Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan
 

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Kimberly Callas Exhibits at Unity College Art Gallery

August 8, 2014

Portrait of the Ecological Self, an exhibition by Maine artist Kimberly Callas (MFA ‘95), will be featured at the Leonard Craig Art Gallery, Unity College Center for the Performing Arts (UCCPA), from Aug. 15 to Sept. 12.

The gallery is located at the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts (UCCPA) in Unity, Maine.  A reception will be held at the UCCPA on Tuesday, September 9 from 5 – 7 p.m. with a Pecha Kucha style Artist Presentation at 6 p.m.

A 2013 grant award by The Puffin Foundation provided support for the development of Portrait of the Ecological Self.  The Puffin Foundation Ltd. has sought to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artists and art organizations who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy.

The exhibit examines the question of whether there is an ecological self, or a place within each individual that is in tune with nature.  The concept of the ecological self allows one to think in terms of the self as interconnected with all of nature.  “When considering the theory that there is a part of us that (innately) remembers we are of the natural world, not separate from it, I set off to find those connections through art,” noted Callas.  “My hope was that if we could access our ecological selves, we could find ways to live within nature’s patterns, cycles, and limits.”
 Convinced that science alone would not offer the insights she was seeking, Callas combined scientific observation with spiritual practice and researched her first subject: herself.

She spent her mornings researching symbols from nature that are significant to the psyche, like circle, center, sun, mountain, and cave.  “I would then use meditative writing and drawing techniques and in that way, prepare myself for the sculpting sessions,” Callas explained.  “In the afternoons I would sculpt.”

Ultimately, Callas released the good that comes from personal attachments to nature.  Such personal experience leads to action in the form preservation and conservation of the natural world, or sustainable solutions to ensure a viable planet in perpetuity.


Callas was also influenced by the events of September 11, 2001, and the war in Iraq.
 “I witnessed the attack and collapse of the World Trade Center while walking to my studio,” Callas stated.  That and the war in Iraq led Kimberly, her husband and young child to relocate to Brooks, Maine, where they hand built an in-ground, stone house that is off-the-grid and heated solely with wood.

More information about Kimberly Callas and her work is available online at http://www.kimberlycallas.com.


Kimberly Callas Exhibits at Unity College Art Gallery

Chris Ramsay: Meditations in Stillwater

August 8, 2014

Chris Ramsay: Meditations in Stillwater will feature more than 30 works from the past two decades by artist and OSU professor Chris Ramsay (BFA ‘83). Collecting souvenirs of the everyday and filling the spaces of his art as if they were the shelves of a living room curio cabinet or storage drawers in a museum of anthropology, Ramsay creates mixed-media sculptures that invite the viewer to look closely at humble traces of time and life: not rare and precious artifacts but rather simple, anonymous objects from marine fossils and flint arrowheads to postcards and Coke bottle shards.

Metaphors for introspection, Ramsay’s sculptures enclose images in tiny chambers illuminated at the touch of a switch or surround scatterings of found objects with the concave walls of colossal bowls. The intimate experience of looking into these works, lingering over details, and reflecting on the multitude of objects that have touched one’s own life elicits the kind of subtle revelation that is all too often left untapped by art today in quest of monumental impressions. Ramsay’s sculptures, in contrast, achieve their ends through unpretentious materials, intimate scale, natural harmonies, and quiet conduciveness to thought.

Chris Ramsay: Meditations in Stillwater
September 15, 2014 to January 17, 2015
Opening reception/curator talk: Oct. 2
Artist talk: Dec. 4

Oklahoma State University Museum of Art
Stillwater, OK

Chris Ramsay: Meditations in Stillwater

Kathleen McInerney: Healing Art in Local Hospitals

August 8, 2014

Kathleen McInerney’s (BFA 1986) creative work centers on hope, healing and children—themes that have made her paintings important to hospitals in Detroit and Ann Arbor, especially their patients.

Recently, Kathleen learned that Beaumont Hospital selected her to transform one of its four pediatric fluoroscopy rooms into a virtual Detroit Zoo. The Children’s Miracle Network is making the project possible.

Kathleen will paint scenes and animals from the Zoo; then, she will work with Tectonics Industries, a Warren, MI based company, to transform her painted images into material that can cover the walls and fluoroscopy equipment. One such painting with transform an MRI machine into a zoo train. Kathleen’s paintings for Beaumont represent an expansion of the use of her work, while retaining her core message of hope and healing.

“My education at the Stamps School of Art and Design has inspired me to use my gift of art to give comfort to children at their most vulnerable moments,” said Kathleen.

Earlier this spring, the C. S. Mott Children’s Hospital added one of Kathleen’s paintings, “Hope,” which was created in 2012, to its art collection. “Hope” (pictured here) has a remarkable story associated with it. Kathleen’s family friend Nancy Sovran’s daughter, Hope, was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia in 2012. Remarkably, Hope’s youngest sibling (out of eight), seven-year-old Kathleen, was a perfect bone marrow match. Hope underwent a bone marrow transplant in February of that year. When young Kathleen found out that she was going to be Hope’s donor she told her class that she was going to be her sister’s “bow and arrow” donor.

Kathleen wanted to capture the essence of Hope and Kathleen’s journey and share it with the community and families visiting the Bone Marrow Unit at Mott. She captured the “bow and arrow” story of hope in a painting that Hope and family and friends painted together on her 16th birthday party, which also served as a bone marrow drive.

Through her work with families and local hospitals, Kathleen uses her creative work to encourage healing and foster hope.

Kathleen McInerney: Healing Art in Local Hospitals

LUNAR Wins 2014 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award

August 8, 2014

Mark Dziersk (BFA 1981), managing director of LUNAR’s Chicago office, and Matt Peterson (BFA 2000 and BSEMech 2000), vice president of operations, are honored that LUNAR Design has been awarded the prestigious 2014 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Product Design, given to an individual or firm for exceptional and exemplary work in the design of consumer goods, technology, or home and office furnishings.

The National Design Awards jury selected LUNAR for its high level of excellence, innovation and the public impact of their body of work. In describing LUNAR’s design excellence, the award committee stated “LUNAR is a global design and engineering firm that has been creating beautiful, ingenious, and charismatic products and experiences for 30 years. Founded and built by Jeff Smith and Gerard Furbershaw in San Francisco, LUNAR’s work spans consumer, technology, and life science markets for leaders like Oral-B, Apple, Johnson & Johnson, among other global brands. The team brings together consumer insight, design leadership, and engineering horsepower to deliver successes like the Oral-B CrossAction toothbrush, market–leading HP computers, and brand-defining genetic sequencers for Illumina. Staying close to its entrepreneurial core, LUNAR has created a variety of new ventures, including Belle-V, an innovative new brand of kitchen tools introduced on Kickstarter, achieving its funding goal on the first day.”

The National Design Awards were conceived by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum to honor the best in American design. Learn more about the awards here.

LUNAR Wins 2014 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award

Larry Snider Exhibits at Douglas Dawson Gallery

August 5, 2014

Photographs by University of Michigan alumnus and Stamps School Dean’s Advisory Council Member Larry K. Snider (A.B. LSA 1960, J.D. 1963) will be exhibited at the Douglas Dawson Gallery in August.

Larry K. Snider has been taking photographs around the world for the past 30 years. His photographs are in the permanent collections of many museums including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Exhibition Dates:
July 30th - August 30th, 2014

Opening Reception:
Wednesday, July 30th 6-8pm

Douglas Dawson Gallery
224 South Michigan, Suite 266
Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 226 7975

Larry Snider Exhibits at Douglas Dawson Gallery

Shay Spaniola Launches Bedding Collection

July 17, 2014

Launched in December, 2013, bunglo, a textile design company started by Shay Spaniola (BFA ‘10), has created a new line of pillows, bedding and shower curtains. This new collection is available at NY NOW this August (17-20) for wholesale accounts.

Based in Austin, TX, bunglo is one of the first companies to use Fabachrome, a state-of-the-art, organic and clean fabric printing process.

Shay is dedicated to growing the bunglo brand, promoting a healthy and meditative lifestyle by designing peaceful textiles for the eyes and soul.
She is also a contributor to Apartment Therapy.

http://www.bunglo.co/our-story

Shay Spaniola Launches Bedding Collection

Stephanie Milanowski: Mila & Felt Open for Business

July 10, 2014

Stephanie “Stevie” Milanowski (MFA ‘95) announces the launch of Mila & Felt, a new product development company.

Mila & Felt LLC is a modern product development company focusing on products made from 100% pure ingredients, combining years of experience, research and creativity! We love what we do, and we strive to keep it simple, keep work enjoyable and produce products that are truly food for your body and soul. We just launched our online shop with our debut products — “Daily Wash”, a lavender mint shampoo + conditioner + product in one, and “Daily Wash Fragrance Free”.

Thank you!
Stephanie “Stevie” Milanowski, Co-founder Mila & Felt (MFA class of 1995)

Mila & Felt
Student and Professor Score High Marks | boston.com

Stephanie Milanowski: Mila & Felt Open for Business

Cathy VanVoorhis: Painting on Exhibit at Muskegon Museum of Art

July 7, 2014

“Platte River on a Gray Morning”, an oil painting by Cathy VanVoorhis (MFA ‘86), is on exhibit at the Muskegon Museum of Art through Aug. 20.

Cathy VanVoorhis: Painting on Exhibit at Muskegon Museum of Art

Michael Borowski Exhibits at Prairie Center for the Arts

July 7, 2014

Michael Borowski (MFA ‘11) will exhibit new work as part of Metropolis Familiaris at the Prairie Center for the Arts this July and August.

Metropolis Familiaris
Internationally Juried Show
Group Show hosted by the BACKSPACE Collective
Prairie Center of the Arts Gallery One
1506 SW Washington St, Peoria, Illinois 61602

July 11th - August 22nd
Opening Reception: July 11th, 5pm - 8pm
Jurors Lecture: August 1st, 5pm-8pm Lecture Starts at 6:00pm

Our cities are made up of thousands of individual cells working separately yet together to form a unified body. Circulatory systems move goods, currency, information, and people throughout the city. The combination of these interactive systems starts to mimic the complexity found in biological organisms. Metropolis Familiaris will explore how cities are a shared environment - places of private space and public space. How do our individual lives affect each other? How do buildings talk to each other? Architecture and city systems come to life as cities rise and fall and the people within them change.

Michael Borowski Exhibits at Prairie Center for the Arts

Ann Stewart Exhibits at Robert Henry Contemporary and Christie’s

June 30, 2014

In July 2014, Ann Stewart (MFA ‘09) will participate in a two-person show at Robert Henry Contemporary and a group show at Christie’s.

Inside Outside Upside Down
Robert Henry Contemporary
Brooklyn, NY
July 11 – August 10, 2014
Opening Reception: Friday, July 11 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Inside Outside Upside Down is an exhibition of the drawings and prints of Ann Stewart and the sculpture of Steven Millar that explores ideas about space, memory, and perception.

One of the prints included in this show was completed while Stewart was the Artist in Residence at Anchor Graphics. This residency was funded in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.

New Prints 2014
Christie’s, Gallery 6
New York, New York
July 9 - July 16th, 2014

International Print Center New York presents New Prints 2014, on view at Christie’s at Rockefeller Center. The exhibition consists of ninety-eight projects by eighty-five artists originally included in New Prints 2014/Winter and New Prints 2014/Summer at IPCNY. The New Prints Program is comprised of a series of juried exhibitions organized by IPCNY three times each year featuring prints from all sources made within the past twelve months.

Ann Stewart Exhibits at Robert Henry Contemporary and Christie’s

Stamps Students Exhibit in Japan

June 30, 2014

Ceramic work by students of the 2014 International class Rethinking the Power of Art: Art for Social Change, led by Lecturer Melanie Manos (MFA ‘08), will be on exhibition at The Museum of Contemporary Ceramic Art in Shigaraki, Japan.

Communication + Collaboration, June 29 - July 27, features work created by Stamps School of Art & Design students in hands-on collaboration with Kohara Elementary School students. Manos and Elaine Czech, BFA 2013, also participated in the collaboration. Czech is in Japan on a research scholarship at Kyoto Seika University and served as translator throughout the for the Stamps class trip. Students: Emily Alford, Melanie Buckner, Duncan Burns, Nicole Cischke, Kristie Dzurnak, Maya Ilyashov, Megan Lacroix, Ian McGreevy, Kyle Oberleiter, Margot Robert, Rachael Russell, Rachel Tran (all Stamps) and Greeny Wong (Engineering). Learn more about the international trip at http://japanartforchange.tumblr.com.

Stamps Students Exhibit in Japan

Francie Hester Exhibits in Alexandria, VA

June 30, 2014

Francie Hester (BFA ‘82) will exhibit her work “Symbolic Spaces” in the last opening of her 2014 gallery displays in Alexandria, Virginia. The opening reception will be held on Sunday, June 29th from 4-6pm.

Exhibition Dates: June 26 to August 3
Opening Reception: June 29, 4-6 pm
Athenaeum
201 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
http://www.nvfaa.org/

Francie Hester Exhibits in Alexandria, VA

Melanie Manos: Solo Exhibition

June 25, 2014

In her first solo exhibition, opening July 12 at Re:View Contemporary, Detroit, Melanie Manos (MFA ‘08) presents A Heightened State: a multi-media installation including very tall drawings with very small people, sculpture, video projection and digital images. The exhibit is motivated by phenomenological responses to built and natural environments, a disproportionate sense of scale, the hubris of humankind, and Japanese vertical landscapes. Opening reception is Saturday July 12, 2014, 6-9 pm with a new solo and place-specific performance by Manos at 8:30 pm.

Re:View Contemporary
444 W. Willis #112
Detroit, MI 48201
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313.833.9000 | Wed-Sat, 11am-6pm

Melanie Manos: Solo Exhibition

Jules Pieri Participates in White House Maker Faire

June 18, 2014

Jules Pieri (BFA ‘82), Co-Founder and CEO of The Grommet, is an invited participant in today’s White House Maker Faire on the National Day of Making, June 18, 2014. 

The event features makers, innovators, and entrepreneurs who use cutting-edge tools to bring their ideas to life. In addition to the Makers who will be at the White House, people all across the country have been invited to participate virtually, online, in a Day of Making in their homes, schools, maker spaces, and communities.

As a community of makers, Stamps is committed to supporting maker efforts across the country, including the Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire and as a finalist in the Knight Arts Challenge awards, with our proposal to expand Detroit’s Brightmoor Neighborhood community of makers by turning an abandoned home into a Maker Space, where neighbors can develop creative skills.

Jules Pieri Participates in White House Maker Faire

Emilia Javanica-White: NAS Creative Community Fellow

June 18, 2014

Emilia Javanica-White (MFA ‘12) has been selected as one of 50 Creative Community Fellows through National Arts Strategies. The 9-month program brings together a unique community of innovators committed to using arts and culture to design solutions for community problems. Led by experts and world-renowned thought leaders in social innovation, design thinking and creative placemaking fellows gain the tools, skills and networks to activate the ideas that will transform their communities.

As a Creative Community Fellow, Emilia will work on developing her project “The Artoit Art Bus,” a vehicle for transportation between Ann Arbor and Detroit in which unique art events take place. The art bus will transport groups to the opposite destination for cultural art events, in addition to offering opportunities to participate in programming on the bus itself. The Art Bus will offer a unique way to converse with communities outside of the comfort zone, while also exploring the spaces that exist in between.

For more information about the project and to follow along with its development, visit: Emilia White | An NAS Creative Community Fellow.

Emilia Javanica-White: NAS Creative Community Fellow