You may not know Farmington Hills artist Kegham Tazian, but chances are, you've seen his work.
Tazian's sculptures are on display in a number of public places, including Farmington city hall, the Farmington Community Library Main Library and Oakland Community College (OCC) Orchard Ridge campus. And several of his works are now installed at Farmington Hills City Hall, on loan for two years as part of the City Hall Public Art Program.
In all, 37 artists were selected from a field of more than 60 submissions, city cultural arts coordinator Nancy Coumoundouros said. Works in a wide range of media have come in from as far away as Traverse City.
"An artist always wants exposure for their work," Tazian said. "This is another avenue to accomplish that goal. And what better place that the newly renovated city hall?"
The Armenian artist is in his 46th year of teaching at OCC, and has pursued art for 52 years. He lived and went to school in Fort Wayne, IN, before pursuing his Master of Fine Arts in sculpture at Wayne State University.
"My comfort zone is probably sculpture," Tazian said, noting he works in bronze, clay, limestone and other materials, sometimes combining them in one piece. His latest interest is "found objects," he said, finding things that have served one purpose and then have been discarded.
"I find a use for it," he said. "It's like a revival. You're giving new life to something."
The public is invited to a reception at city hall Monday at 6 p.m. to view the new art works and meet some of the artists.
In addition to Tazian, those with works on display include Suzanne Bauman, Robbie Best, Janna Bissett, Biswas Boisali, Melissa Burke, Rosemary Busch, Richard Button, Edward Chesney, Barbara Davis, Thomas Dean, Robin Fekaris, Jeri Fellwock, Anthony Frudakis, John Glick, Ted Hadfield, Tom Hale, Andrew Krieger, Emily Langenberg, Candace Law, Anthony Macioce, Don McKercher, Molly McNeece, Geoff Merrill, Jacob Nothstine, Stephen Palmer, Jim Patterson, Catherine Peet, Mary Phillips, Jerome Rochon, Fran Seikaly, Jerome Soble, Rose Marie Starke, Gwen Tomkow, April Wagner, Susan Warner, and Bernadette Zachara-Marcos.