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

Alumni News

Jason Phillips: Olympic Screen

April 7, 2014

Jason Phillips (BFA ‘05) recently designed and fabricated his Olympic Screen. It stands at an impressive 10 feet wide by 10 feet tall and was designed for his family’s furniture company. Phillips Collection is a manufacturer of furnishings from around the world. Their works are the result of collaborations between in house designers and a variety of new and seasoned international talents.

Keeping with the brand’s environmental sensitivity, Jason strived to utilize found and discarded materials and create product collections with an organic contemporary feel. These rings are cut from decommissioned 55 gallon oil drums found in Northern Thailand. He designed 22 inch diameter discs that were cut and fashioned into a successful line of wall decor. Still, remnants of the lids were left over, and Jason wasn’t satisfied.

From these rings, the Olympic Collection was born. Freestanding screens, tables, pedestals and seating were all designed and developed by Jason and fabricated in the local communities of Chiangmai, Thailand. The collection is imported to Phillips Collection’s sprawling warehouse and headquarters and is currently being marketed to high end furniture galleries and interior design and architectural firms around the world.

Jason Phillips: Olympic Screen

Katie Halton Accepted into SAIC MFA Program

April 7, 2014

Katie Halton (BFA ‘04) has been accepted into the competitive MFA program in Painting and Drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Katie was introduced to SAIC during her undergrad at U of M. She was awarded a fellowship to Ox-Bow, SAIC’s residency program and art school on Lake Michigan, the summer following her junior year. It was an incredible experience and turning point in her artistic development.

Katie will be participating in some exhibitions and fundraising efforts before she leaves Michigan in August. For information about these exciting events, visit her website: katiehalton.com.

Katie Halton Accepted into SAIC MFA Program

Susan Hensel: Multiple Grants Awarded

April 7, 2014

Susan Hensel (BFA ‘72) recently installed RAISING THE ROOF ON HOME, an architectural sized room divider in the new offices of Habitat for Humanity of the Twin Cities. The artwork was funded through a partnership grant funded by the State Arts Board of Minnesota. The program partners were the Textile Center of Minnesota and Habitat for Humanity. The goal of the grant was to bring arts programming to underserved populations. Clients of Habitat for Humanity earned work hours working on the fabric that was used to build the artwork.

Hensel was also recently awarded the Jerome Foundation Project Grant through the Textile Center of Minnesota. For this grant, to be completed by Fall of 2014, she will develop digitized embroidery and clothing with the goal of re-visiting old technologies using modern techniques.

Susan Hensel: Multiple Grants Awarded

Leslie Nobler: “The New Scroll” Exhibition

April 7, 2014

Curated by Leslie Nobler (BFA ‘80), and featuring the work of 11 contemporary artists, “The New Scroll” highlights today’s scrolls and scroll-like artist’s books and prints inspired by the very idea of the scroll form.

The scroll was used as the literary format, an art format, and as a communication “technology,” conveying legal (contractual), political, legislative, religious and all manner of inter/personal and spiritual information. These works speak to the relevance of the scroll for present day artists in all media… book artists, painters, printmakers, digital media artists, fiber artists, even photographers. As we all begin to wonder about the future of the book as we know it, perhaps taking a step back, and examining the impact of the pre-book technology in this small way, can give us some insight.

I found artists using more recent technologies (or “re-purposing” 20th century ones) to re-present purposes of the scroll that existed in the 1st century. Finck, Ugoretz and Nagy use the scroll spiritually, for re-telling stories and directives of their religions. Stokes depicts, while Caroline and I (Nobler) visually narrate aspects of interpersonal networks, personal journaling or spiritual introspection. Pyune, Gonzalez, and Stokes also use this format for self expression, both with conscious intention, and unconscious, serendipitous creativity. And dramatically, Lee examines the act of making private stories public, along with Drinkard and Malarcher - using techniques tying her work to ancient methods and materials - which bring us “full circle.” These artists skillfully blend the old with new mass-produced substrates or updated technological techniques. We see all manner of printing on silk, embossed papers, and (even within) knitted panels. There is scribing into foil and spraying through or collaging lace doilies with plastic films. There is work with wax and heat, and sound on an ipod…all of this to bring the oldest information technology into the 21st century.


Through April 10 at the Hamilton Street Gallery, 6 Hamilton Street, Bound Brook, New Jersey 08805.

The exhibition will also be on display April 27 - May 22, at the Arts Guild New Jersey, 1670 Irving Street, Rahway, NJ 07065. Opening reception: April 27, 1-4 PM

 

Leslie Nobler: “The New Scroll” Exhibition

Jill Nickels Becomes Studio Director at Gensler

April 7, 2014

Gensler, the leading global design firm, announced that Jill Nickels (née Snyder, BFA ‘81) has taken the Studio Director role acting as a senior manager in the company’s San Francisco office. Jill will lead the management efforts for projects in the Lifestyle studio, overseeing a wide range of practice areas such as retail, hospitality, and brand design.

With more than 20 years of experience in strategy and brand building for brands such as Mountain Hardwear and Marmot, Jill brings her deep knowledge of outdoor industry marketing communications and business development to Gensler’s lifestyle studio. Prior to joining Gensler, Jill was Vice President of Strategy and Business Development with Hanson Dodge Creative, and led efforts to develop the brand experience through all communication channels of the active lifestyle consumer. She was instrumental in developing the integration of a brand’s personality in all physical environments including global retail build outs for numerous brands.

“In today’s ever changing business climate it is essential to build an emotional connection through user engagement. It begins with building a brand and defining a personality and may take shape in physical buildouts. Gensler has a long history of helping brands express themselves in new ways and I am excited to expand these capabilities at such a pivotal time.”

Jill Nickels Becomes Studio Director at Gensler

Douglas Beasley: Solo Exhibition of Photography in Italy

April 7, 2014

AMBIGUOUS RELATIONSHIPS: Sacred Body/Sacred Ground, a solo exhibition of new photographs by Douglas Beasley (BFA ‘80) will be held at Vision Quest Contemporary Photography in Genoa, Italy from April 10 through May. The photo workshop ‘The Nude: Art & Issues’ will be held there on April 11 to 13. Contact the gallery for more info.

The photographs are spiritual metaphors that explore the relationship between self, other and the sometimes vast space in between, which both contain them and set them free from one another.

Douglas Beasley: Solo Exhibition of Photography in Italy

Michelle Krievins-Newman Joins LaFontsee Galleries

April 7, 2014

After a 26+ year career in graphic design, Michelle Krievins-Newman (BFA ‘87) is now working as a full-time fine artist, represented by LaFontsee Galleries of Grand Rapids and Douglas, MI. Join Michelle and the LaFontsee artists at an opening reception at their new building in Douglas.

HOP SKIP + A JUMP
May 17-June 21, 2014
Opening Reception: May 17th, 5-8 pm
LaFontsee Galleries
410 West Center Street
Douglas, MI

Visit the Grand Rapids location at:
833 Lake Drive S.E., Grand Rapids, MI

Michelle Krievins-Newman Joins LaFontsee Galleries

Judy Enright Exhibits in “Everywoman”

April 7, 2014

Judy Enright‘s (BFA ‘85) work is featured in “Everywoman”, an exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Center for the Education of Women, March 3 - May 23 at the Rackham Building in Ann Arbor.

“Everywoman” seeks to explore and interpret the diverse ways women’s aspirations, lives, work and families are represented and expressed in the visual arts. The artworks on display are composed of a variety of media including paintings, drawings, photographs, textiles, and mosaics. Young adult women are revealed in pensive, expressive paintings that depict the exuberance and the aloneness of early adult identity formation. Women in relationships appear often and are seen engaging with romantic partners, children, animals and magical spirits.

Women’s experiences of their bodies are interpreted through their figures and faces and also defined as targets of inspection and abstracted social fields. Some artworks are visual reminders of the obstacles encountered in life and the supports which guide one through along the way. A small girl with her mother, an elder, global sisters and ancestors are represented. Women are observed gazing out and looking within. Moods and qualities of being, ideas and humor, self regard and worry wind their way visually through this wide narrative exploration of “Everywoman”.

Everywoman
March 3rd - May 23rd 2014
Rackham Building, 4th floor
915 East Washington, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Monday - Friday 8am - 9pm
April 10th, 6pm: gathering to tour the exhibit and meet the artists

Judy Enright Exhibits in “Everywoman”

Steven Cole: a Performance Artist Returns to the Scene

April 7, 2014

In 2012, Steven Cole (BFA ‘69) celebrated the 50th anniversary of the 1972 Ozone Homecoming Parade with a return to costumed performance art.

Do you remember the Ozone Homecoming Parade? That was in 1972. It replaced the traditional U of M Homecoming Parade which was cancelled that year. I won first prize for a float, in my costume composed of plastic flowers, american flags, beer cans, and other bits of American culture. I strolled around in this costume at the Ann Arbor Art Fair, too, during the early seventies, as well as doing other performance art at the Ann Arbor Film Festival.

In 2012, the 50th anniversary of the Festival arrived. After a long hiatus in my performing career, I felt inspired to get involved with this event by a revival of my costuming skills. The result is this outfit, in which I attended the Festival, and which has prompted some to call me Tie Guy.

Wearing this, I have returned to the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair to again stroll around and to enjoy sharing with my audience this playful departure from the ordinary.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eumbyl0nLv8

Steven Cole: a Performance Artist Returns to the Scene

Schroeder Cherry Performs With Puppets, Exhibits Mixed Media Sculpture

April 7, 2014

Schroeder Cherry (BFA ‘76) and His Puppets performed at Detroit Institute of Art, the Smithsonian Institution’s Hazy Museum in Virginia, and Piedmont College in North Carolina.

“Can You Spell Harlem?” is a show designed for family audiences that introduces visual artists, writers and songs from the Harlem Renaissance. Univeristy of Maryland University College included my work in the Second Regional Biennial art exhibition. I work in acrylic with mixed media on wood.

Schroeder Cherry Performs With Puppets, Exhibits Mixed Media Sculpture

Chris Bradley: Teen Paranormal Romance

April 7, 2014

Work by Chris Bradley (BFA ‘05) is featured in Teen Paranormal Romance, Mar. 9 - Apr. 13 at the Renaissance Society, University of Chicago.

TEEN PARANORMAL ROMANCE
MARCH 09 – APRIL 13, 2014

Kathryn Andrews | Ed Atkins | Chris Bradley | Roe Ethridge | GuytonWalker | Anna K.E. | Jack Lavender | Anna Gray & Ryan Wilson Paulsen

Within popular culture, expression given to adolescent drives has only intensified as the genre of Teen Romance has been distilled and repackaged as Teen Paranormal Romance. Twilight, The Hunger Games, True Blood, and the Divergent Trilogy are also dystopic, psychosexual cyphers for the panoply of Obama-era ideological positions from revanchist religious, economic, and sexual politics to Libertarian fever-dream apocalypticism. This exhibition samples artistic production in the wake of a zeitgeist that has rendered the unconscious a derelict playground home to weeds of surrealism.

http://renaissancesociety.org/site/Exhibitions/Intro.Teen-Paranormal-Romance.644.htmlChris Bradley: Teen Paranormal Romance

Work by Chris Bradley (BFA ‘05) is featured in Teen Paranormal Romance, Mar. 9 - Apr. 13 at the Renaissance Society, University of Chicago.


Work by Chris Bradley (BFA ‘05) is featured in Teen Paranormal Romance, Mar. 9 - Apr. 13 at the Renaissance Society, University of Chicago.

TEEN PARANORMAL ROMANCE
Kathryn Andrews | Ed Atkins | Chris Bradley | Roe Ethridge | GuytonWalker | Anna K.E. | Jack Lavender | Anna Gray & Ryan Wilson Paulsen

Within popular culture, expression given to adolescent drives has only intensified as the genre of Teen Romance has been distilled and repackaged as Teen Paranormal Romance. Twilight, The Hunger Games, True Blood, and the Divergent Trilogy are also dystopic, psychosexual cyphers for the panoply of Obama-era ideological positions from revanchist religious, economic, and sexual politics to Libertarian fever-dream apocalypticism. This exhibition samples artistic production in the wake of a zeitgeist that has rendered the unconscious a derelict playground home to weeds of surrealism.

Chris Bradley: Teen Paranormal Romance

Jill Stefani Wagner: Two Michigan Exhibitions

April 7, 2014

Jill Stefani Wagner (BFA 1978) is featured in Upend Art’s “Terra Nova . . . Landscapes” from Apr. 1 to May 19 in the Power Center for the Performing Arts. The exhibition charts the discoveries of 13 mid-career artists in 55 works, including drawings, fibers, paintings and photography. All the work is for sale. Barb Williams, Fran Wolok and Stamps lecturer Nora Venturelli curated “Terra Nova.”

The exhibition is available for viewing in conjunction with Power Center performances. Please visit the exhibition one hour prior to or during the following events:

4/03/14 UpstART 7:30 pm
4/04/14 Game Over Step Show 7:00 pm
4/05/14 That Brown Show 7:00 pm
4/17/14 Les Miserables 7:30 pm
4/18/14 Les Miserables 8:00 pm
4/19/14 Les Miserables 8:00 pm
4/20/14 Les Miserables 2:00 pm
5/02/14 Commencements 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm
5/03/14 Commencements 1:00 pm & 6:00 pm
5/16/14 Young People’s Theatre 7:00 pm
5/17/14 Young People’s Theatrer 1:00 pm & 7:00pm
5/18/14 Young People’s Theatre 2:00 pm

The exhibition can also be viewed online at http://www.upendart.com/blog The Power Center for the Performing Arts is located at 121 Fletcher Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109.

Jill has also had work selected to be part of the Great Lakes Pastel Society National Exhibition at the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City, MI from April 13 to May 25, 2014. Accomplished pastel artist Desmond O’Hagan juried the exhibition.

The exhibition will coincide with the Great Lakes Pastel Society National Convention in Traverse City from May 16 to 18. Wagner will present the talk “Organizing Your Art Biz” during the conference.

Jill Stefani Wagner: Two Michigan Exhibitions

Anneli Arms: Animalia

April 7, 2014

Anneli Arms (BSDes ‘58) exhibits Animalia: Creatures in Print at itmarksthespot (508 West 26th Street, studio 7f / New York, NY 10001) from Apr. 5 to May 8 with an opening reception on Apr. 12 from 2-5 pm. The show may been seen on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11am-6pm; Fridays from 11am-4pm; and by appointment.

Anneli Arms: Animalia

Dale Leach: Nova Scotia - A Second Look

April 7, 2014

Dale Leach (BFA ‘77) recently took a photographic journey to Nova Scotia.

How inspiring it was to have made a second photographic journey to Nova Scotia this past August of 2013. Being a dry-land Texan for the last 30 years, it is always a special treat to visit the history-filled, quaint fishing villages of Nova Scotia’s Southwestern Atlantic shore. To rise well before daylight - camera & tripod in hand - and venture out, through the quiet mists, and wait patiently watching as as mysterious nets and hulls of fishing boats slowing reveal themselves is an experience close to sublime. Even after 40 years of photography, I am never disappointed in this wondrous maritime landscape!

Dale Leach: Nova Scotia - A Second Look

Bara Sapir: How Students Can Relax Into Higher Test Scores

April 6, 2014

Bara Sapir (née Zetter, BFA ‘91) has co-authored a new book on mastering GMAT, based on the pioneering test prep practices of her company, TestPrepNY.

TestPrepNY is a boutique test prep and academic tutoring company. They are the only company to fuse traditional academic and test preparation training and strategy with positive mindset techniques. Full Potential GMAT Sentence Correction Intensive (Nova Press), features the most detailed review of Sentence Correction questions, necessary for students aiming to score 700+.

Bara Sapir: How Students Can Relax Into Higher Test Scores