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Robert J. Lang Lecture at Brown University

Last week I attended a lecture at Brown University by Robert J. Lang, a renowned origami artist whose work I’ve followed for several years now. The innovations he’s accomplished in origami are breathtaking, but I’ve also been particularly drawn to his work because of the dramatic career shift he made to get to where he is now.  Lang had a long career as a physicist for many years before taking the leap into origami.  I can’t imagine that it would have been easy to be in a scientific field for that long, and then to tell everyone one day that you were going to drop your career to make origami.

I was thrilled when I heard Lang would be speaking at Brown, and I knew immediately exactly what question I wanted to ask him at the lecture during the Q&A: how did he get the guts to transition from being a physicist to being a full-time origami artist? Lang said that he had been working on a book that eventually became “Origami Design Secrets.” He worked on the book on nights and weekends, but realized quickly that if he didn’t drop everything and focus exclusively on this book, that the book would never happen. He also said that he recognized that there would always be plenty of other physicists in the world, many who were much more accomplished than he was, but he felt that he was literally the only person who could write this book. That and having some savings in the bank helped.

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RISD Illustration Annual Faculty Exhibition


I’ll be at the opening tomorrow evening from 6-8pm  in the newly renovated Illustration Studies Building at RISD for the Illustration Annual Faculty Exhibition.  I have a large etching ink & lithographic crayon figure drawing in this exhibition. Hope to see you there!


Exhibition Dates: Oct. 1-Oct. 30, 2015
Opening Reception: Thurs., Oct. 1, 6-8pm
Gallery Hours: Mon.-Fri. 11:30am-4:30pm

View Photos of the Exhibition

RISD Illustration, ISB Gallery
55 Canal Walk
Providence, RI, 02903

calef brown 11 x 17 copy

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“The Boston Printmakers: Present” at Childs Gallery


I have a mezzotint in the exhibition “The Boston Printmakers: Present” at Childs Gallery on Newbury Street in Boston.

Exhibition Dates: April 27-July 12, 2015
Opening Reception: Sat., May 30, 2-5pm
Gallery Hours: Tues.-Fri. 9am-6pm, Sat. 10am-5pm

David Avery, Sandra Cardillo, Renee Covalucci, Michael David, William Evertson, Catherine Kernan, Clara Lieu, Emily Lombardo, Frederick Mershimer, Carolyn M. Muskat, Anne Lyman Powers, Mary Teichman, Julia Talcott, Lois Tarlow, Mary L. Taylor, John Thompson, Bob Tomolillo, Carol Wax

Childs Gallery
169 Newbury St.
Boston, MA, 02116

2015 RISD Faculty Biennial

The RISD Faculty Biennial is now on view at the RISD Museum through March 22.  If you can’t get to Providence, you can view images of the exhibition here. I have a 7′ x 4′ figure drawing in the exhibition.


Gallery talks and an opening reception

Mazmanian Gallery at Framingham State University

I had a marathon day of gallery talks and openings today between my two solo exhibitions at Simmons College and Framingham State University. I started the afternoon with a gallery talk at Simmons College for students in a Drawing I course. Right after the gallery talk, I drove straight to Framingham State University where I gave a short gallery talk followed by the opening reception. It’s been whirlwind of talks/openings/installations over the past few weeks, and with today done, I’m finally finished with all of the gallery events. I’m looking forward to wrapping up the semester at RISD, and getting some down time in before I get back into the studio. 

Mazmanian Gallery at Framingham State University

Mazmanian Gallery at Framingham State University

Mazmanian Gallery at Framingham State University

Opening reception at Simmons College

Trustman Gallery at Simmons College

Last night was the opening reception for my solo exhibition, “Emerge” at the Trustman Gallery at Simmons College. Several of my colleagues from the various schools I’ve taught at were in attendance, going all the way back to when I was at Concord Academy, the first teaching job I had out of graduate school. Thanks to everyone who came out for the opening!

The exhibition is also listed in the Boston Globe this week. Art critic Cate McQuaid writes:

“Lieu makes 3-D work as a basis for drawings, prints, and photos. In her elegant, volatile large-scale prints and drawings, figures struggle, monsters lurk, and a mythic tale unfolds.”

Trustman Gallery at Simmons College

Trustman Gallery at Simmons College