of Special Concern
April 4 – May 23, 2018
Baber Room - CMU Libraries
April 24, 2018
followed by reception in Baber Room
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 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.
"…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
Justin Kellner earned the Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Kendall College of Art and Design. He earned the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting/Drawing from Central Michigan University. He also earned the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Central Michigan University.
"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."
Much of his canvas features nothing but colors scraped across the surface, imparting upon the viewer a tangible mood of venturing deep into wilderness. In one corner, there's suddenly a clear image of a bird or a fallen paper birch.
(above) Stumbled Upon a Morning on the Sleeping Bear
(upper right) Tree Tops (Prairie Warbler)
"Habitat loss resulting in the decline of many bird species through human expansion and climate change are ideas that inspire my work and are infused into it. I always want to help educate and inform viewers on my subject matter through my artwork, but more importantly, I hope my work creates a curiosity in the subject matter. I would rather spark an interest in a view so they then in-turn go out on their own and explore these issues and ideas." — Justin Kellner
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:
Baber Room Mission Statement
The Baber Room provides students, faculty, staff and community members a place to experience thought-provoking artworks as well as a place to read and study. Towards that end, exhibitions of individuals and groups as well as curated projects of professional artists are on rotating display throughout the academic semesters. Library related items outside of the fine arts are also considered for display at the discretion of the Library Art Committee. The Baber Room also provides a platform for student enrichment, as well as alumni community outreach through educational programming such as artist lectures and gallery talks. The library encourages proposals for exhibitions, exhibits traveling shows and develops exhibitions.
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All exhibits are free and open to the public
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