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RC Art Gallery

Upcoming at the Residential College Art Gallery Schedule

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 before entering East Quadrangle.


UPCOMING: Fall 2021 Visual Arts Student Invitational, Dates TBA

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 the Residential College.

Join the RC Art Gallery email list here. 


>> Recent Exhibitions

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.