PLACE IN PROXIMITY A Call for Artworks by Artists currently living and making art in the states of Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio.

PLACE IN PROXIMITY A Call for Artworks by Artists currently living and making art in the states of Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio.

Deadline for Entry: August 14, 2015

Place in Proximity launches a new collaboration between Michigan State University and the City of East Lansing, MI with (SCENE) Metrospace, an urban gallery in East Lansing, MI. Place in Proximity is a call for work made by artists living in the states of Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. This exhibition will juxtapose themes, qualities, and mannerisms of contemporary art from within our surrounding geographical region. To highlight what is happening right now in our region and allow us to examine how it relates to the broader contemporary art world.

This exhibition welcomes work of all types and styles to be considered. This call is open to everyone 18 years or older and is open to all media. Submissions can range from traditional to conceptual. The only required criteria for entry is that works must be made by visual artists currently residing in the states of Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio.

Please visit the link below for more information:
The 2015 Undergraduate Exhibition will be on view at (SCENE) Metrospace from March 27, 2015- April 19, 2015. The Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony is slated for Friday, March 27,2015 from 6 to 9 PM.
The 2015 Michigan State University Department of Art, Art History, and Design Undergraduate Exhibition marks an important achievement for our student exhibitors. These students continue a long history preceded by thousands of Michigan State University Alumni who have shown in past Undergraduate Exhibitions at MSU. Centered in a learning environment that values the development of personal vision, critical inquiry, and philosophical reflection, Undergraduate students across all disciplines make intellectual and artistic discoveries. This exhibition features a sampling of work from Ceramics, Drawing, Electronic Art + Intermedia, Graphic Design, Photography, Painting, Printmaking, and sculpture.
This year the Undergraduate Exhibition Guest Juror is Annette Lawrence, Professor and Chair of Studio Art at the University of North Texas, College of Visual Arts and Design. She received an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Hoffberger School of Painting, and a BFA in Sculpture from the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford. 
The 2015 Undergraduate Exhibition is organized and supported by the MSU Department of Art, Art History, and Design. This exhibition is hosted by (SCENE) Metrospace and the City of East Lansing. 
For more information about the Exhibition please visit

Current Exhibition, Beyond Material, Extended Until March 1, 2015

Final Weekend Hours:

Thurs, Feb. 26, 2-5
Fri, Feb. 27, 2-6
Sunday, Mar. 1, 12-4

Beyond Material is a traveling exhibition of work conceptually responding to the history of fiber and textiles as craft and art.

Closes Sunday, March 1

We interact with the materiality of fiber on a daily basis, whether hand or machine made. The richness that fiber work creates is seen through the ease in which viewers can relate to its tactile quality. Beyond the material, the techniques employed provide another layer for a viewer to enter.

We are happy to bring this exhibition to (SCENE) Metrospace. Beyond Material is guest-curated by Kate Garman. Kate is a Grand Rapids based creative. This is the exhibition’s second incarnation. Many new artists have been added. The inaugural exhibition opened during January 2014 at Grand Valley State University's Padnos Art Gallery.

Confirmed artists: Kelly McKaig, Miriam Wassenaar, Mandy Cano Villalobos, Dulcee Boehm, Ann Cole, SiSi Chen, Sarah Lillegard, Ellie Hunter, Anny Crane, Rachel de Cuba, Peter Clouse, Liz Ensz, Jessica Pleyel, Maggie Vance and Mandi Michielsen.

*Image courtesy of Mandy Cano Villalobos

Festival of Listening, Celebrating Untranslated Poetry

(SCENE) Metrospace is happy to be hosting the MSU Center for Poetry's FESTIVAL OF LISTENING!

Join us to experience the sounds and rhythms of untranslated poetry read in a wide variety of languages.

Festival of Listening

Celebrating Untranslated Poetry

Thursday, February 19th

Free & open to the public

7 p.m.

Zac Brunell Presents Nathan Davis: A Miniature Portrait Concert, Jan 25th

(SCENE) Metrospace is pleased to be hosting a performance by Zac Brunell.

Zac Brunell presenting Nathan Davis

A miniature portrait concert

3 Davis pieces & discussion

Crawlspace, Diving Bell, Crystal Radio

Sunday, January 25th, 4 p.m.

Substrate Panel Discussion & Print Market, Saturday, December 13th

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Substrate: Panel Discussion, Saturday Dec 13th

Mark your December calendars! (SCENE) Metrospace, at 110 Charles Street, is having a panel discussion to close the "Substrate: Printed Matter from the Rustbelt" exhibition.

The event will take place at the gallery on Saturday, December 13th, at 2 p.m.

The gallery will open at 1 p.m.

The panel will include Ryan Malloy and Leslie Atzmon from Open Book at EMU, George Wietor from Issue Press, and (if his schedule permits) Dylan Miner (of Justseeds and MSU's Residential College).

We're anticipating a hearty discussion about the rise of independent publishing in the Rustbelt, the evolution of art books and 'zines in the last 5 years, activism and the politics of print and production, and what it means to be a publisher/printer/designer in the "Rustbelt"... and whatever else arises!  

Comedy Night, Saturday, November 22nd, 8 p.m.

(SCENE) Metrospace, 110 Charles Street, Downtown East Lansing, presents I'M SERIOUS, a night of stand-up comedy by four local aspiring comedians.

Saturday, November 22nd.

Show starts at 8 p.m.

$5 at the door

The Joshua Davis Trio, Featuring Mike Lynch & Mike Shimmin

(SCENE) Metrospace presents The Joshua Davis Trio on Thursday, November 20th!

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Tia Harvey, Percussions Concert, Tuesday, Oct 28th

(SCENE) Metrospace is hosting a percussions performance by Tia Harvey, MSU doctoral music student.

Join us on Tuesday, October 28th, 8 p.m.


The recital is for all percussion instruments and has three works which were composed this year.

Substrate: Printed Material from the Rust Belt, Opens October 24th

Mark your calendar and be sure to join us at (SCENE) Metrospace, 110 Charles Street, on Friday, October 24th, from 6-9 p.m. for the opening of our final exhibition of the year.

The exhibition runs until December 14th.

The exhibition is called SubstrateWith the decline of large scale manufacturing in post-industrial America, there is a desire by many to reclaim small scale production. The past several years has seen a rise of independent publishing across the United States, with increased visibility and availability of zines and art books, and a Do-It-Yourself ethos which embraces exploration, technique and radical production methods. SUBSTRATE explores the politics and poetics of printed matter in the Rust Belt, asking the viewer to think about the relationship between landscape, the material environment, and print.

Substrate is guest-curated by Ben Gaydos. Ben is a Detroit-based designer, filmmaker, artist, co-founder of the interdisciplinary design firm goodgood, and a professor with the University of Michigan, Flint, art department.

(SCENE) Metrospace is East Lansing’s City-funded alternative art gallery and performance space. It is located at 110 Charles St. in downtown East Lansing. Contact Tim Lane at or for more information about the space.

Regular gallery hours during exhibitions are Thursdays from 2-5 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 2-6 p.m. and Sundays from noon-4 p.m.; and by appointment.

The Human Food Finale Film Screening, Zach Zweifler, Sept 26

Join us for a film screening of the comedy series, Human Food, created by local independent filmmaker, Zach Zweifler.

Teaser here!

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(SCENE) Metrospace, 110 Charles Street, film screening, Friday, September 26th,  7 p.m., donation $3.

The finale for the public access talk show Human Food is finally here! Watch as Zach gets a new producer and deals with new and old characters in the most epic episode yet!

The first 3 Human Food Episodes will also be screened and there will be a Q & A afterwards and DVDS of the complete series on sale featuring exclusive bonus features!

The Van Lears, Further Adventures of FatBoy & Jive Turkey, Deacon Earl, Thur Sept 25

(SCENE) Metrospace, 110 Charles Street, presents a concert featuring Nashville duo, The Van Lears, plus local talent The Further Adventures of FatBoy and Jive Turkey, and, Deacon Earl.

Thursday, September 25th

Show starts at 8 p.m.

$5 at the door

The Van Lears are brothers Andrew and Trey Bentley who are from the mountains of North West Georgia. Currently working with platinum producer Ted Hewitt (Rodney Atkins) recording their debut album. The brothers write with well known writers, such as Steve Bogard, writer of George Strait’s “Carried Away”; Bob Regan, writer of “Your Everything” for Keith Urban; and Josh Osborne, writer of "Merry Go Round" for Kacey Musgraves and “Come Over” for Kenny Chesney. Trey and Andrew are both fine singers in their own right, but hearing them sing together is what turns heads. Eddie Owen, of Eddie’s Attic, has said their harmonies sound like the “Next coming of The Eagles.”

The Further Adventures of FatBoy and JiveTurkey is the brain child of musician Benjamin Hall. His high-energy stage presence, searing vocal vigilance, and truly tasty blues harmonica playing, combined with a dynamic and eclectic group of local and regional musicians, allow this group to provide music lovers with a fresh interpretation of classic blues tunes as well as exciting originals.

Deacon Earl is blues, folk, honky-tonk and more.

2nd Annual Mid-Michigan Zine Fair Spelling Bee Benefit, Sept 20th

Dust off those dictionaries and brush up on your Latin! And join us for the second annual Mid-Michigan Zine Fair spelling bee benefit!!

Saturday, September 20th, 7-9 p.m.

You can enter in the competition yourself or just sit back and enjoy the fun. We'll be spinning records throughout the night and attendees are invited to bring some wax themselves to throw into the mix.

No need to register if you're planning on competing, just show up!

This event is a benefit for Mid-Michigan Zine Fair All proceeds will go towards the fair which takes place October 11 at the Hannah Community Center in East Lansing.

Candle Lit, Live Cello Yoga with Kintla, Friday, Sept 19th

This Friday at (SCENE) Metrospace. Call 517.333.2580 to register.


110 Charles Street, East Lansing, Michigan

Friday, September 19th , 2014
7:00-8:15 p.m.

Call 517.333.2580 to register.
Beginners welcome.

Exhibition, September 12th-October 12th

EXHIBITION: {___+____}, {____+____}, {____+____}: A Collage Show @ (SCENE)

September 12th-October 12th. Opening reception: Friday, September 12th, 6-9 p.m., free.

Featured artists: Vonda Yarberry, Hanna Kozlowski-Slone, Laura Collins, Cassie Shaver, Jeff Beekman, Ashley Smith, Adrienne Der Marderosian, Darla McKenna, Russell Cook, Erin Case, Todd Bartel, Lita Kenyon, Jo Ann Block, Tamara Staser-Meltzer, Christopher Gideon, Christopher Lineberry, Anthony Smith, Rebecca Mushtare, Earl Elowsky, Max Kahan, Jonah  Meltzer, Beth Plakidas, Olga Evanusa-Rowland, Jacob Zurilla, Rafael Santiago, Samuell Bennett, Mark Reamy, Jane Reiter, Reineke Hollander, Rose DeSiano, Yoorim Park, Jeff Robinson, Gerri Rachins, Brooke Chornyak, Rebecca Tegtmeyer, Kathleen Thum, Antoinette Winters, Jennifer Layzer, Melinda Laszczynski, Christopher McEvoy, Teresa Miro, Jaclyn Mednicov, Justin Korver, Evan Larson-Voltz,Spencer Corbett, Lynn Skordal.

(SCENE) Metrospace, at 110 Charles Street, will be having an opening reception for a new art exhibition on Friday, September 12th, from 6-9 p.m. As always, the openings are free and open to the public.

(SCENE) Metrospace presents {____ +____}, (____ + ____}, {____ + ____}: A Collage Show. After putting out a nation-wide call for submissions for this exhibition, the gallery received entries from 34 states, the District of Columbia, and British Columbia. Juror, Michelle Word, Acting Director of Education at The MSU Broad Art Museum, has selected 40 artists and 70 works of art, out of nearly 400 submissions, for the exhibition. This is an ambitious endeavor for (SCENE)! We hope that you will join us at the opening to celebrate, hang out and see some cool art.

(SCENE) Metrospace is East Lansing’s City-funded alternative art gallery and performance space. It is located at 110 Charles St. in downtown East Lansing. Contact Tim Lane at or for more information about the space. Gallery visits are free. Regular gallery hours are Thursdays from 2-5 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 2-6 p.m. and Sundays from noon-4 p.m.; and by appointment.

Alex Levine Quartet, Sunday, September 7th

(SCENE) Metrospace welcomes the Alex Levine Quartet to its stage on Sunday, September 7th, at 6:30 p.m., for a jazz concert.

Students, $5; All others, $10

Guitarist Alex Levine, now a Brooklyn resident, reconnects with longtime Michigan collaborators, Marcus Elliot, Ben Rolston, and Stephen Boegehold for a Midwest tour. The repertoire has been developed over four years of playing together, with an emphasis on original music.  Alex graduated from the University of Michigan 2012 with a degree in Jazz Studies, and is an alumnus of the Banff International Jazz and Creative Music Workshop. While in New York, Alex has had the opportunity to continue his musical studies with Miles Okazaki and Henry Grimes, and perform with renowned musicians from around the world. In March 2014, Alex was an artist in residence at the UNCOOL Jazz Festival, presenting concerts in Switzerland and Italy.

Community Dance Project performs Aug 1st

Community Dance Project at (SCENE) Metrospace this Friday, August 1st, performances at 7 and 8:30 p.m. Free.

headz, Lights Out, Tyler Love on Friday, July 25th

On Friday, July 25th, (SCENE) Metrospace is hosting a concert featuring local music acts headz, Lights Out, and Tyler Love.

Doors at 7:30.

Show starts at 8:00.

$5, all ages

Selby Dance Performances July 17th & 18th

Help Selby Dance celebrate 5 years of creating work together!

See two new works by Danielle Selby and other works by local artists.

Tickets are $7 at the door. CASH ONLY

Thursday, July 17 & Friday, July 18th

Starts at 7:30 p.m.

Exhibition, July 12th-August 24th

(SCENE) Metrospace is about to unveil a new exhibtion!

Please join us on Friday, July 11th, from 6-9 p.m., free, for the openings of Landsome: Landscape and Then Some.

The exhibition will be on display during regular gallery hours from July 12th until August 24th.

Landsome: Landscape and Then Some is primarily an exhibition featuring local artists who use landscape as a point of departure, or as a vehicle, for questioning or presenting themes and ideas beyond visual landscape. Sculpture, painting, installation, digital photography, enhanced photography.

Featured artists: Doug Heilman, Robert Park, Jerrie Sasson, Kathleen Matkovic, Steve Baibak, Michael Mosher, Peter Richards, Karen Massoglia, Erika Puleo, Caroline Caswell & Ethan Tate. July 12th-August 24th. Opening reception: Friday, July 11th, 6-9 p.m., free.

*image courtesy of Jerrie Sasson

(SCENE) Metrospace is East Lansing’s City-funded alternative art gallery and performance space. It is located at 110 Charles St. in downtown East Lansing. Contact Tim Lane at or visit  for more information about the space.

Regular gallery hours are Thursdays from 2-5 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 2-6 p.m. and Sundays from noon-4 p.m.; and by appointment.


They're Dead wsg Lame Duck Sessions, Saturday, June 21st

(SCENE) Metrospace, at 110 Charles Street, presents a concert of experimental, alternative soundscapes on Saturday, June 21st.

Featured local acts: They're Dead, with special guest, Lame Duck Sessions.

Doors at 7:30. Show at 8:00


They're Dead features Wolf and Monte, local experimental electronic veterans with fully improvised sci-fi/horror soundscapes. These guys are hardware connoisseurs with two theremins, two guitars and a plethora of electronic gear.

Lame Duck Sessions, aka Jonathan Robinson, promises a dark analog escape driven by abstract beats.

(SCENE) Metrospace is East Lansing’s City-funded alternative art gallery and performance space. It is located at 110 Charles St. in downtown East Lansing. Contact Tim Lane at or visit  for more information about the space.

The DJ Clarinet Combo Salutes Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw & Woody Herman, Friday, June 13th

(SCENE) Metrospace, 110 Charles Street, presents an evening of jazz.

The DJ Clarinet Combo salutes Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw & Woody Herman on Friday, June 13th.

Doors open at 7:00; show begins at 7:30. All ages; $5.

Gene Rebeck (bass), Ben Godoshian (drums), John Loose (guitar), DJ (clarinet)

Deep Immersion, Ambient Music by Borghi/Teager, May 24th

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To Hit, Josh Graham, Dziro Mbira concert, Saturday, May 17th

On Saturday, May 17th, (SCENE) Metrospace invites you to relax after the Art Fest with some music from To Hit, Josh Graham, and Dziro Mbira.

7:30pm doors 
8pm music
$5 cash

Enjoy the traditional sounds of the Zimbabwean mbira (thumb harp), contemporary percussion music and the combination of the two as To Hit mixes non-western instruments in a art music context.


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