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RC Art Gallery

Currently at the Residential College Art Gallery

Winter 22’ Student Art Show

Open for viewing at the Residential College Art Gallery!

Now through April 22, 2022 

Works of art are on display from the Studio Arts and the Arts and the Humanities classes ending this term. Work from ceramics, photography, printmaking, and sculpture courses are represented as well as work from the How to Think About : Humanities (CE) Art course program.

The opening on April 8, 2022, featured music from Residential College music ensembles directed by Katri Ervamaa. The artwork selection includes a broad selection of materials and techniques. From screen printing to film photography, to cold casting and ceramic sculpture there is something for everyone to see.

The gallery is open from 10am to 5pm Monday - Friday.

View photos of the exhibit opening below:

Visit the Art Gallery 

Open Hours: The RC Art Gallery is open Monday-Friday from 10:00 am-5:00 pm. 

Visitor Access: Access the gallery from the door located near the northwest corner of East Quadrangle on East University just across from Weiser Plaza. The door is open to patrons, students and faculty during the gallery open hours.

Contact the Gallery: Email us at rc.artgallery@umich.edu   

Selected Recent Exhibitions

Mending

An exhibition of selected works by Jeanne Bieri.

January 21 - March 18, 2022 

Inspired by women who worked with and communicated in quilts, Mending is an exhibit that blends the deeply personal stories of our lives as individuals with the universal language of quilts and blankets. Mending is an ode to the art of the hand stitch; as Bieri’s work brings layers and patterns to army blankets and recycled materials, she is creating a story of making, restructuring, and mending. Through meticulous hand work and circulating patterns, Jeanne joins together the disparate elements of her work. The process of restoring and saving discarded elements and preserving the unique histories of the materials found in the tactile surfaces remain an inspiration in her daily work practice.

Communicating a sense of unity, sturdiness, and fusion through its manipulation of textiles and hand stitching, Mending can be viewed in the RC Art Gallery in East Quad from January 21 through March 18, 2022. 

Jeanne earned her MFA in Painting from Wayne State University and later taught at U-M Dearborn. Her work has been exhibited throughout Michigan and the Midwest with career highlights including a Kresge Fellowship in 2017 and a Michigan Council for the Arts Grant in 2019.

A reception will be held on February 11, 4-6 pm EST. All are welcome!

Animal/Vegetable/Mineral Art Exhibit

Works by Susan Crowell, RC and Stamps faculty member in Ceramics

October 1 - November 12, 2021

In this RC Art Gallery exhibit, Residential College and Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design Professor of Art Susan Crowell presents, among other works, a series of wall plaques depicting endangered species.

In Professor Crowell's effort to, "...question our interactions with the animal world and our impact upon it," she has installed images of elephants and donkeys as protagonists and antagonists in political struggle, and polar bears as victims of global warming.

 

"Animal/Vegetable/Mineral presents an occasion to speak about my most compelling interests—plants and animals—within the mineral rubrics of clay," she says.

This event is free and open to the public. Masks are required for all attendees. Vaccination is not required but highly encouraged. All attendees must complete a short questionnaire at https://responsiblue.umich.edu/sign-in before entering East Quadrangle.

Images of Incarceration

February 21 - April 9, 2020

The exhibition features the work of two artists addressing the issues that surround the prison industrial complex.

Steph Foster is an interdisciplinary artist specializing in photography, with interests in video, installations, music, digital fabrication, sculpture and performance. Steph recently received his MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. His recent work combines sounds and music with visual media to tell stories of mass incarceration and reconciliation within urban communities.

Ashley Hunt is an artist and activist who uses video, photography, mapping and writing to engage social movements, modes of learning and public discourse. Among his interests are structures that allow people to accumulate power and those which keep others from getting power, while learning from the ways that people come to know, respond to and conceive of themselves within these structures. Rather than seeing art and activism as two exclusive spheres of practice, he approaches them as complimentary, drawing upon the ideas of social movements and cultural theory alike — the theories and practices of each informing the other and pushing their limitations. 

Jan 2020: The Indexical Print, Andrew Thompson, Lecturer at Stamps School of Art & Design, curates the exhibition The Indexical Print, and includes artists Cathryn Amidei, Jason Ferguson, Jay Fox, Ruth Koelewyn, Jeffrey Lancaster, Lee Marchalonis and Ellen Rutt. This multimedia exhibition of contemporary art references art critic Rosalind Krauss’s 1977 essay “Notes on the Index” with a focus on printmaking and other methods of image replication and reproduction that follow printmaking’s lead. Read the artist statement and biography information about the curator and artists here. 

 

December 2019:

If we were ___________, this would be ________________.

                       a student exhibition brought to you by rcarts

Opens on December 6 with a reception serving local baked goods and snacks from 4:30-6pm.

On display until Dec. 17. Gallery hours 10-5pm, Monday through Friday.

Students can pick up work Dec. 19 & 20.

Nov 2019: Blood Underwater, a process and exhibition led by Elshafei Dafalla, is a collaborative work, which encourages deep thinking and creative expression. It provides a voice for community members and activists, especially from political, national, racial, religious and other minorities, to express their concerns about global suffering through art. You can learn more about this exhibit and residency here.

This visiting artist residency was made possible with support from Arts at Michigan. 

 

Oct 2019: The Studio Art Program welcomes Fulgencio Lazo as a visiting artist. Read more about his visit here. Lazo is a Zapotec/Mixtec artist who works predominantly with acrylics on canvas in his studios in Seattle and in his hometown of Oaxaca, Mexico. For more than 26 years he has been working with museums, art centers and community groups to create “tapetes" or carpets of colored sand for Mexican Day of the Dead celebrations. These installations are collaboratively designed and installed with community members over the course of several days. 

 

Sept 2019: Cynthia Sowers, Retired Residential College Arts and Ideas in the Humanities Faculty Member Show


Daughters of Memory: Paintings and Poems on the Nine Muses

September 2 - 27, 2019
Reception for the artist September 6, ~4:30pm

Read the artist statement for this exhibition.

 

Read the artist's reflections and notes on the exhibition.

 

Listen to Cindy on #theRCPodcast here.

 

Feb 2019: John DeHoog: Householdments - Furniture and Design

February 21 through April 4
Reception for the artist Thursday, February 21, 4-6pm
Gallery talk 4:30pm February 21
Read the artist's statement
Read the artist's Q&A about this exhibition
Read the artist's curriculum vitae 

 

Jan 2019: Elizabeth Youngblood, Mixed-media artist


January 10 through February 14
Reception for the artist Wednesday, January 16, 4-6 pm
Gallery talk 4:30 pm January 16. Refreshments will be served.
Q & A with the artist can be found here.

About the Art Gallery

The Residential College Art Gallery serves the broader mission of engaged and interdisciplinary learning common to other programs in the Residential College. The gallery seeks to provide aesthetically compelling exhibitions that actively engage the community in questions of cultural, artistic, and social relevance. 

Each semester the gallery holds two professional art exhibitions of four to six weeks duration, along with one show of student artwork from within the Residential College. The gallery primarily supports the Residential College Studio Arts Program through exhibitions of contemporary art in a range of disciplines that reflect the diversity of the program. 

The recently renovated 500 square foot gallery is suitable for both traditional exhibitions and alternative site-specific installations. For more information or to explore the possibility of exhibiting your work, please contact the Residential College. 

Join the RC Art Gallery email list here.