YPSILANTI/DEARBORN – Eastern Michigan University and Henry Ford College are hosting “Resonance: Eastern Michigan University Ceramics Alumni Under the Tutelage of Susanne Stephenson & John Loree,” a dual exhibition showcasing ceramics artwork running co-currently at both EMU and HFC from now until Friday, Sept. 30.
The EMU “Resonance” exhibition is in the Ford Gallery, which is located in Ford Hall on EMU’s main campus in Ypsilanti. The Ford Gallery hours are Monday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The exhibition reception is Friday, Sept. 30, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The HFC “Resonance” exhibition is on display in the Sisson Gallery, located on the first floor of the MacKenzie Fine Arts (Building F on the main campus). The Sisson Gallery hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The closing reception is Friday, Sept. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m.
“Resonance” is co-curated by EMU Gallery Program Director Gregory Tom and HFC ceramics instructor Steve Glazer. Both “Resonance” exhibitions feature the artistry at both locations of 30 artists who studied ceramics under retired EMU art professors Stephenson and Loree between 1962-91.
A remarkable artistic influence
"Between the two of them, a remarkable cadre of students studied clay under their tutelage, with many going on to influence the field of art and ceramics on both the national and regional levels as they became important artists and educators," Tom said.
“I have used many of the techniques they’ve taught me in my classes. This is a great way to honor these two phenomenal art professors,” said Glazer, a 1976 alumnus of the EMU program.
In fact, “Resonance” is the brainchild of Glazer. He came up with it when HFC hosted Michigan Mud 2015, the Michigan Ceramic Art Association (MCAA) biennial conference. He wanted to honor Stephenson and Loree in light of all the students under their tutelage who went on to become prominent artists and/or art educators in their own right.
The exhibition includes the work of Tom Venner, a professor of art at Eastern who recently retired as dean of of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Among the other artists in this joint exhibition:
EMU a hotbed for ceramics study
“EMU was THE place to go in Michigan if you wanted to study ceramics throughout the 1960s and well into the 1980s,” said Glazer. “Professor Stephenson and Professor Loree were truly inspirational people. Along with a lot of ceramic dust, a good portion of magic was produced in the old ceramics studio in Sill Hall at EMU.”
"Resonance" is part of EMU's joint "Celebration Of The Arts," a series of events highlighting the new School of Art and Design at Eastern, and symbolizes the University's ongoing goal of achieving national accreditation for all of its arts programs.
The joint events are free and open to the public. For questions about the EMU exhibition, please contact Gregory Tom at 734-487-1268 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about the HFC show, please contact Steve Glazer at 313-845-6485 or email@example.com.
About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest university in Michigan. It serves 22,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. More than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Health and Human Services; Technology, and its graduate school. EMU is recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information, visit the University's website.
About Henry Ford College
Henry Ford College, in Dearborn, is a comprehensive public college serving 21,000 students annually in southeast Michigan. HFC is dedicated to preparing students for a rapidly changing world and workplace by offering more than 120 associate degree, career and university transfer programs. To learn more, please visit www.hfcc.edu.