Works by the following artists are currently available for viewing & purchase in the Gallery
Kingsely Calkins (1917-2003)
Born in South Lyon Michigan, Calkins was educated at Michigan State Normal College (now Eastern Michigan University) and earned his M.A. from the University of Michigan in 1949. He also studied at the Art School of the Detroit Society of Arts & Crafts, the Meinzinger Art School in Detroit, and the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine. He joined the faculty at Eastern Michigan in 1950 and became chairman of the Art Department in 1960. Under Calkin’s direction the Department became the one of the major producers of secondary level art educators in Michigan. He also served on the board of the Ann Arbor Art Association and the chairman of the Michigan Watercolor Society. He completed a mural for the Mayflower Hotel in Plymouth in 1956 and did several cover paintings for the Ford Times and the Lincoln Mercury Times. He was known for his exquisite watercolors early in his career, and later developed impressive techniques using acrylic polymer. His themes were based on nature and were characterized by his emphasis on natural patterns and textures.
Albert Webber (b.1919)
Webber attended the Northwestern University and the Oxbow Summer School of Painting in Saugatuck prior to receiving a B.F.A from the Art Institute of Chicago and an M.F.A from Mexico City College in 1952. He was awarded a Fulbright fellowship in 1952 for travel in Latin America and spent several years in Spain prior to joining the faculty at the University of Michigan in 1955. He also held teaching positions at the Centro de Estudios Universitarios in Mexico City, his alma mater the Oxbow Summer School of Painting, and the University of Michigan Extension Service in Dearborn and Battle Creek. He is a member of the Ann Arbor Art Association and has severed on the board of directors. Weber's work combines traditional subject matter, such as landscapes, nudes, and interiors, with an abstract expressionist style that is characterized by strong brush work and vivid color.
Chet La More (1908-1980)
La More studied at the Colt School of Art in Madison, Wisconsin, where he received his B.A. and M.A. in Art History and Criticism in 1932. During the Depression he was the editor of the Baltimore Art Association magazine, Art Voice. La More was employed by various federal art projects in Baltimore and later New York City, including the Works Progress Administration's Graphic Arts Project. His work during the 1930s emphasized social themes: unemployment, poverty, the impending war, and the struggles of a WPA artist to keep projects alive. He was also actively involved in the National Coordinating Committee of the Artists' Union and served on the editorial board of their magazine, Art Front. He continued to work during his World War II tour of duty Europe, producing small surrealistic watercolors. He taught in Buffalo at the Albright Art School and at the University of Buffalo, before joining the faculty at the University of Michigan in 1947. La More wrote occasional reviews of the exhibitions at the University of Michigan Museum of Art for the Ann Arbor News and was an avid collector of African art. Best described as an Abstract Surrealist, La More explored a variety of mediums during his productive career. During his Michigan period he worked with welded bronze sculpture, large painted steel sculpture, acrylic painting with abstract linear themes. His later works were notably dominated by his use of collage.
Tunis Ponsen (1891-1968)
Ponsen arrived in Michigan from the Netherlands in 1913, after studying under Louis Raemaekers & August Falise. He received further training from Muskegon artist Wilbur C. Kensler and had his first solo exhibition in Muskegon at the age of 30. He graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1925, after studying under Karl Buehr & George Oberteuffer. Ponsen divided his time between Chicago and Muskegon, with periods of study in Paris and Providence, Massachusetts, with Charles Hawthorne. His commissions were highly sought after by local Muskegon area art collectors, with particular interest in his landscapes and portraits. In 1929 he became the first artist to have an oil painting in the Flint Institute of Arts. After 1931, he resided in Chicago and at the time of his death he was on the faculty at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. Critics regularly praised his work which found strong followings at the Detroit Institute of Art, Toledo Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Flint Institute of Arts, Muskegon Museum of Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, among others. More recently the rediscovered work of Tunis Ponsen has been the focus of considerable interest among collectors and scholars. A traveling exhibition of 52 Ponsen paintings between 1994 and 1996 set attendance records at seven Midwest museums.
Robert Diebboll (1920-2011)
Diebboll attended Cass Tech and Wayne State University, where he studied painting with John Carroll and Sarkis Sarkisian at the Art School of the Detroit Society of Arts & Crafts. In 1948 he began studying ceramics with John Foster, and later took instruction with Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada while teaching at DSAC. He was employed by the GM Styling Division for over 25 years, simultaneously owning and operating Pines End Pottery in Washington, Michigan. His works are characterized by classic shapes and calligraphy painted surfaces.
Ernest Harrison Barnes (1873-1955)
Born in Portland, New York, in 1873, Barnes received a B.A. and an honorary M.A. from Hillsdale College in 1923. He also attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students League in New York. He later studied under Will Howe Foote and Henry Rankin Poore at the Old Lyme Art School, Connecticut, as well as with Charles H. Davies in Mystic, Connecticut. Barnes joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in 1915 and retired in 1943. He also taught at the Ann Arbor Art Association and was best known for his impressive Impressionistic landscapes throughout his career. His last group exhibition during his lifetime was “Michigan Art Through 50 Years” at UMMA in 1955.
Considered one of Ann Arbor's most successful artists, Janet Gallup's work has been featured in over 36 exhibitions. Her reputation as Michigan's leading printmaker is further demonstrated with her work's popularity among public and private collectors throughout the Midwest. Gallup graduated from the University of Michigan School of Art and was an instructor at the Michigan Guild. She was represented by both the Troy Art Gallery and the Ann Arbor Art Association. Her work is notable for rich description of people and places, with portraits in silkscreen containing vividly textured images combined with strong colors. Dr. Baron Hirsch, professor of art at SVSU, characterized her artistry in saying "The works exhibit a sensitive analysis of individual personality. Her landscapes depict scenes from her environment, views of backyards and woods. Her still life studies in pencil have the same depth and intensity of feeling as portraits." The Janet Gallup Memorial Award is awarded annually during "The Print" exhibition at the Ann Arbor Art Center, which showcases the diversity of printmaking techniques used by Michigan artists.
Guy Palazzola (1919-1978)
Born in Kalamazoo Michigan, Palazzola received a diploma in painting form the Art School of the Detroit Society of Arts & Crafts in 1940, where he studied under Sarkis Sarkisian and John Carroll. He joined the DSAC staff in 1942, serving as an assistant director from 1950 to 1957. In 1958 he was appointed to the faculty at the University of Michigan. Palazzola also taught at the Crystal Lake Summer Art School and was well known throughout Michigan for his lectures and demonstrations to amateur groups. He gained an even wider audience through his hosting of several University of Michigan educational television series, including Meet the Masters, The Painter’s Art, and Painting with Palazzola. Totaling over 100 programs, these series have been seen on public TV stations throughout the United States. A Painter of great technical competence, Palazzola worked in a variety of styles. In 1975 Palazzola received the University of Michigan’s Distinguished Faculty Award.