By Jessica McGregor
Entirely East Lansing staff writer
EAST LANSING — While (SCENE) Metrospace, it may look deserted, it is actually filled with artwork by several Michigan State University students.
(SCENE) Metrospace is a contemporary art gallery and performance space funded by the city of East Lansing.
To reach out to the community and create a good relationship with the Michigan State Art Department, the director of (SCENE) Metrospace, Tim Lane, starts off every exhibition year with an all-MSU show, displaying student artwork.
Lane says there are many great artists in the MSU department so he likes to give them an opportunity to showcase their work.
Lane does studio visits to check out the students work and lets the department know which students he is interested in for the shows that he curates, said Michelle Word, teaching specialist for MSU’s department of art and art history.
In this exhibition, Lane has featured the work of MSU graduate students as well as one non-graduate student from the art department. Jon Anthony, Yareth Fernandez, Ryan Groendyk, Megan Mack, April Matthews, Volodymyr Shcherbak, Jacob Varty and Rebekah Zurenko are featured in this year’s exhibit.
“As a department we support (SCENE) Metrospace. It helps connect us to the community and gives students or emerging artists an opportunity to begin participating in the community before going out into the real world after graduating from MSU. (SCENE) Metrospace is a wonderful resource for local artists,” Word said.
(SCENE) Metrospace runs six 6-week long exhibitions a year and the MSU exhibit is always first. The gallery is free and open to the public Thursday through Sunday but can be opened by appointment Monday through Wednesday.
Hours for the (SCENE) Metrospace may be expanded in the near future with the opening of the Broad Museum.
Lane said, “We are excited about the Broad and are hoping it will bring more art lovers to the downtown area and more foot traffic through the city,” at which point (SCENE) Metrospace will be expanding its hours.
The MSU exhibition titled, “A Michigan State University Showcase” ran through Feb. 26 after which Lane starts preparing for the next exhibition titled, “On the Surface.”
For more information on art submission, go to http://scenemetrospace.blogspot.com/.
Thursday: 2 – 5 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 2 – 6 p.m.
Sunday: noon to 4 p.m.
110 Charles St.
East Lansing, MI 48823