Finlandia University Faculty Exhibition and Reception at Bay West


Bay College West announces, Finlandia University Artistic Insight, an artists’ exhibition featuring the works of several faculty members from Finlandia University’s School of Art & Design in the Upper Commons from February 23rd through April 4th.  The show features the artwork of Kenyon Hansen, Phyllis Fredendall, Phillip Faulkner and Rick Loduha.

Finlandia International School of Art & Design alumni Kenyon Hansen has returned to teach ceramic design at Finlandia. Hansen was a long-term resident artist and was awarded the Lincoln Fellowship at the Archie Bray Foundation from 2010-2012. He has taught workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts on Deer Isle, Maine, Greenwich House Pottery in New York City, Ball State University, and will be teaching a firing workshop in Santa Barbara, CA in February. In September 2014, Hansen had a solo exhibition in New York City at the Jane Hartsook Gallery. He will be displaying ceramic pieces in the exhibit.

Professor of Fiber and Fashion Design Phyllis Fredendall will display the multiple fiber disciplines she teaches, from hand weaving and upholstery design, garment design and felt making. Functional textiles and fiber as art form the foundation of the studio. The possibilities are limitless.

Assistant Professor of Intermedia, Phillip Faulkner joined the faculty in August 2013. Phillip Faulkner received his MFA from the University of Denver. Interested in how technology informs, affects and intertwines with the historical art canon, Faulkner's artistic inquiry spans visual mediums including painting, video, print and collage. His research investigates painting's relationship to technology. He produces work that formally bridges the digital with tradition. “For this exhibition, I will continue my exploration of the traditional painting idiom, landscape,” said Faulkner. “Through the use of drawn, painted, printed, and projected mark, the resulting collaged works create a visual space that embraces contrast: manufactured and natural, familiar and foreign, alluring yet dispiriting.”

Professor of Integrated Design Rick Loduha will exhibit work from throughout his design career. "The diversity of my work speaks of intent to become an active new renaissance designer," explains Loduha. "My current path of discovery leads me into the collaborative, egoless design of alternative social systems and follows the vision of regenerative design, a meta-discipline that seeks the subtle and complex patterns of emulating nature." Loduha believes that the design challenge of the future will be to find holistic well-being that is less hierarchical, less individualistic and materialistic, and less wasteful, and by virtue of all these, less self-destructive. "Our next challenge as a culture is the mindful remediation of what we have despoiled," Loduha says.

"This diverse group of teachers has so much to offer young artists," notes Finlandia University Gallery Director Carrie Flaspohler."  Finlandia students are learning from professional artists, some of whom have practiced their art for over 30 years, some who have recently completed graduate school and are actively pursuing gallery representation."  Finlandia University International School of Art & Design (ISAD) provides graduates with a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts focusing on a concentration in one of the following five areas; Ceramic Design, Fiber/Fashion Design, Intermedia, Graphic Design, or Integrated Design.  If interested in more information about their program, come and speak to the artists at the reception or contact Denise Vandeville, Dean, ISAD Finlandia University, 906-487-7379 or email her at

The public is invited to this reception to meet these artists on Tuesday, February 23 in the Lower Commons of Bay College West from 6 PM to 8 PM.  Refreshments will be served and pianist, Valarie Swanson, will provide music. The Exhibit can be viewed from February 23 through April 4 at Bay West College’s Upper Commons.
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