Holly Lalicata, Student Life Editor
The Michigan Water Color Society Signature Exhibition at the Stamelos Gallery Center.
Welcome back, Wolverines! It’s a new semester with new possibilities for you to be involved with campus life. Whatever speaks to you – whether it be athletics, a relaxing day by Chancellor’s Pond, or completing an internship – know that UM-Dearborn has many resources for every student.
One resource that the Mardigian Library hosts is the Stamelos Gallery Center. The Gallery is a place where students are able to dive into the latest art collections made by acclaimed artists. Permanent artwork can be found throughout the Mardigian Library, with limited-time exhibitions showcased within the Gallery.
The Michigan Water Color Society Signature Exhibition opened with a reception on July 13 and will be available until Sept. 24. This exhibition is guest curated by Rocco Pisto and features artwork from many Michigan Water Color Society artists throughout the state of Michigan. UM-Dearborn’s community can enjoy artwork ranging from “representational to abstract, and everything in between, as each artist shares their distinctive styles and techniques,” according to the Stamelos Gallery Center website.
The exhibition features Michigan sights, as well as personal inspirations.
Detroit RenCen at Night by Rocco Pisto
Dad By Michael Ingle
Thinking Outside (and Inside) the Box by Jerry Bowman
And these three only cover a few of the artworks in this collection.
The Stamelos Gallery Center was named after a late UM-Dearborn art professor, Electra Stamelos. Not only was she adored on campus, but she was also a significant board member of the Michigan Water Color Society.
The Stamelos Gallery Center is a place for students to gain inspiration in their classes and personal lives. Art classes regularly visit the Gallery for students to directly see how their studies are used in the artwork of achieved artists.
The Gallery is free for students and can be located on the first floor of the Mardigian Library.
For students who are interested in museum studies, the UM-Dearborn Department of Art Collections and Exhibitions offers opportunities to gain experience curating and installing exhibitions, writing and publishing exhibition catalogs, and even interning in curation and collections management.
Get involved on campus this semester and visit the MWCS Signature Exhibition before it leaves.
The University of Michigan-Dearborn Department of Art Collections and Exhibitions holds over 3000 pieces of art of different medias and styles from the 20th and 21st centuries. Many are watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings, but the largest portion of collected work is studio glass. The collection features several globally renowned artists, such as Salvador Dali, Joan Miro, Jacob Lawrence and Electra Stamelos.
The gallery is also hosting a special event from Sept. 8-11: a three-day glass mosaic-making workshop taught by mosaic artist Michelle Sider.