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
Image: Chris Clark | MLive.com
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.
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.
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:
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
September 10, 2014
Melanie Manos is one of eight Artists in Residence at the UCross Foundation Residency Program in northern Wyoming. She is working on new drawings and a series of maquettes for an installation based on the built environment and human influence on the natural environment.
September 3, 2014
T.J. O’Keefe (BFA 2004) has released two new furniture designs: the CIRCUIT lounge chair and the LOOP side table and console. Made of a series of loops that intersect in strategic places to form its structure, the CIRCUIT lounge chair challenges perception and form. Its multiple planes of lines visually overlap to create new and interesting graphic compositions from every angle.
The LOOP side table and console are about repetition, continuous loops, and critical points of intersection. Using one single form of material, the LOOP tables explore the space and graphic qualities of intersecting lines.
To learn more and see images of CIRCUIT and LOOP, visit http://www.tjokeefe.com.
September 2, 2014
Maryanne Simmons’ (BFA 1971) Wildwood Press is proud to become a member of the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA). Wildwood Press will celebrate this membership in Miami during Art Basel, December 3rd to 7th, by showcasing work by Wildwood Press artists. The featured artists will be Valerie Hammond, Michele Oka Doner, and David Shapiro.
Hammond’s exhibited work will be from her series “Gang of Girls,” each of the 13 images is named for a woman who was an early Christian mystic. Oka Doner’s work will be shown in advance of her upcoming solo exhibition at the Perez Art Museum in 2016 entitled “How I Caught a Swallow in Mid-Air.” (Doner will also design the costumes for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Miami ballet in 2016.) Shapiro had been working on six editions at Wildwood Press before his death in April. All six editions will be presented.
September 1, 2014
The Ypsilanti District Library, 229 W. Michigan Ave., is exhibiting books and paintings by Debra Golden (BFA ’79) from Sept. 30th, 2013 -Jan. 15, 2014. It will include flutter books with poetry, tunnel books inspired by Golden’s work in set design, and house shaped books with watercolors and collage.
August 31, 2014
In her first full year as the graphic designer for Michigan Athletics, Emma Bumstead (BFA 2011) has taken on an expanded role and has had the opportunity to design season posters for all sports, including football. Bumstead has had a direct role in creating and implementing a visual theme for the upcoming football, basketball, and hockey seasons—all stemming from their unique poster designs. Michigan Athletics is striving to create a more seamless experience for fans, so attendees of a football game will see tickets, informational guides, shirts, cups and mugs, and larger facility graphics such as column wraps and light pole banners of a consistent look and feel.