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The Ferris Fine Art Gallery is located in the David L. Eisler Center.

2022

September 5 – October 28

LAST CALL

Jason Swearingen

Talk with the Artist: September 15th 5:00-6:30
Talk with the Art Historian: October 11th at 11am

Activity: Black Out Poetry

Jason has captured the soul of Schuberg's Bar & Grill in downtown, Michigan in the after-hours between last call and turning off the lights. His portraits are intimate moments of the people who serve the beers, cook the food, and build camaraderie over long shifts and late nights. He encapsulates each individual within close environments letting the myriad of objects in view reveal the stories and goings-on that most of us never get to see.

Schuberg's Bar & Grill

April 11 – August 12

unexpected choices

onnections

The West Michigan Graphic Design Archives makes both physical artifacts and digital representations available to design professionals, educators, students, business people, researchers, and others interested in the rich legacy of graphic design, paper manufacturing, and printing in West Michigan. You can be inspired by how design has helped successful businesses achieve their goals. See the connections in the world of graphic design– from right here in West Michigan.

Graphic Design

January 10 – February 26

Rufus Snoddy
Disappearing Man

The Disappearing Man series presents itself as a symbolic clarion call. It evokes a personal narrative of concern for future human existence.

“I utilize an array of generic, wide-eyed, naïve appearing, repetitive portraits of man. Like artists from the past, I am reflecting a contemporary narrative of social and cultural concern.” - Rufus Snoddy

Snoddy’s “Construction Paintings” are beautifully organized assemblages of paint, wood, and found objects, as sculptural as they are painterly.  Originally from Los Angeles, Snoddy now resides in Traverse City, Michigan.  He has established himself regionally and internationally with shows in Michigan, California, New York, New Mexico, and France.

disappearing man

2021

November 1 – December 18

November 4 - Humanities Colloquium with Dr. Adrian Ormsby

November 11 – Presentation by Lynette Vought: Printmaking: Old Techniques and new Technologies

Francoise Gilot: 100 Years of Perseverance in Life and Art

curated by Dr.  Adrian Ormsby

2021 marks the 100th birthday of Francoise Gilot, painter, printmaker, writer, poet, mother and grandmother. A half century ago (1971), Ferris State University hosted a special exhibit of graphic works following Francoise’ generous donation of rare color proofs to the University for the learning and enjoyment of fine art students, faculty and the viewing public. The exhibit brought together 29 rare graphic works from 15 private Michigan collectors demonstrating the popularity of her work in the United States. Ferris State University Fine Art Gallery once again celebrates the remarkable life and artistic career of Francoise Gilot, bringing together many of the same lithographs exhibited 50 years ago and key graphic works representing important developments in her artistic career as a fine art printmaker spanning an incredible five decades. Works on paper, especially color lithography, is a major theme and focus of this exhibit, demonstrating Francoise’ genius and talent for printmaking and her success across multiple artistic media

Grancois gilot

September 16 – October 23

September 16, 4-6PM  Reception & Presentation by Artist

Mabel visits Palo Duro Canyon

By Kathleen VanDeMark

Mabel, one of VanDeMark’s beloved horses, spirits to Palo Duro Canyon to pay homage to her ancestors and unveils the truth of a history left untold.

Maybel Visits is a commemoration to the horses that perished during the altercation between First Nation peoples of the Comanche, Cheyenne, Arapaho, and Kiowa tribes and the 4th US Calvary lead by Colonel R.S. Mackenzie.  Archiving with symbolic imagery, this group of 100 paintings raises awareness of this historical event.

Mabel visits Palo Duro Canyon

June 7 – September 11

September 2 Founders Day Reception 2-4pm
Remarks from Dr. David Pilgrim, V.P. Diversity & Inclusion Office 2:30-2:45pm

Time of Change: Documenting the Civil Rights Movement

through the lens of Bruce Davidson 

The exhibition, Time of Change, presents 30 photographs, each representative of Davidson’s talents, but more importantly, the images document the struggle for justice, equality, and desegregation during a time of Freedom Rides, protests, marches, and police violence. We see glimpses into the everyday lives of the people who fought against the daily cruelties of life under Jim Crow, including racial terrorism, delivered upon them by their fellow citizens, often under the cover of law.

In 2018 the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Objects was the recipient of a sizeable donation of works by the renowned photojournalist Bruce Davidson.  Davidson is best known for his photo-essays documenting subversive and counter-culture groups.

How Far Have We Come

The exhibition, Time of Change is made possible by a grant from the Michigan Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. These original Bruce Davidson images were a gift from an anonymous donor to the Jim Crow Museum.

March 1 – April 23

Mini-Moso
    How Far Have We Come?

Mini-Moso is a carefully curated exhibit showcasing main themes within the Museum of Sexist Objects.  Through funding from a Ferris Foundation Grant a group of committed Ferris faculty collectively designed and curated this exhibition that is now available for traveling.  Topics researched and highlighted include The Body Image, Gender Norming, the Happy Housewife, Body as Object, gender stereotypes and many others.

How Far Have We Come

2020

February 1  – February 28

Kaitlin Beebe
    Diary Pink

 Diary Pink is a collection of paintings and drawings documenting a time of self-reflection. Exercising the faith-based method of blind contour, abstract self-portraits are created.  With an exacting intent to map out the evidence of growth, drawings are layered abstracting the portraits more and more. In a meditation, overlapping shapes are highlighted allowing time to reflect and clarify a new perspective.

bio: Kaitlin Beebe is an artist that lives and works on the North Fork of Long Island. Beebe received her BFA in Printmaking from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2017. Additionally, Beebe has participated in several artist residencies, including, Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT), Drop Forge & Tool (Hudson, NY), and Golden Apple Artist Residency (Harrington, ME). 

 

Diary Pink

January 13th – February 15th

Reception & Artist Talk: January 16th 5-6:30pm
MFA Graduate Competition Exhibit – Emily Mayo
Chorbah - Chadash


"Pronounced “khor·bä' “ and “khä·dash' ” these two words originate from the Hebrew writings of the Bible. Rarely seen together, “Chorbah” was used in reference to “a place laid waste, ruin, waste, desolation” and “Chadash” means “to be new, renew, repair.” Butting these two words together I suggest the transition between these two states, and reference the undeniable hope for this transition - not specific to the home or the plight-ridden neighborhood, but also to the human."

Chorbah - Chadash

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