'North of the 45th' Exhibit at DeVos

The inaugural "North of the 45th" exhibition at the DeVos Art Museum will end its run with a closing reception from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, July 5. The free event will feature live music by This is Deer Country from Houghton and Dondo de la Mancha of Detroit.

All artists featured in the show live north of the 45th parallel in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Melissa Matuscak (DeVos Art Museum) said more than 125 applications and 600 images were submitted. The juror was John Corbett, owner and co-director of Corbett vs. Dempsey Gallery in Chicago.

"The resulting exhibition highlights the incredible variety and depth of talent in the upper Midwest," said Matuscak. "The artists are using a range of media from photography to paint on canvas to site-specific installation to performance. The exhibition features artists who are in all stages of their careers, from students attending schools such as the Minneapolis College of Art and Design to faculty from NMU to self-taught artists who are showing at the DeVos Art Museum for the first time."

Artists selected for the exhibition include: Paul Albert, Sara Cambensy, Christine Flavin (Art and Design), Yvonne LeMire, Scott Proctor and Dennis Staffne (Art and Design) of Marquette; Kate Anderson, Ute Bertog, Gregory Euclide, Teri Fullerton, Brett Gustafson, Gregory D. Mills, Ellen Mueller and Josh Quigley of Minneapolis, Minn.; Chevalier Daniel C. Boyer, Houghton; Ryan Brayak, Escanaba; Cynthia Coté and Greg Green, Calumet; Linda King Ferguson, Au Train; Gregory Fitz and Rebecca Shewmake, St. Paul, Minn.; Michael Letts, Negaunee; Robert Repinski, Duluth, Minn.; Louis Rosenbaum, Ishpeming; Martin Rowe, Rhinelander, Wis.; and Stacy Vaughn Davis, Republic.

The next exhibit, opening July 11, is "The Brothers Ape." It focuses on NMU alumni artists living in, or heavily influenced by, the Upper Peninsula. The show will include works by Art Brut, Sycamore Smith and Freepy Shwirtel.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 1-4 p.m. weekends.


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