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

Linda Lapinski: OPIS Task Force

August 20, 2014

Linda Lapinski (BFA 1987) is the President of a non-profit organization, Oakland Phragmites & Invasive Species (OPIS) Task Force. The mission of the Task Force, which Lapinski started with her partner, Emily DuThinh, is to protect the quality of Oakland County’s lakes, streams and wetlands-preserving them for future generations from non-native invasive species. By empowering concerned citizens and government through education, advocacy and action, OPIS is working to control the spread of Phragmites and other non-native invasive plants.

In April 2014, OPIS was awarded by the Clinton River Watershed Council the Johanna Roskopp Award. This award was presented to OPIS for its recent outstanding contributions to protecting, enhancing and celebrating the Clinton River, its watershed and Lake St. Clair.

Oakland Township joins fight against phragmites

Linda Lapinski: OPIS Task Force

Bill Barrett: Sculpture Installed

August 20, 2014

Bill Barrett’s (B.S. /1958,  M.S.in Design/1959,  M.F.A./1960) sculpture, “Lexeme VIII”, created in response to 9/11, was installed on Purdue North Central’s campus in Westville, Indiana on September 11, 2014. In an article on the dedication, written by Stefan Barkow for Purdue North Central, Central, Purdue’s Chancellor, James Dworkin stated “This is a beautiful reminder of an event we must never allow ourselves to forget. We gratefully accept this gift, and the responsibility of stewardship that comes with a sculpture such as this.

Lexeme VIII spent a few years on display in Zell, Germany, where it was so loved that they asked if they could keep the piece. “I had to tell them no,”Barrett said. “I told them I had to take it back to my home country, that it needed to be in the United States.”

And now at last, with the financial assistance of the Lawyer family, the support of Purdue North Central and the work of Bill and Debora Barrett, Lexeme VIII has come to stay in the place it was meant to be, to keep alive the memory of all those who died in the hearts of all those who lived.

Complete article (FaceBook).

Bill Barrett: Sculpture Installed

Susan Nordman Launches Jewelry Line

August 20, 2014

After many years of doing everything but fabricating jewelry, Susan Gluck Nordman (BFA 1983) has launched Taliswoman@SiouxStudio, an affordable and easily wearable line of jewelry found in Ann Arbor at the Heavenly Metal Boutique, The Eyrie Artisans Market in Depot Town in Ypsilanti, as well as the Weasel & Fitz Gallery of Madrid, New Mexico.  Her jewelry is fabricated out of formed and textured aluminum and employs the use of colorful stones, antique copper, vintage puka shell necklaces and various studio scraps to make her one-of-a-kind primitive tribal yet sophisticated urban wearable art pieces.  She is looking forward to continuing to expand her presence in more galleries and boutiques, as well as the indie art fair circuit.

Susan Nordman Launches Jewelry Line

Susan Laansma Pollins: Exhibitions

August 19, 2014

Susan Laansma Pollins (B.S. in Design 1961) is currently featured in a pop-up exhibit at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg called abstractions in watermedia. Other exhibitions include a show with daughter Christina Pollins-Shackelford at Rowe Gallery, Greensburg Art Center, and the 20th Anniversary Exhibit at the Main Exhibit Gallery, Ligonier, PA.

Susan Laansma Pollins: Exhibitions

Paula Schubatis Exhibits

August 18, 2014

From August 17-September 26, Paula Schubatis (BFA 2013) exhibits ISLAND, work created during her residency at Molzerberger Academy in Hilmsen, Germany.

Paula Schubatis Exhibits

Leslie Raymond: AAFF Executive Director

August 18, 2014

Leslie Raymond (MFA 1999) became the Ann Arbor Film Festival Executive Director in August 2013 and completed her first Festival in this capacity in March 2014. The 53rd AAFF takes place March 24-29, 2015.

Leslie Raymond: AAFF Executive Director

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

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