Art alum Gretchen Maricak '93 shows work at B'ham Hist. Museum...

1993 WSU art alumna and Lawrence Technological University associate professor of architecture and design, Gretchen Maricak, demonstrates diverse subjects and styles currently exhibited in her show The Architectural Art of Gretchen Maricak at the Birmingham Historical Museum through November 10.

This display is representative of Maricak’s body of work over several decades and includes various media including graphite, colored pencil, soft pastel, oil pastel, air brush, water color, ink, oil, intaglio and found objects. Maricak experiments with mixing media such as oil pastel with airbrush-two media that many people would not consider compatible. Her styles range from non-objective and abstract to architectural designs and illustration. “My art is informed by my passion for architecture and diverse interests ranging from nature and science to history and science fiction” explains Maricak. “I need to utilize a diverse range of media and surfaces to accurately tell the personal stories that I believe are inherent in all art. Art is beyond beauty.”

Gretchen Maricak is a licensed architect in the State of Michigan. She has worked in the firms of Minoru Yamasaki and Harvey Ferrero and currently works as an architectural consultant. She serves on the board of the Birmingham Historical Museum & Park and is also a member of Birmingham’s Historic District Study Committee. Maricak’s work is also included in a companion exhibit titled The Arts and Crafts Period in Birmingham’s Eco City Neighborhood.

What: “The Architectural Art of Gretchen Maricak” and “The Arts & Crafts Period in Birmingham’s Eco city Neighborhood”.
Where: The Birmingham Historical Museum & Park
When:1-4pm. Wednesday-Saturday. Both shows run through November 10, 2012
Cost: Adults $5. Seniors $3. Students (K-12) $3. Children 5 and under are free.