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Susan Erickson, PH.D
Professor of Art History
University of Michigan-Dearborn

Picturing Places and Spaces

January 20 – April 1, 2022

Since the beginning of the Covid 19 pandemic, people across the world - and in the University of Michigan-Dearborn community - have become intensely aware of the spaces of their homes and the mental and spiritual respite offered by the outdoors, whether they be nearby walking paths or public parks. We have started to return to the familiar places and routines of daily life, but many of us dream of traveling again to exciting cities, national parks, or famous sites around the world.

In longing for travel, we imagine seeing new worlds or seeing our own worlds with fresh eyes. This exhibition explores both real and imagined places and spaces as depicted by a selection of international, national, and local artists from the sixteenth to the twenty-first centuries.

The interpretations of lived and conjured worlds are grouped thematically to facilitate your journey through the gallery. Rather than snapping photos during your travel in this space, we hope you will take with you the varied perspectives offered by the artists in the exhibition.

The exhibition is divided into six themes:

This exhibition is the culminating experiential learning project of the following students enrolled in the Art History Capstone Seminar taught by Professor Susan Erickson during the Fall 2021 semester: Lubna Al Nasri, Ethan Arnold, Stephanie Bender, Frank Carter, Nicole Gonzales, Diana Guzman, Mallory Lloyd, Hairaty Mahamadou Alhassane, and Brittanie Sharp. Works from the permanent collection of the Stamelos Gallery Center are featured in the exhibition along with Asian paintings and prints made possible through a generous loan from the University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor.