Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Community Arts Center to host exhibit "Beyond the Fifth Floor: Recent work by Max Seel and Christa Walck"; opening reception is May 12

"Beyond the Fifth Floor: Recent work by Max Seel and Christa Walck" opens May 11 at the Copper Country Community Arts Center's Kerredge Gallery, with a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 12. (Image courtesy Copper Country Community Arts Center)

HANCOCK -- "Beyond the Fifth Floor: Recent work by Max Seel and Christa Walck" will be on exhibit from May 11 to June 11 in the Copper Country Community Arts Center's Kerredge Gallery in Hancock. An opening reception, free and open to all, will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 12.

Max Seel and Christa Walck arrived at Michigan Tech the same year, 1986, and will depart the same year, 2016 -- 30 years of service in fields not normally associated with the arts. They spent their last years at Tech in neighboring offices on the fifth floor of the Administration building, as Provost and Associate Provost, respectively. It is unlikely that two offices on the fifth floor have ever been so full of original local or regional art! Max's office is filled with his own work, as well as the work of Mary Ann Beckwith, Karen Gilbert, Susie Kilpela, and Bill Wiard. Christa's office features Margo McCafferty Rudd, Clyde Mikkola, Yeshe Helander, Lladislav Hanka, and others. As they step down from the heights of the fifth floor and into retirement, they are looking forward to spending more time in the studio as makers of art. This exhibit represents the first arc of that promising future.

Max Seel, a native of Germany, at Michigan Tech since 1986 as professor of physics, long-time dean of the College of Sciences and Arts, and most recently provost and vice president for academic affairs, returned to the faculty in July of 2015 to finish out his career in the physics department.

Christa Walck moved to Houghton in 1986 to work at Michigan Tech, where she served as professor of organizational behavior, dean of the School of Business and Economics, Interim Director of the Van Pelt and Opie Library, and since 2010 associate provost. She has been president of the board of both the Copper Country Community Arts Center and the Keweenaw Land Trust. She is looking forward to retiring to Philadelphia, where she was born, because of its world-class art venues (not to mention proximity to New York City), but will be in the Keweenaw at her camp during the summer to enjoy the cool water of Lake Superior and the local art community.

This exhibition is supported by a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Copper Country Community Arts Center is located at 126 Quincy Street in Hancock. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call (906) 482-2333 or visit www.coppercountryarts.com.

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