About Stamps

Visiting Artists / Designers

Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series

Established with the generous support of alumna Penny W. Stamps, the Speaker Series brings respected emerging and established artists/designers to the Stamps School to conduct a public lecture and engage with students, faculty, and the larger University and Ann Arbor communities. Lectures take place on Thursdays at the historic Michigan Theater in downtown Ann Arbor, and are free of charge and open to the public.

For information on upcoming lectures and videos of past lectures, please see the Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series section.

Roman J. Witt Residency

The mission of the Roman J. Witt Residency Program is to support the production of new interdisciplinary work with assistance from the Stamps community. The program awards up to two residencies per academic year for a visiting artist/designer to work at the school to develop a new work in collaboration with students and faculty. The intersection with the School may include workshops, critiques, and lectures. A centerpiece of the residency is the open studio, a centrally located studio space that is part of the school’s main gallery where the resident carries out work in a public domain. The residency is expected to culminate in the realization of the proposed work, as well as a presentation that summarizes the process and work accomplished.

For information on recent artists-in-residence or to apply for a residency, please see the Roman J. Witt Residency section.

Roman J. Witt Visitors

Roman J. Witt Visits are offered to bring a unique artistic experience to the Stamps community. The Witt Visitor comes to work at the school, give workshops for students, and participate in critiques and classroom visits. Visitors may be well-known artists-designers, as well as younger, emerging artists-designers. As visitors are meant to enhance curriculum in a practical manner, nominations are exclusive to faculty.

For information on recent visitors, please see the Roman J. Witt Visitors section.

Michele Schara Artist & Designer in Residency Program

The Michele Schara Artist & Designer in Residency program invites U-M alumni and artists living and working in Detroit to propose and complete a project that engages U-M Students and youth in one of two Stamps School partner schools in Detroit: Bennett Elementary and Detroit Community Schools. Schara Residency projects engage with teachers and students from kindergarten through high school to integrate art and design into existing curriculums, while exposing youth to new skill sets, experiences, and ways of thinking.

For information on recent artists-in-residence or to apply for a residency, please see the Michele Schara Artist & Designer in Residency Program section.