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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Mattawa (left), Gibriel (right), and a supporter at the opening of Enemy of the People.
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.
April 11, 2014
Performance artist Amanda Krugliak (BFA ‘84) was recently interviewed for the online publication SLICE, which highlights people in Ann Arbor and surrounding communities actively engaged in the arts and other creative pursuits.
Slice: Amanda Krugliak
April 11, 2014
Lucy Engelman (BFA ‘11) is the illustrator of a The Collective Quarterly, a new publication celebrating travel, exploration and lifestyle. The inaugural issue, released earlier this month, takes a new aesthetically brilliant approach to advertising and is an overall great start to what will be a beautiful collection of stories, markers, and adventures. Here is a bit about Collective Quarterly’s intention:
“It follows select artists and artisans on a trip to the unseen hideaways that inspire them to craft uncommon goods. The camera lens brings into focus an often blurry creative process as they work alongside each other to discover truth, surprise and an aesthetic that delights. In these pages, you’ll find a carefully edited selection of dry goods, art, music, food, drink, and stories, all deeply rooted in the heritage and land around us. This journey hinges on a communion of likeminded creators. We are illustrators, photographers, and writers. We are shirt-makers, boot-crafters, and denim-cutters. We are bartenders, chefs, and musicians.”
The Collective Quarterly
April 11, 2014
The Society of Publication Designers announced the medal finalists for their 49th Annual Awards late last month, and several projects that Lucy Engelman (BFA ‘11) worked on were recognized. Lucy has had the opportunity to work with various publications in the past, but it is her work with Bon Appetit that gained recognition in the following categories:
- DESIGN: FEATURE, LIFESTYLE/TRAVEL/FOOD/SHELTER (single/spread)
- ILLUSTRATION SPOTS : SERIES
- TABLET: BEST USE OF ILLUSTRATION
- TABLET: TYPOGRAPHY
The pieces that have been recognized include a redesign of the magazines spines for all 2013-2014 issues, creating a single image of seasonal ingredients as well as an illustrated spread from the May 2013 issue. The winners will be announced at a Gala in early April.
SPD 49 Medal Finalists: Magazine of the Year, Print, and Digital
April 11, 2014
Sarah Berkeley (MFA ‘11) will has been awarded a residency at Cedar Point Biological Station, from Jul. 6-18. This is the inaugural year of the residency, which was founded by Karen Kunc.
There are two projects I will work on while in residency at Cedar Point:
1. Walking historical trails at and near Cedar Point to generate 2-dimensional artworks from my GPS tracks. This is a continuation of my Walking Still series. So far, the longest walk I have completed was 21 miles. This chapter of the series expands my practice as the artworks will preserve what remains of the trails and document the contemporary experience of navigating them on foot. The artworks are a literal and figurative trace of the past.
Process: I record my walks with GPS (on a cell phone if there is a signal, using another device if not). I then convert the recorded GPS track into a single line that can be read by Adobe Illustrator. From there I create a vector line, which engrave into wood using at laser cutter. Once the plates are engraved I hand emboss the track onto paper. The works I have made so far range from 10ft x14ft to 5in x 5in depending on the length of the walks and the scale of the laser cut track. I am currently looking into streamlining this process for the smaller drawings by using a printing press. The larger works will always be hand embossed due to the large scale. (See my Walking Still series for examples of this kind of work.)
2. I will do short, site-specific performances for the camera that a direct responses to the landscape I am in and my emotional response to it. These works will provide a welcome interlude while my body is resting between walks. (See my Intimate Frustrations Series for examples of this kind of work.)
April 11, 2014
Last year, Jenny Schu’s (BFA ‘04) grant-related exhibition “Creating a Nature” led to 7 of her pieces going on to internationally juried shows in 4 different states. She also took home three awards from the Michigan League of Handweavers Conference Exhibits including Best of Show and People’s Choice Awards for “She Can’t See the Forest through the Trees.” Jenny was also one of the recipients of her own billboard in the Lansing MI area.
In 2014 she has given talks about her work to 2 fiber arts guilds and is gearing up for a summer of teaching workshops and working on two larger bodies of work. Jenny is offering 2 workshops through Interlochen College of Creative Arts, the first on May 31, and the second on June 30. In August she is teaching a 3 day bead-weaving workshop with the Michigan League of Handweavers.
For two weeks in May Jenny will be at Blueberry View Artist Retreat in Benton Harbor to focus on working on her Uprooted Series which includes beaded sculpture. There will be a reception at the end of her stay - details can be found on her website.