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RC Art Gallery

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. 

January 17, 5-6:30pm Opening reception

January 20 – February 14, 2020, M-F 10am - 5pm, on display 


Upcoming in the 2019-2020 Residential College Art Gallery Schedule

Winter 2020

>> Isaac Wingfield

Photography invitational, Opening Friday February 21, runs through April 3, 2020.

>> Winter Semester Student Invitational Show

Opening Friday April 10, runs through April 28, 2020. 

>> Summer show 2020 with Arts At Michigan to follow

About the RC Gallery

The recently renovated 500 square foot gallery is suitable for both traditional exhibitions and alternative site-specific installations. Each semester the gallery holds two professional art exhibitions of four to six weeks duration, along with one show of student art work 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. Additionally, the RC 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 active engage the community in questions of cultural, artistic and social revelance. 

The gallery hours are September thru April, M-F 10am - 5pm. You can access the gallery from the door located near the northwest corner of East Quad on East University. That door is open to patrons, students and faculty during the gallery open hours.

For more information or to explore the possibility of exhibiting your work, contact Toby Millman.

Join the RC Art Gallery email list here. 


>> Recent Exhibitions

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.