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Chris Landau: 11th Street Bridge Park in DC

October 20, 2014

Chris Landau (MFA 2006) recently worked with his colleagues at OLIN on rendering and design for the 11th Street Bridge Park in Washington DC.
OLIN worked with Internationally recognized architecture firm, OMA, founded by Rem Koolhaas. The bridge aims to connect two neighborhoods in DC, the Navy Yard and Anacostia.

Chris Landau: 11th Street Bridge Park in DC

Chin-Azzaro Storefront Opening in November

October 20, 2014

Chin-Azzaro, an art, design and photography firm comprised of husband and wife team, Nick (BFA 2004) and Yen (BFA 2003) Azzaro, is opening a storefront space in Ypsilanti this November.

Located at 9 S. Washington Street in historic downtown Ypsilanti, the space will serve as a photography and teaching studio and art exhibition space. There’s also an office for consulting and appraisals. Yen and Nick are working on a calendar of events including discounted portraits (for those with 48197/98 zip codes), Holiday Happy Hour Headshots, and collaborations with Ypsilanti Public School programs Bright Futures and Art Around Town.

Chin-Azzaro Storefront Opening in November

Cynthia Greig: “the nearest distance”

October 20, 2014

Cynthia Greig’s (MFA 1995) solo exhibition the nearest distance opens Thursday, Oct. 16th at Fred Torres Gallery in Chelsea, NY.

For this special opening we will feature Cynthia’s current work which focuses on physical spaces intrinsic to the art world, and considers the threshold between the spaces of creative production and those in which the aesthetic, critical and economic valuation of art occurs via its public display. An exhibition catalogue with essays by Welsh artist and curator, Peter Finnemore and Director of MOCA London, Michael Petry, has been produced in conjunction with the exhibition.

The exhibition will be on display Tuesday - Saturday, until November 29.

Fred Torres Gallery
505 West 28th Street
Between 10th & 11th Ave.
Chelsea, NY 10001

Cynthia Greig: “the nearest distance”

Ruth Taubman Interviewed

October 13, 2014

Current, a monthly magazine covering local Ann Arbor culture and arts, has featured Ruth Taubman (BFA 1981) in this month’s edition.
Read the full article online.

Ruth Taubman Interviewed

William Singer and Kelsey Shultis: Dead Animals and Drapes

October 8, 2014

New work by William Singer (BFA 2010) and Kelsey Shultis (BFA 2010) is featured in Dead Animals and Drapes: A Still Life, opening Nov. 20 from 6 - 10 pm at 2739 Edwin St., Hamtramck, MI.

Dead Animals and Drapes: A Still Life
New work by William Singer and Kelsey Shultis
Opening Reception: November 20th, 2014, 6 - 10 pm
2739 Edwin St.
Hamtramck, MI

William Singer and Kelsey Shultis: Dead Animals and Drapes

Osman Khan and Alisha Wessler: ArtPrize Shortlist

September 29, 2014

Assistant Professor Osman Khan’s “House” and Alisha Wessler’s (MFA 2013) “From Afar It Is an Island”, both featured in Meijer Gardens’ ArtPrize exhibition, “Highly Recommended: Emerging Sculptors”, are on the 3-D juror’s shortlist for ArtPrize 2014.

See the ArtPrize 2014 Jurors’ Shortlist: Top 25 entries, venues | MLive.com

Osman Khan and Alisha Wessler: ArtPrize Shortlist

Image: Chris Clark | MLive.com

Endi Poskovic Curates Exhibition in Detroit

September 29, 2014

The Detroit Artists Market is pleased to present Abstraction and Landscape: Contemporary Woodcut, a group exhibition of six international, national and local printmakers including Stamps alumna Amanda Lilleston (MFA 2012). Curated by Endi Poskovic, Professor of Art and Design at Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan, this dynamic, season-opening exhibition seeks to reveal the 19th-century Romantic landscape tradition of Northern Europe as the origin of modern abstraction, a premise set forth in the 1970s essays by renowned American art historian and professor, Robert Rosenblum (1927-2006). The artists in this exhibition explore themes of memory, the sublime, deity, transformation, revival, intimations of mortality, as well as ideas about nationality, displacement, and reconciliation. The exhibition includes groupings of large prints, individual prints, artists’ books, as well as a three-dimensional work suspended from above.

Abstraction and Landscape: Contemporary Woodcut coincides with the panel Abstraction and Landscape: Contemporary Woodcut organized and chaired by Endi Poskovic for Print City: Detroit 2014 (Sept. 24-27), the biennial conference of the Mid-America Print Council, held this year on the Wayne State University campus.

Abstraction and Landscape: Contemporary Woodcut
September 12, 2014 - October 18, 2014
Detroit Artists Market
4719 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201

Tuesday - Saturday 11:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.

Endi Poskovic Curates Exhibition in Detroit

Norie Sato Awarded

September 27, 2014

Norie Sato (BFA 1971) has received two major awards recently. In June 2014, she was awarded the Public Art Network Leadership Award from Americans for the Arts at their national convention in Nashville, TN. Recently, she was awarded the Governor’s Art and Heritage Award for an Individual Artist from the Governor of Washington State where she has lived since leaving Ann Arbor in 1972. Her public artwork can be found in many cities around the country.

Norie Sato Awarded

Stamps at ArtPrize 2014

September 24, 2014

ArtPrize is an international art competition and exhibition featuring over a thousand artists in hundreds of venues around downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan from September 24 - October 12, 2014.

For more information, please see the ArtPrize website.

Good luck to the Stamps alumni and faculty listed below who are exhibiting!

Paula J. Bowers (1977 BFA) - http://www.artprize.org/paula-bowers
Jim Cogswell (Faculty) - http://www.artprize.org/jim-cogswell
Cecily Donnelly (1980 BFA) - http://www.artprize.org/cecily-donnelly
Paul Flickinger (1997 MFA) - http://www.artprize.org/paul-flickinger-1
Osman Khan (Faculty) - http://www.artprize.org/osman-khan
Laurel J. Prafke (1987 BFA) - http://www.artprize.org/laurel-j-prafke

Stamps at ArtPrize 2014

NYC Stamps Alumni Gathering: Sept 30

September 23, 2014

In or around NYC? Come out and join fellow alums from 7-9 pm on Tues., Sept. 30. Hosted by Sara Radin (BA 2011) and Ellen Rosengard, (BFA 2011).

260 West 26th Street/Second floor

Let us know you’re coming with an rsvp to Sara or Ellen:

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NYC Stamps Alumni Gathering: Sept 30

Canvas Detroit: Book Talk & Signing

September 23, 2014

Literati Bookstore and The Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design are pleased to welcome Stamps alumna Julie Pincus (BFA 1983) and Nichole Christian, co-authors of Canvas Detroit, for a book talk and signing on Wednesday, October 1 at 7:00 pm.

About Canvas Detroit
Detroit’s unique and partly abandoned cityscape has scarred its image around the world for decades. But in the last several years journalists have begun to view the city through a different lens, focusing on the wide range of contemporary artists finding inspiration amid the emptiness and adding a more complex chapter to the story of a city long labeled as a haunting symbol of U.S. economic decline. In Canvas Detroit, Julie Pincus and Nichole Christian combine vibrant full-color photography of the city’s much-buzzed-about art scene with thoughtful narrative that explores the art and artists that are re-creating Detroit.

Canvas Detroit captures hundreds of pieces of artwork in many forms—including large-scale and small-scale murals, sculptures, portraits, light projections, wearable art, and installations (made with wood, glass, living plants, fiber, and fabric). Works are situated in both obvious and more hidden spaces, including on and in houses, garages, factories, alleyways, doors, and walls, while some structures have been entirely transformed into art. Pincus and Christian profile internationally known figures like Banksy, Matthew Barney, and Tyree Guyton; prominent Detroit artists such as Scott Hocking, Jerome Ferretti, and Robert Sestock; and collectives like Power House Productions, Hygenic Dress League, the Empowerment Plan, and Theatre Bizarre. Canvas Detroit also features contributions by Marion Jackson, John Gallagher, Michael H. Hodges, Rebecca R. Hart, and Linda Yablonsky that contextualize the current artistic moment in the city.

This beautifully designed and informative volume showcases the stunning breadth and depth of artwork currently being done in Detroit. It will be essential reading for anyone interested in arts and culture in the city.

Julie Pincus is an award-winning graphic designer specializing in brand identity and communications for Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit arts organizations, and foundations. She received her BFA from the University of Michigan and her MFA from Yale University. Born and raised in metropolitan Detroit, Julie now lives in New York City with her husband.

Nichole Christian is a writer who began her career at some of the nation’s top news outlets, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time magazine and the Detroit Free Press. Her work appears in the books A Detroit Anthology, Dear Dad: Reflections on Fatherhood and Portraits 9/11/01: The Collected “Portraits of Grief” from the New York Times. She holds a BA in journalism from Wayne State University and lives in suburban Detroit with her husband and daughter.

Literati Bookstore
124 E. Washington Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

 

Canvas Detroit: Book Talk & Signing

Cooper Holoweski’s Katabasis at Dlectricity

September 22, 2014

Cooper Holoweski‘s (BFA 2004) piece Katabasis will be screened/performed as part of DLectricty in Detroit on Fri., Sept. 26th and Sat., Sept. 27th at the CCS Ford Kresge Building. Each night will include two outdoor performances at 9 and 11 pm.

The CCS Ford Kresge building is located across the courtyard from the corner of John R and East Kirby.

Katabasis is a 40-minute video landscape with live audio performance that moves the viewer though an elaborately constructed Sketchup junkyard to explore the themes of death and rebirth. In various world mythologies Katabasis refers to a trip to the underworld. The trance-like animation of this film carries viewers through an underworld wasteland of 3D models through the journey from death to rebirth.

 

Cooper Holoweski’s Katabasis at Dlectricity

Leisa Rich: World of Threads Festival

September 15, 2014

Leisa Rich (BFA 1982) exhibits several works in the World of Threads Festival, a curated showcase of the best work from the international world of fiber arts. This event is held in Toronto from November 1-30.

Leisa Rich: World of Threads Festival

Nick Tobier and Sara Holwerda: Cultural Crossing Guard at Governor’s Island

September 13, 2014

From their collaboration on 14th Street in New York, Nick Tobier and Sara Holwerda (BFA 2006) are part of Art in Odd Places: The Artifacts, an exhibit of selected ephemera and objects from the 10 year history of public interventions into the street scape of New York.

September 13-28
Governors Island – Building 403, Colonel’s Row
Hosted by Spontaneous Interventions
Curated by Claire Demere
Public Programs by Meredith Degyansky

Opening – Saturday, September 13, 1-5pm

http://www.spontaneousinterventions.org/

Nick Tobier and Sara Holwerda: Cultural Crossing Guard at Governor’s Island

Bill Burgard: Art Installation for University of Michigan Hospital

September 10, 2014

Bill Burgard (BFA ‘79) was recently commissioned to create large format portraits of the UM Hospital Department of Gastroenterology’s top five researchers.

Images that reflect each individual’s projects and contributions to their fields were included. The idea was to tell a visual story of the groundbreaking work done at the unit and to provoke the curiosity of patients and visitors to appreciate the less glamorous world of endoscopic procedures. At first glance this seemed very oxymoronic. After meeting with all of the physicians and discussing their resources and tools I came up with a wealth of provocative images to weave into the five compositions.

Each portrait is painted in oil on a gessoed wood panel. The accompanying illustrations are done in mixed media on paper. All images were scanned and assembled using Illustrator and Photoshop. The final output is on heavy weight archival paper.

The installation was completed on July 1 this summer. It can be seen during business hours in the MPU hallway, on the second floor of University Hospital, main building.

http://wcburgard.com

Bill Burgard: Art Installation for University of Michigan Hospital