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Showcase highlights local, regional artists

March 16, 2012
By STACEY KUKKONEN - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - The Great Lakes Showcase will be displayed throughout the month of March in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts at Michigan Technological University and the public is welcome to attend.

The annual juried exhibit features art from across a broad range of media by local and regional artists in the Rozsa Center gallery on the bottom floor from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Judging the showcase is Dr. Stephen Perkins, curator of art at the Lawton Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

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Denise Spagnotti and Carol Frendewey look at artwork displayed in the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts lower level gallery at Michigan Technological University Thursday. The Great Lakes Showcase will be in place until March 30 and the public is welcome to visit the gallery.

"I really enjoyed having him here," said Great Lakes Showcase Coordinator Sarah Scarlett. "It's nice to have someone come in from the outside who hasn't seen any of these artist's works before."

The artwork includes watercolor paintings, oils, photography, fiber arts, woodworking, drawing and multi-media.

"There are a wide variety of items," Scarlett said. "A majority are 2-dimensional works on the wall."

About $2,000 in prizes was given to artists to honor the work in the gallery.

This is the first year Scarlett has organized the Great Lakes Showcase. She credits Mary Ann Beckwith, professor of art in the department of visual and performing arts, with starting the showcase and getting it off the ground.

"I moved here a few years ago and was working as a curator at the Milwaukee Arts Museum," Scarlett said. "The chair in the visual and performing arts at Tech asked me to come on this year. Mary Ann originated the show more than 30 years ago and has been the artistic driving force behind it."

Most exhibition works will be available for purchase through Ticketing Operations at Michigan Tech by calling 487-2073.

This exhibit is sponsored by the Michigan Technological University visual and performing arts department.



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