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RC Art Gallery

Join us for Visiting Artist Elshafei Dafalla's exhibition, Blood Underwater, which will be created in workshops with RC students. Blood Underwater 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. See the artist statement about the exhibition and its creation process here. 

Elshafei will work with students and community members to realize new work for the exhibition, using the gallery as a studio space, and working primarily with pastels and canvas. He will hold "open studio hours" in the gallery on Monday Oct. 28, 5-7pm and Wednesday Oct. 30 from 11:30am-1:30pm. All are welcome to participate. 

Blood Underwater will be on display at the U-M Residential College Art Gallery from November 4 - 22, Monday thru Fridays 10am - 5pm, and is free and open to the public. Join us for the exhibition opening reception on November 1 from 6-8pm, at which refreshments will be served and Elshafei can answer questions. The artist will also give a public lecture on 10/29 from 12-1pm in East Quad classroom B845 (on the lower level). 

Eishafei Dafalla received a Bachelor of Arts in Sculpture from the College of Fine and Applied Art at Sudan University for Science and Technology in Khartoum, Sudan as well as a Diploma in Folklore from the Afro-Asian Institute at the University of Khartoum, Sudan He earned a Master of Fine Arts from the Stamps School of Art and Design at University of Michigan.

Elshafei has participated in more than fifty exhibits worldwide, and his work is part of public and private collections in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the United States. He continues to lecture and to exhibit his work, holding artist residencies, participating in community building activities, and creating performative installation events around the U.S. and internationally. You can learn more about him here.

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

Upcoming in the 2019-2020 Residential College Art Gallery Schedule

>> Fall Semester Student Invitational Show

Opening Friday December 6, 4:30 - 6 pm through December 15. Students can pick up beginning December 16, 2019.

Winter 2020

>> The Indexical Print 

Curated by Andy Thompson, opening Friday January 17th, runs through Feb 14, 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, summer 2020.

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

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. 

Tuesday, Oct. 1, 12-1pm
Room B852
Lecture: Día de Los Muertos and the Art of Fulgencio Lazo

Wednesday Oct. 2, Thursday Oct. 3 & Friday Oct. 4, from 3-5 pm every day.
RC Art Gallery
Tapete installation, RC open work time  

Friday Oct. 4, 6-8pm
RC Art Gallery
Opening reception (with tamales and more!)

October 7-18, M-F 10-5pm
RC Art Gallery
Gallery show, Melody of Nostalgia, including Lazo's acrylics on canvas as well as community-generated sand tapete and ofrendas to commemorate Día de los Muertos. 

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.


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 

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.