Professor Christine Flavin, with the support of a NMU Faculty Research Grant, documented the abandoned mining landscapes of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula as they appear today. Using hand-built pinhole and zone plate cameras she photographed the sites scanned the film and outputted the images to ink jet printers in the School of Art and Design’s Computer Art Studio. The photographs capture the remains of the mining industry and resemble landscapes from ancient ruins. The exhibition “Vanishing Horizons: An Interpretation of Abandoned Mining sites in the Upper Peninsula” is currently on display in the Cohodas Building at the new location of the Beaumier Heritage Center, a museum and research center dedicated to the cultural history of the Upper Peninsula.
Beaumier Heritage Center
Myra Greene, Professor of Photography from Columbia College in Chicago and a keynote speaker at Northern Michigan University’s 2008 United in Diversity Conference, discussed with students in the photography program the methods and concepts behind her series of self portraits titled “Character Recognition.” Using antique photographic processes she revisits ethnographic imagery made of slaves in the era of the Civil War. Seven of the seventy image series are featured in the “United in Art” exhibition in the DeVos Museum of Art.
The new Studio for Experimental and Eco-Design (SEED), inaugurated at the beginning of the fall semester, provides a focal point for students, faculty and the community with a broad spectrum of information and exposure to current practices in design (e.g. technology, ethics) and economic and manufacturing strategies from a global perspective including the offering of lectures, symposia, joint ventures and international travel. The center incorporates an interdisciplinary approach that includes Design, Business and Sustainability. Entrepreneurs interested in developing prototypes of products can contact professor Peter Pless, the director of SEED at 906-227-2194 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Pictured at right is student Zachery Luhellier’s prototype for a snowplow resistant mailbox developed for a SEED client. The studio is located in room 173 of Art and Design building on the campus of Northern Michigan University. See the links below for additional information about SEED.
NMU Communications and Marketing
Marquette Mining Journal
DeVos Art Museum Director Melissa Matuscak is published in the current issue of Proximity Magazine. The piece is a review of an exhibition, “Street Art”, at the Tate Modern in London. The exhibition was the first major public museum display of street art in London and was presented in two parts. Six internationally known artists were commissioned to create new works on the museum building’s iconic river facade, and five artists from Madrid were commissioned to create pieces in the neighborhood surrounding the museum. Matuscak visited the Tate last summer while in England to present a paper at the International Conference for the Arts in Society in Birmingham.
International Conference for the Arts in Society
The DeVos Art Museum