Assistant Professor of Art Education, Michael Letts, was selected to exhibit a painting at ArtPrize 2011, an international competitive art exhibition held in Grand Rapids, Michigan in October. Works of art from a total of 21 countries worldwide were selected by curators to be shown in 162 venues around the city.
The DeVos Place Convention Center, one of the largest venues in the city, selected Professor Letts’ 6′ x 15′ painting, Ancient Coast 2. The adjudication process to be featured in the most prestigious and frequented venues was extremely competitive. The DeVos Place Convention Center was one of the most desired exhibit spaces for artists, having hosted the second-place winner in 2010. Ancient Coast 2 was placed in a prime location, near the main entrance, and next to 2011 winner Mia Tavonatti’s entry (see photo). Professor Letts’ web page has additional views of his paintings including Ancient Coast 2.
Michael Letts Portfolio
Professor of Metalsmithing and Sculpture, Dale Wedig, and five of his student majors were selected to exhibit their artwork in October at the recent national, invitational, 6th Annual Intercollegiate Metals Exhibition at the Step Gallery on the campus of Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona. The juried exhibition of jewelry and metalwork from faculty and students of selected universities across the nation included Arizona State University, California State University at Long Beach, Colorado State University, East Carolina University, Kent State University, and Northern Michigan University. Student work from the School of Art and Design at NMU was created by Wade Buck (pictured-honorable mention), Kelly Gilligan, Laurel Mills, Andrew Hanson, and Gina Graci. A catalog of the exhibition is being produced and will be published at the end of November. This exhibition featured the individual artistic accomplishments of the students and brings national distinction to both the program and university as a whole.
The 6th Annual Intercollegiate Metals Exhibition
Jewelry, Metalsmithing and Blacksmithing
Assistant Professor of Ceramics, Brian Kakas was selected to exhibit recent works from a residency in China at the 2011 Kaolin Grand Prix for International Ceramic Arts. Exhibited works were juried into the exhibition along with other professional artists from a total of 25 countries worldwide in conjunction with the largest ceramic festival held annually in China showcasing innovative ceramic designers and artists. Professor Kakas received an award of Excellence and selected work has been acquired into the permanent collection of The Great China Museum. Jurors included internationally acclaimed artists such as: Professor of Ceramics, Fumio Shimada, Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan; Director of Ceramics & Glass, In Chin Lee, Hong-ik University, South Korea; Director of Ceramics, Nancy Selvage, Harvard University, USA; Head of Ceramics & Glass, Tapio Yli-Viikari, Aalto University School of Art and Design, Finland. Study abroad programs are currently being developed by Professor Kakas for a greater exposure to the ceramic art and design field throughout Europe and Asia.
Brian Kakas, Sculptural Ceramic Vessels