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

Alumni News

Linda Lapinski: OPIS Task Force

August 20, 2014

Linda Lapinski (BFA 1987) is the President of a non-profit organization, Oakland Phragmites & Invasive Species (OPIS) Task Force. The mission of the Task Force, which Lapinski started with her partner, Emily DuThinh, is to protect the quality of Oakland County’s lakes, streams and wetlands-preserving them for future generations from non-native invasive species. By empowering concerned citizens and government through education, advocacy and action, OPIS is working to control the spread of Phragmites and other non-native invasive plants.

In April 2014, OPIS was awarded by the Clinton River Watershed Council the Johanna Roskopp Award. This award was presented to OPIS for its recent outstanding contributions to protecting, enhancing and celebrating the Clinton River, its watershed and Lake St. Clair.

Oakland Township joins fight against phragmites

Linda Lapinski: OPIS Task Force

Bill Barrett: Sculpture Installed

August 20, 2014

Bill Barrett’s (B.S. /1958,  M.S.in Design/1959,  M.F.A./1960) sculpture, “Lexeme VIII”, created in response to 9/11, was installed on Purdue North Central’s campus in Westville, Indiana on September 11, 2014. In an article on the dedication, written by Stefan Barkow for Purdue North Central, Central, Purdue’s Chancellor, James Dworkin stated “This is a beautiful reminder of an event we must never allow ourselves to forget. We gratefully accept this gift, and the responsibility of stewardship that comes with a sculpture such as this.

Lexeme VIII spent a few years on display in Zell, Germany, where it was so loved that they asked if they could keep the piece. “I had to tell them no,”Barrett said. “I told them I had to take it back to my home country, that it needed to be in the United States.”

And now at last, with the financial assistance of the Lawyer family, the support of Purdue North Central and the work of Bill and Debora Barrett, Lexeme VIII has come to stay in the place it was meant to be, to keep alive the memory of all those who died in the hearts of all those who lived.

Complete article (FaceBook).

Bill Barrett: Sculpture Installed

Susan Nordman Launches Jewelry Line

August 20, 2014

After many years of doing everything but fabricating jewelry, Susan Gluck Nordman (BFA 1983) has launched Taliswoman@SiouxStudio, an affordable and easily wearable line of jewelry found in Ann Arbor at the Heavenly Metal Boutique, The Eyrie Artisans Market in Depot Town in Ypsilanti, as well as the Weasel & Fitz Gallery of Madrid, New Mexico.  Her jewelry is fabricated out of formed and textured aluminum and employs the use of colorful stones, antique copper, vintage puka shell necklaces and various studio scraps to make her one-of-a-kind primitive tribal yet sophisticated urban wearable art pieces.  She is looking forward to continuing to expand her presence in more galleries and boutiques, as well as the indie art fair circuit.

Susan Nordman Launches Jewelry Line

Susan Laansma Pollins: Exhibitions

August 19, 2014

Susan Laansma Pollins (B.S. in Design 1961) is currently featured in a pop-up exhibit at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg called abstractions in watermedia. Other exhibitions include a show with daughter Christina Pollins-Shackelford at Rowe Gallery, Greensburg Art Center, and the 20th Anniversary Exhibit at the Main Exhibit Gallery, Ligonier, PA.

Susan Laansma Pollins: Exhibitions

Paula Schubatis Exhibits

August 18, 2014

From August 17-September 26, Paula Schubatis (BFA 2013) exhibits ISLAND, work created during her residency at Molzerberger Academy in Hilmsen, Germany.

Paula Schubatis Exhibits

Leslie Raymond: AAFF Executive Director

August 18, 2014

Leslie Raymond (MFA 1999) became the Ann Arbor Film Festival Executive Director in August 2013 and completed her first Festival in this capacity in March 2014. The 53rd AAFF takes place March 24-29, 2015.

Leslie Raymond: AAFF Executive Director

Craig Varjabedian: Photographs and Words

August 17, 2014

The summer of 2014 marked Craig Varjabedian’s (BFA 1979) fortieth year as a professional photographer. A variety of personal appearances and projects including talks, workshops, and a new book, Craig Varjabedian: Photographs and Words, will showcase Varjabedian’s position as a premier fine art photographer of the American West.

“The remarkable photographs by Craig Varjabedian are not only beautiful but also extremely valuable documents of architecture, culture, and lifestyle,” wrote the late Beaumont Newhall, preeminent twentieth-century photographic historian and author of History of Photography: From 1839 to the Present.  Varjabedian is well known for his eloquent photographs and his engaging story telling about his images and his illustrious career,from selling his first photograph to an accidental meeting with Ansel Adams as a youth to receiving two National Endowment for the Arts grants and winning a television Emmy award. The fortieth celebratory events include retrospective exhibitions, artist talks, and a new limited edition publication, Craig Varjabedian: Photographs and Words.

Craig Varjabedian: Photographs and Words

Joan Rosenberg-Dent Exhibits

August 16, 2014

Joan Rosenberg-Dent‘s (BFA 1978) porcelain sculptures were recently shown at the Westmont Museum of Art exhibition,“MADE YOU LOOK”, juried by Meg Cranston. This fall she will be showing at the Arts Fund and Westmont Museum in Santa Barbara, CA.

Joan Rosenberg-Dent Exhibits

Erika Cross: Core77 Furniture Design Competition

August 15, 2014

Erika Cross (BFA 2012) has been named a 2014 Core 77 - Student Furniture Design Competition Winner.

Recognizing excellence in all areas of design enterprise, the Core77 Design Awards celebrates the richness of the design profession and the brilliance of its practitioners. We’re pleased to present 17 categories of entry in our third year, providing designers, researchers and writers a unique opportunity to communicate the intent, rigor and passion behind their efforts. From client work to self-initiated projects, entrepreneurial to pro-bono engagements, we embrace a diverse range of enterprise: commercial, cultural, social, environmental and edifying.
Both the Professional and Student Winners of each category will receive the C77DA trophy, and all Honorees will be published in the Awards Gallery and on Core77, making this the most inclusive and celebratory design awards platform of the digital age.

Erika Cross: Core77 Furniture Design Competition

Clara Giles: Seva Corps

August 15, 2014

Seva Corps is a start-up non-profit, founded by UofM Alumni Shwetha Maddur. Seva is dedicated to the development of low-cost and non-electric medical devices to end preventable infant deaths in developing nations. Board Members Shwetha Maddur, Clara Giles (BFA 2014) and Michael Blackshear are working toward marketing and developing low-cost solutions along with Nidhi Shah, Vinita Talgaonkar and Naveen Sharma. The team consists of Material Science Engineers, Bio-Medical Engineers and a Graphic Designer.

As a start-up company, Seva Corps won first Place in the 2014 Purdue Big Sell Competition in Social Entrepreneurship and this years Tech Town Detroit Prize.

Clara Giles: Seva Corps

Zack Denfeld: Strange Weather

August 14, 2014

With his new organization, CoClimate, Zack Denfeld (MFA 2007) curated and created three exhibits for the Science Gallery, Dublin’s 2014 flagship exhibition “Strange Weather: Forecasts from the Future”.

We are obsessed with the weather. It is a powerful, shared daily experience, offering us an immediate talking point with which to engage our fellow citizens. Yet when we talk about climate change the sense of guilt or powerlessness is enough to kill the conversation. By engaging both weather and climate in a playful, provocative way, we hope to leapfrog over current polarised public debates. STRANGE WEATHER propels you to forecast your own fate on a changing planet with an uncertain future.

By bringing together works by artists, designers, scientists, meteorologists and engineers STRANGE WEATHER asks questions such as: Should human culture be reshaped to fit strange weather or should we reshape weather to fit our strange culture? Who is going to take advantage of climate chaos and how will strange weather benefit me? How will you choose to work, celebrate, live and die when weather gets weird?

Zack Denfeld: Strange Weather

Richard Shanks: President of the Society of Typographic Arts

August 14, 2014

Richard Shanks (BFA 1988) was recently named President of the Society of Typographic Arts (STA), Chicago’s oldest professional design organization. Since its inception in Chicago in 1927, The Society of Typographic Arts has been a vital participant in the Chicago design community, sponsoring seminars and conferences, and developing publications.

Mr. Shanks has been tasked with rebuilding the STA (known for a short period in the 1990s as the American Center for Design) to be a valuable resource for designers, students and design firms. Recently, Mr. Shanks was integral to bringing Erik Spiekermann and Charles Spencer Anderson to speak at the STA.

Richard Shanks: President of the Society of Typographic Arts

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