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Alumni Featured: IFPDA Print Fair in NYC

October 30, 2014

Norm and Susan Stewart of Stewart & Stewart, Norm (BFA 1969, MA 1972) and Susan Stewart (BSD 1970, MA in Education) of Stewart & Stewart will be showing prints they have printed and published by Richard Bosman, Janet Fish, Jane E. Goldman, Yvonne Jacquette, Steve Sorman, Hunt Slonem and others in the International Fine Print Dealers Association’s Print Fair at the Park Avenue Armory in NYC, Nov. 5 - 9.

If you live in the New York area or plan to visit during the Print Fair, plan to attend to get a glimpse of the prints created at their Bloomfield Hills, Michigan studio over the past 34 years.

Alumni Featured: IFPDA Print Fair in NYC

Kayla Romberger: Residency Fellowship at Vermont Studio Center

October 27, 2014

Kayla Romberger (MFA 2013) has been awarded a 2015 Residency Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT. The fellowship grants Kayla the month of July to complete work for her project Vacation, a series of found family vacation photographs she is transforming into large-scale posters.

The Vermont Studio Center provides residencies of 50 artists and writers each month to participate in 4 to 12 week independent studio residencies on an historic 30-building campus along the Gihon River in Johnson, Vermont, a village in the heart of the northern Green Mountains.

Kayla Romberger: Residency Fellowship at Vermont Studio Center

Julie Eisenberg Pitman Exhibits

October 25, 2014

Julie Eisenberg Pitman (BFA 1993) will be exhibiting her work at The Williamsburg Art & Historical Center in Brooklyn NY.

Over the Edge: Paperworks Unbound, Part 1
The Williamsburg Art & Historical Center in Brooklyn, NY
October 25 – November 23, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 25, 4-6 PM
Gallery Hours: Fri – Sun, Noon - 6 PM
Juried by Claire Gilman, Curator at the Drawing Center
Curated by Yuko Nii, Assisted by Rebecca Cuomo

Throughout human history, paper has been essential in countless developments that have transformed the way we think, live, and act. Paper as we know it today originated in China over 2,000 years ago during the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD). The ancient Silk Road eventually brought paper to the West, where it was quickly adopted and widely used. Since its genesis, paper has been valued for its relatively easy, cost-effective production and functional versatility.

In 1453, Johann Gutenberg invented the first printing press in Germany – an innovation that revolutionized the spread of information and initiated a proliferation of literacy and scholarship. For centuries, printed publications such as books, newspapers, magazines, flyers and pamphlets were the primary sources for information and communication. In recent years, however, these printed publications are becoming obsolete as we increasingly rely on digital platforms. In addition to this paradigm shift, environmental concerns are cited as reason to abandon published print and reduce paper products in favor of a more eco-friendly digital alternative.

Artists who use paper as the primary medium for their artworks defy the mainstream understanding of books as antiquated artifacts and paper as a cheap, disposable commodity. These materials are used as points of departure for infinite creative possibilities achieved through drawing, painting, cutting, carving, printing, folding, sculpting, and assembling art that highlights the universality of paper.

Julie Eisenberg Pitman Exhibits

Julie Eisenberg Pitman: OBJECTIVE CONSCIOUSNESS I

DOGS: A Comic Anthology by Art School Alumni

October 24, 2014

Stamps alumni Jeremy Stoll, Cristina Mezuk, and Mindy Steffen (BFA 2006) have contributed short comic stories to “DOGS! An Anthology.” The US release party is Friday October 24th from 7PM - 9PM at the Vault of Midnight comic store: 219 S Main St, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104: Facebok Event.

This collection of comics was conceived after a series of meandering conversations with artists in India and the US revealed a shared admiration for dogs, as well as a collective desire to explore what the world would like from the other end of a snout. In this collection, you will encounter dogs that are post-apocalyptic, self-reflective, murderous, environmentally-conscious – and much more!

Come on out to Vault of Midnight on Friday, October 24th and meet creators Jeremy Stoll, Cristina Mezuk, and Patrick Goussy! The evening will begin with a brief introduction by Stoll, a researcher of India’s comics culture, followed by a chat about their stories by Mezuk, Goussy, and Stoll. Possible Skype appearances by Mindy Indy and Vidyun Sabhaney. Questions & conversation will be welcome, and book signing will follow.

DOGS! is the result of an international collaboration between Captain Bijli Comics in New Delhi and Great Bear Comics in Michigan, along with many fantastic creators in India and the United States. All proceeds from the US edition go to Last Day Dog Rescue, a volunteer-run no-kill rescue that focuses on rescuing dogs from the “Urgent” list across lower Michigan and parts of Ohio.

DOGS: A Comic Anthology by Art School Alumni

Da Bedroom Presents: Low Standards, High Life

October 22, 2014

Low Standards, High Life: A collaborative* multimedia exhibition and performance between Paula Schubatis (BFA 2013) and Dessi Terzieva surveilling the utilitarian possibilities of nostalgia and the silliness of idealization. Visitors are advised to come hungry.

*an unnatural act between two unconsenting adults

The exhibition will take place on Friday, October 24 from 7:00 to 10:00PM, with a performance from 7:00 to 8:30 in Da Bedroom, 9386 Mcdougall, Hamtramck, MI.

Da Bedroom is the live, work, and gallery space of Paula Schubatis and Dessi Terzieva. In Da Bedroom, local artists are encouraged to share experimental work with the community and each other in an informal setting, and respond to the constraints of exhibiting work in an active live/work environment. The mission of Da Bedroom is to foster a new way to experience art, and facilitate spontaneous social sculpture.

Da Bedroom Presents: Low Standards, High Life

Melanie Manos Featured in Detroit Performs

October 21, 2014

Melanie Manos (MFA 2008) is a featured artist for Detroit Performs! airing on Detroit Public Television Tuesday, October 21. Manos was interviewed this past summer about her visual and performance work while she was preparing and installing her solo exhibition at Re:View Contemporary, Detroit. A trailer for the episode can be found on YouTube. The episode features: Self-taught singer-songwriter Audra Kubat; Interdisciplinary artist Melanie Manos; Painter, curator and punk rock musician Stephanie Rond. Plus, host DJ Olliver tours the Re:View Gallery in Detroit.

http://www.detroitperforms.org

Melanie Manos Featured in Detroit Performs

Photo credit: Eric Wheeler

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