Sunday, June 19, 2011

Friends of the Weasels

Here's a shout out to some Friends of the Weasels who have provided support and sustenance in the form of musical interludes at some of our events.

Benjamin Teague

Andrew Thompson

Nate Brent

Space Band

Mick Vranich and K-9

A History of the Slippery Weasel Society

Though the origins of this secretive fraternal organization are shrouded in mystery, its antecedents can be found in several Native American Medicine Societies of certain Great Lakes tribes. The first mention of the society can be found in H.R. Schoolcraft’s “Algic Researches” of 1839, where in Pauppukeewiss, a “crazy brain”, likens the slippery weasels in his lodge to a “sack of fish” and wishes them good luck in surviving the harsh winter. (La Poudre, Historical and Statistical Information Respecting...the Indian Tribes of the United States. Mentor L. Williams, Editor.)

The society not only managed to survive, but thrived. During the war years it claimed the largest number of furniture movers among its ranks of any other civic organization of its kind in North America. Though interest waned at times, the society has enjoyed something of a renaissance during the ferret boom of the mid 1990’s. Today Slippery Weasels are everywhere. Membership is up, and council meetings are more egalitarian. Due to multiple lawsuits in the early part of this decade the Society has been forced to open its doors to women, dancing bears, and the Irish.

Tale of the Weasel

A Weasel Tale by Alison Wong

I once heard an old folklore about one particular slippery weasel that mysteriously went missing and was never to be seen again.
It was in a spooky old building way out east. The weasel was minding his own business, just trying to set up camp. Just as he was getting the lay of the land, he got too curious and went a little too far.
All of a sudden… VOOOM!
He fell hundreds of feet down a tiny black hole. He tried desperately to find his way out, wiggling, squirming, and rolling all over through the narrow, dusty and cobweb ridden spaces. The poor weasel tried for many days and nights to get out. The rest of the weasels stayed at that camp for about a month, hoping and praying the little one would find his way back until the pack had no choice but to pack up and leave.
We suspect that little weasel wiggled himself to death. He sacrificed his life but the rest of the weasels lived happily at camp for one long beautiful month.

Weasel Mating Dance

Weasel Mating Dance

Weaselographer Mary Fortuna recently captured extremely rare footage of a solitary weasel engaged in the rarely seen Slippery Weasel Mating Dance. This elaborate ritual is most often performed under the full moon in May, by both male and female lone weasels1 longing for a mate. It is thought that secretions from a musk gland beneath the tail are deposited on the ground during the execution of the dance, in hopes of attracting a weasel of the opposite sex. Slippery Weasels are notoriously difficult to live with, and generally copulate briefly if ferociously before biting one another behind the ears and going on about their solitary business. In the photos above, note the subtle cock of the head and the open position of the forearms. The weasel maintains this posture while moving slowly – almost imperceptibly – around in the circle. Time elapsed in the above photos, in which the subject advanced from Position A to Position C, is approximately 7 hours 13 minutes.

1. Lone Weasel – see Oswald, Lee Harvey

Jeanne Bieri

Jeanne Bieri

1993 – Master of Fine Art, Painting – Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
1971 – Bachelor of Science – Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Past Employment
1995-2005 - Adjunct Professor, Painting, Drawing – University of Michigan, Dearborn, Michigan
Adjunct Professor, Painting - Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan - Design - Henry Ford Community College,
1986 – Present - Maintained a studio

Professional Contributions
Board of Visitors - Wayne State University
M.A.C. - Committee Member
Slippery Weasel Society

2000 – Creative Artists Grant Recipient - Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
Ewald Library Installation, Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan (Juried, Permanent) Grosse Pointe Artists Annual Exhibition (Best of Show, twice) – Grosse Pointe, Mi.
Gold Medal Award, Scarab Club, Detroit, Michigan - 2007

One Person Exhibitions
Affirmations Gallery, Ferndale, Michigan - 2009
University Liggett School, Grosse Pointe, Michigan - 2008
Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester, Michigan - 2006
Solo Exhibition, Port Huron Museum, Port Huron, Michigan - 2000
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Kansas - 1998
2 Person Exhibitions
Marygrove College, Detroit, Michigan
Sisson Gallery, HFCC, Dearborn, Michigan
Mask Gallery, Hamtramck, Michigan

Selected Group Exhibitions
University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio
Harvest Gold - Detroit Contemporary, Detroit, Michigan
Anton Center for the Arts, Mt. Clemens, Michigan
Michigan Fine Arts Competition, BBAC, Birmingham, Michigan
Issues of Containment, Downriver Council for the Arts, Taylor, Michigan
On, In, Up, Of - Four Installations, A.C.,T. Gallery, Detroit, Michigan
Creative Artists Grant Exhibition, Padzieski Art Gallery, Dearborn,Mi
Plaiedes Gallery, New York, New York (juried)
Fourteenth Annual Michigan Biennial - Kresge Museum, Lansing, Michigan
By a Thread - Buckham Gallery, Flint, Michigan
Undefining Painting – Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, Michigan
Detroit - Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois

Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, Ann Arbor, Lansing Journal, Kansas City Star, Real Detroit, Detroit Home, Grosse Pointe News, Hastings Banner, Barry County Reminder, Port Huron News

Pfizer Corporation , State of Michigan, Museum of New Art, Gyro Design, Grosse Pointe Park Fouindation, Rose DeSloover, Jack White, Robert Bielat, Skip Davis, Judith Solomon , Kenneth Dzubia, Louis Redstone Collection, Richard Rollins, Christine Biegas, Christine Hagedorn, William Zeising, Christine Zantop, Peter Williams, Dan Haddad, Jim Lucky

Art-making is visual problem solving. Its language is image and material. The materials are finite, the solutions infinite. The process juggles a finite set of materials with an infinite assortment of solutions in reaching a plausible conclusion. Relationships are the focus of this process and time figures prominently because the process centers on time-based seeing.

Art making asks, how do you take the mundane and create a truth? How do you create this truth over space, distance and time? It records a series of visions, one overlaying the other to depict a particular truth. How do you sift the visual through personality, style and perception? And finally, communication, how do you tap the viewer to become engaged?

The particular truth, that is my truth, is grounded in my experience and personality. It is a document of my response to a particular experience. The problem posed is framed and explained by the art-making and through the interaction of material, experience past and experience present, the finished work documents the journey. Its authenticity is based on my fidelity to those experiences along the way. Truthfulness is the essential.

Art making studies the here and now and at the same time taps into history. It takes multiple dimensions and condenses them into their most essential elements. My interest is in discovering a story that although unfamiliar engages me. The final work reflects this meditative journey of discovery and combines the real with the intuitive; it mixes the realities of the world with the intuitive suggested by reality. The problem tackled is how are these elements recorded and all but the essentials eliminated?

Art making is a task that recognizes conscious insights that tap the intuitive sub layer of my experience and weaves a composite of visual information that asks the viewer to become engaged with my particular point of view. It is my vision presented to the viewer, with just enough information to engage them, to give nod to their own set of observations drawn on their set of experiences.

It is visual problem solving that prioritizes relationship formed by experience, memory and intuition. The art work is bracketed by technical skill and reflects the decisions made to create a visual diary.

Carl Butler

The body of work in this exhibit is the culmination of days and nights spent on the journey. The geography of the land, the corners of the mind, and the vagaries of the human heart are my source material. Just follow the signs and you’ll get to where you’re going.

“Painting is like making love to a Frenchman, too much technique and you make a bore of it.”

Carl Butler

Carl G. Butler


Wayne State University, Bachelor of Fine Arts


Detroit Sampler Nick Cindric Contemporary Ft Lauderdale, FL (2003)
Actual Size Detroit Contemporary Gallery Detroit, MI (2001)
Heat: Butler, Lucero and Ohara Grey Gallery Detroit, MI (2001)
Independence Show Om Café Ferndale, MI (2001)
Birds and Water Alley Culture Detroit, MI (2001)
Paintings and Drawings, Solo exhibition
University Liggett School Grosse Pointe Woods, MI (2000)
Canvas: Ann Mikolowski memorial show Alley Culture. Detroit, MI (2000)
Junior League of Detroit: Designers Show House Grosse Pointe Park, MI (1998).
Honor the Earth Biennial Willis Gallery Detroit, MI (1995).
Black and White Biegas Gallery Detroit, MI (1995).
Face to Face - Vis a Vis Detroit Focus Gallery Detroit, MI (1995).
Lost in Nebraska Hanna and Butler Mask Gallery Hamtramck, MI (1994).
Once upon a time...Happily ever after Benefit for the Michigan Opera
Theater, Galeria Officentre Southfield, MI (1994)
Creating the Temple of the Goddess Argo Gallery Detroit, MI (1994)
K.A.C.A. Argo Gallery Detroit, MI (1994)
Ofrenda Butler and Butler de Alvarado Willis Gallery Detroit, MI (1993)
Whitney Garden Art Party Whitney Restaurant Detroit, MI (1992)
Buy Art Willis Gallery Detroit, MI (1992)
Solo Exhibition Urban Park Gallery, Trappers Alley Detroit, MI (1992)
XIII International Art Invitational Swords into Plowshares Gallery
Detroit, MI (1991)
Butler, Breneau, and Moore-White Union Street Gallery Detroit, MI (1990)
All Media Exhibit Detroit Artist Market Detroit, MI (1989)
Student Exhibitions Wayne State University Detroit, MI (1987-90)
Drawing Exhibit Marygrove College Detroit, MI (1985)

Todd Erickson

Todd Erickson

Todd Erickson
32218 Hull Ave.
Farmington Hills. MI 48336

Todd Erickson received his undergraduate degree from Hope College and his Masters of Fine Art at Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has been making and exhibiting his sculpture for over 25 years and has been an employee of the College for Creative Studies since 1983. During his tenure at CCS, Todd has taught in the Sculpture Section of the Fine Arts Department, managed the college shops and has held positions as Director of Academic Facilities, Assistant Dean and currently Director of Exhibit Services.

His career has included guest teaching, consulting, commission work and exhibiting. Erickson’s work is cast and fabricated in bronze, iron, aluminum, steel, stone, wood and glass. His work delves into issues regarding the self, faith, shelter and personal history.

1984-1986 Master of Fine Arts (Sculpture), Cranbrook Academy of Art – Bloomfield Hills, MI

1977-1981 Bachelor of Arts (Biology, Art), Hope College – Holland, MI

2004- Director of Exhibit Services, College for Creative Studies
Coordination and implementation of a broad range of exhibitions staged both on and off campus
Creating and maintaining permanent collection exhibition
Initiating and implementing a permanent student exhibition
Special projects liaison to galleries and museums

Key Accomplishments:
Project Managing preliminary design phase for the CCS exhibit at the 2005 Detroit North American International Auto Show
Assimilation of exhibits and art collections currently prepared and housed in departmental and administrative centers

2000 -2004 Assistant Dean, College for Creative Studies
Preparation of gallery spaces and hanging of 3600 pieces of student artwork annually
Health & safety program, maintaining MSDS Library and Student Competency Program in college shops
MIOSHA Compliance Program Liaison and on-campus Safety Inspector
Curriculum inventory for internal use and NCA/NASAD accrediting organizations
Research, quotes and contracts for capital allocations of equipment, machinery, audio visual, carpet, furniture and remodeling
Supervisor of College Shops including Wood Shop, Metal Shop and Foundry.

Key Accomplishments:
Reconfiguring and remodeling educational spaces to increase space utilization by 30%
Relocating college departments into new facilities to accommodate new technologies
Directed fabrication of large-scale steel bridge, educational and studio components for a program called “Connections,” with High School students from Detroit and Windsor for the celebration of the Detroit’s 300th anniversary
Designed, produced and operated mobile exhibits and functioning studios for Eye on Design Toledo Art Museum and the NASSA annual meeting in Detroit, MI.
Project Managing of CCS exhibit at the 2004 Detroit North American International Auto Show

“Campus Occupancy Analysis” – Statistical and quantitave analyis of space usage in Walter B Ford II building
Portions of “Health and Safety Manual” for United Educators, an insurance company specializing in colleges and universities.

1998 - 2000 Director of Academic Facilities,
Center for Creative Studies-College of Art and Design
Manage educational facility
Oversight of renovations including creation of library, galleries, computer labs, studios and shops

Key Accomplishments:
Implemented safety protocol and competency training in all shops and curriculums
Assisted in programming 100,000 sq. ft. art and technology building, helping create classrooms, offices, studios, labs and shops for students studying design and animation
Assisted in implementation of solvent and hazardous waste recycling program
Led health and safety audit of classrooms, offices, studios, labs and shops
Assisted in upgrading 25-year-old facility including: HVAC, data and communication cabling, acoustics, lighting, floor, wall and window treatments, furniture and audiovisual equipment

1996 - 1998 Director of Metal Shop and Foundry Operations,
Center for Creative Studies-College of Art and Design
Implemented and managed new equipment and processes to improve student learning and health and safety.
Ceramic Shell Casting
Sand Casting, TIG and MIG welding
Gas and plasma cutting
Complete metal shop and chasing studio
Ventilation systems for silica dust, wax smoke and metal fumes
In-ground melting furnace
Iron casting- cupola style

Developed competency program providing training for students in:
Hand tools
Metal shop equipment
Gas/TIG/MIG and ARC welding
Gas and plasma cutting

Authored successful grant proposal to The Detroit Edison Foundation for foundry improvements enabling students’ greater scope and better results.
Guidelines for studio work in Foundry and Metal Work, from beginning to advanced level.
Competency Tests for metalworking, welding and foundry practices.

1983-2000 Instructor/Assistant Professor,
Center for Creative Studies-College of Art and Design
Courses taught to Degree Students:
Intro. To Fine Arts
Basic Sculpture
Sculpture 1
Sculpture 2
Sculpture 3
Senior Studio

Courses taught to Continuing Education students:
Foundry Workshop
Welding for Artists
Basic Sculpture
Pewter Workshop

Workshops taught to community artists and guest students:
“Gypsy” Iron, Bronze and Aluminum pours
Pewter casting
Mold making

1995-1998 Visiting Artist,
Ox Bow Summer Art Community, Douglas, MI
Led workshops in:
Pewter casting
Studio techniques

Assisted in:
Direct Metal studio work
Iron casting
Glass studio

1984 – 1998 Director,
Center for Creative Studies Bi-annual Iron Casting Workshops
Coordinated multi-institution Iron Pours including students and faculty from Wayne State University, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Cranbrook Academy of Art and Port Huron Community College.
Led volunteers and students through three week prep period and final choreography required for a safe and successful Iron pour.
Served as Media Liaison and Safety engineer for Bi-annual Iron Pours

1992 - 1993 Visiting Artist,
Oakland Community College, Farmington Hills, MI
Implemented bronze pouring equipment and program
Taught Lost Wax Casting
Designed, purchased and constructed foundry equipment, tools and supplies.

Other professional experience includes:
Owner, antique restoration company -1976-1982
Elementary Education, Ceramics Teacher- 1980
Holland Sentinel Newspaper, Press room/circulation- 1980-1981
Youth Social Work and Crisis Intervention Worker -1982-1984
Foundry Consultant 1983-2000
Owner, private casting and fabricating business-1983-

2000-2004 Chair of Neighbors Committee for Komen Detroit Race For the Cure®
2000-2004 Produced Trophies for the J.P. McCarthy PAL Tournament
2001 Designed and produced model for a successful plastic dog bone called “Texas-T bone” a plastic dog bone produced by Phydeaux.
1998 Installed large steel sculpture at the Congregational Church, Birmingham, MI
1998 Fabricated in steel a one-third scale early 1900’s GMC Truck for College for Creative Studies Wine Auction
1997 - 1999 Designed and produced the prestigious Alpha Award for General Motors Corporation
1997 Supervised, cast and assembled life size “Newsboy Monument” for Belle Isle, Detroit, MI
1996 Molded, cast, finished, patinated and installed William Burroughs statue for Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, MI at the Henry Ford Estate “Grotto”
1996 Designed and produced trophy for Binson’s Home Health Care Centers fundraiser for Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute
1995 - 2001 Annual Donations of cast bronze sculpture to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute
1995 Selected artist for “Interventions” Exhibit DIA, where Erickson’s work was juxtaposed with master’s works at the
Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI
1993 – 1998

1992 Mentor for Art on the Move, Detroit, MI Led corporative sculpture fabricating with college and local high school students. Taught basic construction, metal work, mold work, cement and plaster casting, fabrication techniques,
Principles of public sculpture, team building, moving and rigging sculpture and public exhibition

Birmingham Public Sculpture, Birmingham, MI
1986 Assisted in restoration of “Mining Thoughts” by Dennis Oppenheim at Cranbrook Academy of Art
Assisted Mark Di Suvero in dismantling “La Petite Clef” at Cranbrook Academy of Art
1985 Assisted in moving “Orpheus Fountain” figures by Carl Milles at Cranbrook Art Museum
1985 - 1986 Director of Cass Corridor’s Willis Gallery, Detroit, MI, maintained gallery, helped install shows, curated gallery
Schedule and exhibitions
1985 Assistant to Michael Hall, Sculptor, Detroit, MI - making large public pieces from wood, cardboard, aluminum and steel
1983 - 1984 Assistant to Jay Holland, Sculptor, Detroit, MI – Molding, wax work, bronze casting, assembly and installation of larger than life scale
1983 Directed Summer Camp Tuition Program, benefiting needy youth, for Birmingham Youth Assistance

2006 Public Art Installation- Brighton, MI
2005 The Seventh Show- 101up Gallery, Detroit
2004 Actual Size – CAID, Detroit
2003 Functional Sculpture-Detroit Contemporary Gallery
2002 Detroit Sampler-Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
2000 Faculty Show-CCS, Detroit, MI
1998 Undefining Sculpture- Detroit Artist’s Market
1995 Interventions-Detroit Institute of Art
1994 Alumni Invitational-Hope College, Holland MI
1991 - 1992 Monumental Steel public sculpture, Downtown Birmingham
1989 Michigan Outdoor Sculpture Show, Southfield Civic Center
1987 Collection of Kemp Hogan at Meadow brook Art Gallery, Oakland University
1986 Group Show Detroit Institute of Arts
1985 Solo Sculpture Exhibition- Willis Gallery-Detroit
1984 Bronze Sculpture Invitational, Millersville University
1983 Painting and Drawing-Focus Gallery, Detroit MI

Treena Flannery Erickson

Treena Flannery Erickson
Gallery Director
The Scarab Club
Detroit, Michigan

Treena Flannery Ericson is a beloved recent inductee into the sneak. Her warm and nurturing spirit sustains us through the dark nights. Her tender ministrations and steadfast support give us the strength we need to carry out our elaborate and perplexing endeavors. We cling to her as to a lifeboat in surging seas and nibble tender morsels from her delicate fingertips. We curl up together in cozy slumber to the dulcet tones of her soothing lullabyes. Treena Flannery Ericson, we salute your tender heart even as we curse your putrid soul, for you are after all to your dying day a slippery weasel, and therefore not to be trusted for a single moment. Demon wench. Miserable harlot. Scurvy slattern.

Jerome Ferretti

3034 Cochrane
Detroit, MI 48216
313 525 5253
Jerome Ferretti - Fine Art America


Center for Creative Studies; Detroit, MI
Wayne State University; Detroit, MI
Macomb Community College; Mt. Clemens, MI
International Masonry Institute; Washington D.C.


2009-Bad Brads Bar-B-Q Murals/Paintings/Custom Masonry
2008 Venus Bronze Works Architechtural Accent
2007-Avanti Greeting Card Co. Office Painting/mural
Papa Joe's Gormet Foods Architechtural Accents
2005- Greater Corktown Development Archway to North Corktown Development Project
2004- Greater Corktown Development-Mural 6th and Michigan Ave. Berish Development Bld.
2002- Oil painting portrait for private collection
2000-2001 Fireplace with hand carved glazed ceramic ornamenture for 7500 printing group
1999 Carved and Glazed Ceramic Fireplace for private residence New York City, New York
1998-City of Detroit Glazed Ceramic and stainless steel murals
-Carved and glazed shower panel for private residence Farminton Hills MI
- Watercolor painting, Detroit Blowpipe & Sheet Metal
1997- Watercolor portrait; Schareges &Huster PC
1996- Carved brick garden bench; International Masonry Institute; Detroit, MI
--Carved and glazed brick fireplace, mantle, and free-standing sculptures; Corktown Inn; Detroit, MI
1995- Carved brick sculptural column; George Meany Center for Labor Studies; Silver Springs, MD
- Carved and glazed brick fireplace surround for private residence; Marquette, MI
1994- Carved brick fireplace; Irwin and Associates; Omaha, NE
- Carved and glazed brick fireplace surround for private residence; Grosse Pointe Shores, MI
1993- Carved and glazed brick sculpture/hibachi; private residence; Det., MI
- Carved and glazed brick sculpture/barbecue; private residence; Grosse Pointe Park, MI
1992- Carved and glazed brick arch/frieze for building entry; Alan J. E. Deal and Associates; Detroit, MI
- Trophy prototype "Best of Detroit"; Metro Times; Detroit, MI
- Carved and glazed brick fireplace for private residence; Omaha, NE

College for Creative Study Detroit MI
Beginning Ceramics-Pat Glascock contact
Beginning Computer (Photoshop) Diana Alva contact
Wayne State University Charter School Detroit MI
Ceramics 6-7-8 grades Kiersten Armstrong contact
Lectures - Workshops
Wayne County Community College Talylor MI- Karl Kamulski Contact
Macolmb County Community College Roseville MI- Jim Pallas Contact
Wayne State University Detoit MI- Peter Williams Contact
College For Creative Study Detroit MI - Diana Alva Contact
International Masonry Institute Washington DC- Ray Chapman Contact
Bemis Foundation -Omaha NE Ree Shounlaugh Contact
2010-Cass Cafe "recent work" Detroit MI
2008-Detroit Artist Market "Insider Art"
Bohemian National Home Gallery "8-8-8"
2007- Detroit Artist Market 50th Anniversary Exhibition (Special Selected Artist)
2006-"What is Art?" Wayne County Community College Downtown Campus
2006 "Detroit All Stars" Cass Cafe Gallery Detroit MI
2005-"Rudd, Krieger, Ferretti, New Work"
4731 Gallery Det. MI
"Old Style New Style" Bohemian National Home Det. MI
2004- Jerome Ferretti new work Flatlanders Sculpture Blissfield MI.
"A few bricks short of a load" Biddle Gallery Wyandotte MI
2003-"Full Moon Show" 4731 Gallery Detroit MI
-"Humor In Art" Birmingham Bloomfield Art Association Birmingham MI
-"50 and Under" Biddle Gallery
2001- Jerome Ferretti/Matt Blake Alumni Exhibition College for Creative Study
2000-"New Work" Flatlanders Gallery Blissfield MI
1999- 3d@DC Detroit Contemporary Detroit MI
-"Jerome Ferretti New Work" Uzelac Gallery Pontiac MI
1998- "First Impressions" Dearborn Gallery; Dearborn,MI
-"Ferretti-Bell-Blake" Sisson Gallery,Henry Ford Community College; Dearborn,MI
1997- "GWSB"; 2South Gallery; Detroit,MI
-"Water, Water, Everywhere"; Center Gallery; Detroit, MI
1996-50th Anniversary Celebration of the Italian Parliament; WayneState University; Detroit, MI
1995- Box Show; Willis Gallery; Detroit, MI
- "Pictures and Statues"; Macomb Com. College; Mt. Clemens, MI
- "Great Labor Arts Exchange"; George Meany Center for Labor Studies; Silver Springs, MD
- Masonry Craft Fair; International Masonry Institute; Chicago, IL
1994- Artist's Sketchbooks; Detroit Artist's Market; Detroit, MI
- Bemis Foundation; group show; Omaha, NE
- Box Show; Willis Gallery; Detroit, MI
1993- Solo exhibition; Pewabic Pottery; Detroit, MI
- Coconut Grove Arts Festival; Coconut Grove, FL
- "Fud"; Union Street Gallery; Detroit, MI
1992- "Focus on Families"; traveling exhibition sponsored by Junior League of Michigan
- "Jerome Ferretti"s World Tour"; selections from the artist's sketchbooks; Times Square Gallery; Detroit, MI
- "Michigan Artists Invitational"; Ford Gallery, Eastern Michigan University;Ypsilanti, MI
- "Black and White"; group show of artist's drawings in pencil on paper; Wayne State University Galleries; Detroit, MI
1991- Bemis Foundation Resident Group Show; Omaha, NE
- Solo Exhibition; Xochipilli Gallery; Birmingham, MI
1989- "Signs of Life"; Michigan Gallery; Detroit, MI
- "Urbanology"; Michigan Gallery; Detroit, MI
- "Up With Downriver"; curator; Michigan Gallery; Detroit, MI
1988- "School of Abstract Realism"; Michigan Gallery; Detroit, MI
- "Motor City Review"; Lee Hall Gallery, Northern Michigan University;
Marquette, MI
1987- "Signs, Times and Writings on the Wall"; Detroit Institute of Arts; Detroit, MI
- "Stairways: Watercolors by Jerome Ferretti"; Xochipilli Gallery;Birmingham, MI
- "Michigan Sesquicentennial Exhibition"; Detroit Artists Market;
Detroit, MI
- "South of the Border, North of Here"; International Art Exchange; Artcite Gallery; Windsor, Ontario, Canada; Michigan -----------Gallery; Detroit, MI

1986- "Jerome Ferretti: Pastels"; Detroit Repertory Theater Gallery; Detroit, MI
-"Immortalization"; Detroit Historical Museum; Detroit, MI
-"Humor in Art"; Beasley Gallery; San Diego, CA
-"Artists Interpret Fantasy"; Michigan Gallery; Detroit, MI
1985- "Auto Effluvia"; Detroit Focus Gallery; Detroit, MI
- "Capital City Arts '85"; Lansing Arts Council; Lansing, MI
- "27th Annual Mid-Michigan Art Exhibition"; cash award; Midland
Council for the Arts; Midland, MI
1984- "Art and Architecture"; Detroit Artists Market; Detroit, MI
- Michigan Watercolor Society 28th Annual Exhibition; Grumbacher Award; statewide traveling exhibition
1983- "Jerome Ferretti: Watercolors"; solo exhibition; Alpha Art Gallery;
Grosse Isle, MI
- Center for Creative Studies Alumni Exhibition; Detroit Artists Market;
Detroit, MI
1982- "50th Anniversary Exhibition"; Detroit Artists Market; Detroit, MI
1981- Detroit Art; Center for Creative Studies; Detroit, MI


2003 Featured on PBS television series Art beat
1999 Featured on PBS television series "Backstage Pass
1996 International Masonry Institute Representative; Detroit Builders Show; Detroit, MI
1995 IMI representative; Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen Trade Show;
Chicago, IL
- Guest residency; George Meany Center for Labor Studies;
Silver Springs, MD
1991 Artist in Residence; Bemis Foundation; Omaha, NE
1990 Artist in Residence; Center for Creative Studies; Detroit, MI
1986-1990 Board Member Michigan Gallery
1993-1995 Exhibition Committee Focus Gallery
1988 Curator for "Up With Downriver" show
1990 Metro Times "Detroit's Favorite Artist"
1990-1991 Curator and Project Coordinator for Metro Times Box Project
1985 Cash award; Midland Council for the Arts
1984 Grumbacher award; Michigan Watercolor Society

1999 Metro Times / 3 covers 4 article illustrations (Adobe Photoshop)
1998 Mac World Electronic Art Exhibition Finalist Traveling Exhibit
Metro Times / 7 covers 11 article illustrations (Adobe
Delmar Autosports Electronic Illustrations Photo Retouch
(Adobe Photoshop)
1997 Metro Times / 5 covers 6 article illustrations (Adobe Photoshop)

Mary Fortuna

Mary Fortuna


Bachelor of Fine Arts 1992
Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

Associate in Applied Science 1986
Oakland Community College, Union Lake, Michigan

Foundry Workshop 1993 - 1996
Center for Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan


Paint Creek Center for the Arts Education Coordinator 2000 – 2004
Exhibitions Director 2004 to present

Art Detroit Committee 2009 - present
Contemporary Arts Council

Detroit Artist’s Market Exhibition Advisory Committee - 1998 - 1999

Forum for Contemporary Art September, 1995 – May, 1997
DIA/Friends of Modern Art

Detroit Focus Member 1991 – 1996
Exhibition Committee – 1994 –1996

Ground Up, Bi–Monthly Arts Journal January, 1995 - January 1998
Founder, Editor

Artists Cooperative, The (A.C.,T.) President 1992 –1993
Secretary 1993 – 1994


2011 New Dolls (scheduled)
Bookbeat Back Room Gallery Oak Park, Michigan

2006 New Work
Flatlanders Blissfield, Michigan

2003 Recent Works – Mary Fortuna and Jo Powers
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center Birmingham, Michigan

2002 Hanging Garden
Detroit Contemporary Detroit, Michigan
1996 Sinister Objects
Start Gallery Birmingham, Michigan

1995 Memory Lapse and The Event Horizon with Robert Taormina
Willis Gallery Detroit, Michigan

1993 Terrors of the Flesh with Dave Roberts
Willis Gallery Detroit, Michigan

1992 On and Off the Wall
Artist’s Cooperative, The Detroit, Michigan


2011 Beautiful Creatures
Madonna University Art Gallery Detroit, Michigan

2010 In Spite of the Evidence
The Gallery Project Ann Arbor, Michigan

Weasel Camp 2
Popp’s Packing Hamtramck, Michigan

Let’s Talk About Love, Baby – Traveling Exhibit
Joan Flasch Artists Book Collection Chicago, Illinois

Detroit Works
Media Nox Gallery Maribor, Slovenia

International Bongo Bongo Brigade – Traveling Exhibit
Meetfactory International Centre for Contemporary Art Prague, Czech Republic

Bread & Butter
Butter Projects Royal Oak, Michigan

2009 Year of the Weasel
Scarab Club Detroit, Michigan

Changing Cities: Pure Detroit
Art Channel Gallery Beijing, China

Aus Detroit
Museum of New Art Pontiac, Michigan

Vienna Art Fair
With Galerie Lisi Hämmerle Vienna, Austria

Anton Art Center Mount Clemens, Michigan

American Seating Park Grand Rapids, Michigan

2008 Changing Cities: Made in Detroit
Galerie Eva Bracke Berlin, Germany

Changing Cities: Detroit – Bregenz
Galerie Lisi Hämmerle Bregenz, Austria

Changing Cities
Museum of New Art Pontiac, Michigan

Changing Cities: Detroit
Three Walls Chicago, Illinois

Slippery Weasel Society Exhibition
Bohemian National Home Detroit, Michigan

Material Matters
Anton Art Center Mount Clemens, Michigan

2007 Azutunarasharedo – four person show
Zeitgeist Gallery Detroit, Michigan

Harvest – four person show
Alley Culture Detroit, Michigan

2005 Wall to Wall – sculpture invitational
Flatlanders Blissfield, Michigan

Actual Size
CAID Detroit, Michigan

2004 Group Show
Street Level Gallery Highwood, Illinois

2003 DAM Members Invitational
Detroit Artist’s Market Detroit, Michigan

Detroit Artist’s Market Detroit, Michigan
Juror – Lawrence Rinder, Whitney Museum of Art

Alumni Exhibition: Sandra Cardew, Mary Fortuna and Catherine Peet
Wayne State University Community Arts Gallery Detroit, Michigan

8 Mile – Detroit Relics from the Future
Street Level Gallery Highwood, Illinois

Actual Size
Detroit Contemporary Detroit, Michigan
2000 Past, Present, Future - DAM 2000
Detroit Artist’s Market Detroit, Michigan
Actual Size
Detroit Contemporary Detroit, Michigan

German Art / Michigan Art
Paint Creek Center for the Arts Rochester, Michigan

1999 Content Contained
Ann Arbor Art Center Ann Arbor, Michigan

Body and Soul
Paint Creek Center for the Arts Rochester, Michigan

Museum of Contemporary Art Ponticac, Michigan
Traveling exhibit

1998 Undefining Sculpture
Detroit Artist’s Market Detroit, Michigan

CCS Center Galleries Detroit, Michigan

1997 Beneath Nature
Buckham Gallery Flint, Michigan

Sculpture Pontiac ’97
Indoor / Outdoor Sculpture Show Pontiac, Michigan

Suspended in Space
Paint Creek Center for the Arts Rochester, Michigan

1996 Celebrate Michigan Artists
Paint Creek Center for the Arts Rochester, Michigan Third Place Award

Out of Solitude
Michigan Gallery Detroit, Michigan

In Residence
Detroit Artist’s Market Detroit, Michigan

Art from Detroit
Western Illinois University Gallery Macomb, Illinois

Michigan Fine Arts Competition
Birmingham–Bloomfield Art Center Birmingham, Michigan Honorable Mention

1995 The Holiday Show
CCS Center Galleries Detroit, Michigan

These Animals May Appear Tame
The Gallery at Marygrove College Detroit, Michigan

Michigan Annual XXIII
Mount Clemens Art Center Mount Clemens, Michigan President’s Award

1994 Artist’s Books
Artist’s Cooperative, The Detroit, Michigan

Weapons and Playthings
Artist’s Cooperative, The Detroit, Michigan

The Detroit Show
Center Galleries Detroit, Michigan

1993 Transforming Ideas
Michigan Gallery Detroit, Michigan

Honor the Earth
Willis Gallery Detroit, Michigan

1991 Hard Choices
Michigan Gallery Detroit, Michigan


2010 Artist Talk & Demo – Soft Sculpture Class
College for Creative Studies Detroit, Michigan

Macomb Community College Student Exhibit

Juror - Blooms, Bugs & Beasts
The Scarab Club Detroit, Michigan

2009 Juror – Mount Clemens Art Fair
Anton Art Center Mount Clemens, Michigan

2008 Guest Reviewer, Senior Critiques
Adrian College Adrian, Michigan

2007 Juror
Lenawee County Annual Show Adrian, Michigan

Flint Street Gallery 12 x 12 Show Lake Orion, Michigan

2006 Artist Talk
Wayne State University Detroit, Michigan

Artist’s Choice Presentation
Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit, Michigan

Guest Reviewer, Senior Critiques
Adrian College Adrian, Michigan

2003 Artist Demonstration
Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit, Michigan

1997 Sculpture Pontiac ‘97
Co-curated a multi-site indoor/outdoor sculpture exhibit in
Pontiac, Michigan

1996 Putting Grapes Back On The Vine
Sculpture installation in Grand Circus Park and on DIA lawn
Art On The Move 1996 Artist Residencies Detroit, Michigan

MCACA / Detroit Council of the Arts Minigrant
for publication of two special issues of Ground Up, a journal
devoted to the visual arts in Detroit and surrounding areas

1995 The Robber’s Nightmare
Set design and construction commission
Prospero Theater Company at the Performance Network Ann Arbor, Michigan

1994 Asylum/Asylum
Set design and construction commission
Prospero Theater Company at The Performance Network Ann Arbor, Michigan

1993 Pepsi Art Fence
Designed and painted 8’ by 160’ outdoor mural - commission
Department of Natural Resources / Michigan State Fair Grounds Detroit, Michigan

An Evening in the Death of Enrique Miasmo
Set design and construction commission
Prospero Theater Company at The Performance Network Ann Arbor, Michigan


City of Possibilities – Exhibit shows why Berliners embrace motor city
Mazzei, Rebecca Metro Times, July 23, 2008

Berlin and Detroit swap artists
Hodges, Michael H. The Detroit News, July 3, 2003

Changing Cities: Berlin to Detroit - Detroit welcomes Berlin artists to the Museum of New Art
Voss, Elizabeth H. Crain’s Detroit Business - Detroit Make It

Tip of the Week - Changing Cities: Detroit
Wise, David Mark New City Chicago, March 5, 2008

Windy City trade – Area artists send their works to Chicago gallery for art exchange
Voss, Elizabeth H. The Oakland Press, February 24, 2008

Sousanis, Nick, October 12, 2007

3 planets in one night
Mazzei, Rebecca Metro Times, September 26, 2007

Playing with Dolls
Deb King, June, 2006

All dolled up: The elusive air of Mary Fortuna’s art
Mannisto, Glen Metro Times, September 20, 2006

Unique display is as different as night and day
Hakanson Colby, Joy Detroit News, February 15, 2003

Mannisto, Glen Metro Times, April 24, 2002

4 shows plus novel seating
Guten Cohen, Keri Detroit Free Press, April 21, 2002

Unusual parts are added together to make a surreal, humorous whole sculpture
Hakanson Colby, Joy Detroit News, April12, 2002

A Future on Woodward
Guten Cohen, Keri Detroit Free Press, June 4, 2000

Mary Fortuna – Memory Lapse; Robert Taormina – The Event Horizon
Castile, Kevin Ground Up #5, July 1995

Artists put the problem of abuse in sharp focus
Miro, Marsha Detroit Free Press, July, 1994

A.C.,T. encourages energetic new artists by giving their work a venue
Hakanson Colby, Joy Detroit News, July 1994

8 female artists put attitude in their work
Miro, Marsha Detroit Free Press, November, 1994


Dr. Jan and Sheila van der Marck Huntington Woods, Michigan
Dr. Terry and Meryl Podolski Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Dr. Rudolf Sagmeister, Curator, KUB Bregenz, Austria
Kenneth Neumann, Neumann/Smith Associates Architects Southfield, Michigan
Rick Carmody, Au Courant Design Huntington Woods, Michigan
Giorgio Gikas, Venus Bronze Works Detroit, Michigan
Dan Graschuck Detroit, Michigan
Ken and Mary Thompson Blissfield, Michigan
Skip Davis Southfield, Michigan
Dawn Badger Rochester Hills, Michigan
Aaron Timlin Ferndale, Michigan
Yoriko Cronin Farmington, Michigan
Marilyn Trent Rochester, Michigan
Valerie Parks Beverly Hills, Michigan
Christine Hagedorn Troy, Michigan
Madeline Nelson Chicago, Illinois
Steve Magsig & Janet Hamrick Ferndale, Michigan
Robert Bielat Ferndale, Michigan
Todd Erickson Redford, Michigan
Marsha Friedman West Bloomfield, Michigan
Douglas Bulka Detroit, Michigan
Margot Delido Ferndale, Michigan
Jane Shapiro Chesapeke, Virginia
Robert Tucker Rancho Mirage, California
Joe & Wendy Davis Chicago, Illinois
Pat Ferrill Farmington Hills, Michigan
S. Kay Young Madison Heights, Michigan
Doug Bulka Detroit, Michigan

Matthew Hanna

Matthew Hanna

Biographical Information
Born: 1961 Detroit Michigan
Education: 1986 BFA College for Creative Studies Detroit Michigan
Studio: Redford Michigan

Driven by history, faith and fantasy I embrace a spiritual devotion to the ritual of art making pounding images into the surface with common tools and materials. Worked repetitively until the material becomes the content- recording and processing stimuli to craft a dense diagram of layered historic pictorial references to navigate. The most recent episode of painting is an ongoing series of mixed media and collaged landscapes that focus on Staghorn Sumac, a roadside pioneer plant often seen growing in the tree line along the way.

Matthew Hanna is not driven. He drives. He drives a whole community of artists and arts organizations - so nimbly, so magically, most don’t recognize his impact. He’s the man behind the curtain, pulling levers, creating thunder, making things seem effortless, look beautiful. He’s great and powerful, the wizard of art: making it, showing it, installing it, lighting it, packing it, moving it, thinking about it, talking about it, living it, loving it. Of course, he’d be the first to say he’s no wizard, just a guy making a living. But we know differently. For over two decades, Matthew has been there for Detroit art: he’s charmed us with his home-spun, subtly brilliant exhibition concepts; he’s been a tireless under-the-radar activist for art and artists; he’s been the muscle behind some of our most important art spaces; he’s produced some of Detroit’s smartest art; he’s carried our work to points beyond; and he never says no. Even with a flat tire, five deadlines and a dollar in his pocket, he’ll be there for us, with quiet fortitude and the next great idea. He’s the Detroit art community’s Professor Marvel. And don’t you forget it.

- Michelle Perron, Director Center Galleries

Matthew Hanna is an intuitive colorist whose heavy application of deeply colored pigment, clotted blood-red on trees and dripping deep-brown down branches, are reminiscent of the Post-impressionists or German expressionists. They also have an illusory Old and New World effect, as if they could easily be seen on stained glass in a European chapel, or in the window of a hot Manhattan gallery in the 1950s. Because of this, there’s a sense of permanence in his abstract scenes. Forget looking at them; you want to live forever in them.

-Rebecca Mazzei, Arts and Culture Editor Metro Times

Selected Exhibition
The Facebook Show: Profile Portraits-The Museum of New Art Pontiac Michigan
That DAM Box Show II-Detroit Artists Market Detroit Michigan
Weasel Camp 2-Popps Packing Hamtramck Michigan
SWAN Members’ Exhibit-Whitdell Arts Detroit Michigan
34 Secrets Revealed-River’s Edge Gallery Wyandotte Michigan
Andy-liciious Matthew Sandwich-Cass Café Detroit Michigan
Creators: Self Portraits of Artist-Wayne County Community College Detroit Michigan
SWAN Our Creative Life-Whitdell Arts Detroit Michigan
Actual Size Preamble-CAID Detroit Michigan
Collected-Anton Art Center Mount Clemens Michigan
Annual Scholarship Awards & Exhibition-Detroit Artists Market Detroit Michigan
What Matters Most-John Michael Kohler Arts Center Sheboygan Wisconsin
Year of the Weasel-The Scarab Club Detroit Michigan
Lair Crafts-Alumni & Faculty Hall/College for Creative Studies Detroit Michigan
SWS Interstate Reunion Exhibition-Bohemian National Home Gallery Detroit Michigan
Intergenerational Exhibition-Ellen Kayrod Gallery Detroit Michigan
Our Rivers Our Lakes-Grosse Pointe Art Center Grosse Pointe Michigan
50 Bucks-Center Galleries College for Creative Studies Detroit Michigan
Hot Cast-Zeitgeist Detroit Michigan
Pine Wood Derby-Alley Culture Detroit Michigan
Black/White- Alumni & Faculty Hall/College for Creative Studies Detroit Michigan
Summer Show (curated by Narine Kckihin)-Next Step Gallery Ferndale Michigan
Dia de los Muertos-Zeitgeist Detroit Michigan
SWS Traveling Exhibition-CVA Gallery University of Toledo Toledo Ohio
Puttopia/Game Show-CAID Detroit Michigan
Annual Scholarship Awards & Exhibition-Detroit Artists Market Detroit Michigan
American Icon American Myth-Alley Culture Detroit Michigan
A Real Allegory-CAID Detroit Michigan
Michigan Now-Michigan Institute for the Arts Pontiac Michigan
Slippery Weasel Society Exhibition-Paint Creek Center for the Arts Rochester Michigan
Hanna/Hendrick/Snow-Cass Café Detroit Michigan
Voice of the People-Alley Culture Detroit Michigan
Threefold- Center Galleries College for Creative Studies Detroit Michigan
Artists Showing-101up Gallery Detroit Michigan
Wall to Wall: Regional Sculpture-Flatlanders Blissfield Michigan
Drawing Conclusions 2-Rocket Projects Miami Florida
Detroit Sampler-Nick Cindric Contemporary Ft Lauderdale Florida
Italo Scanga/Matthew Hanna- Alumni & Faculty Hall/College for Creative Studies Detroit Michigan
Event Horizon-Alley Culture Detroit Michigan

Alumni Exhibition- Center Galleries College for Creative Studies Detroit Michigan
Honor the Earth Biannual-Alley Culture Detroit Michigan
24-7-365 Miriam Bloom/Matthew Hanna-Grey Gallery Detroit Michigan
Nepotism: Mark &Matthew Hanna- Alumni & Faculty Hall/College for Creative Studies Detroit Michigan
Canvas-Alley Culture Detroit Michigan
Actual Size-Detroit Contemporary Detroit Michigan
Always Open (9-9-99) - Detroit Contemporary Detroit Michigan
On the Wall-Cass Café Detroit Michigan
Works for Young Collectors-Lemberg Gallery Birmingham Michigan
Confetti-Alley Culture Detroit Michigan
Chain Art (collaboration with Michael Lucero) - Paint Creek Center for the Arts Rochester Michigan
Pontiac Sculpture Invitational Pontiac Michigan
Collage-Cass Café Detroit Michigan
Artpack Makes Art- Lemberg Gallery Birmingham Michigan
Works for Young Collectors-Lemberg Gallery Birmingham Michigan
Fortuna/Hanna/Lemanski- Marygrove College Detroit Michigan
Space Available-Weber Building Detroit Michigan
Michigan Outdoor Sculpture V-Southfield Civic Center Southfield Michigan
Honor the Earth Biannual-Willis Gallery Detroit Michigan
Visa Via-Detroit Focus Detroit Michigan
Chain Letters (collaboration with Italo Scanga) - Paint Creek Center for the Arts Rochester Michigan
Motor City/Mountain State Exchange-Concord University Concord Virginia
Installments/Rochester City Park- Paint Creek Center for the Arts Rochester Michigan
Lost In Nebraska: Matthew Hanna/Carl Butler-Mask Gallery Hamtramck Michigan
Detroit Show- Center Galleries College for Creative Studies Detroit Michigan

Honor the Earth Biannual-Willis Gallery Detroit Michigan
Studio Selections-Argo Gallery Detroit Michigan
James Boyk/Matthew Hanna-Urban Park Gallery Detroit Michigan
Retro-Perspective: Cass Corridor Continuum-Detroit Artists Market Detroit Michigan
Movers/Makers-Willis Gallery Detroit Michigan
Drawings-Detroit Artists Market Detroit Michigan
Works on Paper=Beckerman Contemporary Santa Fe New Mexico
Open Corridor: Earth Day-Willis Gallery Detroit Michigan
Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition-Shidoni Contemporary Tesque New Mexico
May Day Philadelphia-Vox Populi Philadelphia Pennsylvania
(RE) Presents- Broadway Gallery Detroit Michigan
Group Sculpture Exhibition-Cade Gallery Royal Oak Michigan
Three Rats and a Brother-in-Law-University Liggett Grosse Pointe Michigan
Steel (in Detroit)-Willis Gallery Detroit Michigan
Outside-Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit Michigan
Matthew and Mark Hanna/Drawings and Sculpture-Underground 245 Detroit Michigan
Constructions-Detroit Focus Detroit Michigan
DeRoy Purchase Exhibition-Oakland Community College Farmington Hills Michigan
Auto Effluvia-Detroit Focus Detroit Michigan

Solo Exhibitions
Natural Beauty-Wayne County Community College Taylor Michigan
Rhus Typhina L-Majestic Café Detroit Michigan
Rocky Ford Day-Motor City Brewing Works Detroit Michigan
Staghorn- Center Galleries College for Creative Studies Detroit Michigan
Aqua-Aqua Salon Ft Lauderdale Florida
Rocky Ford-Cass Café Detroit Michigan
SWC-International Institute Detroit Michigan
55 from Detroit-Cindric Meyer Gallery Boca Raton Florida
Studio Ritual-Alley Culture Detroit Michigan
Clowns Scare Me-Michigan Room/ Union Street Detroit Michigan
History Faith-Paint Creek Center for the Arts Rochester Michigan
Gods, Saints, Heroes and Other Nuts-Willis Gallery Detroit Michigan
Sculpture Painting & Drawings-Urban Park Gallery Detroit Michigan
Sculpture & Prints (LIKE THIS)=Macomb Community College Clinton Twp Michigan
From Landscape to Detail...Sculpture & Prints-University Liggett Grosse Pointe Michigan
Sculpture-University Liggett Grosse Pointe Michigan

Movie Credits
Hostel: Part III-Stage 6 Films
Secrets in the Walls-Silver Screen Productions

HDG Wilmette Illinois
Tribute Farmington Hills
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Detroit Michigan
Alix Partners Chicago Illinois
Crash Edit Royal Oak Michigan

Michigan Outdoor Sculpture V-Best of Show Southfield Michigan
Michigan State Fair-1st Award Sculpture/Best of Show Detroit Michigan
Michigan State Fair-1st Award Sculpture Detroit Michigan

Exhibitions Curated
Art Benefit for Mick Vranich- Center Galleries College for Creative Studies Detroit Michigan
Pine Wood Derby-Alley Culture Detroit Michigan
Black/White- Alumni & Faculty Hall/College for Creative Studies Detroit Michigan
Willis Remembered-Detroit Artists Market Detroit Michigan
Detroit Sampler-Nick Cindric Contemporary Ft Lauderdale Florida
Honor the Earth Biannual-Alley Culture Detroit Michigan
Heat-Grey Gallery Detroit Michigan
Honor the Earth Biannual-Alley Culture Detroit Michigan
Honor the Earth Biannual-Alley Culture Detroit Michigan
Black and White Review-Galeria Biegas Detroit Michigan
Black and White -Galeria Biegas Detroit Michigan

Andrew Krieger

Andrew Krieger
351 Mcmillan Grosse Pointe Farms, Mi. 48236
248-219-7966 /
A Painter's History of the World: Part 1



2011 Andrew Krieger, solo show @ Paint Creek Center For The Arts - April 2011
Andrew Krieger, Clinton Snider, Michael McGillis @ Center Galleries - Sept. 2011

2010 Andrew Krieger New Works and Some Old, solo exhibition @ Popps Packing
Nocturnal Translations, group show @ Public Pool
This Week In Art, Motor City Brewing Works
Art In Three Dimensions, group show @ Mosaic Gallery

2009 Andy-Licous Matthew Sandwich, group show @ Cass Cafe
Landscape A Modern Sequel, group show @ Detroit Artists Market
Small Show, Detroit Artists Market
Andrew Krieger, Taurus Burns, Matt Lewis @ Center Street Gallery, Saginaw Mi.
Detroit Artists Market Garden Party and Sale
Weasel Camp, Anton Art Center

2008 Visions Of Memories - Andrew Krieger , solo exhibition @ Bohemian National Home Gallery
This Week In Art, Motor City Brewing Works

2001 Heat, group show @ Grey Gallery

1997 Honor The Earth Biennial, Alley Culture

1993 Collections, Dearborn City Hall Gallery
Honor The Earth Biennial, Willis Gallery

1992 Andrew Krieger, Willis Gallery


2010 Podolsky, Erin "One Dreams, Another Creates", Detroit Free Press, May 13, 2010

2010 Del Valle, Robert "Detroit Brothers Explore Emotion and Meaning in Erotic Artwork", Detroit Free Press, Feb. 11, 2010

2009 Hodges, Michael "Cass Cafe to Host Reception for Three Michigan Artists", Detroit News, Dec. 11, 2009

2009 Miller, Woody "Andy-licious Matthew Sandwich",, Dec. 9, 2009

2009 Hodges, Michael "Examining the Real and the Ethereal/ Exhibits of the Unseen, Landscapes", Detroit News, Sept. 17, 2009

2008 Bieri, Sean "A Maker Of Things and An Artist For Real" Metro Times, 9-10-2008

I am interested in things I cannot do, through fear, inability or living in the wrong time and place. My artwork reflects this interest, it is my way of accomplishing what normally I could not.

I construct my pieces from my experience as a carpenter, I paint them and carve them to help alter my senses and perception, setting up scenarios so I can feel part of the work. So I can step inside and participate in things that I can't do in the real world. Part of this process involves using traditional artistic tools (perspective, 3 dimensionality) and content (landscape, figurative work) that I employ to try and trick my senses and make an emotional impact so that other people can then bring in their own memories and feelings into the work. All of my work has some kind of potential audience interaction, and while I take great care in arranging my compositions, all of the work has movable elements that can be rearranged to someone else's liking. This sense of play and connectedness to my work is very important to me and the success of the piece.

I view landscape as a tool and as the most important first step in any piece I make. I try to come up with a landscape that can inspire or set a very specific mood, and then apply a human drama over it. Because people are temporary and the world is not, I have started taking people out of the two dimensional plane of the painting surface and incorporating them in the space out in front of the piece. This does two things in my mind. It leaves the basic actual work, a landscape unpolluted by human activity; and it animates the figures, bringing them to life. This also suggests that perhaps soon the actors in my play will have moved out of the landscape, to be replaced by others in that same setting.

The landscape itself is not painted or drawn on a flat surface. Our world is not flat, our field of vision is not flat. Our eyes are round, our visual experience is in fact seen through a curved viewpoint. The pieces invite exploration. As you move about, you can experience what I call "passive kinetic". The piece is passive , it does not move, but as the viewer moves, the curved surface causes the image on it to distort slightly, giving it an energy or an effect of breathing. Humanity and the landscape we occupy are my inspiration; we are baffling and destructive, yet on a small scale we are tender and deserving of mercy.

What emerges in this work is a feeling of a story and story line that can be affected by someone's perception. This sense of narrative is prevalent in all my pieces and is one of the things I am most excited about exploring in future work.

Faina Lerman

Faina Lerman

12138 St. Aubin Hamtramck, MI 48212
248 568-9167


Community + Public Art Detroit 2009 Public Art commission for Osborn Community, Detroit
Art on the Move 2009 Chalk Mural for Midsummer Nights Festival, Detroit

2002 - present College for Creative Studies, Community Arts Partnership, Art Educator
2008-2009 Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Education Coordinator
2007-2009 Costick Center, Farmington Hills, art educator
2007-2009 Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center
2006 Art on The Move ( Youthville Mural Project)
2005 College For Creative Studies , Camp portfolio

2009 Art Hamtramck NOW, Popps Packing, Hamtramck
2009 TV Show, Yes Farm , Detroit
2007 Michigan Fine Arts Competition, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center
2007 Off The Stove Out Of The Freezer, Cass Café, Detroit, MI
2006 CCS 100th anniversary show, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center
2005 Actual Size, Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, MI
2005 Sharing Their Worlds, Center Galleries, Detroit, MI
2005 The fifth show, 101up Gallery, Detroit, MI
2005 Unravel, Motor City Brewery, Detroit, MI
2005 Merger, Center Gallery, Detroit, MI
2005 Five Shows Five Days, Detroit Artist Market, Detroit, MI
2004 Student Exhibition, College For Creative Studies, Detroit, MI
2004 Group Show, Jewel, Royal Oak, MI
2004 The Figure Show, U245 Gallery, Detroit MI
2003 Student Exhibition, College For Creative Studies, Detroit, MI
2001 Members Show, Detroit Artist Market, Detroit, MI
2000 Student Exhibition, College For Creative Studies, Detroit, MI
2000 Birmingham Temple Art Exhibition, Birmingham, MI

Eviz D Livingston, Jason Gitlin, Timothy Reed, Brent M. Ballard, Patricia F. Sortwell, Michael R. Burd, Joy Levran, Mark Schwartz, Patrick Murray, Linda Ross, Theresa Kahan, The Gabrys, Dee Dee Khalo, Randall Kulhanek, Stanley Lecznar, Susan Hillberry

Creating works that represent something undeniably "human" is an endless source of inspiration for me. While working within the abstract, I attempt to conjure something that is not fleeting, not meaningless and not something purely intellectual.

Our lives and our world are constructed within that delicate balance between thought and emotion, and it is my hope that my work does not reflect the geometry, organization, and exactness of our reality, but the passion, chaos and melancholy of that experience.

Arturo Rodriguez

Arturo Rodriguez

626 Federman St
Toledo, Ohio 43609
Home: 419.389.0165
Office: 419.530.8318

1994-1997 Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
MFA Printmaking

1990-1994 Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri
BFA Painting/Printmaking

Awards and Honors:
2006 Ohio Arts Council, Individual Excellence Award Grant

Professional Experience:
2001-present Assistant Professor of Art/Printmaking
University of Toledo /Center for the Visual Arts
Director of Printmaking Area

1997-2001 Professor, Foundations/Printmaking
Savannah College of Art and Design

Selected Exhibitions:
2010 Arturo Rodriguez
One Person Exhibition
Walter E. Terhune Gallery
Owens Community College
Perrysburg, OH
October 4th- 29th 2010
Sin Titulo
Invitational Group Exhibition
Wall Eye Gallery
Cleveland, OH
May 31st –June 25th 2010
The I of the TEXT
Curated Group Exhibition
Riffe Gallery
Columbus, OH
May 6th-Julu 11th 2010

2009 Transitions and Journeys
Two Person Sabbatical Exhibition
University of Toledo- CVA Gallery
Toledo, OH
Oct. 11th – Nov. 22nd, 2009
Invitational Group Exhibition
Anton Art Center
Mount Clemens, MI
May 15th – June 28th, 2009
No Danger
Invitational International Group Exhibition
Indiana University
SoFA Gallery
January 13th - 24th, 2009
Bloomington, IN
Year of the Weasel
7 person group exhibition
The Scarab Club
Detroit, MI
January 2nd –February 15th, 2009

2008 Perfect With Pixel
International Invitational Group Exhibition
Dorothy Uber Gallery
Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green Ohio
September 9th-October5th, 2008
No Danger
Invitational International Group Exhibition
Purdue University
Robert L. Ringel Gallery
September 22nd- October 12th , 2008
West Lafayette, IN
Domestic Bliss
Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester, MI
Juried Group Exhibition (one of 7 artists) 6 works each
August 22nd - September 20th, 2008
Slippery Weasel Society-Interstate Reunion Exhibition
Bohemian National Home Gallery, Detroit, MI
May 9th-31st , 2008
No Danger
Invitational International Group Exhibition
Richmond International Airport, VA
March 20th- June 20th, 2008
Graz, Austria 2010 location a date to be determined
Are We There Yet?
Invitational Print Exchange/Exhibition
Southern Graphics Conference, VCU Richmond, VA
March 26th - 29th, 2008

2007 UMKC National Print Exhibition
UMKC Gallery of Art, Kansas City, MO
Juror Melissa Rountree, Curator, Hallmark Collections
March 9th- April 6th 2007
31st Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition
Bradley University, Peoria, IL
Juror Judith K. Brodsky
March 9th – April 13th 2007
Beyond Printmaking
Landmark Arts, Texas Tech University School of Arts
Lubbock, TX
National Juried Group Exhibition
Juror Anita Jung
February 10th- March 11th 2007

2006 Brand: 35 Borders
Brand Library and Art Center, Glendale, CA
National Juried Group Exhibition
Juror Jim Morphesis
December 16th- January 19th 2007
SICA Third Annual Juried Exhibition
Shore Institute of the Contemporary Arts, Long Branch, NJ
International Juried Group Exhibition,
Juror Robert Curcio
October 13th- November 10th, 2006
Old School, New School, No School
National Group Juried Exhibition,
Jurors, Marshall Arisman, Sylvia Rocciolo, Victor Stabin
Carbon County Cultural Project (CCCP) Gallery
September 23rd-October 22nd, 2006
Aha! Epiphanies & Breakthroughs
National Group Juried Exhibition, Juror Byron Roche, Byron Roche Gallery
Union Street Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL
September 31st-November 3rd, 2006
National Juried Group Exhibition, Juror Angie McKinley
Appleton Art Center Gallery, Appleton, WI
September 15th-November 18th, 2006
Many Many Exhibition
National Juried Group Exhibition, Juror Max Rada Dada
In conjunction with the 2006 Mid America Print Conference
Majestic Gallery, Athens, OH
August 25th- September 24th, 2006
2006 International Juried Print Exhibit
Sumei Multidisciplinary Arts Center, Newark NJ
Adjudicated by Samantha Rippner, Print Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
April 20th- June 3rd, 2006
National Juried Group Exhibition, Paint Creek Art Center, Detroit, MI
January 20th- February 25th, 2006
Also exhibited at The Leslie Adams Gallery, Toledo, OH
March 1st- April 22nd, 2006

2005 Prints U.S.A. 2005
National Juried Group Exhibition,
Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, MO
Marilyn Symmes, Juror
November 19th-January 8th, 2006
My Cultural Heritage
National Juried Group Exhibition,
Northwest Cultural Council, Barrington, IL
November 1st- December 31st, 2005
Freedom Response
International Juried Group Exhibition, Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL
Adjudicated by Susan Aurinko, Michael Ensdorf, Gregory G. Knight
November 7th-December 9th, 2005
Sense of Place
International Juried Group Exhibition,
Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Augusta, GA
Carmon Collangelo, Juror

Graem Whyte

Graem Whyte

2011 Rebuilding a Future Mythology (solo show), Re:View Contemporary, Detroit, MI
Haptic Resonance, 2:1, Detroit, MI
2010 Swim Lane, 2739 Edwin, Hamtramck, MI
Intergenerational Show, Ellen Kayrod Gallery, Detroit, MI
Design Show, Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI
2009 Undomesticated, Plan B Gallery, Plymouth, MI
Actual Size Biennial, Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, Detroit, MI
Mold Made, Paint Creek Art Center, Rochester, MI
Dovetail (2 person show), Cave Gallery, Detroit, MI
2008 Geometrically Defined (2 person show), Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI
Art Battle, Russell Industrial Center, Detroit, MI
A Spring Happening, Next Step Studios, Ferndale, MI
Not Necessarily Functional Furniture, Design99, Hamtramck, MI
Featured Artist, 323East, Royal Oak, MI
2007 Spaces & Places, Paramount Bank Gallery, Ferndale, MI
Telephone, Johansson Charles Gallery, Detroit, MI
Actual Size Biennial, Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, Detroit, MI
Northern Migration, Twisted Fish Gallery, Elk Rapids, MI
Pine Wood Derby, Alley Culture, Detroit, MI
Instrumental, Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI
Michigan Fine Arts Competition, BBAC, Birmingham, MI
2006 Off the Stove, Out of the Freezer (2 person show), Cass Café, Detroit MI
Stylize, Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI
Michigan Now II, Michigan Institute of the Arts, Pontiac, MI
Game Show Detroit, Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, Detroit, MI
2005 Michigan Fine Arts Competition, BBAC, Birmingham, MI
Members Invitational, Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI
Merger (2 person show), Center Galleries, Detroit, MI
Actual Size, Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, Detroit, MI
2004 Windsor Biennial, Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, ON
Beard (solo show), Fine Arts Gallery, College For Creative Studies, Detroit, MI
Ordinary Things, Johansson Charles Gallery, Detroit, MI
2003 Actual Size, Detroit Contemporary, Detroit, MI
Five Shows, Five Days, Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI
Regional Biennial 22, South Bend Regional Museum, South Bend, IN
Members Invitational, Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI
2002 Sampler, Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI
Pawn, G’Factor Studio, Chicago, IL
Plan:Hold, Installation, Detroit Contemporary, Detroit, MI
2001 Actual Size, Detroit Contemporary, Detroit, MI
Red or Blue, G’Factor Studio, Chicago, IL
2000 32+1, Detroit Contemporary, Detroit, MI
1999 Actual Size, Detroit Contemporary, Detroit, MI
Skillman community art grant 2009-10
Greater Corktown Development, Detroit, mi, 2005
2010 The Golden Casket Of Earthly Marvels, Popps Packing, Hamtramck, MI
2009 Art Hamtramck Now, Popps Packing, Hamtramck, MI
2004-2008 This Week In Art, Motor City Brewing Works, Detroit
A weekly series of one-night shows
2007 Instrumental, Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI
2006 Puttopia, Putt-Putt course for Game Show Detroit, CAID, Detroit, MI
2004 Five Shows, Five Days, Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI
Ethan and Gretchen Davidson, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Jessica Silverman, San Francisco, CA
South Bend Regional Museum, South Bend, IN

Alison Wong

Alison Wong was born in Illinois and raised by two Chinese weasels named
Simon and Margaret. The wise weasels Wong taught Alison everything she
needed to know to go out into the world. She studied at the Maryland Institute
College of Art and then went on to the Cranbrook Academy of Art. The weasels
always supported her through all her endeavors from exhibiting her weasely work
across the U.S. and abroad to making a career as a curator.

1259 Humphrey Avenue
Birmingham, MI 48009

2004-2006 Cranbrook Academy of Art Bloomfield Hills, MI
M.F.A. / Painting
2000-2004 Maryland Institute College of Art Baltimore, MD
B.F.A. / Painting Major, Liberal Arts Minor

2006-Present Anton Art Center Mount Clemens, MI
Exhibition / Events / Education Coordinator
2006-2008 ArtWorks DaimlerChrysler Metro Detroit, MI
Curator for traveling exhibition
2006 Cranbrook Art Museum Bloomfield Hills, MI
Serious Moonlight Art Auction Coordinator
2006 Cranbrook Summer Institute Bloomfield Hills, MI
Instructor –Painting in a World of Color
2006 The Art Center Mount Clemens, MI
Exhibition Committee
2004-2006 Cranbrook Art Museum Bloomfield Hills, MI
Preparator’s Assistant
2004-2006 Network Gallery (CAA Alumni Gallery) Bloomfield Hills, MI
Gallery Assistant
2002-2004 Zolla Lieberman Gallery Chicago, IL
Gallery Intern / Seasonal Assistant
2000-2002 Contemporary Museum of Art Baltimore, MD
Exhibitions Volunteer

2009 “Successful Submissions” Seminar, Anton Art Center Mount Clemens, MI
2008 “Changing Cities” Artist Talk, Three Walls Chicago, IL
2006 “Studio Practice and Progress” Lecture, Cranbrook Bloomfield Hills, MI
2005 Artist Lecture, Cranbrook Academy of Art Bloomfield Hills, MI
2004 Artist Talk, Homewood Flossmoor High Flossmoor, IL

2008 Daimler Artist Travel Grant
2004-2006 Cranbrook Academy of Art Scholarship
2003-2004 Competitive Merit Scholarship
2003 Winifred M.Gordon Foundation Grant
2001-2004 Language and Literature Scholarship
2000-2004 Academic Honors Scholarship
2000-2004 Presidential Scholarship
2000-2004 Maryland Institute College of Art Scholarship

2010 Animal Farm Gallery Project Ann Arbor, MI
2010 Blooms, Bugs, Beasts Scarab Club Detroit, MI
2010 Something Everything Butter Projects Royal Oak, MI
2010 In Spite of the Evidence Gallery Project Ann Arbor, MI
2010 Presence/Absence Paint Creek Center for Art Rochester, MI
2009 The Trace of Memory and Archive The Butchers Daughter Ferndale, MI
2009 Actual Size Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit Detroit, MI
2009 Vienna Art Fair Vienna, Austria
2009 Collected Anton Art Center Mount Clemens, MI
2009 Pure Detroit Art Channel Beijing, China
2008 Made in Detroit Galerie Eva Bracke Berlin, Germany
2008 Changing Cities: Bregenz Lisi Hammerle Bregenz, Austria
2008 Holiday Objects Up & Down Paint Creek Center for Art Rochester, MI
2008 People’s Art Festival Russell Industrial Center Detroit, MI
2008 BUY THIS Anton Art Center Mount Clemens, MI
2008 Moving Walls: Berlin MONA Pontiac, MI
2008 Drawn Together Community Arts Gallery Ferndale, MI
2008 A Spring Happening Next Step Studios Ferndale, MI
2008 Souvenir Gescheidle Gallery Chicago, IL
2008 HatchBack Juried Show 1923 Hamtramck, MI
2008 Changing Cities: Detroit Three Walls Gallery Chicago, IL
2008 Mailed & Mounted The Art Center Mount Clemens, MI
2007 Pin Up Museum of New Art Pontiac, MI
2007 Art Execution The Art Center Mount Clemens, MI
2007 Actual Size Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit Detroit, MI
2007 Moving Walls Museum of New Art Pontiac, MI
2007 Mi Casa es Su Casa VCU Residency Studio Richmond, VA
2006 Degree Exhibition Cranbrook Art Museum Bloomfield Hills, MI
2006 n-tûrprt Northville Art House Northville, MI
2006 Just a Squirrel Tryin’ to Get a Nut Forum Gallery Bloomfield Hills, MI
2006 Cheap Trick Forum Gallery Bloomfield Hills, MI
2006 A Real Allegory Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit Detroit, MI
2005 Beggars Can’t Be Choosers Berkley Front Berkley, MI
2005 Actual Size Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit Detroit, MI
2005 Tiny Billboards Forum Gallery Bloomfield Hills, MI
2004 Summer Love Zolla Lieberman Gallery Chicago, IL
2004 Valentines Exhibition OXOXO Gallery Baltimore, MD
2004 Thesis Show Maryland Institute College of Art Baltimore, MD
2003 Holiday Invitational OXOXO Gallery Baltimore, MD
2003 International Exhibition Center for Art and Culture Aix-En-Provence, France
2003 Mobility Exhibition Meyerhoff Gallery Baltimore, MD
2003 Painting Exhibition Woodward Gallery Baltimore, MD