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Janie Paul Presents at Prison Arts and Activism Conference at Rutgers University

October 8, 2014

Janie Paul will present at Marking Time: Prison Arts and Activism, a conference at Rutgers University on October 9th.

She will be presenting art work by the incarcerated artists of the Annual Exhibitions of Art by Michigan Prisoners; discussing the exhibitions as a pedagogical project; and telling individual stories about how teaching and learning occur among artists in prisons. She will be presenting with Ashley Lucas, who will be describing PCAP as a whole and Reuben Kenyatta, a formerly incarcerated Michigan artist, who will share his experiences while incarcerated.

Janie Paul Presents at Prison Arts and Activism Conference at Rutgers University

Stephanie Tharp Speaks at AIGA Design Education Conference

October 8, 2014

Associate Professor Stephanie Tharp recently presented ‘Interdisciplinary Medical Product Design’ at the AIGA National Design Educators Conference in Portland, Oregon.

The conference mission was to explore new ventures in design: “New Ventures are propelling design educators and students to re-think how, where, and what types of experiences best serve a design education in the 21st century.”

Stephanie Tharp Speaks at AIGA Design Education Conference

Endi Poskovic: Exhibition Review in The Detroit News

October 8, 2014

“Woodcut prints dazzle at Detroit Artists Market” begins the Detroit News review of the six-person show at the Detroit Artist Market, an exhibition which surveys the breadth and complexity of contemporary woodcut. Curated by Endi Poskovic, professor of art and design at Penny Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan, “Abstraction and Landscape: Contemporary Woodcut” showcases the work of six artists from the United States and Belgium: Katy Collier, Susan Campbell, Karen Kunc and Fall 2014 Roman J. Witt Visiting artist Goedele Peters and Winter 2014 Roman J. Witt Visiting artist Teresa Cole, as well as 2012 Stamps alumna Amanda Lilleston.

Endi Poskovic: Exhibition Review in The Detroit News

William Singer and Kelsey Shultis: Dead Animals and Drapes

October 8, 2014

New work by William Singer (BFA 2010) and Kelsey Shultis (BFA 2010) is featured in Dead Animals and Drapes: A Still Life, opening Nov. 20 from 6 - 10 pm at 2739 Edwin St., Hamtramck, MI.

Dead Animals and Drapes: A Still Life
New work by William Singer and Kelsey Shultis
Opening Reception: November 20th, 2014, 6 - 10 pm
2739 Edwin St.
Hamtramck, MI

William Singer and Kelsey Shultis: Dead Animals and Drapes

Michael Naimark Presentation

October 7, 2014

Pioneering media artist and researcher Michael Naimark will speak Thursday, Oct. 9 from 1:30 to 3 pm at the A&A Auditorium.

Michael Naimark: “Art and Invention”
Thursday October 9th, 1:30 to 3 pm
A&A Auditorium

Artists and designers sometimes invent - new processes, media, or technologies - in the name of realizing their work. Invention isn’t the primary motivation, and the works are often clunky, frugal, and just barely working (but working!). Broader, practical, or commercial applications are usually far from the artist’s mind. Meanwhile, and perhaps ironically, large research and commercial institutions spend billions of dollars per year on invention, often in the same arenas. So the critical question is: how do artists fit in?  We will explore this question - and such issues as control and compromise; ownership and intellectual property; time horizon and profitability; and cultural consequence and hegemony - mining my art projects and experiences for lessons learned.

Michael Naimark is a pioneer media artist and leading researcher who’s been blessed (and sometimes cursed) with an uncanny track record of art projects presaging widespread adoption, often by decades. He is noted in the histories of Google Street View, Projection Mapping, and Virtual Reality (and, some claim, the Facebook Like Button); and in ongoing work with cinematic crowdsourcing, live global video, and cultural heritage.  Michael’s immersive and interactive art installations have exhibited internationally and are in the permanent collections of American Museum of the Moving Image, the Exploratorium, and the ZKM Center for Arts and Media. He was the recipient of the World Technology Award for the Arts in 2002 and was guest curator at Ars Electronica in 2004 and 2009. In recent years he’s served as faculty at USC Cinema, NYU Art, and the MIT Media Lab.

Michael Naimark Presentation

Be Now Here, an interactive VR cinema installation (1995/2008) produced with the cooperation of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and the support of Interval Research Corporation

Stamps School to Launch New Maker Space in Detroit

October 6, 2014

Students and faculty at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design will work with a neighborhood alliance in Detroit to launch an incubator for creative enterprises and a community space for developing skills.

The Stamps School is using a $100,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge, which funds ideas that engage and enrich Detroit through the arts.

Working with the Brightmoor Alliance and Detroit Community Schools, the Stamps School will repurpose an underused property to launch the Brightmoor Maker Space (BMS), an incubator for creative enterprises and a community space for developing skills. The Maker Space will nurture creative engagement in the area, offering art & design workshops from prototyping and 3D printing,  to hands on work in wood, to entrepreneurship programming, and more. The Maker Space will also include locally driven entrepreneurial initiatives

The Stamps School is committed to partnering with local organizations to help nurture the city’s revitalization efforts through creative programming.  Stamps School has been working with partners in the Brightmoor area since 2010, providing art and design programs in collaboration with the K-12 charter district Detroit Community Schools (DCS) and forming partnerships with The Brightmoor Alliance and Neighbors Building Brightmoor, organizations dedicated to creating a sustainable neighborhood after years of decline in population and businesses.  Gunalan Nadarajan, dean of the Stamps School, says “This space will further the School’s continuing efforts to be part of the reimagining of Detroit that is underway all across the city.”

In addition to new programming, the Maker Space will allow for the augmentation of the Stamps School’s existing neighborhood programs, particularly its youth-led enterprises in screen printing and furniture design, among others. It will also be a catalyst for new workshops in skill building and provide a community center for public maker events, such as an annual hackathon. Stamps will also utilize Re: Tool-Kit for Detroit, a maker resource jointly created by faculty at Stamps School of Art & Design and Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning, to engage Detroit businesses in programming at the center.

“In the Detroit Future City plan that was drafted in 2013, Brightmoor was designated as a zone for innovative production,” states Nick Tobier, Associate Professor and Detroit Faculty Engagement Coordinator at Stamps. “There are a number of groups and residents who have undertaken a range of projects to reinvigorate the area, including market gardens, innovative repurposing of vacant and underutilized land, vacant houses turned into outdoor amphitheaters.  There is a spirit of regeneration in the neighborhood. We want to help to support and extend those efforts.“

“The cities that are the most vibrant are those where every person considers themselves a creative being. The Brightmoor Makerspace will forward that idea by creating a neighborhood space for art and innovation,” said Dennis Scholl, vice president for arts at Knight Foundation.

Detroit Community School’s Superintendent, Sharon McPhail, affirms, “Since 2010, we have seen our partnership with the University of Michigan grow through our classes with the Stamps School of Art and Design. Our students have teamed up with the Stamps School faculty and students to launch great ideas, from a silkscreen and design business that has been running now for two years, to student audio work for radio and our recent collaboration with 3D printing. We believe that sharing these ideas with a community that is filled with innovators and with skilled tradespeople will give our students and staff the center they need to create an innovative future. With hands-on skills, the design and entrepreneurial training offered by U of M, our Maker Space will compliment the programs at our school. This will enable us to meet the challenge of creating a pipeline to the trades, and connecting our curriculum to larger networks. We whole-heartedly support this project.”

The Brightmoor Maker Space will be a much needed sustainable place that nurtures entrepreneurship, offers making skills, and fosters community engagement, allowing Brightmoor to extend its position as one of Detroit’s enterprising neighborhoods.

About the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan
The Stamps School offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in art and design. The School’s unique open curriculum emphasizes interdisciplinary study, requires international educational experiences, fosters community engagement, and draws on the resources only available at a top-ten research university.
For more: stamps.umich.edu

About the John S. And James L. Knight Foundation
Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit KnightFoundation.org.

Stamps School to Launch New Maker Space in Detroit

GOOD KIDS: The Play

October 2, 2014

GOOD KIDS: The Play

“Something happened to Chloe after that party last Saturday night….”

GOOD KIDS is a new play by Naomi Iizuka, directed by UM Theatre Professor Gillian Eaton. Loosely based on the Steubenville High School rape case, GOOD KIDS is provocative, haunting and stunningly current.

The play runs from October 2 - October 12 at the Arthur Miller Theatre.

Professor Phoebe Gloeckner created the poster image.

GOOD KIDS: The Play

Osman Khan and Alisha Wessler: ArtPrize Shortlist

September 29, 2014

Assistant Professor Osman Khan’s “House” and Alisha Wessler’s (MFA 2013) “From Afar It Is an Island”, both featured in Meijer Gardens’ ArtPrize exhibition, “Highly Recommended: Emerging Sculptors”, are on the 3-D juror’s shortlist for ArtPrize 2014.

See the ArtPrize 2014 Jurors’ Shortlist: Top 25 entries, venues | MLive.com

Osman Khan and Alisha Wessler: ArtPrize Shortlist

Image: Chris Clark | MLive.com

Endi Poskovic Curates Exhibition in Detroit

September 29, 2014

The Detroit Artists Market is pleased to present Abstraction and Landscape: Contemporary Woodcut, a group exhibition of six international, national and local printmakers including Stamps alumna Amanda Lilleston (MFA 2012). Curated by Endi Poskovic, Professor of Art and Design at Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan, this dynamic, season-opening exhibition seeks to reveal the 19th-century Romantic landscape tradition of Northern Europe as the origin of modern abstraction, a premise set forth in the 1970s essays by renowned American art historian and professor, Robert Rosenblum (1927-2006). The artists in this exhibition explore themes of memory, the sublime, deity, transformation, revival, intimations of mortality, as well as ideas about nationality, displacement, and reconciliation. The exhibition includes groupings of large prints, individual prints, artists’ books, as well as a three-dimensional work suspended from above.

Abstraction and Landscape: Contemporary Woodcut coincides with the panel Abstraction and Landscape: Contemporary Woodcut organized and chaired by Endi Poskovic for Print City: Detroit 2014 (Sept. 24-27), the biennial conference of the Mid-America Print Council, held this year on the Wayne State University campus.

Abstraction and Landscape: Contemporary Woodcut
September 12, 2014 - October 18, 2014
Detroit Artists Market
4719 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201

Tuesday - Saturday 11:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.

Endi Poskovic Curates Exhibition in Detroit

Irina Aristarkhova Interviewed About MFA in Art Program

September 29, 2014

Associate Professor Irina Aristarkhova is interviewed by Elena Chernykh, a writer for an online publication of Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art in St-Petersburg, Russia, who is doing a series of interviews about MFA in Art education in the leading US institutions. The conversation focused on the Stamps MFA in Art Program, and covered such issues as: admission requirements, our ideal student profile, available resources and life in Ann Arbor.

Художественное образование в США: Stamps School of Art & Design

Irina Aristarkhova Interviewed About MFA in Art Program

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