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On display June 14-August 27, 2021

EatonNIGHT SKIES & FIREFLIES: OIL ON CANVAS
Kathleen Eaton

Kathleen Eaton’s fascination with the Michigan night sky began as a young child. From northern lights and twinkling fireflies, to flashes of lightning and nocturnal creatures that stealthily creep through the foliage, her work evokes childhood memories. This wellspring of beauty and mystery is captivating and enthralling, and she illustrates it with thick, textural oil paint. Eaton’s inspiration is drawn from 30 years of living in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She now shares her time between Michigan and Arizona, where she is enjoying the new and abundant beauty of the desert skies.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 14-August 27, 2021

Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Due to current Covid-19 guidelines, in addition to patients, outside guests are limited to allowable visitors of Michigan Medicine patients.


LebowskyPANDEMIC HEROES: CROCHETED DOLLS
Kate Lebowsky

Kate Lebowsky’s latest body of work features everyday heroes of the pandemic – medical professionals, food providers, firefighters, security personnel and more. Having worked in fiber art for over 35 years, for the last 18 Lebowsky has focused on crocheting and knitting plush dolls. Her crocheted dolls made of acrylic yarn are designed to be played with, including clothing you can change. Doll stands are included with purchase to display the pieces in any environment, from waiting in a child’s room for the right time for play, to showing off a fiber version of oneself on an office shelf. Portrait dolls are available for purchase.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 14-August 27, 2021
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Due to current Covid-19 guidelines, in addition to patients, outside guests are limited to allowable visitors of Michigan Medicine patients.


BarryNEW THOUGHTS ON THE ORDINARY: OIL PAINTINGS
Daniel J. Barry
Daniel J. Barry captures scenes in and around Michigan and Ann Arbor. Downtown streets and rural scenery give him the opportunity to explore something extraordinary in the everyday views he encounters. As an architect, he is drawn to structures, and he likes to find instances of nature interacting with them. Barry employs an exaggerated color palette and vigorous brushwork to energize those aspects of his observations and express new interpretations of familiar subject matter. In addition to being an architect and painter, Barry is a beekeeper.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 14-August 27, 2021
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Due to current Covid-19 guidelines, in addition to patients, outside guests are limited to allowable visitors of Michigan Medicine patients.


FriebertshauserWOOD VESSELS
Reinhold Friebertshauser
This exhibit offers a view of various types of vessels made from wood. They include traditional and functional lathe turned bowls, vases, candle holders, lidded boxes, jewelry (using carved wood as a platform for found objects like driftwood and seashells), and nonfunctional sculptural forms. Friebertshauser is a retired arts department chair and primary school teacher. He and his wife, Ann, a fiber artist, spend winters in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and summers in the of the quiet beauty of the cedar/spruce/balsam fir forest of Les Cheneaux islands in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. They live in a house Reinhold designed and hand built there 40 years ago.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 14-August 27, 2021
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Due to current Covid-19 guidelines, in addition to patients, outside guests are limited to allowable visitors of Michigan Medicine patients.

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PiotrowskiWAVE JOURNEYS: ENAMEL ON ALUMINUM
Mark Piotrowski

Mark Piotrowski’s colorful and vibrant pieces of his Wave Journeys series are constructed out of hand cut shaped aluminum, sign foam and enamel paints. They began as colored pencil drawings that he made during a time with some health issues, symbolizing the ups and downs of everyday events. The highs and lows are not separate from each other, but rather are all connected. The winding, under- and overlapping bands of color are ongoing waves that cycle around and through each other, without beginning or end. In addition to working in the studio, Piotrowski is also busy with his mural and design company, MARKed ARTs in Bay City, Michigan.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 14-August 27, 2021
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
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Due to current Covid-19 guidelines, in addition to patients, outside guests are limited to allowable visitors of Michigan Medicine patients.


FerraroUP CLOSE: MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY ON WOOD
Joseph Ferraro

Joseph Ferraro is a conservation macro photographer who documents native pollinators and other invertebrates. By photographing his subjects in their surroundings, he emphasizes the importance of these creatures to our lives. In capturing their beauty, he seeks to inspire viewers to take a closer look at the mostly unseen world around us. Following the credo “do no harm," he can be found exploring communal gardens, wild spaces, and his own backyard with camera in hand, photographing the many creatures he encounters.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 14-August 27, 2021
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Due to current Covid-19 guidelines, in addition to patients, outside guests are limited to allowable visitors of Michigan Medicine patients.

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Bechler WHIMSICAL CREATIONS: CERAMICS
Corey & Stacey Bechler

The husband and wife team of Corey and Stacey Bechler create one-of-a kind creations out of one of nature’s greatest inventions, clay. Inspired by Northern Michigan beauty and the beaches along Lake Michigan, they hand build, fire and glaze their works as a team. Corey likes to do most of the clay and assembly work, while Stacey enjoys glazing the pieces, often infusing the glaze with tiny granules of glass. From their studio near Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, they have shipped their unique, whimsical pieces throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 14-August 27, 2021
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Due to current Covid-19 guidelines, in addition to patients, outside guests are limited to allowable visitors of Michigan Medicine patients.


ShopinskiWOODLAND THEMES: MIXED MEDIA OIL PAINTINGS
Tony Shopinski

Tony Shopinski is a Detroit based painter, printmaker and raku potter. He taught art and animation in a Detroit elementary school for nearly 30 years and produced a daily student TV news broadcast. The works in this exhibit are both large and small paintings in oil. Some are combined with relief prints and colored sand. The miniature paintings come from studies of an insect collection. Memories of walking through the Belle Isle woods contributed to their themes.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Rogel Cancer Center, Level 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display June 14-August 27, 2021
Open M-F from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Due to current Covid-19 guidelines, in addition to patients, outside guests are limited to allowable visitors of Michigan Medicine patients.


U-M StearnsINSTRUMENTS OF THE AFRICAN CONTINENT
U-M Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments

From the southern shores of the Cape of Good Hope north to the Mediterranean coast, the continent of Africa holds a rich repertoire of musical instruments. With extraordinary skills and talents, performers integrate these instruments into the rich cultural matrix of African life. Many of the instruments used in modern-day bands and orchestras owe their origins to the creativity and ingenuity of African musicians and instrument makers. This exhibit showcases a sampling of musical instruments from the African continent contained in the U-M Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Rogel Cancer Center Elevator Alcove, Level 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
March 15, 2021-January 2022
Open M-F from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Due to current Covid-19 guidelines, in addition to patients, outside guests are limited to visitors of Michigan Medicine patients.

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UPCOMING EXHIBITS

On display September 7-December 3, 2021

McClungREAL PEOPLE: WATERCOLOR PORTRAITS
Catherine McClung

Canadian born Catherine McClung makes her home and studio in Spring Lake, Michigan. Lovers of nature and tableware may be familiar with her designs on Lenox china. Although best known for her watercolor paintings of birds, this exhibition features McClung’s recent work – riveting and insightful watercolor portraits. Some of McClung’s other projects have included representing Michigan with her ornament of the White House Christmas tree, which was featured on HGTV's White House Artisans. One of her proudest achievements is an 8 x 9 ft. mural of the 33 birds mentioned in the Bible on display in the United Methodist Church compound in Chelsea, Michigan.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display September 7-December 3, 2021

Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Due to current Covid-19 guidelines, in addition to patients, outside guests are limited to allowable visitors of Michigan Medicine patients.


IMoDDCOLORFUL CALIFORNIA DINNERWARE
International Museum of Dinnerware Design

Nothing quite sets off a dish like exuberant dinnerware! In 2020, the International Museum of Dinnerware Design (IMoDD) received a donation of more than 350 pieces from the Bill Stern estate, who founded the Museum of California Design in Los Angeles, California. Designers include Rockwell Kent, Dorothy Thorpe, and LaGarda Tackett, among others. A partial list of the manufacturers of these designs include Vernon Kilns, Schmid Porcelain International, Wallace China, Vadna of California, Bauer and Pacific Pottery. The forms are innovative, the decorative patterns are spell-binding, and the glazes are frequently bright, bright, bright.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center North Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display September 7-December 3, 2021
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Due to current Covid-19 guidelines, in addition to patients, outside guests are limited to allowable visitors of Michigan Medicine patients.


VandervennetMICHIGAN MEDICINE EMPLOYEE ART EXHIBITION
Each year Gifts of Art presents an exhibition of artwork by Michigan Medicine faculty, staff, learners, volunteers and family members. It showcases the exceptional talent, creativity and accomplishments of artists in the extensive (~29,000) Michigan Medicine community. There are artist juried ribbon awards for Best in Category, Best in Show, and a People's Choice award determined by ballots in the on-site voting box. For more information, please visit: www.med.umich.edu/goa/employee.htm.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center South Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display September 7-December 3, 2021
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Due to current Covid-19 guidelines, in addition to patients, outside guests are limited to allowable visitors of Michigan Medicine patients.

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TennentHEALING BOTANICALS: PHOTOGRAPHY & CHINESE MEDICINE
Laurie & Sarah Tennent

Laurie and Sarah Tennent combine their experience as photographer and Acupuncturist-Chinese Herbal Medicine practitioner to create large-scale photographs on aluminum of medicinal botanicals combined with descriptions of their properties. Their goal is to present both the essence and energetics of the plant. Laurie is a celebrated photographer and Sarah is an accomplished acupuncturist who studied Chinese herbal medicine in China. They share a deep attunement to botanicals and their healing properties and embrace the concept of biophilia, first mentioned by psychoanalyst Eric Fromm, describing it as "the passionate love of life and of all that is alive."
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display September 7-December 3, 2021
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
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Due to current Covid-19 guidelines, in addition to patients, outside guests are limited to allowable visitors of Michigan Medicine patients.


HershensonI DO KNOW JACK! ACRYLIC ON CANVAS & METAL PRINTS
Kenneth Hershenson

Kenneth Hershenson, a native Detroiter, paints photorealistic images that share joy, humor and offer relief from the day-to-day stresses of life. His series of acrylic paintings, I Do Know Jack!, explores reflections in chrome that open a world beyond the edges of the canvas. He places toy chrome jacks with unusual scale in unexpected settings, and engages viewers with clever titles. A self-taught and lifelong artist, in 2015, Hershenson won first place in the Michigan Great Artist Competition and top 25 artist in 2D at Art Prize. His background includes designing Starbucks stores for their Japan market and architectural design for Disneyland.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display September 7-December 3, 2021
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Due to current Covid-19 guidelines, in addition to patients, outside guests are limited to allowable visitors of Michigan Medicine patients.

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ChararaFOUND & RECONSTRUCTED WORLD: OBJECTS & BRONZE
Adnan Charara

Adnan Charara’s life circumstances have compelled him to contemplate themes such as ethnicity, identity, diversity, anxiety, fear, love and acceptance. Discussion on these topics can help forge connections between oneself and others as well as with one’s emotions and the physical world. Charara’s use of comical and cartoon-like subject matter in his paintings, prints and sculptures allows him to present existential motifs in a simplified form. In the Historia series, his found object sculptures express parts of his internal struggles, and reflect on history’s relationship with contemporary society. They are blueprints for being human: imperfect, unique, multi-faceted.
Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Corridor, Floor 2
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display September 7-December 3, 2021
Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Due to current Covid-19 guidelines, in addition to patients, outside guests are limited to allowable visitors of Michigan Medicine patients.


HuangHURON RIVER SERIES: OIL PAINTINGS
Mingshi Huang

International exhibiting artist Mingshi Huang has been a resident of southeast Michigan and has walked the shores of the Huron River for over 30 years. Huang's artwork includes painting and sculpture, and his interests cover a variety of subjects and genres. This exhibition features oil paintings on canvas and linen created by the artist in recent years. They depict river scenes based on the artist's on-site observation and open air (en plein air) work along the Huron River around Ann Arbor. Because of the challenge outdoors of constantly changing light, the paintings have impressionist characteristics and reveal different aspects of the artist’s love of nature.
Gifts of Art Gallery – Rogel Cancer Center, Level 1
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
On display September 7-December 3, 2021
Open M-F from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Due to current Covid-19 guidelines, in addition to patients, outside guests are limited to allowable visitors of Michigan Medicine patients.

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