For Students
Ray Allen vessel

Stephen Hughes and Margaret Salt
Eruption Shield #3
1998, jarrah burl, acrylic paint, gold leaf.
Collection of Robert M. and Lillian Montalto Bohlen.
Photograph by Dirk Bakker.

Mark Lindquist sculpture

Mark Lindquist Double Totemic Sculpture
1994-1995, oak burl.
Gift of Robert M. and Lillian Montalto Bohlen.
Photograph by Dirk Bakker.

Ray Allen vessel

Ray Allen Untitled vessel
1995, mesquite, satinwood, bloodwood, rosewood, curly maple, ebony, dyed veneer.
Gift of Robert M. and Lillian Montalto Bohlen.
Photograph by Dirk Bakker.

Touring Exhibitions:

Nature Transformed: Wood Art from the Bohlen Collection

Although turned and carved wood has a long and rich craft heritage, an extraordinary number of innovative and varied works that push traditional boundaries of the medium have forced a re-evaluation of the genre. This exhibition presents a selection of wood-based works from one of the finest collections in the medium in the United States, that of Robert Bohlen. His recent purchase of key works by wood carvers and turners from the Irving Lipton collection has added historical depth to this magnificent group of objects, making it far richer and more comprehensive. From a collection that numbers in the hundreds, UMMA has selected works that exemplify the quality and diversity of the whole and that underscore the development of wood art as a fine art medium. This exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated companion publication produced for UMMA by Marquand Books, Seattle, in association with Hudson Hills Press. This publication was awarded second prize for excellence in graphic design by the American Association of Museums in 2005.

Exhibition Dates:

University of Michigan Museum of Art
Ann Arbor, MI
June 12 – October 3, 2004

Mobile Museum of Art
Mobile, AL
July 8 – September 25, 2005

Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum
Saginaw Valley State University
University Center, MI
October 14, 2005 – April 30, 2006

Museum of Arts & Design
New York, NY
May 25 – September 10, 2006

For further information about UMMA touring exhibitions, please contact Katharine Derosier, Exhibitions Coordinator, by telephone at 734.615.8186 or by email at