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

Alumni News

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

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