Martha Gault Art Gallery


Functional Resilience by Michael Nashef

exhibition dates: October 12 - November 5, 2020

Martha Gault Art Gallery proudly presents “Functional Resilience” by Michael Nashef. 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. Faoua 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. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Martha Gault Art Gallery is adhering to established University guidelines for all in-person events. With that in mind, exhibits are open only to members of the University community – students, faculty and staff – that are wearing face masks and practicing proper social distancing. Exhibits are not open to the general public at this time.