pending more precise information on their status in the state; when such information becomes available, they could be moved to Threatened or Endangered status or deleted from the list. —Michigan Department of Natural Resources

jane_kramer_self.jpg Jane Kramer is a fine art photographer in East Lansing, Michigan. She has a degree in Anthropology from the University of Minnesota and photography training from the Rocky Mountain School of Photography in Missoula, Montana.

Jane's projects are created with a conceptual approach and are motivated by a story, message, or education element. They require extended periods of time and focus on subjects that are delicate, overlooked, discarded, forgotten or underappreciated.

In 2013 she received a Chris Clark Fellowship from the Arts Council of Greater Lansing and was chosen as one of four Michigan artists to participate in the Art from the Lakes program - a cultural exchange program between Shiga, Japan and Michigan. This was the inspiration for Foreshadowing – Endangered & Threatened Species, which she is presenting at the CMU Park Library Baber Room.   For this project, Jane photographed the shadows of endangered plant species and transferred the images onto paper she makes from invasive plant species. 

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"…the paper is made from an invasive plant, the shadow is an endangered plant, and I'm… just trying to get these two together in a print, it kind of mimics that relationship in nature, … how they're kind of battling it out."—Jane Kramer

MPR Environmental Report

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Artist Statement:

"While utilizing the landscape's natural forms and textures, I draw upon these visual cues from past encounters to achieve a balance between realism and abstraction. My intent is to evoke memories and the sense of a place and time while portraying the interrupted cycles existing throughout the natural world's various ecosystems."


Art of the Clarke
March 14 – March 29, 2018

For just two weeks, the Baber Room is featuring some of the seldom-exhibited prints, paintings, maps and photographs from the Clarke Historical Library's collection. The artworks include Great Lakes vessels, industry and lighthouses, as well an 1884 birdseye view of Mt. Pleasant. 


(above) Parke Davis & Co. on the Detroit River - painting

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(above) Waugoshance light house- John L. Wagner - photograph

(above right) Roger Blough - J. Clay- print


January 11- March 12, 2018
Park Library Baber Room


I find enthusiasm through uplifting positive color-fields.  In the images, the colors often transition one hue to the next, no beginning or end….like breath into air.  Principle to the images is the illusion of impossible infinite organic atmospheres, often structured with hard edges (implying architectural structure).   The geometric motifs provide compositional structure, to anchor the otherwise limitless atmospheres.   In nature, atmosphere and geometry are opposites. In the paintings, they are merged in an interrelationship in which neither atmosphere nor geometry wins the battle for dominance.  

- B. B. Winslow

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Susan Moran

Textiles and Nature: Nature of Textiles
September 5 - October 27, 2017
Fiber Art

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Contemporary Photographers
Antiquarian Processes
June 28 - August 30, 2017

Curator Presentation
Seeing Beyond Process
Rebecca Zeiss
July 13, 2017     6-8pm
Park Library Auditorium

The photography exhibit TRACE, curated by Rebecca Zeiss, is a collection of imagery conceived by twelve contemporary photography artists from the United States, Canada, and Germany. All of these artists use the antiquarian process from the 1800s of Wet Plate Collodion as their medium and bring their personal vision to the work via large format cameras or cameraless. The exhibit will be on display from June 28th to August 30th in the Park Library's Baber Room, with a curatorial presentation Seeing Beyond Process on July 13th from 6-8pm in the Park Library auditorium, followed by a reception in the Baber Room.


The artists:

• Juan Fernandez

• Andrew Moxom

• Frank Hamrick

• Heather Gardner

• Glenn Brewer

• Jennifer Crane

• Alicia Music Shaver

• Bill Schwab

• S. Gayle Stevens

• Silke & Daniel Seybold

CMU Department of Art & Design

Primary Visions

March 17 – 29, 2017

Extended Hours Study & Student Gallery

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Primary Visions represents student work produced in CMU's Department of Art and Design Foundations Program. Varieties of materials, techniques, and research strategies introduced in the entry level courses; Introduction to Drawing, Design Foundations, Digital Design, Contemporary Issues in Art provide a solid foundation for developing the seeing eye and the skillful hand for visual expression.

"What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets"
Photographs by Peter Menzel, essays by Faith D'Aluisio
February 1 - March 14, 2017 
from the CMU Art Collection

Extended Hours Study & Student Gallery


From the publication: "What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets, this is an exhibition of portraits and essays about individuals and the food that fuels them over the course of a single day. With camera and notebook in hand, Peter and his wife Faith D'Aluisio traveled to 30 countries and more than a dozen U.S. states to shop, cook, and eat with a strikingly diverse range of people.

Six of these portraits and essays are held in CMU's Art Collection and are currently on display in the Extended Hours Study and Student Gallery.

From the book: What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets

Copyright:© Peter Menzel 

Play Matters - Play by the Rules

A National Print Portfolio Exhibition

January 9  - February 26, 2017

Baber Room

Portfolio Organizer: Johanna Paas, Professor of Art, CMU

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Invited artists were asked to create an image based on rules developed by a different participant. Abiding by the rules given to them, the participant (image maker) created an edition of hand pulled prints for the exhibition and exchange.

The exhibition includes a wide range of responses to this prompt; it highlights collaboration, experimentation, inventiveness and the opportunity to play by the rules.

Tatsuki Hakoyama

Searching for the Middle Path

September 6 – October 27, 2016

Baber Room

Inspired by surrealists and magical realist painters, my body of work, Searching for the Middle Path, explores the ideas of balance with regards to cultural perception and identity. Utilizing juxtaposed cultural symbols taken from countries in which I have lived, my work reflects on how the shift from traditional to contemporary lifestyles has influenced our values. This body of work takes into account the opposing views of traditional vs. contemporary approaches, and attempt to find equilibrium, a state of co- existence.​


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W. R. Horning

Color, Texture & Design

June 29 - August 29, 2016​​

Baber Room


Retired art educator and CMU and Parsons School of Design alum, Bill Horning thinks of himself as a landscape painter. My landscapes are investigations of the properties of simple geometric shapes and the exploration of textures….I would like the viewer to see my landscapes as catching a moment of stillness between tension and action. ​​

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