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UNBOUND: WSU MFA 2 Thesis Exhibition; Now through March 7th, 2014

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Review of the UNBOUND: WSU MFA 2 Thesis Exhibition; Now through March 7th, 2014

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(scheduled) Dates: February 14th through March 7th 2013( 2 days left)
Opening Reception took place on Friday, February 21st from 5-8 pm

James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History
150 Art Building, 5400 Reuther Mall
(313) 577-2423


Laurie D' Alessandro
Kyle Dill
Ani Garabedian
Hiroko Lancour

I found this exhibit to be impressive. Each of the artists featured undoubtedly has an impressive collection of work representing various art mediums. The reception took place at the Art Building Gallery at WSU on Friday, February 21st and all of the featured artists were present and accounted for. In my opinion the individual art pieces in the the exhibit were outstanding due to the fact that they were all uniquely original and thoughtfully conceived. Personally, I was blown away by the talent of the featured artists Laurie D' Alessandro, Ani Garabedian, Hiroko Lancour, and Kyle Dill.

I also took note that UNBOUND: WSU MFA 2 Thesis Exhibition definitely had the support of the art community. There were many in attendance, including faculty members, who seemed genuinely awed by the quality of the artwork on display. This exhibit ends March 7th and I highly recommend this show to anyone who appreciates art.

I give the exhibit 4 out of 5 stars for the originality, and outstanding quality of the artwork. I was also impressed by the vibrant personalities of the artists. They made themselves available to the patrons in attendance.

Please click on the featured video link, and slideshow to the upper left side of the article to view images from the event. Click on the hyperlinks/highlighted words for additional information about the show and the artists.

Congratulations to Laurie D' Alessandro, Kyle Dill, Ani Garabedian, Hiroko Lancour for their artistic achievements and impressive contributions to the "art world".

The following is from Wayne State University's Official Press Release:

"UNBOUND: Wayne State University MFA 2 Thesis Exhibition
Laurie D'Alessandro, Kyle Dill, Ani Garabedian, Hiroko Lancour

Wayne State University’s James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History is pleased to present UNBOUND: WSU MFA 2 Thesis Exhibition from February 14 through March 7, 2014. At the completion of their Master of Fine Arts degree programs at Wayne State University, D’Alessandro, Dill, Garabedian, and Lancour exhibit work that serves as a summation of their graduate experiences. A reception for the exhibition will be held on Friday, February 21 from 5-8 PM.

*Laurie D’Alessandro was born in Toronto, Ontario and completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts, Honours Visual Arts, degree at the University of Windsor in 2011. While pursuing her Master of Fine Arts degree at Wayne State University, Laurie has shown in Toronto and Windsor, Ontario and was elected to membership at the Ontario Society of Artists in 2013. She has also shown in corporate exhibitions at Mercedes-Benz North America and Freudenberg North America, the 2013 MFA National Competition at First Street Gallery, Chelsea District, NYC, and the Maryland Federation of Art Circle Gallery. Laurie teaches drawing and painting at Wayne State University.

*Kyle Dill earned a Bachelor of Science in Art from the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse in May, 2011. He taught Metalsmithing as a Graduate Teaching Assistant while pursuing his Master of Fine Arts degree at Wayne State University (WSU). He was awarded the WSU 2013-2014 Thomas C. Rumble University Graduate Fellowship. Kyle has shown in galleries across the Midwest.

*Ani Garabedian earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baldwin-Wallace College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Wayne State University. She has shown both locally and nationally and currently is exhibiting in the National Wet Paint Biennial at the Zhou B. Art Center of Chicago, IL and in Freudenberg PICS at the Freudenberg North America Regional Corporate Center in Plymouth, MI. Ani works as a studio assistant at the Detroit Institute of Arts, as well as teaches painting, drawing and mixed-media courses at the Ann Arbor Art Center. She was a gallery manager at Re:View Contemporary Gallery in Detroit and has been an artist assistant to both local and national artists. Recently, Ani has been exhibiting across the Midwest including at galleries in Missouri, Illinois and Ohio, and is also curating an exhibition at the Woods Gallery in Huntington Woods, MI which opens in April 2014.

*Hiroko Lancour is a Michigan-based multi-media artist. Born and raised in Japan, her original artistic sensibility was cultivated in the eastern world. Having lived in the United States most of her adult life, her sensibility has become a hybrid between east and west. Exploring this condition has become a major focus within her work. Her academic background includes bachelor degrees in English and Computer Science, and an associate degree in art. She has had solo and group exhibitions at galleries in southeast Michigan and Ontario, Canada.

The James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History is a division of Wayne State’s College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts, educating the next generation of visual artists, designers and art historians.
Wayne State University, located in the heart of Detroit’s midtown cultural center, is a premier urban research university offering more than 350 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to more than 31,000

Regular gallery Hours: Tuesdays through Thursdays 10am- 6pm
and Fridays 10am to 7pm

For information regarding future exhibits: Contact: Thomas L. Pyrzewski (


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