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

Epoch: the A&D 2011 Senior Show

Robbins Gallery, Slusser Gallery, Work • Ann Arbor, Work • Detroit

April 15 - May 1
Ann Arbor Receptions: April 15, 6 - 9 pm
Work • Detroit Reception: April 17, 4 - 6 pm

Epoch features culminating projects by the School’s graduating seniors produced during their year-long Integrative Projects course, including film, installation, traditional and new media. Encompassing all of the School’s exhibition venues, the show also features off-site exhibitions, events, performances and a film screening.

Scroll down to view details on offsite exhibitions and descriptions and images of each student’s work.

 

Epoch: The Art & Design Senior Show 2011 video by The Five.

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Offsite Events

The Attic Dweller

Duderstadt Video Studio

March 31: 8 - 8:30 and 9 - 9:30 pm

This live performance by Eleanor Schmitt showcases seven songs
written during her fourth year in
A&D, with video accompaniment.

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Arachne: the Origin

Walgreen Drama Center, Studio One

April 8: 7 - 8 pm and 11 pm - 12 am
April 9: 3 - 4 pm and 7 - 8 pm

Performance piece by Yonit Olshan.

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Screening

Michigan Theater, 603 E Liberty

April 14, 5 - 6:30 pm

Time based work by Jackie Endres, Peter Kim, Shannon Kohlitz, Marcia Kosin, Emma Neil, Eleanor Schmitt, Sean Thompson and Jennifer Wu.

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The Five Show

Nickels Arcade, Suite 201

April 15 — May 1
Opening Reception: April 15, 7 pm
Closing Reception: May 1, 2 pm

Offsite exhibition featuring Max Collins, Ben English, Matthew Grandin, Rose Jaffe and Kelsie Kaufman.

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Critical Mass

The Yellow Barn, 416 West Huron St

April 16 — May 1
Reception: April 16, 6 - 9 pm

Offsite exhibition featuring Katie Barrie, Katharine Drake, Anita Sidler, Saree Silverman, Miriam Svidler and Carolyn Wiedeman.

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THR3E

400 East Washington St.

April 16 — 30
Opening Reception: April 16, 7 - 10 pm
Closing Reception: April 29, 8 pm

Fashion/Furniture/Technology. Offsite exhibition featuring Eric Harman, Erika Cross and Maida Nikocevic.

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Spoke N Spoon

Pot & Box, 220 Felch St

April 19, 7 - 9 pm

A&D senior Alyssa Ackerman documents the creation of her senior thesis, Spoke N Spoon, a lunch subscription service.

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Screening

Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin Ave.

Friday, April 29, 12 - 2 pm
Saturday, April 30, 5 - 8 pm

Time based work by Jackie Endres, Peter Kim, Shannon Kohlitz, Marcia Kosin, Emma Neil, Eleanor Schmitt, Sean Thompson and Jennifer Wu.

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The Attic Dweller

The Attic Dweller

Offsite Performance

The Attic Dweller, Eleanor Schmitt’s senior thesis for the University of Michigan School of Art & Design, chronicles the struggle of moving permanently away from a hometown. This live performance showcases seven original songs written by Schmitt, as well as an accompanying video piece. The first concert begins at 8:00 PM, and a repeat performance takes place at 9:00 PM.

This event is free and open to the public. The run time is approximately 30 minutes.

Facebook: The Attic Dweller

Performance:
March 31, 8 - 8:30 pm and 9 - 9:30 pm

Duderstadt Center Video Studio (Room 1356), 2281 Bonisteel Blvd.


Arachne

Arachne: the Origin

Offsite Performace

Performance piece by Yonit Olshan.

Performance:
April 8: 7 - 8 pm and 11 pm - 12 am
April 9: 3 - 4 pm and 7 - 8 pm

Walgreen Drama Center, Studio One


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Screening

A&D undergraduate seniors screen their time based work at the Michigan Theater. Presenters include Jackie Endres, Peter Kim, Shannon Kohlitz, Marcia Kosin, Emma Neil, Eleanor Schmitt, Sean Thompson and Jennifer Wu.

Screening:
April 14, 5 - 6:30 pm

Michigan Theater, 603 E Liberty


Five Show

The Five Show

Offsite Exhibition

An off site exhibition as part of Epoch: the A&D 2011 Senior show, featuring Max Collins, Ben English, Matthew Grandin, Rose Jaffe and Kelsie Kaufman.

Facebook: The Five Show

Exhibition Dates:
April 15 — May 1: Mon - Fri 12 - 7 pm; Saturdays 12 - 5 pm
Opening Reception: April 15, 7 pm
Closing Reception: May 1, 2 pm

Nickels Arcade, Suite 201


Critical Mass

Critical Mass

Offsite Exhibition

An off site exhibition as part of Epoch: the A&D 2011 Senior show, featuring Katie Barrie, Katharine Drake, Anita Sidler, Saree Silverman, Miriam Svidler and Carolyn Wiedeman.

Facebook: Critical Mass

Exhibition Dates:
April 16 — May 1: Mon - Sat, 3 - 7 pm (4/21 - 5/1)
Opening Reception:
April 16, 6 - 9 pm

The Yellow Barn
416 W. Huron St., Ann Arbor


THR3E

THR3E

Offsite Exhibition

Fashion/Furniture/Technology. An off site exhibition as part of Epoch: the A&D 2011 Senior show, featuring work by Eric Harman, Erika Cross and Maida Nikocevic.

Exhibition Dates:
April 16 — 30: open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 4 - 6 pm.
Opening Reception: April 16, 7 - 10 pm
Closing Reception: April 29, 8 pm

400 East Washington St., Ann Arbor


Spoke N Spoon

Spoke N Spoon

Offsite Event

A&D senior Alyssa Ackerman celebrates Ann Arbor’s support of local food growers and documents the creation of her senior thesis, Spoke N Spoon, a lunch subscription service.

Facebook: SPOKEnSPOON

Event:
April 19, 7 - 9 pm

Pot & Box, 220 Felch St., Ann Arbor


screening

Screening

A&D undergraduate seniors screen their time based work at the Michigan Theater. Presenters include Jackie Endres, Peter Kim, Shannon Kohlitz, Marcia Kosin, Emma Neil, Eleanor Schmitt, Sean Thompson and Jennifer Wu.

Friday, April 29, 12 - 2 pm
Saturday, April 30, 5 - 8 pm

Stamps Auditorium, 1226 Murfin Ave


 

 

Student Work

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Alyssa Ackerman

Spoke N Spoon

Spoke N Spoon is a lunch subscription service delivering a rotating menu of local lunches to Ann Arbor offices by bike.

http://www.alyssaackerman.com

Offsite Event: Spoke N Spoon, 220 Felch St.


Diana Arce-Garza

The site and I

a visual response to the time I spent working on an archeological field site

http://dianamarce.weebly.com/

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Kenny Arnold

Tetra: Shelters for those in need

Tetra is a disaster relief shelter that is rapidly deployable, collapsible, modular, light-weight, portable, and water-proof.

http://www.umich.edu/~akrnold

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Caroline Aulis

For The Time Being

I am interested in cultural perceptions of time. My work has been focused on slowing time and motion in order to emphasize a single moment, specifically challenging the movement and flow of liquid materials. The installation will be composed of hundreds of suspended drops of ice, which will melt over the course of the exhibition.

http://carolineaulis.com

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Margaret Baczewski

Possessions

For my senior thesis project I created a series of four wearable objects that serve as cathartic aids to different psychological disorders. My goal is to create empathy for people with mental illness by sharing my empathy with those who view my work.

http://margaretibaczewski.info

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Mallory Baran

Concretely

Interested in natural phenomena and human manipulation, 'Concretely' is an exploration in taming the utilitarian material that is concrete into sculptural seating.

http://mallorybaran.com/

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Katie Barrie

Down by the Water, Immersed in the Forest

Through a series of oil paintings, I am investigating personal histories of the landscapes I have grown accustomed to: re-imagining them through expressive abstractions and distortions. I find that the natural scenery of a location, constantly in flux, becomes more intimate and familiar than the solid structure of a house. My goal is to immortalize this relationship by using specific color palettes, spontaneous brushstrokes, spatial relationships, and layered textures. Executed upon larger canvases that encompass the viewer, the work is meant to suggest elements of the natural world, yet remain rooted in that of the mind and memory.

http://www.katiebarrie.com

Offsite Exhibition: Critical Mass, Yellow Barn


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Marie Beard

Ollie & Pearl

In attempts to reconstruct my past, I have extracted memories from old photographs that had been carefully tucked away into albums and boxes by my mother and grandmother. Stored under beds, in closets, bookshelves, and attics, these photographs act as a marker to a past that I may or may not know. Just as memory flees us, only fragments have been left behind. My series of drawings reflect this notion. Lonely, isolated, and without context, they sit, desperate to be found.

http://www.mariebeard.com

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Lindsay Bienick

Relics of a bird’s past

I have this space inside my head. I see it every night while lying in bed. I am walking through an older house. The furniture is minimal and the walls shaded gray. There is no one home, but there is the feeling of a recent inhabitant. As I continue throughout the house I realize that inhabitant, so mysterious and solemn, is me. Although this is a home I have never lived in, the remnants of my past and current life surface throughout the house in various nest forms. Some are in the cupboard, in the fridge, some on the mantel, the closet, the shower, or hidden underneath my bed. These nests are built from the tangible items pertaining to my life, providing an overwhelming realness to my experiences. This home, this giant nest made for man, is using my history to provide a home for another species.

http://be.net/lindsaybienick

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Ellen Binder

Seasonal Build

Seasonal Build is a children’s cooking set that includes cook books and measuring cups, designed to teach them how to use fresh ingredients as well as how to practice environmental stewardship. It also teaches children how to measure ingredients in an easy way with little help from an adult.

http://www.ellenraedesign.com

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Heather Blackburn

Mother and Daughter.

Mother and Daughter is a series of abstract pencil drawings that visually represent the complex and emotional relationship that exists between my mother and I.

http://www.heathermarieblackburn.com

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Simon Borst

Somewhere on the Midwestern Plain

This graphic narrative is influenced by the metaphorical qualities of the 1973 spanish film The Spirit of the Beehive. The film examines the sociopolitical climate during Francisco Franco’s dictatorship through a portrait of a little girl and her family. Borrowing from the opening caption in the film, which reads “Somewhere on the Castilian plain”, Somewhere On The Midwestern Plain studies a suburban family over the course of a few eventful days during the early summer of 2003, when America’s war in Iraq is just beginning. A small boy, James, like the character Ana in Beehive, is influenced heavily by the words and images he is exposed to, and his dreams become increasingly disturbing as he withdraws from his parents, who have preoccupations of their own. The illustrative style shifts dramatically with each scene, making even reality seem dreamlike.

http://simonkalilborst.blogspot.com/

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Maxwell Brake

Domed Labyrinth

The piece of art that I have created is an exploration of arched construction and a reflection on architecture and the skills involved in its creation.

http://www.maxwellbrake.com

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Emma Bumstead

Yesterdays: a history of student life at the U of M

Explore the history of strong traditions, fleeting crazes, and changing technologies that make up nearly 200 years of student life at the University of Michigan.

http://www.emmabumstead.com

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Allison Carron

Impact

A year long exploration of the body, as well as physical and mental endurance through performative action. Performance concepts based in sin, guilt, punishment and atonement. An audience participatory event to be performed during the opening of Epoch: A&D 2011 Senior Show.

http://allisoncarron.blogspot.com/

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Laura Cavanagh

my Berlin

"my Berlin" is a map of my memory of Berlin, Germany. Made entirely of cut paper, this "map" represents a portion of Berlin that I lived and worked in this past summer. It depicts both physical city landmarks and intangible experiences and sensations. The buildings, people and other city fixtures coalesce to create a hybrid vision of a city remembered and a city imagined.

http://www-personal.umich.edu/~lcav

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Alyssa Michelle Chambo

Fairy Tales: Gilded Persecution

Focusing on Grimm Fairy Tales, my sculptural adornments address situations in which female characters' individuality and independence are restrained in some manner appropriate to each story. There is an interesting theme of confinement, passivity and dependence inherent in the female characters of the tales. These traditional themes are altered in my sculptural adornments, making the passive wearer take an active role in resisting the action being forced. The delicate style of the pieces is contrasted with the uncomfortable actions being forced and this comes from a fascination and intrigue with that which is beautiful yet detrimental.

http://www.amadornment.com

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Lauren Chernekoff

Liminal Worlds

I am creating a series of pen drawings depicting dream landscapes that blend together elements both of reality and fantasy based on places that relate to my home in New Orleans.

http://laurenchernekoff.com

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Angela Chih

Tea Fusion

"Life itself, when understood and utilized for what it is, is sweet" (Hoff, 6). The flavor of tea can also be regarded as a symbolism of life. The first sip of any tea is bitter but as you let the taste sink in, the aftertaste is sweet. Such if life - bittersweet.

http://ahcdesign.com

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Max Collins

No More Talking

No More Talking is a series of portraits responding to a developing trend of interpersonal disconnect and a general sense of indifference that exists in our behavior as the results of digital technology. The dull, hypnotic expressions in the faces are meant to capture the look of a generation in transition that is interacting with computers at an increasing rate. The portraits of these college aged students are solely lit by computer screens which is meant to create a new physical space, similar to how the internet has evolved into a separate “reality.” Captured in expressions of disconnect, these faces communicate as if they are more absorbed in this cyberspace than the tangible world, touching on the trend of how social skills are being stunted as a result of too much time spent in solitude surfing the internet, playing video games, etc .

http://www.MaxCollinsPhotography.com

Offsite Exhibition: The Five Show, Nickels Arcade


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Elizabeth Cordes

Bio-Inspired Jewelry Series

I find myself continually inspired by the patterns, structures, and colors found in various aspects of nature. I believe nature should be used as a point from which to design in various disciplines. The repeated wearing of jewelry creates this intimate relationship and familiarity between the wearer and the piece. I set out to explore using natural structures as an inspiration point to create small metal sculpture that uses the contours of the body. My hope is that wearing such a piece would provoke a deeper understanding of the intricacies of its natural counterpart.

http://www.artistrybybetsy.com

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Erika Cross

Evo Series

The Evo Series explores the realm between digital and handcrafted furniture manufacturing methodologies. Incorporating digital tools with craft materials, techniques and traditions, the Evo Series, exposes the new possibilities of digital craft.

http://www.erikacrossdesign.com

Offsite Exhibition: THR3E, 400 East Washington St.


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Mary Crylen

From the Inside, Out

In collaboration with incarcerated artists, this book shares the experience of working with individuals inside correctional facilities. It emphasizes the importance of recognizing the creative process is not a privilege; it is part of human existence.

http://marycrylen.com

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Ryan Cykiert

Dream Cruise

The Woodward Dream Cruise is unlike a car collection or any auto show. It’s as though you are stepping back in time. It’s where spectators and cruisers come to celebrate an ongoing love affair with the automobile in the birthplace of the American automobile. Muscle cars and classics ride up and down a 16-mile stretch of the legendary Woodward Avenue through eight host communities including Berkley, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge, Pontiac and Royal Oak, in Southeast Michigan.

http://RyanCykiertDesign.com/IP2011.html

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Jocelyn Diebolt

GENDERED GIRLHOOD: A FEMINIST REFLECTION OF IDENTITY

Text and photos demonstrate a reflection on events from the past with a feminist perspective. Experiences include influences of femininity, relationships with men, discovering sexuality, and dealing with perceptions of power and control.

http://www-personal.umich.edu/~diebolt/Jocelyn_Diebolt/Home.html

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Katharine Drake

Amalgamation

My work explores the concepts of morphology, communication through gesture, and the form and surface relationship of ceramic sculpture. I am creating an installation piece comprised of large-scale ceramic sculptures inspired by my natural surroundings and various biological organisms and their life course. I focus on the form and surface relationship by abstracting universal qualities observed in nature and creating a new species of organisms, highlighting the fascinating elements and interconnectedness of our world.

http://www.katharinedrake.com

Offsite Exhibition: Critical Mass, Yellow Barn


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Katie Eberts

Storytime

As the King of Hearts says in Alice in Wonderland, ‘Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop.’ And while you are doing so, it is ok to feel excited, imaginative, whimsical, etc., as you flip through the pages, following the stories of a boy and his frog, a girl and her garden, a bumble bee and his flower, and a bunch of butterflies. They are children’s books, after all.

http://happylife.carbonmade.com/

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Katie Eberts

Storytime

Once upon a time, there was a boy who picked up a frog, a girl who loved flowers, and ten butterflies who flocked together…

http://happylife.carbonmade.com/

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Jacqueline Endres

Welcome to the Zoo

During a day trip to the zoo, a little girl decides she would like some of the animals home as pets. As she imagines what it would be like to take various animals home, she creates equally impossible scenarios where she encounters reasons she would NOT want these creatures as pets.

http://www-personal.umich.edu/~jackjack/

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Screening: April 14, Michigan Theater


Lucy Engelman

When the oxen came to be as a gust of snow wove around their ankles, the warm homes atop their backs discovered for the first time. As pencil met the page, they opened their eyes. A giraffe inspects his neighbor, not knowing he too has a telephone booth on his neck. Once the dachshund’s sat upright, they were aware of their steam engine attributes. As the geese gather passively socializing, the species have accepted their abilities. This series explores an impulse we all have as living creatures to explore and embrace our curiosity. As you greet these hybrids, embrace the contagious nature of their investigation and simply imagine. Just as they address each other, introduce yourself and join in the inquisitive exchange. They would love to meet you.

http://cargocollective.com/lucyengelman

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Benjamin English

Letter Form

"Letter Form" deals with typographic form detached from its familiar language context. Typography is not only a system of communicative building blocks, but also a collection of distinct forms. Each letter can be used in conjunction with others to create words, sentences, and so on, which form the basis of written language. It is natural and practical to think of letters as inextricable from language; literacy depends on the recognition of these forms. This letter form study ponders the separation of language and typography: letter forms not meant to be read, but simply to be seen.

http://www.benjaminenglish.com

Offsite Exhibition: The Five Show, Nickels Arcade


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Sydney Evans

Turned Out

Turned OUt is a line of clothing where people wear what’s on the inside on the outside. Each outfit is made out of screen printed patterns based on microscopic parts of the human body, then turned into clothing based on the function of those parts.

http://turnedout.carbonmade.com/

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Justin Finkelman

Last Call Clothing

Last Call Clothing is a brand that pledges to deliver fresh clothes and good times.

http://finkgraphics.com/lastcall/

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Michelle Foot

An Advertising Story

A fantasy world. An opportunity to choose between a one filled with advertising and one void of it. 600 million tourists visit Times Square every year. In ten years the city of Detroit, one without much advertising, has decreased in population by 25%. Advertising bolsters capitalism, and without advertising, sales and capitalism we would cease to be the innovative culture we are today. These collages create the opportunity to choose between an Adless world or an Ad world without judgment. Each individual piece collaged together to create an illusionistic space, built in modular sections for the saccade movements of the human eye. We naturally compare segments of images through fast shifts in our eyes. These worlds cater to this ability to compare not only entire collages but pieces of them as well, allowing for the optimum capacity to choose between which mosaic you wish to create your life, your world, within.

http://www-personal.umich.edu/~footm/Personal website/

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Christine Fredendall

Dear House

I am always home, and wherever I go, I carry my house. Each wall stands inside me, determined to be strong. Each window permits a breeze, open to change. Each ceiling imperfect, but always secure. Each floorboard weathered, evidence of time. Each door holds fast, stubborn hinges guarded. And the light is still on, providing me warmth. I am my home, and wherever I go, I carry my house.

http://christinefredendall.com

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Collin Garcia

Deskable

It’s a desk. It’s a table. It’s a deskable.

http://www.wix.com/collingarc/designsbycollin

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Courtney Graham

For Ellie

"For Ellie" is a series of explorations in textile collage. The work incorporates antique textiles and modern fabrics together in understated compositions. Sewing is a tradition that has been passed on through generations of women in my family. By stitching a physical union between my late grandmother and myself, I am attempting in many ways, to remain connected with my history.

http://www-personal.umich.edu/~ccgraham/home.html

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Matthew Grandin

Better Ways to Carry

I am interested in designing bags that compliment users lifestyles and enable more organized interactions with personal possessions. I incorporate recycled materials into my designs whenever possible to show that we can use current resources more efficiently than we do now.

http://www.mattgrandin.com

Offsite Exhibition: The Five Show, Nickels Arcade


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Peter Hall

Transmit - Urban Bicycle Trailer

A collapsable dual use bicycle trailer/urban shopping cart designed for the car-less urban dweller.

hpp://www.umich.edu/~petemh

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Grace Hanson

Scenes of a Mackinac Island Winter

Time passes so slowly, waiting for ice-coated bridges to open worlds... A collection of oil paintings exploring the unique landscape of Mackinac Island, Michigan in the wintry off-season.

http://gracehanson.com

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Eric Harman

The NEXT Project: Exploring Design Through the Confluence of Art and Technology

It seems the role of designer in the twenty-first century is not to define ourselves through the application of fine form language, usability, and marketing but to navigate the conceptual tension between what is expected and what is possible though emerging technology. I am interested in how the technology of digital fabrication is renegotiating antiquated notions of craftsmanship and want to investigate the discord between manual craftsman ship and mechanized processes.

http://tinyurl.com/ericharman

Offsite Exhibition: THR3E, 400 East Washington St.


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Anna Henrickson

Play. Lost Memories of a Childhood

Through the process of photolithography, I explored the concept of lost childhood memories using images of my cherished building blocks printed on wood. These assemblies allude to the feelings of loneliness and longing I had as a young child because my younger sister was very ill and, as a result, I was often isolated from her and my parents. This project is a way to recover my childhood memories and find myself in the process.

http://annahenrickson.tumblr.com/

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Autumn Fawn Hernandez

Aquhairium

I am investigating people’s reaction to hair when it is not their own or on their body. I have gathered hair form many sources; salons, friends and strangers and used this as a medium to draw the viewer in to a close examination of my obsession. Through the use of water air and light I alter people’s perceptions of this overlooked resource.

http://www.aquhairium.com

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Offsite: Other


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Meredith Hoffman

Altered Representations

My work deals with barriers. The perceived barriers between expression and restriction, analysis and impulse, art and science, meticulous rendering and broad sweeping gesture, fight to find common ground – sometimes melding seamlessly into each other and at other times struggling to overcome strict delineations. Ultimately, it responds to the way we seek, and struggle, to understand biological phenomena using visual media.

http://meredithhoffman.blogspot.com/

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Rose Jaffe

Illustrative Portraiture

How does the form of line capture the essence of a subject? Pens, inks and brushes are my weapons, my translators between the connection I have with my subjects to the quality of line I use to bring their energy and emotion to life. I push the dimensions of a figure, squeezing, tugging, stretching. I pinch and pull the face, changing our perceptions of a portrait to encompass elements of a specific personality and behavior. The relationship of my subjects to me and to each other holds significance in the way they are displayed: larger than life portrayals of people whose influence to me has been extraordinary.

http://www.rosejaffe.com/

Offsite Exhibition: The Five Show, Nickels Arcade


Kelsie Kaufman

Travelog

Travelog is a podcast series about studying abroad and traveling. Through the art of storytelling, Travelog communicates the importance of intercultural connectivity and cultural immersion. Featuring stories from students that have recently traveled, each episode underlines the importance of seeking out international experiences. Travelog is a nontraditional collective tour guide to the world.

http://behance.net/kelsiekaufman

Offsite Exhibition: The Five Show, Nickels Arcade


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Peter Kim

To Be Another

A Story Based on the Korean cultural masks called "Tal'Chum." In a corrupted atmosphere, the story will show a figure who gets to be experience the life of another through these masks, changing and seeing how to masks sees.

http://anotherpeterkim.weebly.com/

Screening: April 14, Michigan Theater


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Shannon Kohlitz

A Series of Kinetic Sets Tell a Story

A Series of Kinetic Sets for Video Culminating in a screening and an installation about immigration, love, and World War II

http://shannonkohlitz.com

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Screening: April 14, Michigan Theater


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Marcia Kosin

Ordinary thoughts

Ordinary thoughts is about the idea that we are not in rehearsal for life, that right now in this moment, this is it.

http://marcikos.carbonmade.com

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Meredith Kramer

elemental illumination

Multi-layered photographs are formed that mesmerize, stimulate, and guide the viewer to an otherworldly state of being.

http://tinyurl.com/42clwl6

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Ubin Li

The Fantastical Adventures of Pulu the Bored

Trapped in a routine but too unmotivated to do anything about it? Join Pulu in his journey in rediscovering his need for curiosity and learning.

http://www.umich.edu/~ubinli

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Jason Mahakian

Run Detroit

The Detroit Free Press Marathon is one of the only races in the United States to cross international borders, which offers for a unique and exciting way to explore both Detroit and Windsor. Run Detroit is a visual campaign that effectively communicates the uniqueness of this race. The campaign goes beyond current practices in race promotion by offering an interactive aspect that further involves the viewer in the experience of print design.

http://www.umich.edu/~mahakiaj/rundetroit.html

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Ariel Markowitz

I WONDER AS I WANDER

The imagery that surrounds us, if we are observant, stimulates our mind and provokes us to think, question, assume, and react. When images are paired with words our curiosities expand and the relationship between these two elements becomes the focus of our attention.

http://arielmarkowitz.tumblr.com

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Rachel McGuffin

Towards the Height

This is a narrative of the myth of Sisyphus depicted in Batik and colored pencil."The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy." Camus

http://rachelmcguffin.com

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Leah McKay

Humans as Parasites

I created a body of work dealing with the destruction of the environment by human actions; I produced a series of illustrations with an underlying metaphor comparing humans to parasites. The illustrations I created impart snapshots in time that focus on certain detrimental activities, such as: genetic experimentation, strip mining, factory run-off pollution, deforestation, and overpopulation.

http://www.leahkmckay.com

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Erica Mouns

Do You Know?

The “Do You Know” series uses design to draw attention to particular issues about student health. Design is the tool that makes the content visually interesting, making the audience receptive to the material. Information about how to be healthy already exists, but the moment that creates awareness needs to happen before the viewer is ready to change. Making the decision to create a change in your lifestyle is not something that can be forced upon you; the choice rests with the viewer. Focusing on the behavioral aspects of health, my posters use design to create the moment that prompts change.

http://www-personal.umich.edu/~ericadm/IP

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Erin Murray

Secrets

Like Vermin, secrets are often hard to control.

http://erinvm.com

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Offsite: Other


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Alana Nedelman

Escape North

Escape North provides luxury train travel between Ann Arbor and Boyne Falls, every day of the week, every season. Ride in comfort and elegance as you enjoy the beautiful scenes that rail travel through Michigan has to offer.

http://www.umich.edu/~alananed

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Emma Neill

Toast

A stop motion animation of a non-fiction tragedy.

http://www.wix.com/eneill/emma

Screening: April 14, Michigan Theater


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Maida Nikocevic

Maidan Couture

Reformed Secondhand Clothes

http://www.maidandesign.info

Offsite Exhibition: THR3E, 400 East Washington St.


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Yonit Olshan

ARACHNE: The Origin

My interarts performance piece captured both the universal themes of passion, creativity, diversity and equality, as well as being a personal reflection on my challenges and values with art. The performance was a collaboration between other artist, designers, and performers around campus. The play told an age old creation myth of the Goddess Athena who turns Arachne, the young gifted weaver into a spider. Celebrating different cultures, it included song, dance, drama, masks, and puppets. All of these elements were woven together, just like the purpose and lessons learned in creation myths from around the world weave people together.

www.umich.edu/~yonit

Performance: April 8 & 9, Walgreen Drama Center


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Samantha Orshan

Buon Fresco

Fresco is a medium of classic antiquity that reached its peak during the Renaissance. For my Integrative Project, I have chosen to modernize this technique, which I learned through my study abroad in Rome, Italy, in this painting series titled "Buon Fresco".

http://samanthaorshan.com

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Elisabeth Peters

Memory Worlds

Memory Worlds is an exploration of the mind as a series of self contained environments. Memories, influences, and the imagination combine to create worlds of invention and fantasy that surprise and delight the viewer. Behind each door, the possibilities are endless.

http://www.elisabeth-peters.com/

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Vincent Roberts

Greetings from Huron-Clinton Metroparks

Huron-Clinton Metroparks of Southeast Michigan is a regional park system forming a ring around the greater metro Detroit area. Thirteen Metroparks covering twenty-four thousand acres of natural areas contain about twenty distinct ecosystems that are home to an array of wildlife. I’ve created a series of greeting cards designed to promote Huron-Clinton Metroparks through their circulation of the metro Detroit area. Featuring simple illustrations of the undomesticated inhibitors of these parks, the cards will serve as an opportunity to bring much needed attention to the natural habitats that surround our urban communities.

www.behance.net/vinceroberts/frame

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ellen rosengard

Ways of Seeing

I love how objects sit next to or stack on top of each other like units on a shelf or people packed like sardines in a commuter train, blending together to form a mosaic of colors. Similarly, topography when viewed aerially appears to be comprised of shapes and color clustered to form what we know are really cities and villages. These divisions create a structural geometry, imposed by the needs of agriculture. My compulsive need for order has shaped the way I look at these things; it causes me to notice squares and rectangles everywhere. This series of paintings is a window into how I see things and is an attempt to illustrate how our personal lens influences the way we organize our lives and all the space within it.

http://ecrosengard.blogspot.com/

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Jayme Rosenstock

UP!

A youth baseball organization, UP! will bring together middle school age children from diverse areas to learn new perspectives. Boys and girls will focus on the life-building skills that are associated on and off the field such as teamwork, goal setting, improvement, hard work, and dedication.

http://up-baseball.com

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Megan Sawyer

A Light Shines in the Darkness

"A Light Shines in the Darkness" is a series of six painted diptychs that will be installed in the sanctuary of Antioch Lutheran Church in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Each diptych represents a liturgical season or holiday, as envisioned through a verse in the book of Isaiah, which reads: “The people who walked in great darkness/ have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness/ on them light has shined”.

http://meganmariesawyer.weebly.com/

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Eleanor Schmitt

The Attic Dweller

The Attic Dweller chronicles one woman’s struggle with moving permanently from her hometown. Featuring seven original compositions and videos by Schmitt, The Attic Dweller exists both as an installation in the School of Art & Design’s Work Gallery and as a performance in the Duderstadt Center’s Video Studio.

http://atticdweller.elecaster.net

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Performance: March 31, Duderstadt Center Video Studio
Screening: April 14, Michigan Theater


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Mathew Schwartz

Sculptural Motion

This work uses a custom algorithm with motion capture technology to render the performative arts into static sculptural forms in order to create an aesthetic that focuses on the path of motion instead of on the subjects' figure. This research is presented as a multimedia installation comprised of four sculptures with video support.

http://www.cadop.info

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Anita Sidler

If you wrong us, shall we not revenge?

For my IP project I have made 10 images of 10 researchers from different departments who test on animals here at the University of Michigan. I believe it is important to share what is really happening behind windowless walls and advocate to use alternatives to animals. Animals, such as vertebrates (including mice and rats!) have a nervous system, just like us, so they can feel it when cut, burned, and electrocuted. Just because we can’t hear their thoughts doesn’t mean their screams mean nothing. The imagery is animals taking revenge on their typical human attackers. I want to provoke the general public with these images to share my desire to end animal cruelty. The audience will see these images and, I hope, want to learn why I feel this way.

http://www.anitasidler.com

Offsite Exhibition: Critical Mass, Yellow Barn


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Saree Silverman

I am one and also two

My project is an installation made up of thousands of ceramic Ginkgo leaves. Using the leaves as a symbol for resilience my piece seeks to convey the balance of seemingly opposing forces. Strong v. Weak. Resilient v. Fragile. Guarded v. Vulnerable. Rather than being two forces on opposite ends of a spectrum each pair is more related than they first appear. We gain strength from being weak and in turn can become weak in an attempt to be strong. In order to overcome hardship we must embrace the constant flux of each force. Only then can balance be achieved.

http://sareesilverman.carbonmade.com/

Offsite Exhibition: Critical Mass, Yellow Barn


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Corinne Smith

Ens?

Imperfection is an essential and inherent aspect of existence. Through this process it has been important for me to work constantly with the uncontrollable aspects of my work, as well as those in my mind.

http://www.wix.com/corinnedamarissmith/chasinglines

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Amariah Stepter

Mixed Messages

Mixed Messages is a narrative based on my family’s story, on the experiences and dynamics of an interracial family. My family, like all families, is unique; it cannot represent all interracial families. In addition, our family has been shaped by a particular time period, which has made our experience different from those of families in the past, and it will be different from the experiences interracial families will have in the future.

http://www.wix.com/anoelle22/mixedmessages

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Erin Stroble

Double Take: A Graphic Exploration Through the Neighborhoods of St. Louis

In the form of a personal narrative, my project explores various neighborhoods of St. Louis through my own perspective and presents them in a graphic form, showcasing the character of each neighborhood through my conversations and observations about the city. My final piece will be a series of five booklets combining digital graphics with my text.

http://estrobledesign.com

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Miriam Svidler

Parts to Whole

Exploration of colors and shapes in a three dimensional space using threads: Abstract sculptures that hint at the human body by combining colored threads into vibrant skin tones through their arrangement in space. The shapes are inspired by the forms of a woman’s body.

http://www-personal.umich.edu/~msvidler/mysite/home.html

Offsite: Other


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Michael Syron

absence/presence

Photography by strobe light. The flicker of the strobe light dissects the event. Every flash is a new moment recorded.

http://www.michaelsyron.com

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Laura Thompson

Interference

Interference is a multi-channel video installation that delves into the aftermath of sexual assault by telling a series of stories through dance.

http://www.laurath.com

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Sean Thompson

REKORD: An Animated Short

A short animation about a German speed trial race car driver in the golden age of European motor racing. When he sets out on a speed record breaking run, he ends up someplace he never expected. Inspired by the life and death of German racer Bernd Rosemeyer whose career came to an tragic end when he was killed attempting to regain the land speed record on the Autobahn in 1938. Animation by Sean Thompson Sound by Sam Zettell (Don't let the world pass you by.)

http://seandgt.carbonmade.com/

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Audrey Trent

Student Life Past and Present: A Visual History

The history of student life at The University of Michigan gives us information about the origins of traditions that, while upheld, have lost their stories in the passing of time. This work is a retelling of pieces of this history using visual materials (photographs, newspapers, posters etc.) from the past as well as the present. Designed with a modern approach to visual communication historical events are related to the present in a playful, visually-clear way. This work covers several aspects of student life including social events, football, and student activism in the form of a paperback book.

http://www.audreytrent.com

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Alexandria Trimner

We Forget That We Are Birds

A series of collages.

http://alitrimner.carbonmade.com

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Matthew Vujovich

Experience

Through the form of an interactive, virtual tour, the viewer experiences the feeling of wonder, as I did, a young American tourist, in awe of Irish history and the themes of destruction and creation, of beauty, and of time passing made manifest in an ancient castle.

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Angela Wang

Shade Us From Fissure

What does it mean to be highly adjusted? Perhaps it is the ability to adapt to change with unnerving agility. If it is, then this is a story of minimal adjustment. It is a story of maladaptive behavior and of pathological tendencies. It is a story of degeneration.

http://www-personal.umich.edu/~aywan/welcome.html

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Sean Watts

Animus de Cineris: An Exploration in Science Fiction

This is a project not only about my love for science fiction, but also about the depths of human ingenuity. The main aspect that will be explored in my thesis is how war however terrible pushes us forward with new and innovative technology.

http://seanwattsdesigns.com

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Jenn Weber

Cup of Sugar

Cup of Sugar is a smartphone application that encourages communal eating in a largely online world by announcing a need for ingredients that are then shared in person by friends.

http://about.me/jennweber

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Shifra Whiteman

Over and Over

The repetition of simple shapes, some call it a doodle while others refer to it as systematic drawing, are a way of distraction/form of meditation. However, sometimes it takes over, flows off the page and evolves into something greater.

http://www.shifrawhiteman.com

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Carolyn Wiedeman

Who We All Are.

A feather is sustained by the power it holds as part of the wing in flight, without losing its delicate, structural essence as it exists as a miracle in nature. When it is assembled, repeated, and constructed, a feather becomes a wing that creates flight. The dynamic of the individual versus the strength of the whole, where the essence of the feather is in its connection with other feathers. In the words of Lehmah Gbowee, "I am what I am because of who we all are."

http://hereiam-rockyoulikeahurricane.blogspot.com

Offsite Exhibition: Critical Mass, Yellow Barn


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Carly Wilhelm

El Huevo Que Se Pegó Al Sartén

“El Huevo Que Se Pegó Al Sartén” is an amalgamation of narratives from a past time period. A physical interpretation of a distant yet familiar age is forged by examination of cultural and social references as well as family accounts. A relationship between memory and nostalgia is emphasized through use of artifacts like film, furniture, and décor. The films are a literal projection of memory while tangible objects coalesce to form a nostalgic space far from the present.

http://flavors.me/carlywilhelm

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Jennifer Wu

Reminiscent

This animation is about Floof and Marley, lovers in a relationship. As a result of the argument, Floof leaves. He later realizing that the argument was just a misunderstanding. Floof returns to Marley to apologize but it was too late. Floof didn't regret his decision and was grateful for what he did have with Marley. The life he had with Marley was a happy one.

http://www.umich.edu/~wujenn

Screening: April 14, Michigan Theater


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Jenny Yan

Wedding Dress

Bridal-wear design that incorporates traditional Asian style and modern Western style, of which the modern design is dominant over the traditional.

http://jenyan.com

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bryant yee

Redesigning LED Packaging

graphic design & paper engineering

http://www.bryantyeedesign.com

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