Members Closing Reception: Solo Exhibits by Pi Benio and Liz Barick Fall

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    Cornwell Gallery

    CTAC members are invited to special in-person closing reception with Pi Benio, Earthboundand Liz Barick Fall, Reflective Perspectiveboth on displayat CTAC-TC. Not a member yet? Click here to join online or call (231) 941-9488.


    Pi Benio's solo exhibition features recent work by the Michigan sculptor. Found objects such as driftwood and other organic materials are mixed with electronic parts like resistors and wires to create airy forms that reflect the sensitivity and fragility of life, while also evoking feelings of transformation, rebirth, and interconnectedness. 

    About the Artist
    Pi Benio received her MFA from Eastern Michigan University. Her work has been shown regionally, including a one-person exhibit at the Detroit Institute of Art, in Chicago, New York City, and Japan. She has completed residencies at Oxbow, Ragdale, the Women’s Studio Workshop, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Pi was awarded multiple Individual Artists Grants from the State of Michigan in addition to Best of Show at the Toledo Area Artists Exhibition. She has also studied at Haystack, Penland, Arrowmont, and Anderson Ranch taking many workshops in media ranging from ceramics, fiber, woodworking, glass, papermaking, and sculpture. Her works span multiple media where she incorporates a plethora of techniques into installations that voice concern for the environment and the delicate nature of life. After a long teaching career at Adrian College she helped to found the Adrian Center for the Arts in 2015. A firm believer in the arts as a way to enhance community, she helped to also found the Lenawee Council for the Visual Arts in 1998 and the Artalicious Art Festival in 2006. She is still active with all three and serves as the Co-chair of visual arts for Artalicious and as the Programming Director for the Adrian Center for the Arts.


    Reflective Perspective

    Michigan artist Liz Barick Fall uses photography, found objects, encaustic wax, and other materials to create layered and nuanced works of art that speak to social and environmental themes.

    Barick Fall's attention to craft and careful, creative methodology are evident in her subtle manipulations of form, but the power of her work lies in its content. Through her sensitively crafted objects, Liz Barick Fall provokes, connects, and communicates with the viewer. While exploring societal questions, her work remains intuitive and personal, reflecting her life as a maker, a woman, a Midwesterner, and a mother. 

    About the Artist
    Liz Barick Fall is a lifelong Michigan resident and has lived and worked in Ann Arbor for the past 30 years. She holds a BFA from the University of Michigan, and an MFA in Metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art. In addition to practicing and exhibiting her work, she is the founder and director of trustArt studios and Barickuda Gallery. ( She works in large and small scale, incorporating various combinations of found and collected objects, her own photographs, and encaustic painting techniques. Her creative process is greatly influenced by taking a closer look at her environment and the objects within it. The Midwest landscape and lifestyle strongly resonate in her imagery and materials. The content and imagery in Barick Fall's work is often drawn from themes of nature, nostalgia, memory, growth/decay, tension/harmony, and the female experience.


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