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Winter 2017 Dean’s List

May 24, 2017

The Stamps School of Art & Design recognizes the academic excellence of its undergraduate majors at the end of each semester through its Dean’s List. Placement on the Dean’s List requires a grade point average of at least 3.8, a minimum of 16 earned credits, and 15 graded credits.  Transcripts carry official notation of this honor each semester it is awarded.

  • Lindsey Abdale-Beadle
  • Olivia Arau-McSweeney
  • Elaine Atzmon
  • Calla Lee Beers
  • Summer Benton
  • Ashley Bock
  • Rowan Borninski
  • Charlotte Cardon
  • King Yuk Chiu
  • Sara Ciaramella
  • Eva Cohen
  • William Coulter
  • Ian Crowley
  • Natalia Cuevas
  • Danielle DeMarco
  • Ophelia Deng
  • Harsha Devaraj
  • Marisa Diamond
  • Katherine Dillon
  • Tarik Dobbs
  • Brooks Eisenbise
  • Jordyn Fishman
  • Stephanie Francalancia
  • Kelsi Franzino
  • Marisa Fulper
  • Marjorie Gaber
  • Natalie Giannos
  • Elizabeth Graves
  • Yeo Kyung Han
  • Anna Hardig
  • Carson Hart
  • Sophie Hochwald
  • Yeonsoo Hong
  • Boshu Hua
  • John Hyland
  • Joseph Iovino
  • Minsun Kim
  • Olivia Kinker
  • Adrienne Kramer
  • Julia Lazarus
  • Margaret Lemak
  • Yuanjun Li
  • Julia Muntean
  • Sarah Neff
  • Alexandria Pompei
  • Rebecca Portman
  • Jonah Shifrin
  • Liana Smale
  • Hollyann Stewart
  • Yang Tian
  • Yin Zhi Wang
  • Isabelle Wilson
  • Yuxin Xuan
  • Jiahui Zhu
  • Abigail Ziemkowski
Winter 2017 Dean’s List

2017 Student Awards

May 23, 2017

The Stamps School is pleased to announce the recipients of the Stamps Class of 2017 Student Awards, presented as part of the commencement ceremony on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

The Jean Paul Slusser MFA Thesis Exhibition Award recognizes outstanding creative work as evidenced in the candidate’s MFA thesis exhibition. 

  • Carolyn Gennari: Searching For What Isn’t There

The Jean Paul Slusser MDes Thesis Project Award recognizes outstanding creative work as evidenced in the candidate’s MDes thesis project.

  • Manasi Agarwal
  • Aditi Bidkar
  • Kuan-Ting Ho
  • Ji Youn Shin
  • Elizabeth Ann Vander Veen
  • Kai Yu

The Gorman Prize recognizes a graduating senior who has excelled beyond all others in scholarship, service, leadership, and creative work. The award is made possible through the generous support of Debra and Steve Gorman.

  • Amy Kamdem-Wandji

Integrative Project Awards recognize outstanding student Integrative Projects, judged in the entirety of the process — the concept, the research, the work, the finished product, the thinking and rethinking, making and remaking.

  • Abigail Clemens
  • Rachel Dawson
  • Erica Gavan
  • Elise Haadsma
  • Michelle Lan
  • Talia Mayden
  • Gisela McDaniel
  • Albiann Tully

The Integrative Project Written Thesis Award is presented to:

  • Emily Schumer

The BA Capstone Award recognizes an outstanding student BA Capstone project, judged in the entirety of the process — the concept, the research, the work, the finished product, the thinking and rethinking, making and remaking.

  • Cody Cai​

The Candy R. Wei Prize for International Study recognizes seniors who demonstrate how their international study experience changed or influenced their work as an artist or designer. The prize is funded in memory of Stamps student Candy Wei.

  • Lydia Chamberlain
  • Abigail Clemens
  • Albert Foo
  • Marisa Fulper
  • Kalli Kouf

 

2017 Student Awards

Jim Cogswell: Cosmogonic Tattooos Featured

May 23, 2017

Mlive recently interviewed Stamps Professor Jim Cogswell Cosmogonic Tattooos mural, on view at the University of Michigan Museum of Art and the Kelsey Museum of Archeology.

Gazing at the elaborate designs covering the windows of the University of Michigan Museum of Art and the Kelsey Museum of Archeology these days hints at the stories waiting to be told inside.

That’s how artist and UM art and design professor Jim Cogswell envisioned his ambitious new mural, “Cosmogonic Tattoos,” which tells the stories of ancient civilizations, while reflecting their respective environments.

Located across South State Street from each other, “Cosmogonic Tattooos” features reassembled fragments from a broad selection of artworks in the collections UMMA and the Kelsey Museum of Archeology, which are intended to be viewed as a single unfolding narrative.

University of Michigan buildings get ‘tattooed’ for new art exhibit | MLive

Jim Cogswell: Cosmogonic Tattooos Featured

Photo: Matt Weigand for The Ann Arbor News

Nick Azzaro: Ypsilanti Community High Photography

May 23, 2017

WEMU’s Lisa Barry recently visited “The Learning Studio”, a Ypsilanti Community High School classroom where Nick Azzaro (BFA 2004) keeps students engaged with photography.

As schools and the education system continue to evolve, what’s being taught in the classroom has come a long way from just reading, writing and arithmetic.

89.1 WEMU’S Lisa Barry visited a local high school where students can make use of “The Learning Studio,” where a local photographer is combining community experience with public education, creating new opportunities for students.

Lisa visited Ypsilanti Community High School, where she was led to a room by district photographer Nick Azzaro, who has turned a regular classroom into a camera giving students a shot at a better education focused on what they are most interested in—photography.

Combining Community Experience With Education Keeps Students Better Engaged In The Classroom | WEMU

 

Nick Azzaro: Ypsilanti Community High Photography

Brightmoor Maker Space: Water Cycler Trikes Featured

May 23, 2017

Water Cycler trikes created by Detroit Community High School teacher Bart Eddy and high school students at the Brightmoor Maker Space are featured in an article on Getting Smart.

Place-based learning engages students in solving problems in their communities. In the Brightmoor neighborhood of northwest Detroit, one of the biggest problems is lack of water–ironic in a state surrounded by it. The issue resulted from a 2015 decision by the city to shut off water service to 23,300 Detroit homes in a crackdown on delinquent accounts. Brightmoor residents were left to collect water from their roofs using rain barrels, but the water was not safe for drinking. How’s that for a challenge for students to take on?

Enter teacher Bart Eddy and the high school students from Detroit Community High School at the Brightmoor Maker-Space, an afterschool and summer program that is focused on entrepreneurship, sustainability and social justice. Rather than let his students feel defeated by this situation, Bart wanted to help them find a solution. Using industrial tricycles donated by UAW Ford and the Ford Motor Company, Bart and his students applied science curriculum items to the real-world to develop mobile, solar-powered water purification units. The ‘Water Cycler’ trikes feature solar recharge capability and battery-powered pumps. Throughout the project, students collaborated with The Ross School of Business and The Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan, and also gained support from local foundations and community activists.

Place-Based Education Empowers Students to Make Change | Getting Smart

 

Brightmoor Maker Space: Water Cycler Trikes Featured

Bernadette Witzack: CSArt Madison

May 23, 2017

Bernadette Witzack (MFA 2013) is one of 10 artists chosen for the inaugural year of CSArt Madison.

Much like Community Supported Agriculture programs, in which shareholders invest in a local farm and receive shares of fruits and vegetables, CSArt Madison asks shareholders to invest directly in the arts community with a ‘buy local’ mentality. Participating artists—selected by the ALL Curatorial Board through an open call process—will each receive a stipend to create 60 “shares” for the program (50 for shareholders, 9 for the other participating artists, and 1 for ALL’s permanent collection). Interested collectors or “shareholders” purchase a share, and in return, receive one piece of locally-produced artwork from each of the ten featured artists.Shares cost $300 and will be available for purchase online or in the gallery. On July 29, 2017 shares will be distributed at a pick-up event and exhibition reception providing opportunities for artists and patrons to further connect. ALL will also organize studio visits to take place during May and June for artists to receive feedback and support from the Curatorial Board, and for the public to learn more about the artists.

Bernadette Witzack | Arts + Literature Laboratory

Bernadette Witzack: CSArt Madison

Remembering David Johnston (1933-2016) at Studio Montclair

May 23, 2017

Remembering David Johnston (1933-2016), an exhibition of the work of 1958 Stamps alumnus David Johnston, will be on view through July 28, 2017, at Studio Montclair in Montclair, New Jersey.

Studio Montclair presents an exhibition to run from May 19 through July 28, 2017: “Remembering David Johnston (1933-2016)” in the Virginia Block Gallery on the second floor of the Academy Square Galleries, 33 Plymouth St., Montclair, NJ. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 pm on Friday, May 19, coinciding with the Montclair Art Walk.

This posthumous exhibit will commemorate the work of David Johnston, a graduate of the University of Michigan, Stamps School of Art and Design, Class of 1958, and will feature work from throughout his career. Curated by his long-time friend and colleague, Robert J. Koenig, who is also writing an essay to accompany the show, the exhibition will include watercolors and mixed media on Japanese paper as well as acrylics on canvas. 

Johnston was a prolific and highly esteemed artist, who had over forty one-person shows during his lifetime in France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, England, and the United States.

Reviewing his one-man show at the Montclair Art Museum, The New York Times wrote: “Poetic and distinctive… handles watercolor as if it were an effluence of his own blood.” 

Additional information about Johnston’s work and career can be found at http://www.davidjohnstonartist.com.

About the Curator:
Robert Koenig was the Director of the Montclair Art Museum from 1980 to 1991, of the Noyes Museum from 1991 to 1993, and of the SMA African Art Museum from 1996 to 2015. A recipient of BFA and MFA degrees from Yale University, Koenig also studied at Pratt Institute, the New School for Social Research, and Columbia University.

Remembering David Johnston (1933-2016) at Studio Montclair

Beili Liu Honored as 2018 Texas State Artist

May 19, 2017

On May 17, the Texas State Legislature introduced Texas House Resolution 2132, a bill honoring Stamps alumna Beili Liu (MFA 2003) as the 2018 State Three-Dimensional Artist.

WHEREAS, Named the 2018 State Three-Dimensional Artist, Beili Liu uses common materials and elements to create installations that explore complex cultural issues; her work has been exhibited throughout Asia, Europe, and the United States by such institutions as the National Museum for Women in the Arts, the Chinese Cultural Foundation, and the Norwegian National Art and Cultural Center; she has been honored with a 2016 Joan Mitchell Painters & Sculptors Grant, a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Grant, and a San Francisco Mayor’s Award for her contributions to cultural exchange; a native of Jilin, China, she holds a master’s degree from the University of Michigan and is currently a professor of art at The University of Texas at Austin; and

WHEREAS, The artists who have been selected to these prestigious posts have all greatly contributed to the vibrant cultural life of the Lone Star State, and Texas is indeed fortunate to be home to these talented individuals; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 85th Texas Legislature hereby congratulate the 2018 Texas State Artist honorees and extend to them sincere best wishes for continued fulfillment in their creative endeavors.

Texas State Artists Selected for 2018 | Glasstire

Beili Liu Honored as 2018 Texas State Artist

Helen Gotlib & Dylan Strzynski: Spring Open Studio, May 20-21

May 16, 2017

Stamps alums Helen Gotlib (BFA 2003) and Dylan Strzynski (BFA 2001) are holding a spring open studio & art sale at their Dexter studio on May 20 - 21.

Take an excursion out to the woods and see what we’ve been making! View artworks in progress and check out lots of new drawings, paintings and prints by U-M Alumni Helen Gotlib and Dylan Strzynski at their Dexter studio.

Helen Gotlib & Dylan Strzynski: Spring Open Studio & Art Sale
Address: 7281 Toma Rd., Dexter, MI 48130
Dates: Saturday, May 20 & Sunday, May 21, 2017
Hours: Noon - 6pm both days

Helen Gotlib & Dylan Strzynski: Spring Open Studio, May 20-21

David Chung Leads Human Rights Video Storytelling Workshop

May 16, 2017

Stamps Professor David Chung will lead a workshop in Mandalay aimed at producing short films that address human rights and/or environmental issues for advocacy purposes.

Now in its fourth year, the Video Storytelling Workshop will take place in Mandalay for the first time, to provide the opportunity for emerging filmmakers and engaged activists in Upper Myanmar to learn how to use and produce short video addressing sensitive issues that impact on their communities.

The event is collaboration between the British Council in Burma, Equality Myanmar, University of Michigan (USA), Witness and the outreach programme at Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy (CHRA).

The workshop empowers young people by turning stories into powerful videos that can raise awareness, influence public perceptions and be a tool for change.
The programme offers a combination of lectures, screenings, working groups, group tutoring sessions and technical exercises (shooting with DSLR cameras and editing on Adobe Premiere Pro CC) focusing on the production of a short video advocacy project on human rights and/or environmental issues.

David Chung Leads Human Rights Video Storytelling Workshop

Photo: Nick Danziger