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Vessels are both literal and metaphoric containers in which things can be carried, and/or moved from one place to another. VESSELS offers work by 28 exhibitors who interpret vessels in innovative and fresh ways, in a wide range of familiar and unorthodox materials. The VESSELS exhibition demonstrates unexpected ways of thinking about the form, function, and the meaning of a vessel.
VESSELS exhibitors are: Ann Cibulskis, Cherie Correll, Michael Cotter, Hope Croskey, Hank Feeley, Sharon Gill, Susan Hale, John Huston, Andrew Jagniecki, Haley Joseph, Tamara Kaplan, Stephen Kostyshyn, Jessica Kovan, L.C. Lim, Clay Maas, Mara Manning, Laura Miller, Alice Moss, Jeff Peterson, Liza Pike, Nick Preneta, Shanna Robinson, Elizabeth Rodgers, Jennifer Rynbrandt, Robin Sorquist, Michelle Tock York, Christie Trout, Glenn Wolff
The GAAC is very pleased to be able to exhibit the Creation of the World 6/9, a needlework tapestry from Judy Chicago’s Birth Project. The tapestry is loaned to the GAAC courtesy of the Dennos Museum Center from its Permanent Collection. A traveling installation of the Birth Project was exhibited at Northwestern Michigan College in 1986, before the Dennos Museum Center was built. Read more about the Birth Project here.
Two video conversations springboard off the VESSELS exhibition’s theme.
- Baskets of the Anishinaabek – A conversation with Laura Quackenbush about the Leelanau Historical Museum’s collection of Anishinaabek baskets. Quackenbush, the curator of the museum’s Traditional Anishinaabek Arts Collection, talks about the human stories behind these baskets. FREE. View it here.
- 99 Clay Vessels – A conversation with Alison Kysia, founder of 99 Clay Vessels: The Muslim Women Storytelling Project, a multimedia art and storytelling project exploring identity, bigotry, and the ways Kysia used the visual arts to talk about both of these things. FREE. View it here.
- Vessels Walk and Talk — Sarah Bearup-Neal, GAAC gallery manager, leads a conversational tour of this dynamic exhibit. Saturday, October 8, 11 am. FREE. Read more here.
- Writing The Arts: A writing workshop open to all, at any stage. Led by Michigan Writers, participants will use the VESSELS exhibition as inspiration for new poems, poetry, and prose. September 10, 17, 24, October 1 reading. FREE. Read more and register here.
- Materials Exploration: This workshop explores soft materials and basketry methods to create three-dimensional forms in fiber. September 24. Read more and register here.