Artist-in-Residence Exhibit Program

The Forest Hills Fine Arts Center Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program offers selected local and regional artists a unique opportunity to share their work and talent with students and art-lovers in the Forest Hills area through short-term residencies. Each residency will be launched with a public reception to introduce the artist to the community and unveil an exhibition of their work in the Center gallery. During the period “in residence,” each artist will enjoy use of the resources of the Fine Arts Center studio and provide a variety of interactive presentations and demonstrations for Forest Hills students.

Each year, a committee of art educators, local artists, and community members will identify potential artists in a variety of media and invite them to apply to the program. Five or six residencies will be awarded annually and presented to the community as a series. Selections are made based on the art form and the artist’s scope of experience, body of work, and demonstrated ability to work effectively with community members and students. Information about the AIR Program can be obtained by contacting the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center.

The Fine Arts Center’s AIR/Exhibit Program is fully funded through the generosity of Centennial Securities Company.

Viewing the Exhibits

All exhibits at the Forest Hills Fine Arts Center are held in the lobby and are free to the public.

Exhibit Hours
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday (excluding holidays when schools are closed)

Summer Exhibit Hours
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Thursday (excluding holidays)

Artist Receptions
6 p.m. to 7 p.m., the day of the reception, in the FAC Lobby

Everyone Welcome! FREE to the public!

Claus Pahl

September 3, 2019 - September 26, 2019

Claus Pahl’s love of working with tile evolved from mosaic tile pictures to intricate cut glass skylines and other pieces of glass art. Each intricate piece of glass is selected by color, texture and sheen then carefully placed to create a work of art.
“When I am in my glass studio time stands still as I am creating a mosaic glass piece. I can work for hours, and it seems as though I just started.” Most skyline pieces have well over 225 hours of creation.
Each city skyline has a special place in my heart. From the rooftops in Stuttgart Germany to the San Francisco Bay and many cities in between.

Claus Pahl Artist Reception

September 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Laura Corbiani

October 1, 2019 - October 31, 2019

Do you remember when someone said something to you that you have never forgotten?

The passing adage a stranger said that you always remember, or that day you couldn’t stop laughing with a close friend...?

The creatures in my work explore these interactions, deeply consider the universe, and what their purpose is. Just like all humans, they want to be loved, and be safe, no matter their background. They are curious and explore relationships we have with friends, strangers, ourselves, and the world. Sometimes they are lost, sometimes they are anxious, but in the end, my goal is to have them present a sense of curiosity and hope. I want the viewer to have a connection with these creatures; to identify with feelings of discomfort, times they were awkward and learning, or in uncomfortable situations, but then remember the positive outcome after.

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Laura Corbiani Artist Reception

October 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Matt Cushman

January 9, 2020 - January 30, 2020

It’s that power of technical illustration to open up deeper narratives that has always fascinated me the most - to witness the wonder and realization in my audience every time I am able to explain the unbelievable and make the impossible possible to believe is what motivates my work.

Children are inherently curious about how things work, and yet we tend to prune away those desires as we get older. Wordy explanations can lose an audience, which is why cutaway art is a popular vehicle to convey a better picture of what’s going on. Questions get answered, not with words, but with every pull closer the art draws upon the viewer.

There’s magic in bringing to life things that don’t exist. By combining my love of drawing, science fiction, and a desire to explain, I create something greater than the sum of its respective parts. Ultimately turning a work, which is technical in nature, into a dynamic and colorful piece of art generating discussion and awakening curiosity.

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Matt Cushman Art Reception

January 23, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

HJ Slider

February 4, 2020 - February 27, 2020

“Art is something you DO about something that interests, worries, or pleases you.” That statement, coming from Edmund Burke Feldman’s BECOMING HUMAN THROUGH ART, sheds more light on my artistic practice than any original statement I could compose. That, and the inspiration of the materials that seem to find their way to me, drives my need to create. These amazing things—distressed, discarded—they have already had a life of their own before I encounter them. Reclaimed, repurposed—I try to rearrange them into a story-telling narrative, similar to the process used by children in their art-making. Like the young students who filled my classroom for more than 40 years, I’m more interested in crafting unique objects than in reproducing natural form.
Because we are created in the image of our Creator, I believe we are not complete unless we, too, engage in the act of creation. Thus I feel called to act in creating illustrations for stories of wisdom, evil and folly. Through the human comedies and dramas (without and within), through Holy Scriptures, through meditation and visions, so much potential narrative material surrounds me I often feel frustrated by a lack of time and skill to put it all to use in designing pieces of visual art.
Technically, it’s very gratifying to realize I’m still using skills developed early in my life as an artist—even going back to my childhood when my art-making was fueled by the unlimited scrap material available to me, and nearly endless encouragement from my parents. Mother loved everything I made. Dad was always there to improve my craftsmanship with suggestions, a better choice of tools and better ways to apply my efforts. Frequently, taking an object apart would be more informative than putting one together. The Grand Rapids area provides some exceptionally fine “ hunting and gathering” for materials. I like to think I have a chance to get my eyes and hands into nearly a quarter-million attics, garages and basements. With basic knowledge of fiber arts, collage, painting, metal- and wood-working, I feel free to follow almost any path my mind wanders onto it the construction of my sculptures.

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HJ Slider Artist Reception

February 13, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Kerry Rolewicz

March 3, 2020 - March 26, 2020

My formal art education began in high school with Early College Courses at the Art Institute of Chicago. I continued on to earn my Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Creighton University, spending one semester abroad with Studio Arts Center International in Florence, Italy.
My 2D work begins with an old frame, a blank sheet of paper & a handful of sharpened pencils. I trace the size of the frame on the paper & start scribbling. I scribble & erase & scribble & erase until I start to see something in the lines. I pull the images out of the scribble using colored pencils & oil pastels. I having been working this way for over 20 years & I am so excited that after 100’s of pieces, I can still find images in the lines.
I also have a love for piecing things together. Over the years, I have created various found object sculptures, wood collages, mosaic tile and wooden wall installations.
I have displayed in a wide variety of venues throughout the country. In the summer of 2016, my family relocated to Michigan. I currently reside in Rockford, MI with my husband & our four boys.

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Kerry Rolewicz Artist Reception

March 12, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

FHPS Staff & Community Art Exhibit

November 11, 2019 - December 16, 2019

FHPS Staff & Community Art Reception

November 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Grand Valley Artists

June 1, 2020 - July 17, 2020

A juried exhibit featuring outstanding recent works of Grand Valley Artists members, including drawings, en plein air paintings, photography and printmaking. GVA, founded in 1957, is a Grand Rapids based non profit arts organization, with over 280 member artists.

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Grand Valley Artist Reception

June 2, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm