Department News

Native American Art Show Closes with Symposium

Piece from Guest experts and Albion College student scholars gather to educate the campus on Albion's current Native American art exhibit. The symposium, open to the public, takes place in Bobbitt Visual Arts Center Saturday, February 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., concluding with a Native American dance at 3 p.m.

Albion Art Student Wins Prize at Michigan Mud Biennial

Soe Yu Nwe, '13Junior Soe Yu Nwe took one of the top four student awards at the biennial Michigan Ceramic Art Association Michigan Mud conference held in October. The honor is even more impressive given that she knew nothing about art when she arrived in Albion in the fall of 2009.

American Oil Spills Caught for Art Exhibit

Reported by Brandon Markle, '12

"Rupture and Reclamation," an exhibit of photography by John Ganis, runs from October 29 to December 3 in the Munro Gallery of Albion College's Bobbitt Visual Arts Center.

On June 1, 2010, Ganis began photographing the effects of the BP Deepwater Horizon spill on the Gulf shores of Louisiana, Alabama, and Florida. His photographs depict the "eerie quality of emptiness" of the beaches, the impact of the oil washed ashore and the cleanup crews working to reverse the damage.

Then in August and October of 2010, Ganis photographed the effects of the Enbridge oil spill in Emmett Township near Battle Creek.

Ganis describes his work as "a personal response" to both of these environmental disasters. His work is intended be "revealing about both spills and to work as a stimulus for conversation about the "incalculable consequences of corporate greed and negligence."

The Munro Gallery is located on the first floor of the Bobbitt Visual Arts Center, which is open from Monday to Thursday between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The galleries are not open on Sundays, or during campus breaks or holidays.

Art History Major Researches Religious Art 'Fiction' with FURSCA Grant

Vanessa Hartel

Albion College art history major Vanessa Hartel was funded this summer by the College's Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (FURSCA) to analyze ways in which medieval and Renaissance artwork does—or more often doesn't—accurately reflect biblical text.