Amy Hauft Lecture – today 9/10

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Photo credit: Jack Risley

September 10, 2009
Amy Hauft
Richmond Center for Visual Arts, room 2008
5:30 p.m.

Amy Hauft grew up in Southern California, earning her Bachelors in Art from the University of California Santa Cruz. From there, she attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture on scholarship, and subsequently earned her Masters of Fine Art at the Art Institute of Chicago. She then moved to New York City. Hauft has exhibited her large-scale architectural installations in museums and galleries world-wide including the Brooklyn Museum, the New Museum, the International Artists Museum (Poland), The American Academy in Rome, PS1 Museum, Wesleyan University Gallery, USC Atelier Gallery, School of the Art Institute of Chicago Galleryaaa, Sculpture Center, etc. She has been the recipient of numerous significant grants including the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (twice), the St. Gaudens Foundation Fellowship, PEW Foundation Philadelphia Exhibition Initiatives, the Howard Foundation Fellowship and a Public Art Fund Grant. She has been awarded residencies that have allowed her to work in different parts of the world including the Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship in Umbria, Italy and the International Artists Residency Fellowship in Poland. Ms. Hauft taught for many years at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, moving from Assistant to Full Professor. She taught for one year on the school’s Rome campus. She was recently selected to Chair the Sculpture Department at Virginia Comonwealth University.

Exhibition on View:
September 10 – October 09, 2009
Amy Hauft: Counter Re-Formation
Don Desmett, curator

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Annual Gwen Frostic School of Art Student Exhibition

Lecture: Thursday, March 26
RCVA #2008, 5:30 PM


Don Harvey

This year’s juror is the artist Don Harvey. Harvey has lived and worked in Cleveland Ohio for the last 25 years, where he has produced gallery works in various media, from industrial materials to digital images. He is also well known for his public art commissions and work with Cleveland’s Committee for Public Art agency, an organization he co-founded in the early 1980’s.

Harvey has had numerous one person and group exhibitions, including a recent exhibition at William Busta Gallery in Cleveland, and Don Harvey, Invented Landscapes at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland. Group shows include Artists and the Art of the Book and One of a Kind Artists Books, both shows that traveled throughout the United States and South America. Harvey taught at the Meyers School of Art, the University of Akron from 1973-2000, and is now a Visiting Professor of Art at Oberlin College, in Ohio.

Albertine Monroe Brown Gallery
April 2-16, 2009

Christine Carr Lecture – 3/23

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Color as Perception: Space, Light and Intuition
Visiting Artist Christine Carr

Monday, March 23rd.
3:30-4:30 pm
RCVA Room #1004 (FIRST FLOOR)

Visiting Artist Christine Carr will be here to speak about Color and her photo work with it.

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Hailing from Portsmouth, Virginia, Christine Carr received degrees from the Corcoran College of Art and Design and the Tyler School of Art. Her work has been included in the 4th edition of Exploring Color Photography and in the 3rd edition of Photographic Possibilities, both by Robert Hirsch. She is two-time recipient of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship, and has recently lectured on contemporary landscape photography at the Taubman Museum of Art. She has exhibited in solo shows in Washington, DC, Richmond, VA and Roanoke, VA, and in numerous group shows. Carr is currently teaching photography at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia.

Dr. Vandana Shiva Lecture

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KALAMAZOO–Eco-feminist and conservationist Dr. Vandana Shiva will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12, in ther Bernhard Center Ballroom as part of the 2009 Whitney Young Scholars Award Celebration at Western Michigan University. Admission is free for students and $5 for all others.

The annual event memorializes renowned social activist and civil rights leader Whitney M. Young Jr. and also honors WMU School of Social Work students who fit the ideals Young represented.

Shiva, a physicist, environmental activist and author, is respected in her native India and throughout the world as an expert in sustainability, especially in the areas of food and water. Her activism started in the 1970s when she joined the nonviolent Chipko movement, a group of women in the Himalayas who protected forests by hugging trees.

Since then, she has authored several publications, received numerous honors and awards, and established the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology and Navdanya, a movement to protect nature and people’s rights to knowledge, biodiversity, water and food.

Her stop at WMU will be one of only five such engagements on her U.S. speaking tour and is co-sponsored by the WMU School of Social Work, the Kalamazoo Peace Center, the Alliance for Socioeconomic Justice and the WMU Division of Minority Affairs, with primary funding from the WMU Student Activity Fund.

Students to be honored at the celebration are Sasha Acker and Allen Hearn, who will be awarded a certificate and monetary stipend as this year’s Whitney Young Scholarship recipients. They were recommended and evaluated by a committee of faculty and staff and selected based on their scholarship, community service, awards and recognitions, and leadership roles related to a social justice program, event or project. For more information, contact Dr. Donald Cooney, WMU associate professor of social work, at (269) 387-3190 or donald.cooney@wmich.edu.

http://www.navdanya.org

Suupa Pop: Contemporary Japanese Package Design

Jeremy Dawkins
Lecture: Thursday, February 19
RCVA #2008, 5:30 pm

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Jeremy brings our clients’ brands to life – connecting them to audiences as simply and as powerfully as possible. He creates ideas that are innovative, useful, aesthetic, and consequent to the last detail. Jeremy has a deep understanding of the many facets of corporate and consumer branding: identity, environments, film and digital media, industrial design and consumer packaging.

As executive creative director of FutureBrand North America Jeremy’s role was to visually articulate clients’ business and brand strategy, their values and beliefs, through smart, provocative and sustainable design. Clients included Carrabba’s, Intel, Interna tional Rescue Committee, Microsoft, Sprite, and YBCA. Jeremy’s expertise in strategy and brand identity is built on 17 years of experience. Previously, he spent 10 years at Landor Associates as Creative Director of New York and Seattle. Clients there included Bath and Body Works, Delta Airlines, Diageo, Japan Airlines, Microsoft, Organized Living, Panasonic, Pepsi, and Proctor & Gamble. Before coming to the United States, Jeremy worked in Europe, for Landor, Michael Peters and Coley Porter Bell in London, and for BBDO in Belgium.

SUUPAA Pop: Contemporary Japanese Package Design

This exhibition was organized by AIGA, the professional association for design.
AIGA, the professional association for design, is the oldest and largest membership association for design professionals engaged in the discipline, practice and culture of designing. Its mission is to advance designing as a professional craft, strategic tool and vital cultural force.

AIGA was founded as the American Institute of Graphic Arts in 1914. Since then, it has become the preeminent professional association for communication designers, broadly defined. In the past decade, designers have increasingly been involved in creating value for clients (whether public of business) through applying design thinking to complex problems, even when the outcomes may be more strategic, multidimensional and conceptual than what most would consider traditional communication design.

A selection of examples of unique design, unexpected use of materials, innovative products, beautiful aesthetics and inspiring surprises.

For innovation and inspiration, all roads lead to Tokyo.There is no place where the delightful spirit and imagination of Japanese design is more apparent than in the corner supermarket—or “suupa”, as it is called locally. Here you’ll find the convergence of art and commerce across a dizzying array of categories and SKUs. It is an aesthetic that runs from the cool to the adorable to the ridiculous—often on the same shelf—and has long elicited curiosity as well as perplexed shrugs from the Western world. But while its intent may appear random or irrational to outsiders, Japanese packaging merely operates on its own unique design logic.

In Japanese packaging, we discover the modern expression of ancient philosophic principles—namely, the Confucian adherence to ritual and outward presentation. But the emphasis on outer appearances reflects contemporary economic realities as well. Real estate constraints, especially in Tokyo, yield fierce competition among brands to win floor space in convenience and grocery stores. With the high cost of manufacturing and distribution inflating product prices, there is significant pressure on packaging to not only attract attention, but communicate value, too.

This exhibition was organized by AIGA, the professional association for design.
AIGA, the professional association for design, is the oldest and largest membership association for design professionals engaged in the discipline, practice and culture of designing. Its mission is to advance designing as a professional craft, strategic tool and vital cultural force.

AIGA was founded as the American Institute of Graphic Arts in 1914. Since then, it has become the preeminent professional association for communication designers, broadly defined. In the past decade, designers have increasingly been involved in creating value for clients (whether public of business) through applying design thinking to complex problems, even when the outcomes may be more strategic, multidimensional and conceptual than what most would consider traditional communication design.

Albertine Monroe Brown Gallery
February 19 – March 21, 2009

Larry Fink @ Kalamazoo College

Artist Talk: Larry Fink
Monday, February 16 @ 7:00 p.m.
Recital Hall, Light Center for Fine Arts
Kalamazoo College

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Social photographer and photojournalist Larry Fink began his career documenting the beatniks in the late 1950s. Over the past decades, he has examined American politics, social class, and the worlds of boxing, fashion, and music. His most recent work for Vanity Fair presents his observations on the Obama and Clinton campaign trails.

Fink’s work has been exhibited widely in Europe and the U.S., including solo shows at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Photographs have appeared in The New York Times, Art in America, Vogue, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker and other publications, including his books, Social Graces, Boxing, Runway, and Somewhere There’s Music.

Larry Fink, 2009 judge of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts’ West Michigan Area Show, will be in Kalamazoo to award prizes for this exhibition, opening February 28.