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Lecture Series in Traverse City: What Is Art, Anyway?

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April 2, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


The Box
425 Boardman Ave.
Traverse City, MI United States

Artcenter Traverse City has announced the lineup for the 6-week Lecture Series titled: “What is Art, Anyway?”

The series searches for the elusive definition of art from the diverse perspective of artists, gallery owners and educators.

Artists lead off the series with a discussion on the topic. Fiber artist Ann Loveless, winner of ArtPrize 2013, joins a panel with Del Michel, working artist and retired chair of the Art Department at Hope College and Bob Purvis, Suttons Bay sculptor.

That will be followed by panels and presentations by gallery owners and art educators. “This series is sure to stimulate conversation about art,” said Mike Kelly, event coordinator. “We want input from the audience and controversy is welcome.”

The series is part of the renewed expansion of arts programming, aimed at presenting art to the Traverse City community. Artcenter president, Paul LaPorte, says, “We hope this lecture series resonates with the community. It demonstrates our commitment to advocate for the visual arts – a missing link in the diverse and culturally rich Traverse City landscape.” LaPorte went on to explain that it is time to elevate the arts to the same level as the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, Film Festival, National Writers Series and other great local cultural amenities.

Series convenes on Wednesdays, Feb. 26-Apr. 2. Admission is $5, at the door.

The lecture series is made possible by the generous support of film producer Kathleen Glynn.

Lecture Series Schedule: (Facilitated by Ron Jolly, local radio talk show host.)

2/26/14 Three Artists: Ann Loveless, Frankfort; Del Michel, Traverse City artist and retired chair of the Art Department at Hope College; Bob Purvis, Suttons Bay metalworker whose work includes architectural ironwork, furniture design and sculpture.

3/5/14 Three Galleries: Bob Streit, owner of Twisted Fish Gallery in Elk Rapids; Christie Minervini, owner of Gallery 50 at Grand Traverse Commons; Sue Ann Round, owner of Michigan Artists’ Gallery in Suttons Bay.

3/12/14 Two Unique Educators: Dave Parrish and Lyn Salathiel first started working together as local high school teachers. They are now featured in NMC’s Lifelong Learning Series and regularly present everything from Mozart to Grandma Moses.

3/19/14 Street Art & Graffiti: Chase Hunt, local street artist is the coordinator of a workshop located in an old warehouse in downtown Traverse City. Tattoo artist Ram Lee and street artist Sam Miller.

3/26/14 Performing Arts: Traverse Symphony Orchestra (Krista Cooper); Traverse City Film Festival (Deb Lake); and Old Town Playhouse (Phil Murphy).

4/2/14 Paul Welch: Paul Welch, Majordomo of Traverse City art, summarizes the series in his unique and learned style. Paul was an art instructor and head of the Art Department at NMC and, working with Mike Dennos, was the driving force behind building the Dennos Museum on that campus.