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April 20, 2010

Michigan Artists Collaborate to find “Balance”
The Women’s Caucus for Art-Michigan has brought together artists from across the state
to participate in Balance: An Artists’ Collaborative Game. Thirty-six women artists have been
paired with each other to create three original works each, based on the theme of “Balance”.
Through “Call and Response” exchanges, the process of collaboration has been recorded
through images and insights, and will culminate in an exhibit that will travel to four galleries
throughout the state of Michigan between May 7 and December 1, 2010.
This ambitious project began in January when participating artists were matched to
create eighteen collaborative “teams”. The teams combined older, established artists with
younger, emerging ones, painters with mixed-media sculptors, West Michigan artists with Detroit
artists. The result has been both exciting and challenging as participants have stretched their
imaginations and repertories to respond to their partners’ images. Meanwhile, new artist
networks have blossomed as a thought-provoking, stimulating body of work has emerged.
The theme of “balance” sparked a myriad of interpretations touching on subjects as
varied as domestic life, the environment, politics and religion. Works evoke both humor and
melancholy, and range from abstract to representational, and from painting to installations
Viewers around the state will have several opportunities to see the work in a variety of
settings. The premier venue for this exhibit will be The Gallery in the Duderstadt Center,
University of Michigan. The show runs May 7-31. All are invited to the Opening Reception, May
7, at the Gallery, from 6-8pm.
From there the exhibit travels to River’s Edge Gallery in Wyandotte, Michigan,
September 3-26, Closing Reception, September 25, 6-10pm. The River’s Edge site will also
include a Gallery Talk featuring Participating Artists, on Saturday, September 11 at 2:00pm.
Next, works continue on to Finlandia Reflection Gallery at Finlandia University, Hancock,
Michigan ,October 4-31, Opening Reception, October 7, 12-1pm.
Finally, the exhibit will be hosted by The Holland Area Arts Council, November 11-
December 1, Opening Reception, November 11, 6-7:30pm
Please join the celebration as WCA-MI kicks off this extraordinary exhibit tour at the
Gallery in the Duderstadt Center, May 7, 2010!

Art Exhibit: Balance: An Artists’ Collaborative Game, Organized by Women’sCaucus for Art-MichiganExhibition dates: May 7-31, 2010Exhibition site: The Gallery in the Duderstadt Center (previously the Media Union)2281Bonisteel Blvd, North Campus, University of Michigan.Hours: Monday through Friday, 12 to 6Opening Reception: May 7, 6-8pmContact Information: Christy Kelly-Bentgen HYPERLINK”mailto:christykel@hotmail.com” Phone: (734)424-0206Michigan Artists Collaborate to find “Balance”The Women’s Caucus for Art-Michigan has brought together artists from across the stateto participate in Balance: An Artists’ Collaborative Game. Thirty-six women artists have beenpaired with each other to create three original works each, based on the theme of “Balance”.Through “Call and Response” exchanges, the process of collaboration has been recordedthrough images and insights, and will culminate in an exhibit that will travel to four galleriesthroughout the state of Michigan between May 7 and December 1, 2010.This ambitious project began in January when participating artists were matched tocreate eighteen collaborative “teams”. The teams combined older, established artists withyounger, emerging ones, painters with mixed-media sculptors, West Michigan artists with Detroitartists. The result has been both exciting and challenging as participants have stretched theirimaginations and repertories to respond to their partners’ images. Meanwhile, new artistnetworks have blossomed as a thought-provoking, stimulating body of work has emerged.The theme of “balance” sparked a myriad of interpretations touching on subjects asvaried as domestic life, the environment, politics and religion. Works evoke both humor andmelancholy, and range from abstract to representational, and from painting to installationsViewers around the state will have several opportunities to see the work in a variety ofsettings. The premier venue for this exhibit will be The Gallery in the Duderstadt Center,University of Michigan. The show runs May 7-31. All are invited to the Opening Reception, May7, at the Gallery, from 6-8pm.From there the exhibit travels to River’s Edge Gallery in Wyandotte, Michigan,September 3-26, Closing Reception, September 25, 6-10pm. The River’s Edge site will alsoinclude a Gallery Talk featuring Participating Artists, on Saturday, September 11 at 2:00pm.Next, works continue on to Finlandia Reflection Gallery at Finlandia University, Hancock,Michigan ,October 4-31, Opening Reception, October 7, 12-1pm.Finally, the exhibit will be hosted by The Holland Area Arts Council, November 11-December 1, Opening Reception, November 11, 6-7:30pmPlease join the celebration as WCA-MI kicks off this extraordinary exhibit tour at theGallery in the Duderstadt Center, May 7, 2010!

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