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

Alumni News

Brent Fogt: Djerassi Resident Artist

August 14, 2014

Brent Fogt (MFA 2007) will attend the Djerassi Resident Artists Program for one month this fall. This is Fogt’s third residency since graduating from Stamps. He was an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center in 2009 and at Yaddo in 2013.

At Djerassi, Fogt will work on sculpture for Scaped, an exhibition at the A&D Gallery at Columbia College Chicago in March 2015. This fall, Fogt will also be a part of an exhibition at Dominican University called Men’s Work, which focuses on men who incorporate knitting, crochet and other craft processes into their work.

Brent Fogt: Djerassi Resident Artist

Laurel Prafke: ArtPrize 2014

August 14, 2014

Laurel Prafke (BFA 1987 ) is exhibiting at the Local Epicurean as part of ArtPrize 2014 in Grand Rapids, MI.  Prafke’s piece is titled, Les Citrons et le chat bleu!, and is a 9”x 12” oil on panel.

http://www.artprize.org/search/all?query=prafke

Laurel Prafke: ArtPrize 2014

Collin McRae and Peter Leix: Little Hill Studio

August 14, 2014

Two recent graduate students, Peter Leix (MFA 2013)  and Collin McRae (MFA 2012), married this September and co-created a media production company called Little Hill Studio.  They are already busy at work bringing together their fields of film production, photography, animation, and music composition into one company.

Collin McRae and Peter Leix: Little Hill Studio

Alana Hoey: Semester In Detroit

August 14, 2014

Alana Hoey (BFA Art & Design 2014, BA Urban Studies 2014) began as the new Marketing & Communications Director for the UM Semester In Detroit Program in May 2014.  “Every day I am able to combine the skills I learned at Stamps, my love for urban studies and my home city of Detroit, and my passion for seeing the University engage with Detroit in a meaningful way. Semester In Detroit allows me to be continually learning and growing, even after graduation.””

Semester In Detroit is beginning its 7th year in 2015 with Winter, Spring, and a brand new Fall semester as well as exciting community-based housing options.

Apply online at http://semesterindetroit.com

Alana Hoey: Semester In Detroit

Susan Hensel: Fall Exhibitions

August 14, 2014

Susan Hensel’s (BFA 1972) THE OPHELIA PROJECT is on exhibition at Riverland Community College, Austin, MN,  August 25- September 26 and at the MacRostie Art Center, Macrostie Art Center, Grand Rapids, MN in February 2015. This project seeks to discover female authenticity. The project includes ten elaborate drawings with mixed media on handmade paper; video; sound; a 30-minute performance and evocative objects that can be manipulated by the viewer.

I Dwell in Impossibility, a collaboration with photographer John Hensel, is at the Larson Art Gallery, University of Minnesota, November 7- Dec 24, 2014.The imagery reveals a transgressive combination of outright sexual power with outright male power. There is a certain shamanistic aspect to this, the mysterious power of birth vs. the physical male strength and political power.

Hensel’s Jerome Foundation project, Wearing My Age, opens November 13, with the other Jerome grantees in TRUTH TELLING at Concordia University Art Gallery, St. Paul, MN.  The premise is that our clothes communicate depending on age and gender. You might think of it as “fashion as self-publishing.”

Susan Hensel: Fall Exhibitions

Adam Morath: Webby Awards

August 14, 2014

Adam Morath (BFA 2007) has spent the last five years of his career building original video series for AOL Autos and Autoblog. In 2013, his programs ‘Translogic’ and ‘The List’ became the first in AOL’s history to be televised when they were broadcast on Fox’s Speed Network. Later in the year, ‘Translogic’ enjoyed an additional broadcast run on the NBC Sports Network. To cap an amazing year, ‘The List’ was selected as the web’s best ‘Travel & Adventure’ video series by the 18th Annual Webby Awards. In May, Adam had the privilege to travel to New York City to accept the award alongside his co-executive producer, Chris Paukert. Adam and Chris met in Ann Arbor at ‘Winding Road Magazine’, Adam’s first job after graduating from the Stamps School in 2007.

5-Word Webby Award Speech
AOL Corp TV announcement

Adam Morath: Webby Awards

Catherine Meier: Standing Witness

August 14, 2014

Standing Witness, site: Sage Creek, by Catherine Meier (MFA 2009) was featured at Badlands National Park - Sage Creek Campground Labor Day Weekend.

Standing Witness, site: Sage Creek is a hand drawn animation that records and illuminates the temporality, fragility, and vastness of the ancient land located within and around the Sage Creek Campground in South Dakota’s Badlands National Park. Graphite is set into motion through a draw, photograph, erase, and redraw method, and this earthy substance depicts grasses, sagebrush, and crumbling dirt. It reveals the detailed and changing horizon line, the shadows of passing, and the evolution of land as related to this place. These moving drawings that explore terrain become a visual poetry of place, allowing a viewer to relax into their rhythmic movement, or pause to catch detailed fragments of this overwhelming space.

The animation will be set up every evening, allowing for unpredictable happenings as both campers and weather come and go.  For me, it is the ultimate fun as an artist, going out to the land from which I derive my inspiration to explore how the artwork I make is revealed or transformed by its natural surroundings.

Catherine Meier: Standing Witness

Jessica Young Voted Best Graphic Designer

August 14, 2014

For the last five years, Jessica Young (BFA 1994), owner of JY Design Pro, has been voted the Best Graphic Designer

by the readers of North Hawaii News. Visit jydesignpro.com or find her on facebook to see her work.

Jessica Young	Voted Best Graphic Designer

Yvette Rock: Knight Arts Detroit Finalist

August 14, 2014

Yvette Rock (MFA 1999) was selected as a Knight Arts Detroit Finalist for her reDetroit series,  Detroit rePatched: Phase 1.  Rock’s mixed media work includes found objects, handmade patchworks, paints, and other materials to symbolize the past, present, and future of Detroit.  The exhibition, from September 19 – October 17 2014 is at Live Coal Gallery, 5029 Trumbull Street, Detroit, MI 48208.

Yvette Rock: Knight Arts Detroit Finalist

Chris Landau: Salish Sea Lab

August 14, 2014

Constructed in British Columbia with local materials and support from the community, Chris Landau (MFA 2006) and Miguel Horn’s Salish Sea Lab installation will be installed until 2016 as part of the Vancouver Biennale. Landau’s animations and digital modeling helped to bring the project to life. At night, the 13-foot canoe is bathed in projected light. Virtual ecosystems, spinning stars, and breathing watersheds speak to the forces of change in our lives.

Chris Landau: Salish Sea Lab

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