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Art + Activism: Artist Talk & Panel Discussion Hosted by IPEC and Michigan Tech Art

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Thursday, September 14, 2023, 3 pm– 5 pm

This is a past event.

Please join the Rozsa Art Galleries and The Institute for Policy, Ethics, and Culture (IPEC) on Thursday, September 14 from 3-5 p.m. for a presentation and discussion on the theme of art and its role in activism. The event will feature an engaging artist talk from Rozsa visiting artist Erin Hoffman. There will also be a conversation on the topic led by Alexandra Morrison (Humanities), Soonkwan Hong (College of Business), Stefka Hristova (Humanities), and Terri Jo Frew (Visual & Performing Arts).

This event is free and light refreshments will be provided.

Learn more about Layered in Between: Prints by Erin Hoffman

CONTENT GUIDANCE | Discussion of war
HOST | IPEC and Michigan Tech Art
VENUE | Noblet Building, Room G002
DURATION | 2 hours

Artist Statement

I feel that one experiences and draws conclusions about the world through the assembly of mismatched ideas and sensorial memories. Sometimes the associations of these ideas are seemingly random and other times there are lines that can be drawn between them that may lead to overarching truths or conclusions. I hope my work will lead viewers to new conclusions.

My work uses printed and hand drawn/painted imagery taken from historical references to reflect on current social and political issues.


Erin Hoffman has been involved in the art community since early childhood.  She was first published at age six in a local Fort Wayne, Indiana newspaper, “The Sentinel” for her visual interpretation of “A Sunny Day.”  She is currently a full-time tenured art instructor at Muskegon Community College in Muskegon, Michigan teaching Printmaking, Art Appreciation, Drawing, Painting, Figure Drawing, Contemporary Art History and 2-d design.

She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2001 from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa and received her Master of Fine Arts degree in 2005 at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia.  Both degrees are in printmaking. 

Erin completed work at two artist residencies in 2018, the first being the Skopelos Foundation of the Arts in Skopelos, Greece and the second at Centrum in Port Townsend, Washington. She has exhibited work in group and solo exhibitions all over the US.

Her work mixes relief printmaking techniques with intaglio, lithography and hand-painted material.  It uses historical and politically themed imagery to examine aspects of contemporary American society.

Interdisciplinary collaborations. Gallery exhibits. Community projects. There are many ways to experience Michigan Tech Art. Michigan Tech Art is part of the Michigan Tech Visual and Performing Arts Department.

The Rozsa Galleries offer dynamic exhibits that showcase engaging work — from local to international artists. We strive to offer diverse programming that supports our students and our community. Our professional A-Space hosts two curated exhibits each year. A-Space strives for diverse, engaging, and thoughtful programming that supports contemporary artists and deepens our student’s learning. Local, regional, national, and international artists exhibit here. A-Space shares a wall with Gallery B, our student gallery classroom. This offers special opportunities for our students to observe and participate in the galleries year-round.


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