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

Alumni News

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

Erica Fink: Ann Arbor Concert

June 17, 2014

As part of a nationwide tour, Erica Fink (BFA ‘10) and her band, Eric and Erica, will play an Ann Arbor show on Sat., June 21.

After closing out their nationwide 2013 tour in North Carolina, dream-pop duo Eric + Erica have officially relocated to Durham, NC (from Oakland, CA). Their few months there have seen them touring the East Coast extensively, playing shows throughout the Triangle, and writing nearly an entire album’s worth of new material at their tree-enshrined home. They are very excited to be playing in Ann Arbor on June 21st as part of their upcoming tour. They will be joined by LA folk-pop singer songwriter, Anna Ash.

Please contact the band at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for the house address, interview requests and other inquiries.
You can purchase tickets here: https://gumroad.com/l/AAshindig
Listen to Eric + Erica here: http://ericandericamusic.bandcamp.com
Learn more about them here: http://ww.ericandericamusic.com

JUNE TOUR DATES

June 10…The Velvet Lounge, Washington, DC
June 11…KungFu Necktie, Philadelphia, PA
June 12…The Manhattan Inn, Brooklyn, NY
June 13…The Half Moon, Hudson, NY
June 14…The Future, Brattleboro, VT
June 15… No. 6 Depot, West Stockbridge, MA
June 16… Argos Inn, Ithaca, NY
June 17…. Little Amps, Harrisburg, PA
June 18… Double Happiness, Columbus, OH
June 19… The Bishop, Bloomington, IN
June 20… The Throne Room, Chicago, IL
June 21… House Show in Ann Arbor, MI. w/ Anna Ash
June 22… The Old Miami in Detroit, MI. w/ Anna Ash
June 23… The Bird House in Grand Rapids, MI. w/ Anna Ash
June 24… Kalamazoo, MI
June 25… The Drinkery in Cincinatti, OH
June 26… Knoxville, TN
June 28… Durham, NC

Eric + Erica is a duo making music with two voices, an autoharp, a keyboard, and a drum machine. Their songs are pop music at their core, dressed up with the unusual shimmer of autoharp; soulful, reverb-drenched electric piano; and beats that are as strong and simple as they are surprising. Erica’s naturally sweet and soaring vocals lead the way, floating dreamily above the music and delivering lyrics that are part tender confession and part bold abstraction, while Eric’s low, ragged voice provides a complementary undertone. They write soft dance music, haunting lullabies, and surreal love songs; songs for friends, for children, and for each other.

Their first full length album, This Is Where, was released on 11/12/2013, just a mere 8 months after their debut EP. They thrive on constant creation, and the 11 songs that make up the record emerged and evolved quickly. The album was recorded with young veteran Adam Myatt (James & Evander, B. Hamilton, Man/Miracle) at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, in the stolen hours between other bands’ sessions, and in the band’s basement. While keeping true to the minimalism of the band’s live sound, the record also provided an opportunity for Erica to densely layer her voice to create moments of lilting chorus, and for other odds and ends—out of tune player pianos, synthesizers—to add density and dynamics. Beginning with a strong, clear vision of the world they wanted the record to create, the process moved quickly, and just a few months later the final record was in their hands, complete with artwork they hand painted themselves and the last minute addition of a song self-recorded by erica while lying sideways on the floor.

Since the record’s release Eric + Erica have been on the road continuously, starting with a full US tour, self-booked through a combination of tremendous diligence and the benefits of a supportive musical community (both members play with other groups, including Sean Hayes, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, Silian Rail and Ash Reiter). Three songs written and recorded mid-tour were released as the Wild Holiday EP, on 2/14/2014. This tour also served as their cross-country moving trip—though very much a product of their time in Oakland, California, the group has re-located to Eric’s original hometown of Durham, North Carolina, in search of the calm and quiet of the country, seasons, and the Triangle’s fertile and diverse music scene. The rest of 2014 will find them continuing to tour extensively, playing everywhere from traditional venues to living rooms to ice cream shops to old theaters, with plenty of dive bars and cafes in between. While on the road they continue to write new songs and explore the many other media the band delight in using—short, surreal videos; hand painted fliers; colorful stop-motion animations; self-produced full length music videos; and bold fashion choices. They also sleep in their car, drink lots of coffee, eat ice cream, visit their aunts, and sleep more than most touring bands.

Erica Fink: Ann Arbor Concert

Sibyl Teague: First Place, 14th National Small Print Show

June 9, 2014

Sibyl Teague (BFA ‘73) has been awarded first place in the 14th National Small Print Show, and is featured in several other juried exhibitions this summer.

After retiring from over 25 years in various graphic art careers I decided to go back to school at Adams State University in Colorado. I majored in printmaking, my favorite medium. I had the opportunity study lithography for the first time. My new body of work has been well received. I was recently awarded first place at the 14th National Small Print Show in Creede, Colorado. The exhibit runs from May 24th through July 1st, 2014. I have also been accepted to other juried shows this year, including “Multiple Impressions” a printmaking show running from June 6 through July 12, 2014 in Springfield, Illinois, and “The Print Show” at the Woodstock School of Art in Woodstock, New York.

Sibyl Teague: First Place, 14th National Small Print Show

David Osler: D-Day Veteran Remembers

June 9, 2014

David Osler (BFA ‘43) is featured in a Detroit News photo gallery that features area D-Day veterans on the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion.

David Osler, 93, was a promising artist when he realized his draft number was coming up. His brother convinced him to enlist in the Navy to avoid the Army. He thought the Navy would place him in a job similar to his skills but instead he went to work on a repair ship in North Africa.

Eventually, when he was 23, he was transferred to the USS Thomas Jefferson, where he commanded five landing craft assault vehicles in the first wave of the first attack on Omaha Beach. The Jefferson’s mission was to get 300 of the Army’s 116th regiment, 29th Division, safely to the French shore.

D-Day veterans: Young men when history came calling | Detroit News

David Osler: D-Day Veteran Remembers

Photo illustration by Lauren Abdel-Razzaq / The Detroit News and a self portrait, drawn April 4, 1944.

Caleb Moss: D.R.E.A.M. Clothing Pop-Up Boutique, June 7

June 2, 2014

Caleb Moss (BFA ‘13) and D.R.E.A.M. Clothing present a pop-up boutique, 5:30 - 9 pm on June 7 at 277 Gratiot Ave., Detroit.

D.R.E.A.M. Clothing Presents:  “Summer Madness” Pop Up Boutique
5:30 - 9 pm on June 7, 2014

277 Gratiot Ave.
Detroit, Michigan 48226

Caleb Moss: D.R.E.A.M. Clothing Pop-Up Boutique, June 7

Ronald Allen Kleemann: 1937 - 2014

June 2, 2014

Ronald Allen Kleemann, 76, died on May 31 at the Timberlyn Heights Nursing Home in Great Barrington, MA of complications from dementia.  Born on July 24, 1937 in Bay City, Michigan, he was the son of Walter and Corinne (Falk) Kleemann.  He was graduated from the University of Michigan in 1961 with a B.F.A. from the School of Architecture and Design, where he received his training in sculpture and painting.  Just out of college, he moved to New York City to work and live as an artist.  In 1972, he became a resident of Columbia County, NY, living in Stockport for 35 years and then moving to Valatie in 2007. 

Once in New York City, his original medium was sculpture but he soon became more interested in painting. After a few years of pounding the pavements looking for a gallery to represent him, his work was accepted to show by a few galleries.  He finally became well-known as a photorealist artist in the early ‘70s after being represented by the Louis K. Meisel gallery in SoHo.  He has remained with Meisel, who coined the name Photorealism, ever since. His work is owned by major museums, such as the Guggenheim and MOMA in New York, and modern collectors, and regularly appears in both solo and group shows all over the world.  He is studied by students and artists, and a full overview of his life and work is available online in the Smithsonian Institute’s Archives of American Art, which includes an extensive interview and his personal and work-related papers. 

Ron is survived by his wife of 35 years, Sarah (Woolworth) Kleemann and his step-daughter Tracey Houlihan; his second wife, Margaret Gilliam and son Gunnar (Karen) Kleemann, and two granddaughters; his first wife, Susan Beudel, and two daughters, Wendy Diehl and Kris (Kelly) Ryon and three granddaughters; and by his beloved dogs, Fiona and Ronni. 

Ron loved painting, travel, animals and people.  Thanks to his art, he was able to travel throughout the United States and Europe, always taking pictures and looking for his next subject to paint.  He painted race cars, fire engines, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons, airplanes, and many other subjects that caught his eye.  Most of his paintings were sharply realistic, often featuring reflections.  He always said he loved shiny objects.  In the ‘90’s, when the painting business was slow, Ron spent 10 years as a counselor for Coarc,  a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that provides programs and services to people with developmental disabilities in Columbia County.  He was an avid ballroom dancer, and he and his wife could often be seen at local dances and balls in the area.  His humor and stories were legendary among all who knew him.  He was greatly loved and will be missed.

At his request, there will be no funeral, but a private memorial service for friends and family will be held at a later date.  Memorial donations can be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, 125 Humane Society Rd, Hudson, NY 12534; and COARC, P.O. Box 2, 630 Route 217, Mellenville, NY 12544.

Ronald Allen Kleemann: 1937 - 2014