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

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.

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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

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