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

Alumni News

Ernestine Ruben Open Studio

May 9, 2014

Join Ernestine Ruben in her studio #468 on Saturday May 10th during MANAFEST Open House at Mana Contemporary Art Center located at 888 Newark Ave Jersey City, NJ 07306. Studio 468 is located on the 4th floor of the main building.

On exhibit until June 7th at Lincoln Center: Portraits of Sound, an exhibition of mixed media images of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra Musicians by Ernestine Ruben. The Plaza Corridor Galleries are located on the ground and second floors at the Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023. Hours are from noon - 6 pm Mon.-Sat.

Ernestine Ruben Open Studio

Reed Esslinger & Collin McRae: Loompianola!

May 8, 2014

The Loompianola was conceived from a fascination with the shared lineage of a loom, a piano, and early computers. The Cranbrook Loom and Grinnell Brothers Player Piano each form a strong link to the ingenuity and industry of southeast Michigan; as a hybrid object, their taut strings pluck at each other’s original function and meaning. When activated by performers, the loom’s warp and a piano’s array of strings create music that is altered as the tapestry accumulates. Sensory technology embedded in the object activates a synergy of sonic, laborious, and playful movement.

Drawing on the tradition of chamber music, “a musical conversation among friends in the home,” Loompianola fosters dialogue between not only distinct objects but three artists of various backgrounds: Collin McRae (MFA ‘12), an experimental musician and animator, Esthir Lemi, a composer, musical theorist, and new media artist, and Reed Esslinger (MFA ‘12), a performance artist and weaver. Like any organic conversation among friends, the language of Loompianola emerges organically from its operators.

All Performances at the Gallery of the Duderstat Center on North Campus, University of Michigan.

Receptions & Performance Schedule:

  • May 10: Opening Reception 6-9 pm, performance 7-8 pm
  • May 11: Gallery open 12-6 pm, performance 5-6 pm
  • May 12: Gallery open 12-6 pm, performance 5-6 pm
  • May 13: Gallery open 12-6 pm, performance 5-6 pm
  • May 14: Gallery open 12-6 pm, performance 5-6 pm
  • May 15: Gallery open 12-6 pm, performance 5-6 pm
  • May 16: Closing Reception 6-9 pm,  performance 7-8 pm

http://loompianola-project.tumblr.com/
http://www.hatchfund.org/project/loompianola

Reed Esslinger & Collin McRae: Loompianola!

Janna Coumoundouros Finalist in DIA Samurai Design Competition

May 7, 2014

Janna Coumoundouros (BFA ‘98) is one of 10 local designers chosen by the DIA and Detroit Garment Group to participate in Beyond The Armor, a fashion competition inspired by the museum’s exhibition Samurai: Beyond The Sword. The competition challenges designers to create a complete outfit based on artworks in the exhibition. When her design was selected as a finalist, Janna contacted Inteva. “Inteather™ is perfect for this project,” she said, “it’s formable and it’s creative to work with.” She used Inteather (TPO) as the primary material for her design, and accented it with her handmade jewelry and textiles. “The finished design has a real sculptural quality,” she said. Inteva provided Janna the material, as well as technical support and access to the Inteva Sewing Lab in Troy, Mich., for fabrication of her creation for the competition.

The outfits by all 10 designers will be displayed April 21 - May 12 at various sites throughout the metropolitan Detroit area. The public will determine the winner by voting for their favorite outfit at any of the venues, or online beginning April 21. The 10 finalists’ creations will be modeled at a fashion show at the DIA on Saturday, May 17, where the winner of the public voting will be announced.

How to Vote

To vote for Janna’s Inteva Inteather Samurai dress, beginning Monday, April 21, go to http://www.detroitgarmentgroup.org and vote for Janna Coumoundouros of Lilacpop Studio, or send an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with “Samurai” in the subject line, and vote for #2: Janna Coumoundouros.
Online voting is open April 21 through May 12.

Inteva Inteather™ Inspires Samurai Dress in ‘Beyond the Armor’ Design Competition

Janna Coumoundouros Finalist in DIA Samurai Design Competition

Wildwood Press Alumni Reception

May 7, 2014

In April, Dean Guna Nadarajan traveled to St. Louis for an alumni reception hosted by Maryanne Ellison Simmons (BFA ‘71), in her Wildwood Press studio. Guests included alumni from the Stamps School, other U-M schools and colleges, and the art community in St. Louis. Stamps School receptions like this play an essential role in helping alumni network and remain connected to the School.

Wildwood Press Alumni Reception

Richard Jensen (MBA 1968), Louise Jensen, Dean Guna Nadarajan

Andrew Millner Participates in Inaugural Downtown Fair in New York

May 7, 2014

Andrew Millner (BFA ‘89) will show work in the William Shearburn Gallery booth at the inaugural Downtown Fair in Manhattan (68 Lexington at 25th Street) from May 8 to 11.

Along with work by Millner, the Shearburn booth (DT34) will include pieces by Willem De Kooning, Maya Lin, Robert Motherwell, and Cy Twombly, among others.

The inaugural Downtown Fair is a new modern and contemporary art fair in New York. The fair debuts during Frieze Week, one of the busiest and weeks of the city’s art and cultural season. Nearly 600 artists from over 35 countries will be on display at the fair.

http://www.downtownfair.com/

Andrew Millner Participates in Inaugural Downtown Fair in New York

Stephanie Boxold: Animator/Illustrator at Whiteboard Animation Studio

April 30, 2014

Stephanie Boxold (BFA ‘13) is working as an Animator & Illustrator at Whiteboard Animation Studio in NYC.

I have worked with clients such as Time Warner Cable, Samsung, Intel, and much more. At Whiteboard Animation Studio, I have created many 2D & 3D animations for commercials and advertisements. I am so happy to be successful at something I love, and I thank the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design for providing me with a great education in art.

http://www.whiteboardanimation.com

 

Stephanie Boxold: Animator/Illustrator at Whiteboard Animation Studio

Takeshi Yamada: 1st Prize, 2014 Carnivorous Nights

April 30, 2014

Takeshi Yamada (MFA ‘87) won the First Prize for his rogue taxidermy artworks “Five-headed Monster from the Hell” and “Giant Space Alien Skull” in the 2014 Carnivorous Nights: Taxidermy Contest, held at the Bell House in Brooklyn, New York on April 6, 2014.

Five heads of this monster represent Hell, Hunger, Animosity, Anger, and the Devil in the Sixth Heaven. This is a monster to stop our personal growth and enlightenment. It is everywhere, especially in New York City, heavily infested by criminals with skyrocketing high crime rate. I faced a big monster when my house was destroyed with over 60 inch of salt water by the Hurricane Sandy, in the middle of creating two commissioned giant rogue taxidermy artworks for the upcoming new AMC television series “Immortalized” (8 episodes), which I was one of four stars of the program. My artworks were saved on the 2nd floor but I had to work with no heat, no electricity, no working telephones at the end of October and the beginning of the November. I also had to protect my house from burglars already breaking into my areas. After the TV show, I spent more time and work for my “Five-Headed Monster from the Hell” and submitted it for this major taxidermy art competition this year.

A dozen photos of Yamada and his Rogue Taxidermy Artworks were prominently featured
in the NY Village Voice.

Takeshi Yamada: 1st Prize, 2014 Carnivorous Nights

Jeanet Dreskin-Haig: 10th Annual North Dallas Artist Studio Tours

April 23, 2014

Alumna Jeanet Dreskin-Haig (MFA ‘76) is participating in the 10th Annual North Dallas Artist Studio Tour on Saturday, Apr. 27th from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, Apr. 28th from 1 pm to 5 pm.

Dreskin-Haig’s work features ceramics, painting and photography: visit her at the Dreskin-Haig Studio on 9323 Guernsey Lane.

For more information, contact her at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 214-350-8489 or visit http://www.jeanetdreskinhaig.com .

http://artgroupsdfw.com/nucleus/index.php?itemid=5038

Jeanet Dreskin-Haig: 10th Annual North Dallas Artist Studio Tours

Jeff Knurek: Just Jumble App

April 23, 2014

Stamps Alum Jeff Knurek (BFA ‘88) is the cartoonist for a brand new, free Jumble app, Just Jumble, released on Apr. 23.

Jumble: That Scrambled Word Game® is celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year (invented in 1954)! America’s Favorite Word Puzzle has never been more fun than it will be in our Just Jumble App. This free Just Jumble app will be in the Apple Store on April 23 for iOS devices. The Android, Kindle and Nook versions are expected to be available around May 10th.

More details about the app can be found here: http://www.justjumble.com/

Knurek is an award-winning toy and game inventor, consumer product developer, graphic artist, illustrator, cartoonist, and puzzle creator. Knurek’s game credits include Family Fun magazine’s “Toy of the Year” award winners: “What’s In Ned’s Head?” and “Monster Under My Bed”. In 2008, he became only the second artist to draw the cartoon for the Jumble puzzle which is seen in over 600 newspapers.

 

Jeff Knurek: Just Jumble App

Ruth Taubman: Jewelry Show in The Bay Area

April 22, 2014

Ruth Taubman (BFA ‘81) will present her spring jewelry line in the Bay area Apr. 24 - 26 and 28 - 30.

Join us in Marin County April 24 through 26, and in San Francisco April 28 through 30.

Come see my new spring line, including this fabulous multicolor South Sea pearl enhancer.

Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for details. Bring a friend, and try on some beautiful jewels!

http://www.ruthtaubman.com

 

Ruth Taubman: Jewelry Show in The Bay Area

Julie Pincus Releases “Canvas Detroit”

April 17, 2014

On Wednesday, May 7th 2014, please join Stamps alumna Julie Pincus (BFA ‘83) and co-author Nichole Christian as they celebrate the release of their newly published book, Canvas Detroit - a compelling photographic look at the contemporary art and artists that are transforming Detroit’s physical landscapes. Pincus and Christian will speak briefly on how the project came together and share some images from the book in the Kresge Court at the Detroit Institute of Arts at 5:00 pm.

http://wsupress.wayne.edu/CD/index.html#.U01_weZdVD0

Julie Pincus Releases “Canvas Detroit”

Stamps Alumni Start Studio Collective in Eastern Market

April 17, 2014

Stamps Art & Design alumni Lyz Luidens, Jessica Krcmarik, Dylan Box, Alex Kaufman, Ellen Rutt, and James Reich, along with artist Matthew Jenkens, have been building out and renovating a collective studio space in Eastern Market since January of this year.

‘Riopelle’, named after the street it sits adjacent to, is located at 1492 Gratiot Ave, in Detroit. Riopelle’s workspaces span 2 floors and several thousand square feet, and it is adjacent to Inner State Gallery and Trinosophes.

On the first floor, there is a breakroom/coat rack, a restroom, and two workrooms - a main room with individual desks for Dylan, Jessica, Ellen, Lyz, and Alex, one large common work table, and a print room with letterpress & combination presses for lithography, relief and etching. The print room, which is currently being built out by Lyz and James, may be eventually used for retail & gallery shows as well.

The basement, originally split into several smaller rooms, has been partially rebuilt to have a more open plan layout, and currently houses a woodshop and Matthew’s work area, a sink for post-work paint cleanup, and an extra worktable for Ellen’s paintings. Eventually, they hope to add a spray booth and extra ventilation.

Riopelle plans to hold a grand opening of their space and a group exhibition of recent works in late spring/early summer.

Stamps Alumni Start Studio Collective in Eastern Market

Shannon Kohlitz: Media Academica

April 17, 2014

In 2011, shortly after graduating from the Stamps School of Art & Design, Shannon Kohlitz helped form the video and animation production company, Media Academica. Three years later, Kohlitz and Media Academica are still churning out the best services in animation, video, editing, storyboarding and illustration in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

As the owner and producer of Media Academica, Shannon uses live action video, animation and post-production effects to create memorable and concise visual narratives. She has worked with a broad range of clients in the technology, academic, medical, sports and advertising industries, including RAVE Computer, Running Fit, University of Michigan’s College of Engineering and Retail Velocity. Media Academica provides individual services or full production services, collaborating with clients from concept to delivery and producing work that is innovative yet accessible to client’s targeted audience.

Shannon Kohlitz: Media Academica

Reem Gibriel: Arete Foundation

April 14, 2014

When the regime of Muammar Qaddafi fell, Khaled Mattawa and Reem Gibriel (MFA ‘10) started the Arete Foundation, a non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting the creative arts in the new Libya.

The Qaddafi regime had stifled and starved Libya’s arts, and Libya’s educational system reflected the lack of investment. So in 2012, Mattawa and his wife, Reem Gibriel, started the Arete Foundation, a non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to promoting the creative arts in the new Libya. They named the foundation after the Greek-Libyan philosopher Arete of Cyrene, symbolizing the foundation’s interest in beauty, curiosity, and knowledge.

They set up gallery exhibits, a reading series, and organized an annual video art show—the first of its kind in the country. They staged a production of playwright Henrick Ibsen’s Enemy of the People. But even with bold ideas and good intentions, Arete struggled to get funding and attention in a country where the arts have been ruthlessly neglected.

“Here in America, kids will go into art and design because they want to be in art and design,” Mattawa says. “In Libya, the top 10 percent go to medicine. The next 10 percent go to engineering. Then maybe into the sciences, economics. If you cannot get into any other college, you end up in education or fine arts.

“Now, a lot of people who benefited from the old system don’t want the system to change,” he continues, ”but we’re determined to do something interesting, something new.”

http://www.lsa.umich.edu/lsa/ci.afoundationforlibyanart_ci.detail

Reem Gibriel: Arete Foundation

Mattawa (left), Gibriel (right), and a supporter at the opening of Enemy of the People.

Join Nick Tobier and Nicolas Lampert (BFA 1992) in Conversation

April 11, 2014

Nick Tobier will join author and alum Nicolas Lampert (BFA ‘92) in a conversation on Lampert’s new book, A People’s Art History of The United States, at Literati bookstore in Ann Arbor, Mon., Apr. 14, at 7 pm.

In A People’s Art History of The United States, Nicolas Lampert (BFA 1992) explores connections between art, organized labor and radical politics, and between artists and other workers. Join interdisciplinary artists and University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee faculty Lampert and Associate Professor Nick Tobier in a conversation around art and artists in the contexts of social history, political activism and dissent at Literati Bookstore, 124 E. Washington Street, Ann Arbor on Monday, April 14 at 7pm.

Join Nick Tobier and Nicolas Lampert (BFA 1992) in Conversation