New UM art exhibit takes on wolf hunting debate

Kim Kozlowski
The Detroit News

An art exhibit opening Monday at the University of Michigan is dovetailing with two measures on Tuesday’s ballot that seek to ban wolf hunting in the state.

The exhibit, “Wolves,” is a body of work that opposes wolf hunting and will be on display through Dec. 29 at UM’s School of Natural Resources and Environment on the Ann Arbor campus.

“As I see it, the wolves are the underdogs in this situation, and I am standing up for them just as I stand up for justice," said Marcia Polenberg, who has taught at the university's Ann Arbor and Flint campuses, and is one of two artists behind the exhibit.

The exhibit features a large pastel painting and a ceramic sculpture by Polenberg, along with an acrylic painting and three mixed-media installations by Ted Ramsay, a professor at UM’s Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design.

‪Michigan’s ballot measures ask voters to approve or reject two laws that the Legislature approved in 2012 and 2013 allowing gray wolf hunts.

The laws are suspended until Tuesday’s election and already are scheduled to be replaced by a third law approved this year by lawmakers and Gov. Rick Snyder that also allows wolf hunting. Hunt opponents say they plan to challenge that law in court.