Art

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.


Scott Pohl and Karl Gude photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Karl Gude is Graphics Editor in Residence in the MSU School of Journalism. You might know him from a humorous instructional YouTube video on how to draw a butt. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Karl Gude about  his latest project, a coloring book for grownups called “Nude.”


Larry Grudt Keys to Creativity photo
Katie Cook / WKAR

If you’re looking for new ways for you and your family to be creative, there’s a new community art space in Lansing that provides a variety of opportunities. Keys to Creativity is an art gallery in the Lansing Mall that hosts events and offers classes for all ages. We talk with founder Larry Grudt.


Karen Finley photo
Courtesy photo / Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker series

Performance artist and author Karen Finley is coming to Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theater on Thursday Night. We talk with Finley about her decades-long career, including taking the National Endowment of the Arts to the Supreme Court.


MICA Gallery photo
Courtesy photo / MICA Gallery

Art and community go hand in hand, and MICA Gallery in Old Town Lansing seeks to support community development with quality arts programming. Current State talks with MICA Program Director Katrina Daniels about the exhibit that’s at the gallery now.


Graham Beal photo
Courtesy photo / Broad Art Museum

Graham Beal ushered the Detroit Institute of Arts through that city’s bankruptcy. Now a visiting Hannah Distinguished Professor at MSU, Beal is helping the university search for a new director of the Broad Art Museum. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Beal about what lies ahead for the university’s landmark art museum.


Mosaics brighten up abandoned GM lot in Lansing

Nov 2, 2015
Lansing mosaic photo
April Van Buren / WKAR

An empty GM parking lot on West Saginaw is a little brighter now thanks to a new public art installation. The project was a collaboration between MSU students and youth who have been through the juvenile justice system. Current State's April Van Buren visits the site.


517ARTsearch app photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

A new app is making it easier to find interesting works of art in the Lansing area. Current State’s Scott Pohl has the story of the 517ARTsearch app.


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