Category Archives: Art

Visiting Artist Rachel Kauff Explores Ecological Art Making

Tipping PointsMichigan Tech’s Rozsa Center, the Department of Visual and Performing Arts and the Department of Biological Sciences are excited to present a lecture and exhibition exploring the connections between art and ecology, by visiting artist Rachel Kauff.

Kauff will first present a lecture, Past Use: Ecology and Art Objects, at 4 p.m. Friday, February 19 in DOW 641.

A-Space, the Rozsa Professional Gallery, will feature Kauff’s work in an exhibition titled “Tipping Points,” February 20 – April 25. There will be an opening reception and gallery discussion in A-Space for “Tipping Points,” from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, February 20.

This event is partially sponsored/funded by the Visiting Women and Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series (VWMLS) which is funded by a grant to Institutional Equity & Inclusion from the State of Michigan’s King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.

From Tech Today, by Bethany Jones.


Noise Floor Interactive Art Exhibit

Noise Floor Upper Michigans SourceNew interactive art exhibit highlights sounds of the 20th century

HOUGHTON — One artist is showing how art is not limited to what we see, but rather what we hear. A new art exhibition is on display at Michigan Tech’s Rozsa Center.

The interactive exhibit, called “Noise Floor,” is showcasing the art of sound. Community members can explore sounds from iconic inventions during the 20th century.

Read more at Upper Michigan’s Source, by Aleah Hordges.



Tech Art Walkabout Reception December 14, 2015

Did you know that nearly 90 percent of students in visual arts classes at Michigan Tech are seniors, and are majors in other fields?

According to Susanne Kilpela (VPA), “Most of my Ceramics 1 and Drawing 1 students are graduating seniors, and while they are getting degrees in engineering, chemistry, mathematics, etc., their work is just beautiful. It could be in a professional art gallery. I wanted to be able to showcase their art before they graduate!”

It is also Kilpela’s tenth anniversary as a visual arts professor at Michigan Tech, and she is presenting this Tech Art Walkabout as an opportunity to celebrate both her students and her longtime work at Michigan Tech.

Join us from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, December 14, 2015, in Walker 202 for a reception and “open art studio.” Some work may be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public.

From Tech Today, by Bethany Jones.


To Hear with Eyes: A Walking Book Tour by 2D Design & Literary Survey A

What is a book? What is a viewer’s physical relationship to a text? What is the role of literature in our lives? December 14 and 15, 2015, join students from Lisa Johnson’s (VPA) 2D design class and Laura Kasson Fiss’s (HU) Literary Survey A in contemplating these and related questions. View their artwork and read their wall texts, posted at nine locations around campus. Grab a map outside the Humanities or Visual and Performing Arts department offices, or simply be on the lookout for books and booklike projects as you go through your daily routine.


Student Sculpture Exhibit

Rozsa GalleryThere will be a public reception for the student sculpture exhibit “Equal and Opposite” 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, December 10, 2015, in Rozsa galleries A and B.

Art by students from many disciplines across campus will be showcased and students will be on hand to talk about their work. Small sculptures, larger installations, projection and sound come together in this show. Student work is part of Project Learning Lab, VPA’s alternative, immersive arts classroom.

From Tech Today, by Lisa Johnson.


Design Students Prototype Solutions for Bird-Window Collisions

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Skywalk between Rekhi and the Library

Students in 2D and 3D Design courses (VPA) will display prototypes they designed to reduce bird-window collisions.

The prototypes will be on display now through Dec. 15 at the library-Rekhi Skywalk and the second floor of the library. Ten designs are showcased inside the library-Rekhi skywalk, a prime location where bird strikes occur on campus.

The work represents a STEM-STEAM art-science collaboration. Student designs re-envision large panes of glass to eliminate bird window strikes and the species deaths they cause. Lisa Johnson (VPA) hopes the display will be used as a jumping off point for further collaborations between art, science and engineering to address this problem with creative new technologies.

From Tech Today, by Lisa Johnson.


Lisa Johnson Interviewed on the Project Learning Lab

HOUGHTON — Michigan Tech students are taking their creativity outside the classroom.

The university’s sculpture class is learning hands on in the Rozsa Gallery’s Project Learning Lab.

“In the gallery the students are able to really respond to the space,” said assistant professor Lisa Johnson. “They’re able to transform the space in almost any way they like and really get some hands on practice doing design and collaboration and visual arts all together.”

Read more and watch the video at Upper Michigan’s Source, by Aleah Hordges.

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Little-Big Landscapes Exhibit

The Little-Big Landscapes exhibit is a collaboration between artist Danielle Clouse, Visual Arts 2D Design students, and their instructor, Lisa Johnson.

The exhibit can be found through most of February 2015 on the second floor of Rekhi Hall at Michigan Tech, between the internal rotunda and the Department of Computer Science.

For more information about this and other campus arts projects, contact Lisa Johnson, lijohnso@mtu.edu.

Little-Big Landscapes 2015


Lisa Johnson at Imagining America

 

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Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson (VPA), participated in the public engagement conference, “Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life,” Sept 30 to Oct 3, 2015, in Baltimore. Johnson and other participants worked to re-envision assessment practices, develop new methods for publicly-engaged scholarship, work towards diversity and equity and to connect universities and their communities in mutually beneficial relationships. For more information on Imagining America visit their website.

From Tech Today.

The 2015 National Conference, entitled America Will Be! The Art and Power of “Weaving Our We,” was hosted by University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

The members of Imagining America advance a vision of the world in which publicly engaged artists, designers, scholars, and culture workers play critical roles in enacting the promise and ideals of a democratic society.