Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Art, Art History, and Design
Closer


CLOSER 

Featuring work intended to be viewed from an intimate distance.

November 13, 2015- January 8, 2016

Opening Reception November 13, 2015

I am drawn to work that manifests authenticity and sincerity. While reviewing submissions, a quiet theme seemed to develop and I have chosen a minimal exhibition that requires viewers to step closer to view small artwork that can otherwise be easily overlooked. I want the viewer to understand the intimate scale and it’s relationship to the conceptual development of various materials and processes.  This exhibition features a diverse range of artistic expressions and technical approaches.

As a juror, I respond to works that push compositional boundaries or use common materials in uncommon ways. I look for works that demonstrate a fresh, honest vitality with unusual solutions that are technically proficient and conceptually provoking. Although jurying is a personal choice, I hope to find works that challenge and engage artists to look deeper within themselves.

Jae Won Lee, Guest Juror

Jae Won Lee is a Professor at Michigan State University in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design. Lee received a BFA in sculpture from California State University, Long Beach and an MFA in ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally and her work is held in private and museum collections. She has been awarded many prestigious fellowships & awards to support her creative research including recently a Fulbright Research Scholarship Award and a McKnight Artist Residency for Ceramic Artists.