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Michigan Artists Collaborate to Find "Balance"

HANCOCK, MI - The Michigan Chapter of the Women's Caucus for Art has brought together artists from across the state to participate in an exhibition titled, "Balance: An Artist's Collaborative Game."

For the exhibition, 36 women artists have been paired with each other to create three original works each, based on the theme of "Balance."

Balance Exhibit PostcardTwo artists from the Finlandia University International School of Art & Design, Hancock, Mich., are participating in the "Balance" exhibit: Yueh-mei Cheng, associate professor of studio arts, and Melissa Hronkin, adjunct ISAD instructor and Finlandia alumna.

Benjamin Westcott, 2010 Finlandia University BFA graduate, designed the exhibit poster and post card.

This ambitious project began in January when participating artists were matched to create eighteen collaborative "teams." The teams combine, for example, older, established artists with younger, emerging ones; painters with mixed-media sculptors; and West Michigan artists with Detroit-area artists.

Through "Call and Response" exchanges, the process of collaboration among the featured "Balance" artists has been recorded through images and insights. The theme sparked myriad 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 to painting to installations.

The resulting works will travel to four galleries in Michigan between May 7 and December 1, 2010.

The premier venue, from May 7 to 31, is the art gallery in the Duderstadt Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Following its stop in Ann Arbor, "Balance" travels to River's Edge Gallery, Wyandotte, for exhibit September 3 to 26. The opening reception is September 25, 6:00 to 10:00 p.m., at the River's Edge Gallery. Also at the River's Edge Gallery, a gallery talk featuring the participating artists will take place September 11, 2:00 p.m.

The exhibit's third stop is the Finlandia University Reflection Gallery, Hancock, from October 4 to 31, with an opening reception October 7, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.  Brenda Oelbaum, president of WCA Midwest Region, will present a public lecture about the exhibit's theme at Finlandia University.

Finally, the exhibit will be hosted by the Holland Area Arts Council, November 11 to December 1, with an opening reception, November 11, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

For additional information, please contact Yueh-mei Cheng at 906-487-7375 or


Photo cutline: Poster designed by Benjamin Westcott for the exhibit, "Balance: An Artist's Collaborative Game"