VSA Michigan exhibit on display at Studio Gallery

January 19, 2016  |  by Bonifas Arts Center

Artwork from 40 Michigan artists with disabilities is travelling the state. The 2015-2016 touring exhibit is entitled I Am…The Future and includes 47 pieces from a wide range of age groups. I Am…The Future is traveling to galleries, libraries, conferences, festival and other public places throughout Michigan from June 2015 through May 2016.

Each year, VSA Michigan releases a Call for Entries for the Emerging Artists Touring Exhibit available to children, youth and adults with disabilities. A committee of individuals from the field adjudicates the exhibit entries. Artwork from across the state was submitted, and it was the task of the jurors to select the art to be represented in the exhibit.

Work chosen for inclusion in the exhibit is based on quality and an interest on the part of VSA Michigan to showcase a variety of media and artistic techniques. I Am…The Future was juried by Shirley Woodson Reed, retired director of Fine Arts for the Detroit Public Schools, Hubert Massey, famed Detroit muralist and VSA Michigan teaching artist, and Ralph Valdez, director of the Dearborn Community Arts Council and Padzieski Art Gallery: three individuals that have spent their careers contributing to the advancement of the arts and arts education in Michigan.

The following individuals have been selected to participate in I Am…The Future:

Chase Arthur – Rochester Hills
Ben Blake – Gaylord
Nathaniel “Nate” Baranne – Gaylord
Tina Bertram – Okemos
Aliza Bhatti – Rochester Hills
Brittany Borowiak – Gaylord
Melissa Borowiak – Gaylord
Evan Bruce – Rochester Hills
Ayden Chartland – Rochester Hills
Joshua Cooper – Rochester Hills
Tara Eanis – St. Johns
Makenzie Fobar – Fredric
James Frick – Hancock
Carla Gades – Hancock
Gila Yael Gelfond – Beverly Hills
Raymond Hartbarger, Jr. – Rochester Hills
Kendra Harvey – Flint
Charlie Hill – Rochester Hills
Nick Javier – East Lansing
Abigail Kennedy – Rochester Hills
Megan Ketterer – Rochester Hills
Na’Yel Leal – Rochester Hills
Alexander Lopez-Hernandez – Rochester Hills
Ricky Manninen - Hancock
Albert “Hank” Martin – Rochester Hills
Margie Mascow – Fenton
James McKenzie – Okemos
Kenneth Randall – Gaylord
Madden “May” Rushlow – Gaylord
Becky Sue Schoreder – St. Johns
Becky Slisko – Swartz Creek
Johnathon Stephens – Swartz Creek Carla Tisler – Auburn Hills

Artwork entitled Solar System created by Chase Smith in Katherine Suender’s art class at Deerfield Elementary in Auburn Hills was selected for the national VSA exhibition at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. during the month of November.

The show on display until Feb. 18.

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