Coming Home is a suite of exhibitions featuring works by emerging and established Michigan artists. Coming Home celebrates Michigan’s role as a platform for inspiration, exploration, and creative development by highlighting a diverse group of working artists.
Coinciding with the calendar year’s passing of the seasons, and the broader homecoming of travelers, Coming Home celebrates both departures and reunions.
Coming Home features work by artists who are from Michigan, are currently based in Michigan, or have spent a considerable amount of time in Michigan during the course of their careers. Exhibits within Coming Home will be on view November 11, 2016 - January 8, 2017.
Michael C. Andrews
Kelly Allen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Allen’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including galleries and museums in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and London. Through the unification of images, colors, and textures pulled from the macro-to microcosmic realms, Allen’s work initiates conversation and formulates new meanings.
Michael C. Andrews
Michael C. Andrews is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and is the Academic Director at the Ox-bow School of Art and Artists' Residency. Andrews received a BFA from SAIC and his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Fueled by dynamic relationships between bright and dull colors, hard and soft materials, and range of scale, his sculptures and tapestries pointedly occupy the gallery. His work is informed by the grandeur of historical tapestries, non-representational abstract painting, and the delirium of home craft. His tapestries simultaneously function as both object and image.
Nayda Collazo-Llorens is a visual artist engaged in an interdisciplinary practice incorporating multiple mediums and strategies. Her practice examines the ways in which we perceive and process information, dealing with concepts of navigation, language and hyperconnectivity. Collazo-Llorens received an MFA from New York University and a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art. She was a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellow in 2012, and a Visiting Fellow at the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership in 2014. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Art Net, Art US, Art Nexus, Art News, Arte al Día International, BOMBlog, and Newcity, among others.
Her work is represented by LMAKgallery, New York.
Geary Jones is a nationally renowned weaver and fiber artist based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Jones’ works range from miniature tapestries to monumental constructions woven from unexpected materials, and his resume includes a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, national recognition as the recipient of the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award, publication in American Craft and The New York Times, and invitations to speak at such prestigious establishments as the Art Institute of Chicago.
Bob Marsh is a sculptor and Associate Professor of Sculpture and Functional Art at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University. Marsh earned a MFA in Furniture Design from San Diego State University and a BFA in Crafts from Kutztown University. Marsh has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. Marsh recently completed a sabbatical and residency at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in CO, and presents a series of new work as part of UICA’s Coming Home exhibition.
Dylan A. T. Miner is a Wiisaakodewinini (Métis) artist, activist, published writer, and scholar, and is the Director of American Indian Studies and Associate Professor at Michigan State University. Miner is also Adjunct Curator of Indigenous art at the Michigan State University Museum, and a founding member of the Justseeds artists collective. In 2010, Miner was awarded an Artist Leadership Fellowship from the National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian, USA) and holds a PhD in the history of art from The University of New Mexico.
The publication, Galleries West, said of Miner’s work, “Miner represents a new generation of artists who are transforming this aesthetic project of healing into a quiet celebration of growing empowerment.”
Mario Moore was born in Detroit, MI and currently lives and works in New York, NY. Moore received a BFA in Illustration from the College for Creative Studies, an MFA in Painting from the Yale School of Art, and recently completed an Artist in Residency at Knox College.
Moore has exhibited nationally and internationally including at the Charles H. Wright Museum, George N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem State University’s Diggs Gallery, Driscoll Babcock Gallery and the Detroit Artists’ Market. Moore’s work has been featured in numerous print and online publications including, most recently, Arts Black, Studio Visit Volume 31 and the Studio Museum in Harlem’s catalog, Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art.
Diane Zeeuw’s academic career intersects both theory and practice. Zeeuw teaches graduate level courses at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) in critical studies including Ethics and Visual Representation and Post-Structuralism. Additionally, Diane serves as the Chair of both the Graduate and Undergraduate Painting programs at KCAD.
As a practicing artist, Zeeuw has maintained a national exhibition record and has recently exhibited her work at the New Arts Project in PA, Gallery 33 Contemporary, Zhou B Art Center in Chicago, the Maryland Federation of Art in Annapolis, and Wayne State University in Detroit. Zeeuw has also been the recipient of a number of grants including a significant individual ArtServe grant; she also served on the ArtServe advisory peer review panel for the state of Michigan.