Category Archives: Art

Engineers Make Great Artists: Rozsa Center Makes A Case for the Arts

Rozsa Exterior 2012-13
Rozsa Center

The 2012-2013 Arts Marketing Plan will promote the relevance of art at Michigan Tech, focusing on arts as they relate to the Michigan Tech STEM mission. This includes continuing to cross-promote VPA and Rozsa events.

Engineers make great artists make great engineers” is a theme that will appear throughout the campaign. Design elements will focus on da Vinci drawings.

Read more at Michigan Tech News, by Jennifer Donovan.


Rozsa, VPA Announce 2012-13 Season

Rozsa 2012-13
Rozsa 2012-13 Season

The Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts and the Department of Visual and Performing Arts announce their 2012-13 season.

The Department of Visual and Performing Arts will produce five plays, capping the year with a production of “Fiddler on the Roof” in April.

Subscription sales begin the first week of August. Single ticket sales begin the first week of September. To purchase tickets, contact Ticketing Services at 487-2073, or go online at rozsa.tickets.mtu.edu .

Read more at Tech Today, by Bethany Jones.



Kilpela Awarded at Great Lakes Showcase

Great Lakes Showcase exhibit in Rozsa Gallery continues through March 30

Artist Susanne Kilpela, winner of the Best of Show award in the three-dimensional category at the Great Lakes Showcase exhibit, is pictured here with her porcelain sculpture, “Temporal Touchstone,” in the Rozsa Gallery during the opening reception March 12. Kilpela also won a third place award in the 3D category for her piece “Communciation Issues.” (Photos by Keweenaw Now)

Read more at Keweenaw Now.

Lecturer Susanne Kilpela (VPA) received two awards at the recent Great Lakes Showcase at the Rozsa Center: Two of her porcelain creations earned best of show in 3–D and third place in 3–D. In all, 14 artists received awards.


Keweenaw, Color, Design Inspire Beckwith

Mary Ann Beckwith Gallery 2012
Mary Ann Beckwith - Images Now And Then

On a frigid morning, Mary Ann Beckwith is looking over her art exhibit in the Rozsa Gallery and discussing inspiration, hope, teaching and more.

The career-spanning “Now and Then” show, ending Friday, Jan. 27, has given her a chance to reflect on the body of work.

“Color,” is her first answer to the question of what inspires her. “I’m addicted to color,” says the 39-year veteran professor of art. “Living in the land of white, grey, and black much of the year, I’m absorbed by bright color fields.”

Design is important, too, she says. “My approach is not happenstance. I plan my work and try to give people something they have never seen before–something in nature, something in a photo–but I’m planning ahead before I start.”

Article by Dennis Walikainen. Read more at Tech Today.


Kilpela Art Exhibit at DeVos

Untitled Ceramic by Susanne Kilpela
Untitled, Ceramic, by Susanne Kilpela

The DeVos Art Museum in the School of Art and Design at Northern Michigan University has a UP Focus Exhibit for March 2 to April 8, 2012. Featured artists are Susanne Kilpela, Carol Phillips and Russ Prather.

The UP: FOCUS series is an annual exhibition highlighting artists who live in or are heavily influenced by the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Susanne Kilpela is a ceramic and installation artist based in Hancock. Carol Phillips and Russ Prather are painters based in Marquette.

Closing Reception: Friday, April 6, 6-8pm

UPDATE: View the UP Focus album on Facebook.


Great Lakes Showcase 2012

Great Lakes Showcase
Great Lakes Showcase

Great Lakes Showcase at Rozsa

Professor of Art Mary Ann Beckwith, of visual and performing arts, says, “This year’s show offers a stunning array of artwork from throughout the region–varied enough to find something to please every viewer.”

Over $2000 worth of awards will be given this year to recognize outstanding work in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional categories. The three top prizes are sponsored by the president, provost and dean.

Read more at Tech Today, by Bethany Jones.

The Great Lakes Showcase is a fine arts and crafts exhibition. Free to the public, it will be open from March 12 to March 30, 2012 in the Rozsa Center for Performing Arts.

The 2012 Prospectus is ready. The deadline for receiving the application, images and entry fee is January 20, 2012. Entries are juried. Artists may submit up to 4 entries. Read more about awards, eligibility, conditions, presentation, shipping, sales, entry fee, and pick up.

Visit the Great Lakes Showcase web page at the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.

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Teaching beyond the classroom

Mary Ann Beckwith
Mary Ann Beckwith

Michigan Technological University Professor of Art Mary Ann Beckwith has always been able to connect with her students, but with her latest venture, she will be able to connect with students around the world.

Approached by one of the largest art suppliers in the country – Joe Miller and his company Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff out of Boone, N.C. – with the idea to make an educational video for aspiring artists and students, Beckwith jumped at the opportunity.

“I’ve taught for him many times, and he asked if I would allow him to produce an art video,” Beckwith said. “So we did it this summer. He has a professional video company that’s first-class … and in two days we did the entire video.”

Read more at the Mining Gazette.


Jared Schlueter’s the “Stare” Selected for Arts in the House

self-portrait
The "Stare", self-portrait in pencil.

Jared Schlueter, a mechanical engineering major, has had his self-portrait “Stare” accepted into the Seventh Annual Student Arts in the House Initiative sponsored by the Presidents Council–State Universities of Michigan.

The artistic talents of Michigan university students – combined to make the past six years of the Student Art in the Legislature initiative a remarkable success.  Feedback from the policymakers, staff and those who visit has been very positive.  The addition of student artwork has added to the aesthetic quality of the interior to the Anderson House Office Building and has provided a venue to promote the creative talents of our state university students. Congratulations Jared.


Guest Artist Workshop: Diana Magnuson

Diana Magnuson will be join us this fall for a three-day workshop and two free lectures in McArdle Theatre, November 16-19.  Magnuson speaks to here work as:

“a blending of social observation, emotional response and cultural input put into detailed design and reflection. Mythological themes resonate. I do Mind Travels into cultural connotations searching the subconscious and collective memories where I immerse myself. It’s a good journey.”

View her portfolio