This is a past event.
THE ROZSA GALLERIES PRESENT
ARTIST RECEPTION WITH ARTISTS CLEMENT YEH AND TOMAS CO
Join artists Tomas Co and Clement Yeh for the Arabesque artist reception on Friday, October 28, from 5-7 p.m., in advance of the Rozsa's presentation of American Ballet Theatre Studio Company
What to expect: Enjoy refreshments. Meet the artists in a relaxed environment. See spectacular art. Learn about how Clement and Tom go from inspiration to the final pieces that you see.
Clement Yeh is a Chinese-Canadian artist, parent, husband, art educator, community advocate, and student of life. Born in London, England, he grew up in Calgary on Treaty 7 land, the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy, (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, and the Métis Nation. Comics were a huge influence in youth that inspired him to pursue fine art as a vocation, leading to a BFA at the Alberta College of Art and Design (now AUArts) and an MFA at Concordia University. He is passionate about supporting the role that art plays in personal growth, confronting social issues, and uplifting the quality of life in society. He currently teaches in the Communication and Visual Arts department at Thompson Rivers University, on traditional and unceded Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Territory.
Tomas Co is a contemporary artist who lives and works in Hancock, Michigan. He was born in the Philippines in 1959 and then went to the US to pursue advanced graduate degrees in Chemical Engineering. He joined the faculty of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Michigan Technological University in 1989 and retired in 2021 with an Emeritus Professor position in the department. Although his main career was in a STEM field, he has kept active a parallel artistic endeavor, with a few local solo exhibits and have some works accepted in juried shows nationally. His artwork includes several media that started with watercolor and sumi-e ink paintings and later expanded to include sculptural and digital art. The subject matters of his pieces include realistic and abstract portraits of artists and personalities including painters, jazz musicians, scientists, and modern dancers with a focus on their inner struggles and thoughts. Other art subjects include philosophical, emotional and political observations and reactions to the changing world. Overall, he contends that his main artistic motivation is to satisfy a need for personal expression and a need to make sense of the confusing, exciting, yet sometimes depressing, current events and human conditions.
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.
This program/lecture is partially funded/sponsored by the Visiting Professor Program which is funded by a grant to the Office of the Provost from the State of Michigan's King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.