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Tom Carey exhibited his woodcuts in a solo show titled Scary Monsters at the Paint Creek Center for the Arts First Floor gallery in Rochester MI, October 3rd- November 8th 2008

Ellen Phelan exhibited 24 of her new prints at a show titled "Kenjockety" at the Susanne Hilberry Gallery in Ferndale MI. September 19th - November 1st, 2008

Sue Carman-Vian participated in an "Art Performance" titled the Te eve of St. Agnes at the Maygrove College theatre in Detroit MI. October 24th, 25th and 26th 2008 

Sergio De Giusti displayed his new sculptures and drawings in an exhibition titled Wrapped Fragments at the Ellen Kayrod Gallery in Detroit MI, October 10th- November 21st, 2008

Gary Eleinko exhibited his new work in a show at the Cass Cafe in Detroit MI titled Man and Nature, August 24th - November 8th, 2008

Russ Orlando participated in the Michigan Ceramics 2008 exhibit that took place at the Community Arts Gallery at Wayne State University, November 7th - December 19th, 2008

Ron Teachworth and Nancy Stocking showed there photography in a joint exhibition at the Cary Gallery in Rochester MI, November 15th - December 13th,  2008

Matthew Scarlett's work was featured in the 8th Annual Emerging Artists Exhibition at the Downriver Council for the Arts in Taylor MI. October 23rd - November 21st, 2008

Mary Fortuna exhibited work in a show titled "Made in Detroit, Changing cities" at the Galerie Eva Bracke in Berlin Germany, November 8th 2008- January 4th 2009

Sandra Cardew and Thomas Pyrzewski showed there work in an exhibit titled "Insider" at the DAM in Detroit, MI, September 12th - October 18th 2008

Marat Paransky exhibited his work in an exhibition with Chris Girard at Sense Gallery in Ferndale MI in 2008

Eric Mesko showed his artwork in an exhibition titled "The Last Days of Plan 9 from Washington!" at the Tangent Gallery in Detroit MI IN 2008

Jim Chatelain exhibited paintings in a solo show titled "Further Down the Road" at the Paul Kotula Projects gallery in Ferndale MI, May 17th - June 21st,  2008

Sandra Cardew and Yoriko Hirose Cronin  exhibited work in an exhibition titled "World Under the Woods" at the Ellen Kayrod Gallery in Detroit, MI, May 9th - June 20th,  2008. 

Ruth Merigian Adams ‘71 ‘74 gifted to Wayne State in 2003 her drawing of WSU’s McGregor Memorial Conference Center.

Helen Bevan '05 and Anne Fracassa '97 exhibited in a Group Show entitled Views on the Landscape at the Paint Creek Center for the Arts July-August 2005.

Joyce Brienza '91exhibits in a Group Show entitled Accidents, Loops and Elements at the Paint Creek Center for the Arts October - November 2005.

George Booth Jr. ’52 ’66 showed work at the 2003 Artists Among Us exhibit presented by Wayne County Council.

Tom Carey '96, John Cynar and Lynn Galbreath '85 participated in a Summer Group Exhibition July-August 2005 at the District Arts Gallery, Birmingham, MI.

Barbara Dorchen ’95 showed a solo exhibition at Batista Gallery in Ferndale, MI , in 2003. She was Artist in Residence at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT , in 2002. Dorchen also showed work in the Fort Wayne Museum of Art’s 2002 Biennial, Fort Wayne, IN , and in the Butler Institute of American Art’s 65th Midyear Exhibition, Youngstown, OH , in 2001.

Gerald Grieser ’80 was appointed vice president for business development at Design Craftsmen, LLC. He is a member of the Industrial Designers Society of America, the Western Museums Association, the National Association for Interpretation and the Themed Entertainment Association.

Shirley Kruise Hathaway ‘84 ‘01 is an art teacher in the Chippewa Valley School System in Clinton Township, MI . Hathaway has paintings published in the books Painting Compositions: Best of Watercolor and Best of Watercolor II and took first and third places in the Professional Art category of the 2002 Michigan State Fair.

Ian Hornak (1944-2002) earned his BFA and MFA at Wayne and went on to teach in the Art Department.  He moved to New York where for over 30 years he was represented under exclusive contract by many of New York's and the worlds most prestigious galleries [brought to the Tibor de Nagy Gallery from Elenor Ward's Stable Gallery by Jason McCoy the Nephew of Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner]. Hornak was always simultaneously represented both on 57th street and in SoHo in New York. His works are included in many of the worlds most important private collections and many of the United States most highly regarded museums including the Corcoran and the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.

Debra Marie Kraft ’83 wrote her first book of poetry, Somewhere on the Edge of Words, printed by PublishAmerica.

Mark Leithauser ’72 ’73 is chief exhibition designer at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC . A former WSU drawing teacher, he designs exhibitions with an artist’s eye and the shows in turn serve as inspirations for his own art. Leithauser was profiled in the January 2003 issue of Art & Antiques magazine.

David Mikesell exhibited recent work in a one-person show at the Grosse Pointe Artists Association’s Art Center in September.

Justin Morin ’02 designed and maintains the websites for 93.1 WDRQ-FM and 96.3 WDVD-FM in Detroit .

Dale Northup ’66 ’68 wrote the 2003 book Detroit’s Woodlawn Cemetery published by Arcadia last October.

Louis Ocepek ’64 retired from a 35-year career teaching art at the college level. He is an emeritus professor of art at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM , where he received the Westhafer Award for Excellence in Teaching, NMSU’s most prestigious teaching award. He wrote the book Graphic Design: Vision, Process, Product published by Prentice Hall in 2002.

Heloisa Pomfret '99 will be exhibited work at G.R. N'Namdi Gallery, Detroit, MI July 2005.

Mona Shahid '05 exhibited in the two part  Group Show entitled Summer Pack 2 from July - September 2005 at the Hillberry Gallery.

Gilda Snowden ’77 ’79 is a professor of fine art at Detroit ’s College for Creative Studies. Snowden is a recipient of numerous grants from the Michigan Council for the Arts, ArtsMidwest and the Randolph Street Gallery. She has exhibited her paintings extensively at local galleries and three of her works were acquired by the Detroit Institute of Arts.  Snowden exhibited in a group show entitled Michigan Master Painters at the Delta College  September - October 2005.

Joan Verla '02, Alex Stchekine ’03 and Jayson Lowery ’04 created a cast-iron sculpture for Electronic Data Systems (EDS) in Birmingham, U.K. The sculpture was cast and built at the Iron Bridge Open Air Museum of Steel Sculpture in Coalbrookdale, England, U.K. during a 2003 summer study abroad. In 2004, Verla and Lowery bridged the project to the U.S. by creating a metal sculpture that was installed at EDS in Troy, MI.

Deborah Sukenic ’94 exhibited her paintings in a solo show titled The Secret Life of Suburbia at Meadow Brook Art Gallery on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester, MI , in September.