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Prospective students: Tour the Dept. of Art and Art History
July 24 2014 at 10:00 AM
Art Building
WSU's James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History is pleased to offer tours of our facilities to all students interested in pursuing studies in ceramics, drawing, fibers, graphic design, industrial design, interior design, interdisciplinary electronic arts, metalsmithing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, fibers, art history or fashion design and merchandising. Tours of the department are given by the academic advisors and expose potential WSU students to all areas within the Department of Art and Art History. These are walking tours and can range from 1 to 2 hours in length. Therefore, comfortable shoes are encouraged and dressing for outdoor weather is advised. Please RSVP by clicking the button to the right. If this date is not a good one for you, please choose among other tour dates this term:  May 27 at 10am, June 18 at 2pm, July 17 at 10am, July 24 at 10am. Please see the campus map for the Art Building location and parking information for guest parking locations and fees. The closest parking structure to the Art Building is Structure #1 at the corner of Cass Ave. and Palmer St. High school students are encouraged to talk with their high school guidance counselor with regard to missing school due to college or university campus visits.
Exhibition Reception: BERG / BRONER, Sculpture and Prints by WSU Mid-Century Modernists
September 26 2014 at 4:00 PM
McGregor Memorial Conference Center
Wayne State University’s College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts presents the exhibition reception for the art show BERG / BRONERSculpture and Prints by WSU Mid-Century Modernists Irving Berg and Robert Broner were great artist friends involved in art education and the community of artists in the Modernist Art Movement. Modernism aimed to depart from the traditional forms of art, using found objects with shared experiences with other artists. The incorporation of found objects into their works is one way in which the sculptures and prints exhibited by these two friends are connected. Irving Berg, Wayne State 1943 and ’50, was a head of the art department at Detroit’s Cass Technical High School and a supervisor of student art teachers at Wayne State University. Berg’s artistic achievements as a sculptor, ceramist, jewelry designer and photographer are well recognized. His work is in the collections of the Detroit Institute of Arts and Wayne State’s Reuther Library. He created the sculpture garden Camp Maas, Lake Orion, MI, devoted to large, outdoor pieces by him and many of his students. He was honored with awards from the Michigan Council for the Arts and the Detroit Institute of Arts and he is a recipient of Wayne State’s Arts Achievement Award. Robert Broner, Wayne State 1945, was a professor of art at Wayne State University, at Haifa University in Israel and at Cooper Union of Art in New York. Broner introduced techniques central to the growth of 20th century printing, fabric texture imprint, found objects flattened, Xerox, and wood collage assembled prints. He was first to use circuit boards as the plate. Broner exhibited work at Israel Museum, Jersalem; the British International Print Bienniale; Musee d’Art Moderne, Paris; and Museum of Modern Art, New York. His work is in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago; Detroit Institute of Arts; Guggenheim Museum, NY; Museum of Modern Art, NY; and National Gallery of Art, Washington. The exhibition BERG / BRONER, Sculpture and Prints by WSU Mid-Century Modernists is made possible through the generous support of Harriet Berg and Nahama Broner. Special thanks also to Tom Pyrzewski, Wayne State University Galleries, and Michelle Perron and Todd Erikson, College for Creative Studies. Self-parking is available in nearby Wayne State Structure 1 and Structure 5, as well as at meters on surrounding streets. Guests with unique mobility needs are recommended to consider Wayne State Lot 31 or the Detroit Historical Museum’s lot, as they are nearest to the conference center. The exhibition runs in cooperation with the 2014 Mid-America Print Council Conference hosted by Wayne State University, September 24–27. During the exhibition the international light installation program DLECTRICITY will take place throughout Midtown Detroit the evenings of September 26 and 27.  
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The James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History is dedicated to the understanding, production and presentation of works of art in all media. It seeks to explore and develop visual literacy as well as technical, critical and conceptual skills. The curriculum combines history, theory, practice and technology with interdisciplinary learning that aims to nurture a balance between technical proficiency, experimentation with new ideas and studying the visual arts as a means of understanding the intellectual and cultural history of humanity. By receiving a comprehensive training in the visual arts within the context of a liberal arts education, students are encouraged to master the various avenues of creative investigation and learning within the department as well as in other departments of the college and the university at large. Each student is thereby able to progress from fundamentals to creative and intellectual maturity and given the tools of professionalization in a variety of different areas while immersed in the rich diversity of cultural and research opportunities offered by the university as a whole.

For those interested in the Art History Undergraduate program, please click here; Art History Graduate program, please click here.

James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History
150 Art Building
Detroit, MI  48202
(313) 577-2980
Fax (313) 577-3491


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