Art

Spartan Agate photo
Courtesy photo

Have you thought about what to buy the jewelry-lover in your life this holiday season? Consider the lovely Spartan Agate, a man-made “gemstone” made from the thick layers of paint applied over many decades to The Rock on MSU’s campus. We talk to the jeweler who makes them to find out how she does it.

Lansing Art Gallery holiday display photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

We talk with Barb Whitney of the Lansing Art Gallery about making works by local artists available during the holiday shopping season.

Reports to an Academy photo
Courtesy photo / Ailbhe Ni Bhriain and Domobaal Gallery, London

The Broad Art Museum brings a forward-thinking display to its halls this weekend. We learn from the Broad’s Caitlín Doherty and a couple of the visiting artists how their art helps envision Ireland a hundred years from now in the exhibit “2116: Forecast of the Next Century.”

'Invasive Species' photo
Courtesy photo / Shiny Seed

Michigan artists Casey Dixon and Gene Foulk, under the name Shiny Seed, are finalists in the three-dimensional category of the public Grand Rapids Art Prize vote finals and will learn their fate this weekend. Their work is called “Invasive Species.”

MSU turns felled campus trees into furniture, art

Sep 28, 2016
MSU Shadows furniture photo
Courtesy photo

“MSU Shadows” isn’t just the alma mater of the mighty Green and White. It’s also a Michigan State University program that turns downed trees into beautiful and functional works of art. We learn more from Current State contributor Kirk Heinze.

Keys to Creativity album art exhibit photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Album covers used to get almost as much attention as the music inside. The Keys to Creativity gallery in the Lansing Mall marks the “Golden Age of Album Art” from 1967 to ‘83 with an exhibit through October 6th. Current State’s Scott Pohl has a look.

Olayami Dabls' MBAD African Bead Museum photo
Marissa Gawel

The Dabl’s MBAD African Bead Museum is a Detroit institution. After 16 years in operation, it’s about to go through some expansion and renovation. Current State's Katie Cook visits founder Olayami Dabls.

Hal Gould photo of Willie Dixon
Courtesy photo / Hal Gould/MICA Gallery

"Seeing Rectangular" is an exhibit at the MICA Gallery in Old Town opening this weekend. It explores the durability of non-digital images by photographer and journalist Hal Gould.

Geng Xue, Mr. Sea, 2014 photo
Courtesy photo / Geng Xue and Klein Sun Gallery, New York

After the United States, China has the second largest art market in the world. A new exhibit at MSU’s Broad Art Museum explores how Chinese women have navigated the contemporary art explosion in their homeland. We speak with Dr. Wang Chunchen, curator of the new Broad exhibit, “Fire Within.”

Sharon Stratton photo
Courtesy photo / Sharon Stratton

As public schools start getting ready to begin a new cycle, meet the new Michigan Art Teacher of the Year , Sharon Stratton. She teaches in Fennville, a west Michigan town with a population of less than 1,400.

Ann Arbor Art Fair photo
Courtesy photo / Ann Arbor Art Fair

Thousands of artists converge in Ann Arbor for the Ann Arbor Art Fair every year. Current State’s Brooke Allen fills us in on everything happening within the 29 city blocks of the event.

Courtesy Marek Radke

There’s always a great deal of window-watching that happens along Turner Street in Lansing's Old Town. However, for the next couple of months, you can’t easily do that with the MICA Gallery.

Courtesy Steve Purchase

Usually by the time things make it to the scrap yard, people don’t want them anymore. But that’s not the case for the 16 teams of artists participating in Old Town’s Scrapfest this weekend in Lansing. For the eighth year in a row, artists, welders and craftspeople from around Michigan have taken scrap materials and turned them into art- and they will unveil their recycled and upcycled creations this weekend in Old Town Lansing. The event will also feature live music, family activities, a beer...

Muhammad Ali photo
Courtesy photo / GRAM permanent collection

Grand Rapids Art Museum chief curator Ron Platt gives Current State's Peter Whorf a look at historic photos and the evolution of the medium.

FIA Assistant Curator Sarah Kohn and “New Cycle” by Joseph Raffael photo
Emily Legleitner / Courtesy Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York, NY

We get a preview of the Flint Institute of Arts exhibition called “Moving Toward the Light.” The display, opening this weekend, focuses on large-scale natural watercolor works of artist Joseph Raffael.

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