Professor Letts featured in Book on Michigan Landscape Artists

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.

Michael Letts

Art Education

Dennos Museum Store


Art and Design Alumnus Edwin Carter Featured in MoMA Design Store

A calendar designed by Edwin Carter (Photography, 2006) is currently available through the MoMA Store. Edwin Carter is based out of Marquette, Michigan, and focuses on conceptually driven, minimal, contemporary design with strong attention to typographic details that reference the The International Typographic Style.

Prior to working in Marquette, he studied graphic design at a graduate level in San Francisco, interned in one of the design departments of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and briefly worked at the award winning studio Hyperakt, in Brooklyn, where he worked on projects for clients such as Thomson Reuters, the United Nations, and the Ford Foundation.

Edwin Carter

MoMA Store 17-Month 2014 Calendar Notebook


Lautner Article By Museum Director Published in the Michigan History Magazine

DeVos Art Museum Director and Curator Melissa Matuscak recently had an article published in the Michigan History Magazine. The article is the first comprehensive biography published about architect John Lautner, including his family history in Marquette. Lautner is an alumni of Northern Michigan University (BS ’33) and was a fellow at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin from 1933-1939. Lautner established a very successful architectural firm in Los Angeles and is considered one of the preeminent architects of the Modernist period. The article follows an exhibition on Lautner at the DeVos Art Museum in 2011, which was featured on NPR’s Morning Edition. Matuscak is a 2002 graduate of NMU, with a BFA in Graphic Communications. She received an MA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007.

Michigan History Magazine

NPR’s Morning Edition John Lautner Exhibition

DeVos Art Museum


Furniture Design Program Rated Tops in the Times Good University Guide

The Good University Guide of the Times of London has named the Furniture Design program of the School of Art and Design at NMU as one of the top programs in the world. Included in this list are the university of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, Indiana University-Purdue, Indianapolis and Kingston University, London. Professor William Leete, who is the head of both the Furniture Design and Woodworking studio areas, stated that he was surprised and delighted by the recognition of the Good University Guide, but understands how this program would receive such a high ranking as its students have been successful throughout the country for many years as designers, craftspeople and entrepreneurs.

The Good University Guide of the Times of London

Furniture Design


DeVos Director Published in Proximity Magazine

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.

Proximity Magazine

International Conference for the Arts in Society

The DeVos Art Museum


The February issue of AmericanStyle Magazine Features Alumni from the School

The February issue of AmericanStyle magazine features five alumni from the School of Art and Design. Patrick Dragon, Kathleen Conover, Maureen Bergquist Gray, and Ed and Julie Risak. The article highlights each artist’s work and their relationship to the beautiful but demanding environment of the upper peninsula of Michigan. The author of the article, Lynda McDaniel states: “This finger of land, tied to Michigan only by an address and a bridge, is so independent it could just as easily be the 51st state. Life here, unsullied by too many chain stores or media extravaganzas, moves ahead at its own pace, influenced less by modern culture than by nature and a rich history of Native Americans, logging and mining. A sort of artistic terroir flourishes, yielding artwork that is truly unique to this place”.