artist http://michiganradio.org en U of M grad is one of six singers left on NBC's 'The Voice' http://michiganradio.org/post/u-m-grad-one-six-singers-left-nbcs-voice <p>Michelle Chamuel, of Ann Arbor, is one of six remaining contestants on <a href="http://www.nbc.com/the-voice/artists/michelle-chamuel/" target="_blank">NBC's show, <em>The Voice</em></a>. Chamuel is originally from Amherst, Massachusetts, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.</p><p>This is her most recent performance:</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/IXIpAy9pksE" width="560"></iframe></p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 19:58:12 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12872 at http://michiganradio.org Art from behind bars http://michiganradio.org/post/art-behind-bars <p></p><p>On March 19, the 18th Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan prisoners will open at the Duderstadt Center on the North Campus of the University of Michigan.</p><p>The exhibition is a extension of the <a href="http://www.lsa.umich.edu/pcap" target="_blank">Prison Creative Arts Project</a> spearheaded by University of Michigan Professor Buzz Alexander and is the largest exhibition of prisoner art in the country, containing some 300 works by over 200 artists.</p><p>Founded in 1990, PCAP "facilitates the opportunity to create original works of art in correctional facilities, urban high schools, and communities across the state of Michigan."</p><p>The project is affiliated with the Department of English Language and Literature, Alexander's department.</p><p>"When we come in (to prisons) we are in awe and we bring respect to the artists," Alexander said. "This year there are 428 works of art in the show that prisoners have been preparing for all year."</p><p>Alexander noted that the exhibition is a way for the artists to gain visibility. One artist talked with a PCAP facilitator about how it's a bridge that connects her to the outside world.</p><p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 19:39:08 +0000 Stateside Staff 11741 at http://michiganradio.org Art from behind bars Calling all artists! ArtPrize registration begins today http://michiganradio.org/post/calling-all-artists-artprize-registration-begins-today <p>Artists can start registering today to compete in ArtPrize this fall.</p><p>The winner of the yearly art competition is decided by the voting public who visit the event in September in downtown Grand Rapids.</p><p>More than a half a million dollars in prize money is at stake. The entry fee is just fifty bucks.</p><p>For the first time this year there&rsquo;ll be $200,000 in prizes for juried awards in addition to those awarded by the popular vote.</p><p>ArtPrize spokesman Brian Burch says juried awards are what professional artists are used to.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 23 Apr 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 7132 at http://michiganradio.org Calling all artists! ArtPrize registration begins today A scavenger hunt for free art in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/scavenger-hunt-free-art-detroit <p>If you&rsquo;re in Detroit on a Friday keep your eye out for some free art. It might be hidden in a statue in front of the YMCA or tucked into a corner of the People Mover.&nbsp;</p><p>The free art is actually part of a project called <a href="http://www.facebook.com/FAFDET">Free Art Friday Detroit.</a> The idea is that Detroit artists hide their art around the city, and then leave clues on Facebook and Twitter. (The twitter hashtag is #FAFDET)</p> Thu, 01 Mar 2012 19:41:18 +0000 Kyle Norris 6451 at http://michiganradio.org A scavenger hunt for free art in Detroit After 40 years, Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids coming to an end http://michiganradio.org/post/after-40-years-arts-council-greater-grand-rapids-coming-end <p>The Arts Council was founded in 1967 to help support arts organizations in West Michigan.</p><p><em>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re recognizing the changes,&rdquo;</em> Exectutive Director Caroline Older said about financial problems facing arts organizations, <em>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re making a positive change for the Arts Council, even if it does mean that it comes to a close.&rdquo;</em></p><p>Older says the recession compounded with state cuts to arts programs forced the non-profit to consider all of its options. She says the council realized it couldn&rsquo;t be sustainable anymore.</p> Tue, 18 Oct 2011 21:49:01 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4626 at http://michiganradio.org After 40 years, Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids coming to an end ArtPrize 2011 winners; thrilled, controversial, bittersweet http://michiganradio.org/post/artprize-2011-winners-thrilled-controversial-bittersweet <p>(This article was altered to fix two grammatical errors.)</p><p>More than 1,500 artists from across the United States and 39 other countries competed in ArtPrize this year. More than 382,000 votes were cast by those who visited the event in Grand Rapids. Organizers estimate around 500,000 people came to the event, which runs through Sunday.</p><p><strong>The winner &ndash; &ldquo;Crucifixion&rdquo; Mia Tavonatti</strong></p> Fri, 07 Oct 2011 07:30:14 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4483 at http://michiganradio.org ArtPrize 2011 winners; thrilled, controversial, bittersweet Iron Mountain native wins “ArtPrize” 2011 in Grand Rapids http://michiganradio.org/post/iron-mountain-native-wins-%E2%80%9Cartprize%E2%80%9D-2011-grand-rapids <p>From an ArtPrize press release:</p><blockquote><p>The top prize of $250,000 went to Mia Tavonatti from Santa Ana, California (originally from Iron Mountain, Michigan) for her large-scale mosaic, Crucifixion. More than 382,000 votes were cast in ArtPrize 2011 and an estimated 500,000 visitors experienced the third annual competition.</p> Thu, 06 Oct 2011 23:39:32 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4478 at http://michiganradio.org Iron Mountain native wins “ArtPrize” 2011 in Grand Rapids ArtPrize update: “performance” art features real wedding and website snag extends voting http://michiganradio.org/post/artprize-update-%E2%80%9Cperformance%E2%80%9D-art-features-real-wedding-and-website-snag-extends-voting <p>Voting for ArtPrize was supposed to end today. But the website has been down on and off throughout the day.&nbsp; So voting to narrow down the &ldquo;top ten&rdquo; continues until tomorrow at 4p.m.</p><p>There are a lot more &lsquo;sound&rsquo; and &lsquo;performance&rsquo; art in ArtPrize this year.<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/year-try-listening-artprize"> I highlight &lsquo;sound&rsquo; last week</a>, so over the weekend I caught <a href="https://www.facebook.com/rivercityimprov#!/rivercityimprov">River City Improv&rsquo;s </a>performance called &ldquo;Congratulations&rdquo;.</p><p><font color="#0071b3"><a href="http://vimeo.com/29634955">http://vimeo.com/29634955</a></font></p><p><strong> Thu, 29 Sep 2011 02:14:59 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4358 at http://michiganradio.org ArtPrize update: “performance” art features real wedding and website snag extends voting Artpod: Murals brighten streets, bring pride to Detroit neighborhood http://michiganradio.org/post/artpod-murals-brighten-streets-bring-pride-detroit-neighborhood <p>On today&#39;s podcast, we hear how an artist in Detroit wants to bring color to the city with his brush strokes.</p><p>http://traffic.libsyn.com/mrartpod/Artpod_081811.mp3</p><p>Artists in <a href="http://www.seattlemuralart.com/artist-team.htm">Seattle</a> and <a href="http://muralarts.org/">Philadelphia</a> who have been painting large murals on abandoned buildings in an effort to revitalize neighborhoods. Philadelphia for example, has around two-thousand murals to help brighten the city.</p> Thu, 18 Aug 2011 14:40:38 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 3810 at http://michiganradio.org Artpod: Murals brighten streets, bring pride to Detroit neighborhood Artpod: Two guys, one remote island, and a piano-hauling bicycle http://michiganradio.org/post/artpod-two-guys-one-remote-island-and-piano-hauling-bicycle <p><span style="font-size: medium;">On today&#39;s <a href="http://www.npr.org/rss/podcast.php?id=510078">Artpod</a>, we&#39;ll hear from a New York physician who <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/man-buys-remote-lake-superior-island-plans-new-artist-residency?nopop=1">bought a remote, uninhabited island</a> in Lake Superior. His plan is to turn it into an artist residency next summer. </span></p><p>The land, known as <a href="http://flavors.me/rabbitisland">Rabbit Island</a>, is about a half hour boat ride from the Keweenaw Peninsula.</p> Wed, 13 Jul 2011 17:42:03 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 3289 at http://michiganradio.org Artpod: Two guys, one remote island, and a piano-hauling bicycle Man buys remote Lake Superior island, plans new artist residency http://michiganradio.org/post/man-buys-remote-lake-superior-island-plans-new-artist-residency <p>An <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rabbit-Island/117613644971625">uninhabited island</a> in Lake Superior will soon be home to an artist residency program.</p><p>New Yorker Rob Gorski saw the 91-acre island listed for sale on Craiglist. At first, he was skeptical. But after talking it over with his brother, both of whom are Michigan natives, they bought the island for less than $150,000.</p><p>The land, known as <a href="http://flavors.me/rabbitisland">Rabbit Island</a>, is about a half hour boat ride from the Keweenaw Peninsula.</p> Mon, 11 Jul 2011 10:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 3220 at http://michiganradio.org Man buys remote Lake Superior island, plans new artist residency Re-imagining Flint, one art installation at a time http://michiganradio.org/post/re-imagining-flint-one-art-installation-time <p>Detroit&rsquo;s path to revival has been in the news a lot lately. Drive an hour northwest to Flint and you&rsquo;ll find a city whose struggles are similar if not worse than Detroit&#39;s. But a coalition of artists, city officials and residents is trying to re-write Flint&#39;s story through art.</p><p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-976694.mp3</p><p>Flint&#39;s problems are pretty well documented: <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-breaks-25-year-old-murder-record">murders</a>, <a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan/news.newsmain/article/0/0/1631222/Michigan.News/A.Week.Of.Arson.Fires.In.Flint.">arson</a>, blight, poverty, <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/flint-moving-ahead-police-layoffs-after-city-breaks-murder-rate-record">massive police layoffs</a>, and the dubious honor of being named one of the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-tops-fbis-most-violent-cities-list">most violent cities</a> in the country.</p><p>Plus there&#39;s Michael Moore&#39;s 1989 movie <a href="http://dogeatdog.michaelmoore.com/rogerme.html"><em>Roger &amp; Me</em></a>, which basically memorialized Flint&#39;s decline on the big screen.&nbsp;It&#39;s a movie <a href="http://stephenzacks.blogspot.com/">Stephen Zacks</a>&nbsp;would rather forget.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;People know Michael Moore, they know <em>Roger &amp; Me</em>, so you respond to that question for your whole life. You keep answering the question: What&#39;s wrong with Flint?&quot;</p></blockquote><p> Fri, 08 Jul 2011 00:16:04 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 3202 at http://michiganradio.org Re-imagining Flint, one art installation at a time Detroit artists win big http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-artists-win-big <p>Twelve fellowships have been awarded to <a href="http://kresge.collegeforcreativestudies.edu/kaf_profiles.html">Detroit area visual artists</a>. Each <a href="http://kresge.collegeforcreativestudies.edu/index.html">Kresge Artist Fellowship</a> is worth <strong>$</strong>25,000 and has a &ldquo;no strings attached&rdquo; policy.&nbsp;</p><p>Visual artist Liz Cohen was one of the winners.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Oh I mean it&rsquo;s an honor, it&rsquo;s a great organization and a great grant and an opportunity to become closer to a lot of the other artists in the city.&rdquo;</p> Mon, 04 Jul 2011 14:32:24 +0000 Kyle Norris 3141 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit artists win big Drawing Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/drawing-detroit <p>An artist in Detroit is expanding his project that highlights different city neighborhoods.&nbsp; Several years ago <a href="http://bunkbunkbunk.com/">Ben Bunk</a> moved to Detroit for an artist residency at the <a href="http://www.555arts.org/">555 Gallery.&nbsp;</a></p><p>He would ride his bike on a seven mile commute from the Eastern Market area to a studio near the abandoned Michigan Central Station. His bike rides inspired doodles which eventually lead to a series of black and white drawings of neighborhood buildings.</p><p>Bunk says it&rsquo;s fun to draw Detroit, and describes his drawing style as relatively simple.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s realistic in the sense that it has perspective that&rsquo;s correct, and all the windows are there but the lines are crooked. I would say it&rsquo;s kind of childish and it&rsquo;s funny. The buildings are kind of crooked and they talk to each other in how they&rsquo;re bent.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Bunk won a mini-grant from a local event known as <a href="http://www.detroitsoup.com/">SOUP</a> and used the money to self-publish a post-card sized book of his drawings. Bunk is now working on professionally publishing a second edition. Sun, 24 Apr 2011 17:20:16 +0000 Kyle Norris 2197 at http://michiganradio.org Drawing Detroit Detroiters raise funds for RoboCop statue http://michiganradio.org/post/detroiters-raise-funds-robocop-statue <p>Ealier this week, a guy in Massachusetts sent this <a href="http://twitter.com">Twitter</a> message to Detroit Mayor Dave Bing:</p><blockquote><p>"Philadelphia has a statue of Rocky &amp; Robocop would kick Rocky's butt. He's a GREAT ambassador for Detroit."</p></blockquote><p><a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/mayordavebing">Mayor Bing's response</a>? Thanks, but no thanks.</p><blockquote><p>"There are not any plans to erect a statue of Robocop. Thank you for the suggestion."</p></blockquote><p>But Detroit artist <a href="http://greatamericanpixel.tumblr.com/">Jerry Paffendorf</a> and others are running with the idea. Paffendorf says the idea touched a "funny bone," and sparked "the kind of interest and intrigue in Detroit, and an interest in what <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093870/">Robocop</a> means to Detroit." Thu, 10 Feb 2011 21:55:31 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 1246 at http://michiganradio.org Detroiters raise funds for RoboCop statue MSU's Broad Art Museum names new art director http://michiganradio.org/post/msus-broad-art-museum-names-new-art-director <p><a href="http://www.artinfo.com/news/story/26292/a-day-in-the-life-michael-rush/">Michael Rush</a> will be the founding director of the <a href="http://broadmuseum.msu.edu/">Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum</a> at <a href="http://msu.edu">Michigan State University</a>.</p><p>Rush is well known in the art world – he’s published numerous books and articles about late 20<sup>th</sup> century art. He also directed the <a href="http://my.brandeis.edu/news/item?news_item_id=104156&amp;show_release_date=1">Rose Art Museum</a> at Brandeis University and the <a href="http://www.kmoser.com/pbica/">Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art</a>. Fri, 10 Dec 2010 22:47:05 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 555 at http://michiganradio.org MSU's Broad Art Museum names new art director