Functional Resilience

Martha Gault Art Gallery proudly presents “Functional Resilience” by Michael Nashef. Exhibition dates in the art gallery are October 12 through November 5, 2020. SRU Art Department, Martha Gault Art Gallery, and SRU Middle East Studies sponsors two additional events. A 3D Printing Workshop by Michael Nashef will be presented in Metals Art Building and available by Zoom, Monday, October 12 at 9:00 am.
An artist’s talk, with Michael Nashef, and paneled by Dr. Aksel Casson, (Anthropology) and Dr. Fadoua Loudiy, (Communication), and Professor Sean Macmillan, (Art) will be presented Thursday, October 21, at 6:00 pm. For a Zoom invitation, contact

Michael Nashef earned his B.F.A. in Metals/Jewelry Design from Kendall College of Art and Design and M.F.A. in 3D studies from Bowling Green State University. Currently he is an instructor at Kalamazoo Institute of Art. Nashef writes, “These vessels are distilled representations of war-torn buildings, whose functional resilience come from the stable and strong material used, cement. This truth, coupled with my inquisitive nature, has brought me to create innovative processes and methods in which my work is created. The simplicity of the forms and lines allow the shot/damaged parts on the vessels to be highlighted and accentuated. By bridging the aesthetics and the materials within my work, I ask the viewer to form a connection to their surroundings, realizing that there is no perfection, only an adaptation to our current status and situation”.

Martha Gault Art Gallery is open Mondays through Thursdays from 11 am to 5 pm and is all-accessible by entrance on College Drive near Rhoads Hall. Events are free and open to the public. For more information, and for a Zoom invitation, contact