visual art

Visual Art
7:45 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Could Art Help Us Understand Autism?

From the All For One exhibit at the Park Trades Center in Kalamazoo
Credit courtesy of Bill Davis

Last year, Western Michigan University art students took a class that examined art made by kids with autism to better understand how they communicate.

Now the Autism & Visual Art Project has blossomed to a global program that includes workshop materials for educators, an exhibit, and even a documentary film.

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Visual Art
3:15 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Detail, Detail, Detail: What It's Like To Be A Science Illustrator

Paul Krieger sketching a red-tailed hawk from his iPad in his office at Grand Rapids Community College
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Most reference books aren’t the most exciting reads. After all, you don’t open up a textbook or encyclopedia to find riveting prose. But next time you have to look something up, take a minute to look at the artwork.

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Arts & More
3:09 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Artist of the Month: Paige Harrison's Recycled Paper Collage Portraits

Artist Paige Harrison with one of her collage portraits.
Credit Erin Williams / WMUK

The next time you stop in to Water Street Coffee's downtown location for a quick pick-me-up, take a 

moment to walk into the sitting area and admire the paper college portraits of 15 year-old Paige Harrison. In her artwork, she's crafted beach scenes, animals and insects, and words of inspiration.

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Arts & More
7:30 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Artist of the Month: Furniture Designer Jake Blok

Jake Blok shows off his techniques. The furniture designer graduated from Kendall College of Art & Design in 2013.
Erin Williams WMUK

At an age when most kids were still trying to make simple cabins out of Lincoln Logs, carpenter and furniture designer Jake Blok was learning how to measure and cut real wood.

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Artist of the Month
2:01 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

What does becoming an American feel like? See Artist of the Month Ally Pye's Work

Alessandra Pye stands next to the last piece in her series
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

If you weren’t born in the United States, there are several things you have to do to become a U.S. citizen—like carry around a green card for five years and take what’s called a “naturalization test.”

That will make you an American on paper, but what does it take to feel like one?

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