FLINT – The Mott Community College Fine Arts Gallery in the Visual Arts and Design Center will present an exhibition of work by Saginaw area artist Matthew Zivich titled The Americana Series.
His work will be in the gallery through Oct. 13. In addition, Zivich will give a public gallery talk on Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. in the Visual Arts and Design Center, room 128 on the Flint Campus. These events are made possible in part by the Ballenger Trust.
Matthew Zivich studied drawing, painting and sculpture for a B.S. in Design at the University of Michigan in 1960 and received a Masters in Fine Arts in Painting & Sculpture from Indiana University where he studied under William Bailey, James McGarrell, Jean-Paul Darriau, and John Jacobus. He has been employed in college level teaching since 1964 when he began teaching at Indiana University South Bend and later as an adjunct at Notre Dame University. He is presently Professor of Art at Saginaw Valley State University where he has taught since 1976.
Zivich has exhibited his art works locally, regionally and nationally since leaving graduate school in 1964. While living in Michigan, he has exhibited in the yearly competitive art shows predominately at the earlier Flint Institute of Art show, the Midland Center for the Arts annual show, and the Birmingham-Bloomfield Hills Art Center annual show. Other shows include invitational solo and group shows at the previously named places, as well as the Wayne State University drawing gallery, Michigan State University gallery of art, Delta College gallery of art, Saginaw Valley State University art gallery, the Marshall Fredericks Museum of Art, Central Michigan University gallery of art, and the Saginaw Museum of Art. More recently he has exhibited at the University of Michigan sponsored Work: Detroit and Work: Ann Arbor galleries as well as the past nine years at the University of Michigan School of Arts Annual Alumni show.
His Artist Statement reads, in part: The Americana Series started about seven years ago initially as drawings using a historical genre depicting events by means of appropriated imagery from several different sources. The generalized historical depictions become more politically significant with a concentration on American history, specifically martial events. Subsequent paintings followed the draw- ings using the same, or variations of American historical events. For the most part, the drawings were concerned with a layered effect of different media and the use of disparate elements such as wallpaper; tinted and textured, handmade paper grounds, stitchery. The use of titles for word/image puns was utilized as influenced by several artists such as Marcel Duchamp. Karl Wersum and William T. Wiley.
The Fine Arts Gallery is located in the Visual Arts & Design Center on the Mott Community College main campus in Flint. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The public is invited. For more information call the Art & Design office at 810-762- 0443.
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