Recent Exhibitions

Anonymous 2 Collaborative Sculpture Installation with Christopher Schneider Lawrence Technological Institute CoAD Courtyard March 2017

Scarab Club, Detroit, MI. “Gold Medal Exhibition” November 16, 2017-January 6, 2018 Juror Dennis Nawrocki.

Scarab Club, Detroit, MI. “WAX” August 23-September 30, 2017Juror Jack O. Summers.

ArtPrize9, September 20-October 8, 2017 Grand Rapids, MI, Time Based interactive sculpture.

Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI. "$100 Bucks Show".

Whitdel Arts at Marygrove College, Detroit, MI. “2017 Members Exhibition”.

Atomic Café, Hamtramck, MI. “Outside In”.

Hatch Art Hamtramck, Michigan

Hatchback IX

April 1-29, 2017

Juror: Treena Flannery Ericson

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

Jide Aje | Linda Allen | Emilie Beadle | Jennifer Belair | Craig Billings | Alyssa Bogdan | Steve Boni | Jef Bourgeau | Jackie Brooks | Loralei R. ByattJeff Cancelosi | Gregory Carr | Nina Caruso | Chris Charron | Robbie Aaron Collis | Donald Cronkhite | Joe Culver | Ann Marie Curley | Ian Decker | Caroline Del Giudice | Melissa Dettloff | Edward Duff | Kim Fay | Roy Feldman | Jen Fitzpatrick | Harah Frost | Seamus Gallagher | Heather Gardner | Megan Grierson | David Hardin | Claudia Hershman | Melanie Hilliard | Rosemarie Hughes | Matthew Kay | Kirsten Lund | Alex Matthews | Brant McLean | Andrew Morawski | Thomas R. Morris | Sean Nader | Carly Neves | Benjamin Nowak | Teresa Petersen | Laura Reed | Nicole Richards | Kela Robinson | Erin K. Schmidt | Manal Shoukair | Ann Smith | Tricia Soderberg | Barbara Tozier | Timothy Wells | Wendy Wernet | John Wood

Jewels

Encaustic infused materials on wood cradled panel

6" X 6"

2015


Scarab Club  Detroit, Michigan

Silver Medal Exhibition 

February 22-April 1, 2017

The purpose of the Silver Medal 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 students.

Juror: Jo Powers

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS
Kelly Agius | Diane Alire
Robert Beras | Juanita Baldwin
Jan Brown | Elaine Carr
Nina Caruso | David Clements
Donald Cronkhite | Brian Day
Pamela Day | Aaron Deshields
Lex Dodson | Cole Eller | Liz Frankland
Dawn Gardner | Bruce Giffin
Charlene Gilbert | Melissa Jones
Alvaro Jurado | Kenny Karpov
Desiree Kelly | Courtney Kincaid
Douglas LaFerle | Angela Larson
Kirsten Lund | Jamie Maciuszek
Brant MacLean | Garrett McDevitt
John McLaughlin | Italia Millan
Todd Mitchell | Thomas R. Morris
Gary Mulnix | Bruce O’Farrell
Joan Painter-Jones | Kristine & Colin Poole
Nathan Reidt | Christine Ritchie
Joanne Rochon | Denise Rohde
Christopher Schneider | Donita Simpson
Daniel Stine | Allen TenBusschen
Anna van Schaap | Andria Watha

Ferver 2

Oil on Canvas

15" x 30"

2016

Layering and removing medium through a mindful approach allows for a meditative and restful place for both artist and viewer.


Cafe 1923 Coffeehouse  Hamtramck, Michigan

More Blue Than Red: Encaustics And Paintings By Nina Caruso

December 1, 2016-February 13, 2017

Reception Friday, January 13 from 7pm to 9pm, featuring live music by Robert Ize.


Nina Caruso is a Detroit based artist creating work at her studio space at Hatch Art in Hamtramck. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art Education from Oakland University and shares her love of art with Detroit's future artists by teaching elementary art at a local school district.

Her work spans many mediums but her primary focus has been abstract encaustic and oil painting as well as mixed medium sculpture, and has most recently been exhibited at the Scarab Club in both the Silver Metal and Gold Metal Exhibitions.

The paintings included in this exhibition are a collection of acrylic, encaustic, and oil on canvas. These works are representative of a process that often consists of repetitive adding and removing layers until imagery reveals itself, creating a space for the viewer to enter into a calming or meditative state if even for a moments time, revealing the transformative power of art.

Boreas Series

8” X 8”

Oil on canvas

Ferver Series

2016

15” X 30”

Oil on canvas

Ice series encaustic installation

6” X 6” wood tile

14” X 14” cradled panel

 


 

Scarab Club  Detroit, Michigan

Gold Medal Exhibition 

November 23-December 31, 2016

The 103rd Gold Medal Exhibition is an annual un-themed, all-media exhibition showcasing the work of SC members. The purpose of the Gold Medal Exhibition is to recognize the diversity and achievement of Scarab 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 students.

Juror: Elizabeth Youngblood

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS
Charles Alexander | Jerry Basierbe | Victoria Bayagich | Andrea Birnbaum
Nina Caruso | Feather J. Chiaverini | Winnie Chrzanowski | Donald Cronkhite
Donna Cyrbok | Christopher Darga | Edward Duff | Frank Dulin | Paul Erlandson
Jack Frakes | Harah Frost | Myles Gallagher | Bruce Giffin | G. Jessie Gledhill
Candice Grieve | Ramon Guadiana | David Hardin | Richard Baskin | Leslie Kaye
Courtney Kincaid | Kip Kowalski | Eno Laget | Candace Law | Jamie Maciuszek
Michael NcNeil | Patrick Mech | Sarah Nesbitt | Joan Painter Jones | Nelson Pont
Ted Ramsay | Christine Ritchie | J. Gordon Rodwan | David Rubello | Jeanne Ruzzin
Julie Sabit | Edward Stanulis | Daniel Stine | Barbara Todd | Vasundhara Tolia
Thomas VanderMeulen | Casey Wise | Shirley Woodson | Leigh Wright | Basil Zaviski

Untitled

Oil on Canvas

36" x 24"

2016

Layering and removing medium through a mindful approach allows for a meditative and restful place for both artist and viewer.

 

 

Scarab Club  Detroit, Michigan

2016 Scarab Club Arts Annual Book

Copyright 2016

Selections for each annual is through the artist's entry into the Gold Medal member exhibit. This portfolio presents a portion of the diverse interests, backgrounds and ideas of the scarab club artists. 

Untitled

Oil on Canvas

36" x 24"

2016

Layering and removing medium through a mindful approach allows for a meditative and restful place for both artist and viewer.


Scarab Club  Detroit, Michigan

Silver Medal Exhibition 

February 17-April 2, 2016

The purpose of the 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 students.

Juror: Scott Northrup

Participating Artists:
Jim Aho | Jerry Basierbe | Victoria Bayagich
Jeanne Bieri | Doug Cannell| Nina Caruso
Denyse Couture | Donald DiPace | Gerald Flynt
Harah Frost | Heather Gardner | Bruce Giffin
Steven Hauptman | Claudia Hershman | Kamara Hosic
Birgit Hutteman-Holz | Daniel Kestler | Jon Kopacz
Ashley Lawler | Matt Lewis | Kirsten Lund | Patrick Mech
Joan Painter-Jones | Kate Paul | Alan Paulson | Luzhen Qiu
Michael Reedy | James Ritchie | Christine Ritchie
Barry Roth | Christopher Schneider | Meagan Shein
Stacee Shelly | Anne Smith | Krysti Spence
Tom Stoye | Larry Zdeb

 

Primal Repression 1 (Detail sculpture of an installation of objects and materials that are imbedded and fused with encaustic layers)

Pigmented and non pigmented encaustic medium over various materials

12" x 15" x 3

Primal Repression is a humanistic call for empathy brought to light in a visual experience. The intent is to provide an opportunity within a breakdown of order, for the reorganization of cultural and social norms of human behavior, specifically in regards to how one relates to others. Visual tension between the esthetics of both horror and delight facilitate an environment filled with invented biomorphic organisms signaling body to the viewer, evoking an affect of the abject; disturbing identity, system, and order. The resulting reorientation of the distinction between self and the other fosters a parallel status affording empathy for both.

 Scarab Club Silver Medal Exhibition Opening Reception February 19, 2016

Scarab Club Silver Medal Exhibition Opening Reception February 19, 2016


Oakland University Art Gallery Rochester, Michigan

Studio Art Senior Thesis Art Exhibition

Encaustic Sculpture Installation

December 5-14, 2014

 Installation view. For more images see  Encaustic Sculpture Installation

Installation view. For more images see Encaustic Sculpture Installation

 

 

Primal Repression

An installation of pigmented and non pigmented encaustic medium over various materials.               

Oakland University Studio Art Award Fall 2014

Primal Repression

Primal Repression is a humanistic call for empathy brought to light in a visual experience. The intent is to provide an opportunity within a breakdown of order, for the reorganization of cultural and social norms of human behavior, specifically in regards to how one relates to others. Visual tension between the esthetics of both horror and delight facilitate an environment filled with invented biomorphic organisms signaling body to the viewer, evoking an affect of the abject; disturbing identity, system, and order. The resulting reorientation of the distinction between self and the other fosters a parallel status affording empathy for both.


 Installation view

Installation view

Paint Creek Center for the Arts Rochester, Michigan

What Goes Up Must Come Down

June 29, 2013

Paint Creek Center for the Arts invited individuals all over Southeast Michigan to hang artwork in their galleries for a one-night show and sale. This was an evolving art exhibition where work was sold and then removed to make way for new work to be exhibited throughout the course of the evening. 

The Precursor

2013 Oil on canvas, sand and stitching 72" x 48"

Antecedent

2013 Oil on Canvas with added canvas and stitching 48" x 24"