Art

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.


Kerry Shadbolt photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

The Michigan Art Education Association has named the Michigan Art Teacher of the Year and she’s from right here in Mid-Michigan. Current State talks with Kerry Shadbolt of Williamston High School, who received the honor this weekend in Grand Rapids.


Video art image
Courtesy image / Marina Abramović Archives and LIMA, Amsterdam

We visit the Broad Art Museum for their next exhibit “Moving Time,” a video installation that will take up two floors of the museum and is one of the final exhibits conceived by founding director Michael Rush, who passed away earlier this year.


Woman with paintings
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Every summer, artists are invited to spend a couple of weeks in a cabin deep in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Barbara Hranilovich of Lansing, who participated in the Friends of the Porkies Artist in Residence program this year, about how the trip influenced her work.

(SCENE) Metrospace in East Lansing is reopening, with a boost from MSU.
Courtesy Photo / (SCENE) Metrospace

An East Lansing community space that closed last April has reopened under the operation of MSU’s Department of Art, Art History, and Design. We speak with Jacquelynn Sullivan, director of galleries at MSU about the current exhibit at (SCENE) Metrospace, and about the changes it has undergone for the reopening.


Intersections photo
Courtesy photo / Grand Rapids ArtPrize

Fifteen-hundred works of art. One-hundred-sixty venues. ArtPrize is back in Grand Rapids starting Wednesday. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with ArtPrize Exhibitions Director Kevin Buist.


New art exhibit on local food appeals to all the senses

Sep 10, 2015
Curating Roots photo
April Van Buren / WKAR

Between urban gardens and a wealth of farmers markets throughout the city, Lansing has developed a robust local food movement. Now, the Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art is exploring the city’s local food culture in a new exhibit that touches all of the senses.


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