See the Work of Local Art Students at Nora Modern’s New Exhibit

The Detroit shop is showing pieces by creatives at College for Creative Studies, Cranbrook Academy of Art, University of Michigan, and more
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College for Creative studies student Toomas Toomepuu will show his ceramics in Nora Modern’s new exhibit. // Photograph courtesy of Nora Modern

Nora Modern, a houseware and gift shop based in Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood, is giving art and design students a chance to show off their work. From May 7 to 20, the store will host an exhibition displaying pieces by 20 local students who work in mediums such as textile, glass, and 3D prototyping.

“Students missed important opportunities to showcase their work last year because of the pandemic,” says Liz Boone, co-owner of Nora Modern, in a press release. “We decided to create an exhibition to give them another platform to shine and decided to make it an annual event.”

Boone worked with artist, educator, and Nora Modern partner Michael Andrews to handpick students from College for Creative Studies, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Lawrence Technological Institute, University of Michigan, and Wayne State University for the exhibit. Sculptures by 2021 CCS Redmond Design Award winner Toomas Toomepuu, handwoven textiles by U-M student Maggie Wiebe, and inflatable furniture by Cranbrook student Sophia Wojnovich are among the pieces that will be displayed in the show.

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University of Michigan student Maggie Wiebe will display her handwoven textile art at Nora Modern. // Photograph courtesy of Nora Modern

Many of the student artworks will be available for purchase. And to coincide with the launch of the exhibit — and Mother’s Day — Flowers for Dreams will be selling bouquets on May 8 and 9 at the store and during the show.

The exhibition, held at Nora’s Auburn Building Event Space at 4240 Cass Ave., unit 109, is free and open to the public. Only 20 people will be allowed in the space at any given time, and guests are required to follow COVID-19 safety protocols.

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