This Weekend: Closing events for the 2014 Rabbit Island Residency Exhibition

Friday, September 26, 2pm
Reading by Elvia Wilk
DeVos Art Museum

Sunday, September 28
3pm: Great Lakes Rooms at the University Center
Panel discussion with the artists & residency co-founders Robert Gorski & Andrew Ranville

Sunday, September 28
5-7pm: Closing Reception
DeVos Art Museum

All events are free and open to the public. 

The Rabbit Island Residency unofficially launched in 2010. In 2013, 115 applications were received for our first official residency program, representing broad disciplines from the United States, Australia, South Africa, South America and Europe. This exhibition highlights the work of six artists and writers who spent 1-4 weeks on the island between June and July, 2014.
The work displayed is a mix of projects completed before the artists’ time on Rabbit Island as well as work made during or immediately after the residency. Some of the work is presented in-progress as the artists begin to reflect on their experiences.
Elvia Wilk is a writer based in Berlin, Germany. Her work explores themes of isolation, connection and the relationship between physical and virtual space through essays and poems. The written pieces in the exhibition were designed in collaboration with designer Edwin Carter.
Nich Hance McElroy is a photographer based in Vancouver, British Columbia. During his time in residency he focused on documenting the movements and migrations of people, nature and objects on and between the mainland and island. He also worked in the adjoining Rabbit Bay and on the Keweenaw Peninsula.
Waboozaki consists of four inter-disciplinary artists, writers and curators: Dylan Miner (East Lansing, Michigan), Julie Nagam (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), Nicholas Brown (Iowa City, Iowa), and Suzanne Morrissette (Toronto, Ontario, Canada). During their residency the artists spent time working on individual projects as well as collectively remapping the island from indigenous perspectives.
A full color, fully illustrated catalogue will be released at the reception.

This exhibition is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. Support also provided by the NMU Department of English, NMU Center for Native American Studies, the NMU UNITED Conference, the Canada Arts Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council. Special thanks to Sweet Deliverance