Marquette artists’ work on display at Bay College


ESCANABA — Two Marquette artists — Jason Schneider and Lisa Colwell — have their work on display at Bay College in Escanaba.

A Bay College Sculptural Exhibition by Jason Schneider is open in the college’s Besse Gallery. His work will be on view through Dec. 3. He will give an Artist Talk and demonstration at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Schneider received a BFA in Furniture Design from William Paterson University and an MFA in Furniture Design from San Diego State University. His work has been widely exhibited at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, Colorado; Aspen Art Museum, Colorado; Center for Art in Wood, Philadelphia; Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco; and the Neuberger Museum, SUNY Purchase, New York among others. Schneider is currently an assistant professor in the Woodworking and Furniture Design program at Northern Michigan University.

Schneider’s artist statement: Jason Schneider is a studio furniture maker who works with traditional woodworking processes in non-traditional materials to create unique three-dimensional objects. His work reveals the inherent beauty and character of corrugated cardboard in both functional and sculptural forms. The study of the fine use and function of this low-status, recyclable, and often overlooked material drives his curiosity.

The artwork presented here is from a new series, titled COLOR follows FORM follows TEXTURE. As noted by the artist, “The corrugated textured sculptures I create are intended to provide the viewer with a distinct experience of light and shadow that changes in appearance depending on the directional cut of the material itself. Color is also used to add contrast to the paper and alter the visual weight to each form.”


Bay College also announces the exhibition, thread — artwork by Lisa Colwell in the Hartwig Gallery. Her work will be on view through Dec. 10.

Lisa Colwell was born and raised in metro Detroit. She lived in the city of Detroit for nearly 30 years, where she managed, curated, and exhibited at many galleries.

Colwell started her artistic career as a solo art performer, in 1991 she moved to Phoenix. She co-owned Gallery X, Gallery X hosted visual, sound, and performance art. In 1993 she moved back to Detroit; she continued her performance art as well as exhibiting her artwork. Colwell’s work includes performance art, video art, paintings, sculptures, and work with sound.

She currently resides in Marquette where she has been developing a body of work with fiber. Her current work is called, thread.

Colwell’s artist statement:


I am a Marquette-based artist currently working with textile fibers in an artistic format that allows me to explore the relationship between movement and constraint. I create a union of string and shape, cultivating a vibrant and unique visual experience. thread, is highly influenced by my love of geometric pattern, Art Deco, Korean, and Japanese motifs. I view the thread work as being in a state of flux, but within the confines of space and law, similar to how I view the world. I have been developing my artistic fiber process for the past several years. Initially, I began as a performance artist and painter, but am now combining my experience of more than 30 years as an artist and curator to create thread.


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