Intermural- ann arbor art center 117 gallery august 2017

Intermural is a special pop-up exhibition featuring unique murals by Michigan based artists. From August 15 to September 7, artists will take over the entire 2nd floor of the Art Center, using the gallery walls as their canvas to create process-focused works in collaboration with the audience.

Intermural Artists:

(Click on the artist’s name to learn more)

Olivia Guterson | Ann Arbor, MI

Olivia will create a large black & white collage drawn on the 117 Gallery walls. The public will have access to colored paint markers to fill in Olivia’s drawing. She will be present throughout the duration of the exhibition to work with the public.

“In Intermural I seek to pay tribute to the complexities of nature’s patterns by focusing predominantly in black and white for its stability, intensity, and honesty. With black ink, there is no going back. One line slowly evolves into an intricate commotion. My goal is document the beautiful chaos as I see it.”

About Olivia: Deeply influenced by the textures and landscapes of my childhood homes in New Mexico and Washington, I have developed a love for wandering to find art and patterns. I have always been moved to create and once I begin drawing my lines as a child, I never really stopped. I tend to focus on the contrast of black and white; busy and still; quiet and loud. Through my work, I hope people take a moment to look a little deeper. Things are more than they appear at first glance. Everything is ephemeral.

Eliza Fernand | Grand Rapids, MI

Eliza will create a large scale fabric collage, applying fabric pieces direct to a large canvas piece that will cover the 117 Gallery wall. The public will find materials that they can add to the piece as they see fit. Eliza will be present throughout the duration of the exhibition to work with the public. 

“My intentions as an artist and teacher are reusing discarded materials for art, empowering communities through teaching self-sustaining skills, creating socially engaged projects that demystify the practice of artists, and encouraging cross-media collaboration. For the past seven years, I have been investigating the traditions and techniques of quiltmaking, and conceptualizing my research through interactive, collaborative projects that take form in video, sculpture, photography, installation, and murals.”

About Eliza: After receiving a BFA and the Departmental Award in Sculpture at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland Oregon, Eliza Fernand has spent the last eleven years attending artist residencies in a nomadic cross-country career that recently led her back to her home state of Michigan in 2014. Exhibiting her work nationally, notably at HATCH Gallery in Oakland, CA; A.I.R. Gallery in New York, NY; Gallery Homeland in Portland, OR; and Harmony Murphy Gallery in Los Angles, CA; she has also painted large-scale public murals in multiple cities, and was invited to do a solo exhibition at The Art League Gallery at the South Bend Museum of Art in Indiana in 2015. Fernand co-founded Shared Space Studio, a community art space in rural West Michigan, where she worked as the Artist Residency Director and Facilitator for five years, and concluded the project by curating an exhibition of 27 Shared Space resident artists at The Fed Galleries at Kendall College of Art and Design in 2016. Her work often includes the community and is centered around teaching and organizing.

Natalie Berry & Trevor Stone | Ann Arbor, MI

Lavinia Hanachiuc | Ann Arbor, MI

About Lavinia: Lavinia Hanachiuc is a Romanian-born ceramic artist and fine art photographer. Her work originates from an organic mélange of eastern European folklore and superstitions, Latin blood and memories from a childhood lived under an oppressive political regime. Her work is always following the materials and it’s at times very short lived , designed to interact with the audience at community events . Hanachiuc has resided in the United States since completing her Fine Art University studies in Bucharest , Romania and she has continued to create art and teach the thrill of chasing ideas and making beautiful objects to a wide audience . She is based in Ann Arbor , Mi.


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Intermural Special Events Schedule

Wednesday, August 23 – 5 to 7pm: Happy Hour with the Artists | Drop-in, free event

Join us in the 117 Gallery for happy hour with the artists! Enjoy a beer courtesy of Magic Hat Brewing while you get creative and work alongside the Intermural artists.

Saturday, August 26, 11am to 2:00pm: Family Day Activities| Drop-in, free event

  • “Mural Monsters” – 3rd Floor

Join us for an interactive Family Day of fun! Help the Intermural artists complete their murals on the second floor and then create your own Mural Monsters in our 3rd floor studios. All supplies will be provided for this free all-ages event!

Monday, August 28, 5 to 7pm: Happy Hour with the Artists| Drop-in, free event

  • 5pm – 6pm / Duo Security offices open to view murals in their Allmendinger Building at 130 South First Street.
  • 5pm – 7pm / Ann Arbor Art Center

Join us for a special dual site happy hour event showcasing new murals at the offices of Duo Security and the 117 Gallery. Several new murals by local artists will be on display at Duo Security, including one by Intermural artist, Olivia Guterson. Stop by Duo between 5 & 6pm for a special viewing and then join us at the Art Center for beers, courtesy of Magic Hat Brewing, and mural making activities in the gallery.

At 7pm we’ll head across the street to Alley Bar for the Intermural edition of Straight Up @ Alley Bar, featuring the artwork of Natalie Berry & Trevor Stone (WeDrawTogether). Enjoy $5 drink specials and a live DJ set. (no cover)

Wednesday, August 30, 6 to 8: Artists Meet & Greet, featuring the artists of Intermural | Drop-in, free event

Join the artists of Intermural for a Gallery Talk during our August Artists Meet & Greet. Each artist will talk about creating murals in the gallery as well as their individual creative practices.

Thursday, September 7, 6 to 9pm: Intermural Closing Party | Drop-in, free event

Celebrate the artists and check out their completed murals at the Closing Party, 6-9pm September 7th.