News & Events
October 25, 2016
An Ann Arbor water tower recently covered with a design by Stamps Lecturer Bill Burgard has been recognized as “Tank of the Year”. Burgard’s design won the “Art in the Sky” public art contest and was applied to the 500,000 gallon steel tank water tower on Manchester Road this summer. The artwork features a swan, sandhill crane, woodpecker, and a bird of prey in flight, along with bluegill fish down below swimming in the Huron River, which is where Ann Arbor gets most of its drinking water.
“I really felt what was up there should reflect what’s local and what we think of when we think of our water system,” Burgard said. “Also, I really liked the idea that the water tower is up in the sky, where the birds are, and they hang out in the river, too, so I thought it was a nice kind of natural combination.”
For almost 50 years, Tnemec Company Inc. has supplied coatings and linings for water storage tanks, protecting them from corrosion, ultraviolet light degredation and exterior weathering. In 2006, to celebrate water tank coating projects all over, Tnemec created the annual Tank of the Year contest. The competition for Tank of the Year has grown every year since then, with more and more water tanks entering the contest and increased involvement from a wide range of applicators, engineers, municipalities and communities.
This year’s overall winner flies high above the city of Ann Arbor, Michigan. The elevated tank’s artwork depicting native birds and fish was selected from designs that were entered in the city-sponsored “Art in the Sky” contest. The design was completed using an exterior Tnemec coatings system, including the fluoropolymer finish, Series 700 HydroFlon, for unsurpassed color and gloss retention.
The winner was chosen from 12 runners-up, including Ann Arbor and water tanks located in Champaign, Ill.; Garnavillo, Iowa; Gulf Shores, Ala.; La Porte, Texas; Laurens, S.C.; Lumberton, N.C.; Olathe, Kan.; Ontario, Calif.; York, Neb.; and Houston County, Ga., which received the most votes during the online voting process.
Congratulations to Ann Arbor, Mich., for being named the 2016 Tank of the Year! Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s contest. Nominations for next year’s competition will being in March 2017. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for important event and product updates.
October 24, 2016
Stamps Associate Professor Phoebe Gloeckner’s The Diary of a Teenage Girl was recently ranked as the ‘Greatest Graphic Novel of All Time’ by Thrillist. The list also features Gloeckner’s A Child’s Life and Other Stories at #15.
Like a Sgt. Pepper or Abbey Road to Revolver, Phoebe Gloeckner’s The Diary of a Teenage Girl is a creative quantum leap from A Child’s Life (#15 on this list). More than that, it’s a trailblazing, prophetic stretching of the definition of “graphic novel” itself. Once again using her “Minnie Goetze” stand-in, Diary adapts Gloeckner’s real-life teenage diary, in which she detailed her sexual relationship with her mother’s very adult boyfriend and her own downward spiral into addiction and abuse. Gloeckner also juxtaposes prose passages from her teenage self’s cassette-recorded journal, stand-alone illustrations that portray her experiences as she felt them at the time, actual drawings and comics she created during the years the diary chronicled, and contemporary comics that reflect her adult understanding of the events that befell her. The resulting work has a power far greater than the sum of any of its parts—a blend of youthful naïveté, jaded cynicism, and grown-up empathy that lets no one off the hook yet refuses to judge or condemn anyone, allowing the reader to make those decisions as a sort of proxy for the girl who wasn’t able to do so herself.
Gloeckner’s drive to stay true to the emotional experience of her teenage girl, no matter how sad or silly or horny or ugly or abused or angry or awful, is a model for any artist attempting to tackle difficult subject matter in any medium; Gloeckner’s talented enough to pull it off in three mediums simultaneously. The sheer craft of her drawing shines through throughout, rendering Minnie as a full-fledged human being in defiance of the after-school-special stereotype she could far too easily become.
Originally released in 2002 and adapted into a film in 2015, Diary anticipated the blend of image and text that would become teenagers’ standard way of conveying their own experiences online, but that’s almost beside the point. In and of itself, it shows that in the hands of a cartoonist of sufficient ambition, intelligence, artistry, and empathy, there’s nothing comics can’t do.
October 24, 2016
Criminal Justice?, an exhibition featuring the work of Stamps Professor Carol Jacobsen and Andrea Bowers, is on display at BGSU’s Willard Wankelman Gallery from October 29 - November 20.
In the U.S., one-third of female murder victims are murdered by male partners, and women survive an estimated 4.8 million rapes and physical assaults each year at the hands of their husbands or boyfriends, according to the Michigan Women’s Justice and Clemency Project. Each year, the BGSU Silent Witness Unveiling reveals the deaths of girls and women in our region as a result of violence. In the vast majority of sexual assaults the perpetrators never serve time in prison—97 percent of cases, an analysis of Justice Department data by the anti-sexual violence advocacy group RAINN concluded. Recent rape cases on campuses have foregrounded this disturbing scenario, and the gender disparities in prosecution and sentencing.
Jacobsen’s art has been exhibited and screened at venues worldwide, including New York’s Lincoln Center, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Centre de Cultural Contemporanea in Barcelona, the Kunstforum in Bonn, the Brussels International Film Festival, Rome’s Temple Gallery, the Photography Biennial of Wanganui, New Zealand, Human Rights Watch of Beijing, and by many grassroots organizations.
A Stamps School of Art and Design faculty member at the University of Michigan, Jacobsen was the 2005-06 Human Rights Fellow at the university.
Her work includes two video interviews with women imprisoned for killing their abusers, and digital photographs and images that depict imprisoned women victims, such as “Nightclub Girl in a Curfew Town,” about one woman in the 1920s in Marionville Prison in Ohio.
Bowers’ video “#sweetjane” and drawings explore the 2012 Steubenville, Ohio, rape case and the citizens whose activism resulted in two rape convictions. The drawings reproduce the text messages sent among the teenage witnesses to the assault on an underage young woman. Bowers received her bachelor of fine arts from BGSU in 1987.
Taken together, the installations, images and videos provide discouraging evidence of the tolerance in this country toward sexual assault, as demonstrated by the sentences meted out to battered women who acted in self-defense but were convicted of murder and those of students convicted of rape.
Work by Carol Jacobsen and Andrea Bowers
Exhibition Dates: October 28 - November 20, 2016
The show will open at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, October 28 with a gallery talk by Jacobsen, an award-winning social documentary artist whose works in video and photography address issues of women’s criminalization and censorship.
Willard Wankelman Gallery
Bowling Green State University School of Art
1000 Fine Arts Center, Bowling Green, OH, 43403-0204
Gallery hours: 11 am - 4 pm Tuesday through Saturday, 6 - 9 pm Thursdays, and 1 - 4 pm Sundays
October 24, 2016
Stamps Associate Professor David Turnley was recently featured in an Inside Michigan Football profile. The program took an in-depth look at Turnley’s photographs documenting Jim Harbaugh and the U-M Football program for the new book Enthusiasm Unknown to Mankind.
October 18, 2016
Paul Coldwell, visiting artist and professor from University of the Arts London, will be in residence at Stamps from October 24 through November 11, and will be participating in classes, attending critiques, and joining in the daily life of the Stamps community. Coldwell will give a public presentation on his creative work and research on Tuesday, October 25.
Professor Paul Coldwell is a artist and researcher whose practice includes prints, book works, sculptures and installations. He has exhibited widely, his work held in numerous public collections, including Tate, Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), British Museum, Arts Council of England and the Musee d’art et d’histoire, Geneva and selected for many international Biennials including Cracow, Ljubljana, Split and Warsaw. Coldwell’s research is focused on a practice-based approach and located within fine art. Through printmaking, sculpture, installation and writing, he explores issues around absence and loss, with ideas crossing between media. A recurring question for Coldwell is how new technologies impact on previous processes, in particular within printmaking; and how digital technologies can inform and rejuvenate older technologies, such as etching and screenprint. This fits in to his broader commitment to printmaking, both as a practitioner but also through raising awareness of the value and quality of print over and beyond its role as a reproducible media.
Paul Coldwell: Small Journeys
Tuesday, October 25 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Room 2030, Art & Architecture Building
Open to the public
October 18, 2016
Alicia Chiaravalli (BA ‘14 Stamps School of Art and Design, U-M; BA ‘14 Environmental Studies, U-M; Graham Sustainability Scholar; and 2014 Recipient of Michigan Green Leaders Award) has been awarded a 2016-2017 photography/digital media post-baccalaureate residency at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.
October 18, 2016
A collage by Julie Eisenberg Pitman (BFA 1993) is featured in The Phipps Center for the Arts Exhibition, National Parks - Personal Narratives, A Centennial Celebration, opening on Friday, October 21 in Hudson, WI.
National Parks - Personal Narratives, A Centennial Celebration
Exhibition Dates: October 21 - November 27, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, October 21, 2016
- Gallery Talk With Mark Lusardi: 6:00 pm
- Opening Reception: 6:30 - 8:30 pm -
- 8:30 - 11 pm Gallery Party
Phipps Center for the Arts
109 Locust Street
“Denial is not a survival strategy”, collage, 30” x 22”, 2016
October 17, 2016
Stamps alumna Michele Oka Doner (B.S. Des. 1966, MFA 1968) will visit Ann Arbor’s Literati Bookstore in support of her most recent work, Into the Mysterium, a book that reveals the wondrous marine creatures deep in the heart of the endangered oceans that cover most of our planet. Michele will be joined in conversation by Jennifer Friess, the assistant curator of photography at the University of Michigan Museum of Art.
With the oceans covering over 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, our planet can be called a marine planet. Beneath the waves are millions of remarkable creatures—beautiful big whales, dangerous jellyfish, legions of phytoplankton—but also, perhaps least known, are the marine invertebrates who make up an essential part of marine life. At the University of Miami, Florida, one museum is devoted to the study of Atlantic and Eastern Pacific marine invertebrates—over 93,000 specimens. Many of them were pulled from the Gulf of Panama, throughout the Caribbean, the Florida Keys, and the eastern Pacific over the last fifty years. They represent creatures that may never be seen again as the oceans grow ever more polluted and as global warming wreaks havoc on these ecosystems. Here, in lavishly beautifully photographs, nearly 100 of the rarest, most wondrous, mystifying, and entrancing specimens are brought into the light. From rare seahorses to now extinct corals, these invertebrates leave one gasping again at the extraordinary beauty and mystery of our world.
Michele Oka Doner is an internationally renowned artist whose career spans four decades. The breadth of her artistic production encompasses sculpture, furniture, jewelry, public art, functional objects, video, as well as costume and set design. She is well-known for creating numerous public art installations throughout the United States, including Radiant Site at New York’s Herald Square subway, Flight at Washington’s Reagan International Airport, and A Walk on the Beach at the Miami International Airport. Her artwork can be found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Louvre, the Yale Art Gallery, the Princeton University Art Museum, and many others. In 2016, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of Michigan.
Michele Oka Doner: Into the Mysterium
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 7:00pm
124 E. Washington
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
October 17, 2016
On Wednesday, October 19, Stamps Professor Endi Poskovic will visit Case Western Reserve University’s Siegal Lifelong Learning Program to give a presentation entitled Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina: Where Sephardim and Ashkenazim Meet. This visual presentation draws on art, personal narrative and history to explore the Jewish experience in the city of Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina. There, Sephardic Jews from the Iberian Peninsula and Ashkenazi Jews of the Hapsburg Empire, came to live side by side with their Bosnian Christian and Muslim neighbors forming an identity and a way of life inseparable from the region.
Endi Poskovic - Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina: Where Sephardim and Ashkenazim Meet
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 7 pm
Anshe Chesed - Fairmount Temple
23737 Fairmount Blvd., Beachwood, Cleveland, Ohio
To learn more about this event and to register, please visit: http://case.edu/lifelonglearning/endi-poskovic/
October 14, 2016
Stamps Associate Professor Osman Khan’s On Which Side, The Barbarians?, on display at Public Pool (3309 Caniff St, Hamtramck) through October 22, was recently reviewed by Sarah Rose Sharp for Hyperallergic.
With its title, On Which Side, The Barbarians? poses a simple philosophical question, but unraveling the complexities of one’s own psyche is never a straightforward matter. The external world may be fraught with politics, imposed identity, violent action, and grim comparisons, but our internal space is no less messy — and perhaps more. Khan has provided an intensive experience, bravely and effectively allowing visitors to rummage through his psychic baggage. With his good humor and self-reflection, he seems to be the first to acknowledge that, despite all that the world has done to us, some of our damage belongs to no one but ourselves.