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Rankin Art Gallery at Ferris State University to Feature Exhibit by Award-Winning Kendall Graduate

Posted October 26, 2012 in Alumni


The Rankin Art Gallery at Ferris State University will present “Journey: Life from the Inside Out,” an exhibition of a series of figurative oil paintings by award-winning artist and Kendall College of Art and Design alum Shelley Newman Stevens, beginning Thursday, Nov. 1, through Tuesday, Nov. 20.

 “Shelley’s exhibit is very unique, because it’s narrative,” said Carrie Weis, gallery director. “It’s also figurative, and the story is really being told by a young woman named Annara. All of the paintings feature this female figure.”

Stevens, who earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2000 and a Master of Fine Arts in 2004 from Kendall, is an assistant professor in the Fine Arts Department at Central Michigan University and a studio artist at Golden Apple Studio in Mount Pleasant. She also is director of the Golden Apple Art Residency in Harrington, Maine, and has served as a juror for various exhibitions and scholarship awards.

Her work has received awards at juried regional and national exhibits, and her paintings were featured in the 2011 documentary, “Re-Enchantment,” produced by the Australia Broadcasting Corporation.

Admission to the gallery, located in the Rankin Student Activities Center above the bookstore, is free and open to the public. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. A reception with Stevens is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7.

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