Professors from Aba Teachers Univeristy in China Visit NMU


This past week the School of Art and Design had visitors from Aba Teachers College located in China’s Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture. They were on campus Tuesday through Thursday and toured our facility, the campus, and Marquette. The group also visited Professor Kakas’s Ceramic classes and gave a presentation to the students and faculty on Traditional Chinese and Qiang Art in the School of Art & Design.

Visiting Professor Kakas's Wheel Throwing Class
Visiting Professor Kakas’s Wheel Throwing Class

The group included two representatives from the college, Lui Xiaoping, Studio Head of Tibetan and Qiang Decorative Art in Art Department, Huang Yang Vice Director of Art Department, and Yang Can the Interpreter and employee of the universities Foreign Affairs Office.

Many people from the NMU community assisted in the planning of the visit and the School of Art & Design would like to thank Zhuang-Zhong Lehmberg from the English Department and Kevin Timlin Director of International Programs. In addition, Lucy Ke and Alley Yang who are visiting the University from China this semester helped as Interpreters.

NMU Students Selected as Finalist in Photography Contest

Three NMU Art & Design students were selected as Finalists in Photography Forum’s 36th Annual College & High School Photography Contest. NMU Students Selected: Alisha Tilson, Alex Carleton, Emily Stephens were selected.

There will be a book, Best of College & High School Photography 2016 in which all the finalists will be published. There were over 10,000 photographs from students in the US, Canada, and around the world. The judges were Henry Hohenstein, RISD; Meryl Truett, SCAD; and Lee White, College of Canyons.

Emily Stephens
Emily Stephens
Alex Carleton
Alex Carleton
Alisha Tilson
Alisha Tilson

Photography at Northern Michigan University

Professor Stephan Larson received a Gold Award from the Spotlight Short Film Awards

Professor Stephan Larson received a Gold Award from the Spotlight Short Film Awards for his animation In Capricious Hands. The Spo​tlight Short Film Awards is dedicated to promoting experienced and new filmmakers through a unique and important international film competition. The spirit of the Spotlight Short Film Awards is to value each film based upon it’s artistic merit alone. The organization is composed of industry professionals: filmmakers, independent film consultants, film festival organizers,  festival programmers and judges who have been in the business nearly 20 years, and share a passion for independent film. For the 2015 awards, over 25,000 independently produced film submissions were reviewed  and 75 Gold Awards were given. Larson’s animation, In Capricous Hands, finished the film festival circuit in early 2016 with over a dozen festival appearances across the United States including the Phoenix Film Festival, the Athens International Film and Video Festival, and the Boston Underground Film Festival.

Stephan Larson "InCapriciousHands"
Stephan Larson “InCapriciousHands”
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