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

Teshia Treuhaft Awarded Grant

April 11, 2014

Teshia Treuhaft (BFA 2012) has been awarded a RISD 2050 Fund grant to research “Hacking our Educational Spaces” this summer.

I have been awarded a grant to travel to NYC, Berlin and Vienna from June to September 2014 through the RISD 2050 Fund. The goal of the RISD 2050 Fund is to imagine our future and stimulate the landscape of possibilities for art and design education.

For my 2050 project I will be looking at alternative educational spaces that facilitate the development of similar skill sets to that of traditional design programs in Higher Education. These spaces typically are considered ‘Hacker’ or ‘Maker’ spaces many of which are started by groups of members that pool together resources to make spaces in which they can do creative projects. My initial interest came about as a result of working as the “emerging artist-in-residence” at Maker Works in Ann Arbor Michigan immediately following my completion of my BFA at the Stamps School.

The goal of the research is to accumulate data and a series of interviews with founders and members of these hacker and makers spaces. Because of the striking similarity of skill sets - the eventual plan will be to allow the findings to guide curriculum recommendations for RISD and like-minded institutions interested in physical making skills (including cross-overs into tangible computing, open source hardware etc) and identify a potential for relationship building between the university and these grass-roots spaces.

Details on Teshia’s project: https://teshia-treuhaft.squarespace.com/risd-2050-project/

For more on the RISD 2050 Grant program: http://academicaffairs.risd.edu/research/8736-2/funding-opportunities-m-ir/risd-2050-fund/

 

Teshia Treuhaft Awarded Grant

Sam Viviano Named VP of Art & Design at DC Entertainment

April 11, 2014

Sam Viviano (BFA ‘75) was named VP of Art & Design at DC Entertainment in February, after toiling anonymously (well, not really) for the last 15 years as Art Director of MAD Magazine. Sam, who gave the School of Art commencement address in 2010, has been associated with MAD since 1980, when he illustrated his first cover for the magazine. While his days are generally dominated by his AD duties, he does occasionally find time for a freelance illustration job: as part of DC Comics’ series of variant covers created by MAD artists for its April releases, Sam depicted Alfred E. Neuman as the arch-villain Mr. Freeze for the cover of Nightwing.

Sam Viviano Named VP of Art & Design at DC Entertainment

Sam Detch: Recent Career Updates

April 7, 2014

Sam Detch (BFA ‘11) gives an update on recent projects, exhibitions and activities.

As a part of my Stamps thesis work I completed a large bronze sculpture of my father and me to commemorate his fight against cancer.  In March 2015 the sculpture will be installed in its permanent public home, the cancer ward of Advocate Health Care’s Christ Medical Center. The piece can be viewed on my website, and is entitled “Goodbye”. 

After my father died, my work shifted to the politics of art and the art market.  From google images, I sculpted portrait busts of iconic players:  Robert Hughes (ex New York Times art critic), Eli Broad (billionaire collector and museum director), and Marian Goodman (dealer NYC and Paris).  Marian Goodman actually became the happy owner of her own bust.  I was offered to show my thesis work at the Woeske Gallery in Berlin (my first show and international show) http://www.woeskegallery.com/en. Resulting in a two page spread in the magazine art.es. 

With regard to my most recent activities, soon after leaving Michigan I moved to New York where I attended the New York Academy of Art Master’s Program.  I completed my Master’s program about nine months ago and was hired on working for a hyper realist sculptor, Carole Feuerman as one of her head fabricators. but I was not satisfied working as a technician.  Now, I am living in Punta Arenas, Chile (South Patagonia) with my fiancé, a painter, Daniela Kovacic.  I have been here for just over three months and my Spanish has improved everyday.  I will be getting married this coming August.  I have a studio here and am continuing my thesis work.

Sam Detch: Recent Career Updates

Betsy Jo: Philippine Mission Trip

April 7, 2014

In 2013, Betsy Jo (BFA ‘08) travelled to Dumaguete in the Philippines to teach classes on sewing, in order to help local residents earn a better living.

In 2013, I was asked by my church if I would make some prototype hand bags from the donated fabric being sent to Dumaguete in the Philippines. After I did, they were so pleased they asked me to go with them and teach classes sewing to help them make a living. I was there for two weeks in January 2013 and plan to go again in 2015. It was so rewarding for me to work with the people there, teaching a helpful skill. My classes were held under an open tent, using treadle sewing machines. The people and the tropical islands are just beautiful.

Betsy Jo: Philippine Mission Trip

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

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