NMU Art & Design develops exchange with UAD Cluj-Napoca in Romania through the ERASMUS Program

Northern Michigan University and the School of Art & Design has begun an international bilateral partnership with the University of Art & Design Cluj-Napoca through ERASMUS+ Programme. One of the most dynamic institutions of its kind in Romania, the University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca offers students and it’s teaching openness and exceptional opportunities for artistic expression and creation both by providing exhibition spaces own and through internal and international partnerships with museums, academies, schools of higher art universities and art institutions where representatives UAD can make direct contact with the trends and directions of contemporary art today, yet can leave and personal touch of creativity and authenticity Transylvanian or Romanian.

UAD Buildings
UAD Buildings

Objectives with the partnership are to build international partnerships and collaborations with art institutions worldwide and provide international visibility to NMU, provide the broader comparison framework to its activities and provide more opportunities for the students and faculty in order to improve their skills and develop new artistic projects and research.

The School of Art & Design is proud to announce the results of the selection for the first student full semester study abroad program.  Meagan Douglass, BFA major with Ceramics emphasis, will study at the University of Art & Design from February 2017 – June 2017.  Meagan will engage in a dynamic curriculum that includes Painting, Ceramics Surface Investigations and Sculpture.

Megan Douglas Ceramic Work
Megan Douglas Ceramic Work

The School of Art & Design would also like to announce the results of the first Faculty/ Visiting Artist as part of the exchange agreement.  Associate Professor of Ceramics, Brian Kakas, will travel to UAD and teach workshops and provides lectures relating to his professional research in plaster mold making techniques and Soda Vapor Firing methods for a week during the Winter 2017 semester.

Brian Kakas Artwork
Brian Kakas Artwork

During the winter Semester of 2017, Northern Michigan University will bring two faculty members from University of Art & Design Cluj-Napoca as visiting artists to engage with students throughout the school of Art & Design.  NMU will intake its first students from UAD beginning in the Fall Term of 2017.

University of Art & Design Cluj-Napoca website:
http://www.uad.ro/

Erasmus+ Mobilities website:
https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/node_en

 

Designer Aaron Draplin Visits the School of Art & Design

The School of Art & Design was pleased to host award-winning graphic designer Aaron Draplin all the way from Portland, Oregon!

Draplin presents to Design Students
Draplin presents to Design Students

As a Traverse City native, Aaron has blazed his way across the design industry working for clients like Nike, Wired Magazine, Burton Snowboards Patagonia, and most recently, a best-selling author with his mid-career hardcover collection of “Pretty Much Everything”.

Student Critiques
Student Critiques

Here is a brief video recap of the event!

In addition, the school provided a whole day of workshops and talks for our students with friends at Elegant Seagulls a design firm in Marquette, Michigan and Arketype Inc Agency in GreenBay, Wisconsin contributing sessions.

Arketype Inc presentation to students
Arketype Inc presentation to students
Designers from Elegant Seagulls present to students
Designers from Elegant Seagulls present to students

This was all part of the School of Art and Design at Northern Michigan University traveling artist series. Photography and Video created by Josh LeClair, Art & Design Alum and University Photographer.