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November 1, 2013

CONTACT: Kent Love, director of communications, 517-432-6959; kent.love@law.msu.edu
Nicholas Mercuro, Professor of Law in Residence, 517-432-6978; mercuro@law.msu.edu

MSU Law Hosts Public Arts Collaboration “Art@Work”

Michigan State University College of Law will host “Art@Work,” a dynamic public arts collaboration between Michigan State University and Peckham, Inc. The exhibit featuring a display of 25 paintings in the third floor gallery area and the board room of the Law College Building will be on display from October 11—November 30, 2013. A meet-and-greet will be held on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Law College Building and is open to the public.




The result of a collaborative effort with MSU's Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH), the College of Engineering, and Peckham client artists with a wide range of abilities and cultural backgrounds, hundreds of self-portraits were created to relay the stories and lives of the individuals that created them. The mosaic represents both Peckham’s client artists’ and the organization’s sense of community, and serve as a source of reflection, inspiration and imagination.

Students from RCAH worked with a visiting artist to create the portraits through a series of art-making dialogues, and students from the College of Engineering developed ideas for the design framework and partnered with RCAH to prototype and implement viewing technology for Art@Work’s installation.

In early 2013, more than 100 self-portraits were installed on the center of a large wall on Peckham’s work floor. As the collaborative art-making continues, the final Art@Work display will grow to include enough artwork to cover a 200 by 40-foot wall.

This dynamic art installation is accessible and promotes dialogue across cultural lines and backgrounds, and represents the diverse groups of people who work and learn together at Peckham.

Peckham, Inc. is a nonprofit vocational rehabilitation organization that provides job training opportunities for persons with significant disabilities and other barriers to employment. As part of the Peckham Community Partnership program, Peckham is presently in collaboration with MSU's Residential College in the Arts and Humanities and the MSU College of Engineering.

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