Work of Eastern Michigan University alumni and retired professor featured in exhibit at Ypsilanti Riverside Arts Center through Oct. 26

A painting titled "Western Tanager's Song" by EMU alumna Carol Hanna.
The painting "Western Tanager's Song" by EMU alumna Carol Hanna is one of the works by EMU alumni and faculty currently on display at Riverside Arts Center.

YPSILANTI – Art works by Eastern Michigan University alumni and faculty are featured in a new exhibit at the Riverside Arts Center in Ypsilanti that runs through Oct. 26.

The exhibition will feature the art of EMU alumni Carol Hanna, the late Arthur “Rocky” Rockall, and retired professor, Ellen Wilt.

Hanna received her bachelor of science in business administration, bachelor of fine arts, and master of arts degrees from Eastern. She is currently working and earning awards for her paintings by exhibiting them in the Washtenaw County and throughout the United States.

Hanna says she draws ideas for her paintings from nature: “Inspiration for these paintings comes from that elusive moment when somewhere in the fresh outdoor air and soft shadows, a bird song begins for all to listen,” she says. “Nothing stirs and time stands still while the singing continues. Then, after a bit, time and place resume.”

Arthur “Rocky” Rockall earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Eastern. Before receiving his degrees, Rockall worked at Ford Motor Co. for 35 years. Before his passing in 2015, his art was showcased across mid-Michigan.

Wilt earned her bachelor of fine art and master of art degrees from the University of Michigan. She is the Professor Emeritus of Art at Eastern Michigan, where she taught from 1969-1985.

The EMU exhibit will also be available during Riverside Arts Center’s “Fall for the Arts” on Saturday, October 13 starting at 7 p.m. If you would like to purchase tickets, or have questions about this event, please visit the Riverside Arts Center website.

About Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 19,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Health and Human Services; Technology, and its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.

October 10, 2018

Written by:
Heather Pruitt

Geoff Larcom