Art & Environment Gallery

March 17, at 4-5 p.m.

An upcoming exhibit titled "Textiles/ Nature Observations & Connections", featuring the work of Susan Moran. Susan Moran is a textile artist living in Ann Arbor MI. She has an MFA from the University of Michigan and has taught at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State University. Since 1986 she has been an instructor in the Crafts Dept. at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. Her work incorporates shibori, surface design and fabric collage. Commissions include fabric panels and installations for the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Institute, University of Michigan Medical School, United Technologies Automotive in Dearborn MI, and the Michigan Horticultural Society, for their Bloomfest Flower Show at Cobo Hall in Detroit. In addition, the line of luxury scarves she produced for several years was carried by local boutiques such as Ayla in Ann Arbor and Linda Dresner in Birmingham. She has been awarded grants from the College for Creative Studies and the Michigan Arts Council, as well as a travel grant from the National Surface Design Association to research Renaissance Italian silks and velvets. In 2012 she was Artist-in-Residence at Maker Works Ann Arbor, exploring laser cutting on fabric. She is represented by River Gallery in Chelsea, Michigan. Read more...


The Art & Environment Gallery opened in February 2012 to draw more attention to the influence of art in shaping our understanding of science and nature.

It features local and national artists whose work speaks to how people interact and understand the environment. The exhibits rotate about every eight weeks and are presented in five showcases in the Dana Building’s first floor commons. “This gallery will draw attention to the intersecting values, both artistically and scientifically, of art and the environment,” said Sara Adlerstein, an associate research scientist at SNRE and gallery organizer and curator.

“Because of the way SNRE’s curriculum embraces interdisciplinary fields, it is a natural place to host this gallery. We are bringing art to our school to strengthen our sense of community and facilitate dialogue among students, faculty and staff in the spirit of green-building philosophy," Adlerstein added.

Each show features an opening talk by the artist followed by a reception.