The art works of 32 women
from Michigan and around the country will be on exhibit at Oakland Community
College’s annual national women’s juried art show.
“From Our Perspectives: A
National Women's Art Exhibition,” is September 26 - October 25, at the Smith
Theatre Gallery at Oakland Community College's Orchard Ridge Campus, 27055
Orchard Lake Road in Farmington Hills.
The public will have the
opportunity to meet some of the artists at the show’s opening reception from 7-9
p.m., Thursday, September 26, at the Smith Theatre Gallery. The art exhibit is
open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., September 26-October 25, at the gallery.
Sponsored by OCC’s Womencenter, program
coordinator Arlene Frank says about 700 women artists have shown their work at
the exhibit since it began 25 years ago.
This year’s exhibit is juried
by Lynne Avadenka, whose work is exhibited widely and is in the
permanent collections at The New York Public Library, The Jewish Museum in New
York, The Detroit Institute of Arts, The British Library in London, The Israel
Museum in Jerusalem, The Library of Congress, The Meermanno Museum in the
Netherlands as well as collections in General Motors in Detroit, Doubleday
Publishing in New York and Compuware in Detroit.
“I am honored by the opportunity to make selections
from among accomplished artworks that came from all over the United States,” Avadenka says. “The quality of a line, a visual surprise, a sense of mystery, the
suggestion of a narrative, an unexpected color combination, a sure hand, a
lovely composition—carefully considered—guided my choices in this year’s
“From Our Perspectives” is open
to women artists nationwide and accepts up to three original works in all
media, excluding video and performance. Works of art are available for purchase
and artists receive three juried cash awards.
This year’s exhibit features
32 artists, 19 of them from Michigan, showing art in the form of photography,
water color, acrylic and oil paintings, sculpture, porcelain, mixed media, and
textiles. There are prizes for Best of Show, President's Award and Purchase
The goal of the women’s show
is to provide a forum for women’s voices, Frank says.
“’From Our Perspectives’
provides women artists a place to express their unique diversity and creativity
as they continue to weave the tapestry of life,” Frank says. “Within their
chosen medium, women artists share their unique viewpoint on the material,
personal, global, political, and cultural landscapes that surround them.”
This year’s artists are: Barbara
Neri, of Pinckney, Ilana Houten,
of Ann Arbor, Megan Cavanaugh, of Niagara Falls, NY, Ann Smith, of Plymouth, Mary
Frances, of Springfield, IL, Marion Melody,
of Riverview, Laura
Makar, of Southfield, Hanna Kozlowski-Stone, of Sterling, KS, Margaret
Davis, of Ann Arbor, Holly
Branstner, of Toledo, OH, Monika
Meler, of Stockton, CA, Jillian
Sokso, of Fillmore, NY, Geralyn
Vankerschaever, of Detroit, Vassiliki
Daskalakis, of DeBary, FL, Tawni
Shuler, of Sheridan, WY, Amelia
Spinney, of DeKalb, IL, Leslie
Nichols, of Bowling Green, KY, Suzanne Hesh, of Tucson, AZ, Mong-jane Wu, of Somerville, MA, Morgan Ford Willingham,
of Vincennes, IN, Bonnie
Wylo, of Ann Arbor, Christina Munson,
of Chelsea, Kathleen McNamee, of Grosse Pointe Farms, Coco
Bruner, of Royal Oak, Kristen Eakin, of Commerce, Silke Seybold, of
Waterford, Valerie McNeece, of Farmington, Tricia
Soderberg, of Farmington Hills, Claudia Hershman, of Huntington Woods,
Janis Walker, of Bloomfield, Kari
Cholnoky, of Bloomfield Hills, and Donita Simpson, of Royal Oak.
Slide shows of recent
exhibits can be found here. Photos of
the 2013 art for exhibit will be available for viewing after the show’s
For more information on From
Our Perspectives, call (248) 522-3642 or email email@example.com.
Oakland Community College is the largest
community college in Michigan and ranks 23rd among the nation’s
1,200 associate degree-granting schools. With five campuses throughout Oakland
County, it offers degrees and certificates in more than 160 fields, including
university transfer degrees in business, science and the liberal arts, as well
as workforce training and certificate programs. Three quarters of a
million students have enrolled at the college since it opened in 1965.
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