Currently on exhibit...

October through November 29, 2014


 Collins painting of farmer   Collins painting of colorguard raising the flag   Collins painting of Paul Robeson. triple portrait as actor, athlete, attorney

"America At Work” - by artist Paul Collins

Exhibition Dates: October 7 – November 29, 2014          

Opening Reception: October 10 from 5 to 8pm at Artworks

Exhibition Location:  Artworks, 106 N. Michigan Ave. Big Rapids, Michigan

Artist Presentation & related events:  Events, Dates and times - still to be confirmed.

"America At Work" features the works of Paul Collins and will accompany "The Way We Worked" a Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit, sponsored by the Michigan Humanities Council. Also on display: The Charlie and Ruth Carpenter Collection of Paul Collins' prints and originals.

"The Way We Worked" has been made possible in Michigan by the Michigan Humanities Council. "The Way We Worked", an exhibition created by the National Archives, is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide.  Support for the Museum on Main Street has been provided by the US Congress.  Support for The Way We Worked in Michigan has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Paul Collins information & images can be found at



You can find more about this exhibit and other related events by visiting the links below.

Artworks in Big Rapids
Ferris Calendar

"Art is Stepping Out"

The Rankin Art Gallery at Ferris State University has been in existence for over thirty years.  In May of 2013 we closed our doors for an entire season while the University Center is being renovated.

In order to sustain and continue to grow momentum the gallery has worked so hard to achieve, we were face to face with the question "how do we exhibit art without a gallery?"

With a new name, Ferris State University Fine Art Gallery, continues our renovation theme: "Art is Stepping Out"

Through creative programing and true collaboration between the Big Rapids community, Ferris students, and various colleges we are able to continue our mission while engaging much larger.

Look for Art out and about.  We hope to see you enjoying new experiences.

Specific Exhibit information will be provided. Please check the Ferris Events Calendar or click the Exhibition tab on our webpage: 

FSU's University Center Renovation project link.
Contact: Carrie Weis-Stermer, Gallery Director 231-591-2536 or Diane Cleland, Gallery Assistant 231-591-2571