Reception: Friday, February 22, 5-8 pm
Gallery: GILDA SNOWDEN MEMORIAL EXHIBITION
Lounge: SOLO EXHIBITION: ELLEN TALLANT
Join us for a reception for the annual Gilda Snowden Memorial Exhibition and an exhibition of work
in the lounge gallery by the late Ellen Tallant.
As an artist teacher, mentor and friend, few people had as great an impact on our community as
Gilda Snowden. After her death in 2014, the SC began awarding the top prize for the Silver Medal
exhibition in her honor. In 2018 the exhibition was renamed in the Gilda Snowden Memorial
Exhibition. The all-media exhibition, juried by Sue Carman-Vian, was open to all artists.
The purpose of the Gilda Snowden Memorial Exhibition is to recognize the diversity and
achievement of artists whose work shows creativity of concept, excellence of design and expertise of
media; to display these works to regional audiences and to be an educational opportunity for
Sue Carman-Vian has had a thirty-year career as a painter, performance artist and film and video
maker. She received an MFA from Wayne State University in 1984. She received the Michigan
Council for the Arts Grant in 1986 for the Public Billboard Project, and was an award winner in the
Ann Arbor Film Festival in 1991. Sue has written, directed, produced and performed in nine
productions from 1984-2008. Some of these productions were sponsored by Marygrove College.
She has written, directed, produced and performed in eleven films/videos from 1986-2009. Most of
these were made in conjunction with her performance art pieces. Sue has exhibited in numerous
one- and two-person exhibitions and many group shows from 1986 to present. She has taught
performance art at Wayne State University and Marygrove college in Detroit, MI. Since 2010 she has
collaborated on a public arts billboard project and continues to perform her pieces in group
performance events. Her work is narrative and autobiographically inspired by events in her life as
they relate to her as a person and artist. Her use of universal themes help the viewer become aware
of the value, relevance and place of art in society.