Art

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.


Pop Up Art photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

We stroll down the Lansing street where newspaper kiosks have been turned into an art exhibition. Learn more about the Lansing Art Gallery's Pop Up Art: Special Edition installation.


Scott Pohl with painting
J.F. Weese / Paint Nite

Paint Nite merges art instruction with the social scene of local bars. Current State’s Scott Pohl went to Paint Nite a while back to see what’s going on.

Zahrah Resh artwork image
Courtesy image / Zahrah Resh

A Book Art Show will take place at the Turner Dodge House on Sunday, and all are welcome to come see, and even buy, some of the creative things made from books. We find out more from one of the show’s creators, Zahrah Resh.


Marc-Olivier Wahler photo
Da Ping Luo

Meet Marc-Olivier Wahler, the new Director of the MSU Broad Museum, before he officially takes that position in July.


Julian Van Dyke photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Julian Van Dyke has been connected with Lansing’s Old Town arts scene for 20 years. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with the artist about his new exhibit in Old Town.


Pysanky egg art photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

Looking for a new way to decorate Easter eggs? Pysanky eggs use an old method to create intricate designs with wax and the etching of eggs. We take a dip in the Federated Polish Home of Lansing.


We speak with a mid-Michigan art teacher about Youth Art Month about ways to be involved, even if your school has nixed arts education.


Transformation photo
Courtesy photo / Tayeba Begum Lipi

The Broad Art Museum opens a new exhibition called “The Artist as Activist” this week. Scott Pohl talks with the two Bangladeshi artists behind the show.


Grand Rapids Art Gallery photo
Courtesy photo / Grand Rapids Art Gallery

We visit the Grand Rapids Art Museum for a preview of their Valentine’s Day tie-in Art + Chocolate.


Melissa Eggleston photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

This Friday marks the grand opening of a new art gallery over in Bath, Michigan. We speak with entrepreneurs behind the Eggleston Gallery about creating their new venture and the Michigan art at the center of Friday’s opening.


Courtesy Nathan Sawaya

As a kid, you probably had some silly ideas about what you wanted to be when you grew up. Maybe you were planning to be a princess or train dragons for a living.

Or maybe you wanted to be a professional Lego builder.

That dream won’t seem quite as out there after you see “The Art of the Brick” exhibit coming to the Ella Sharp Museum in Jackson tomorrow.

Current State’s April Van Buren speaks with the artist behind the exhibit, Nathan Sawaya.

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Hebron glass photos
Katie Cook / WKAR

Hebron glass is a type of hand-blown glass made in the Palestinian West Bank, and Saper Galleries in East Lansing has the world’s largest collection of it outside the Middle East. We hear from Roy Saper about this beautiful glass.


Craig Mitchell Smith photo
w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing recently honored the work of glass artist Craig Mitchell Smith. Smith’s work has been shown all over the world. He talks with Current State about his career.


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