Associate Professor Michael Letts is a featured artist in the “Art of the Sleeping Bear Dunes: Transforming Nature into Art”, a book published in fall 2013 by the Leelanau Press. The book features a juried selection of art works inspired by the landscape of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore of Michigan. An exhibition of works from the book is being held at the Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, opening in October 2013.
Professor Letts began developing a series of paintings inspired by the dunes when he was an artist in residence for the Glen Arbor Art Association at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in summer of 2011. From this series of work, the large acrylic painting “Sleeping Bear 3” was selected for inclusion in the book. The book includes 108 works, juried from over 250 submissions. Jurors were Mary McNichols, professor of Art History at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, and E. W. Ross, an an internationally known artist and professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The book also includes an essay by Jerry Dennis, a nationally acclaimed writer whose essays have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, Smithsonian, Audubon, and Orion.
The book is available at the Dennos Museum store.
Dennos Museum Store