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Fall 2016 Dean’s List

January 13, 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. Congratulations to all Fall 2016 Dean’s List honorees!

Fall 2016 Dean’s List
  • Lindsey Abdale-Beadle
  • Isra Abdo
  • Erin Arsenault
  • Elaine Atzmon
  • Caroline Baloga
  • Summer Benton
  • Jacob Bergen
  • Gina Canter
  • Alexa Caruso
  • Chu Cheng
  • Persephone Chirolla
  • King Yuk Chiu
  • Sara Ciaramella
  • Abigail Clemens
  • Clare Coburn
  • Cheyenne Couture
  • Phoebe Danaher
  • Alix DeGraff
  • Danielle DeMarco
  • Laura Desimine
  • Natalie Diehl
  • Amanda Donovan
  • Alexandra Eason
  • Yazmon Ector
  • Brooks Eisenbise
  • Theresa Felice
  • Jordyn Fishman
  • Grace Gebhard
  • Natalie Giannos
  • Jenna Giordano
  • Elizabeth Graves
  • Grace Guevara
  • Yeo Kyung Han
  • Carson Hart
  • Anna Herscher
  • Sophie Hochwald
  • Ella Holbert
  • Taylor Houlihan
  • Boshu Hua
  • Camille Johnson
  • Anna Kaiser
  • Natasha Katz
  • Minsun Kim
  • Emily Koffsky
  • Natalie Kraepel
  • Katherine Lacroix
  • Elizabeth Leung
  • Xiang Li
  • Yuanjun Li
  • Shengyuan Liu
  • Rachel London
  • Bechara Maalouf
  • Isabella Mancini
  • Danielle Mandelblatt
  • Reed Marting
  • Douglas McDonald
  • Katerina Meidanis
  • Shelby Meyer
  • Irene Ng
  • Natalie Nye
  • Jason Pi
  • Elizabeth Ploch
  • Samantha Plouff
  • Rebecca Portman
  • Elizabeth Reeck
  • Mika Reedy
  • Francesca Romano
  • Morgan Salvano
  • Emily Schumer
  • Ellen Seidell
  • Sydney Shaffer
  • Jonah Shifrin
  • Stephanie Sim
  • Kathryn Spak
  • Cole Stabnick
  • Hollyann Stewart
  • Jenna Tanner
  • Adam Van Osdol
  • Evan Vollick-Offer
  • Thomas Vossler
  • Lian Wardrop
  • Isabelle Wilson
  • Poyee Wong
  • Laine Yamano
  • Claire Zimmeth

Rebekah Modrak Launches #exstrange, eBay-Based Curatorial Project

January 13, 2017

Stamps School of Art & Design Associate Professor Rebekah Modrak and her curatorial collaborator Marialaura Ghidini will launch #exstrange, an eBay-based curatorial project, on Sunday, January 15, 2017. The project unfolds at eBay.com through Friday, March 31, 2017.

Much like Modrak’s 2008 project eBayaday, a month-long, curated exhibition on eBay designed to examine the site’s potential as a place for the exchange of ideas, objects and commerce, #exstrange transforms eBay into a site of artistic production and cultural exchange. A form of artistic intervention into capitalism, over 19 artists will participate in the project, including Stamps Assistant Professor Sophia Brueckner, whose auction opens January 28, 2017.

Participating artists in #exstrange will create a 7-day auction-as-artwork on eBay.  The “artworks” on view in this exhibition are more than the object/service for sale. The chosen category, title, descriptive text, images documenting the work, and the experience of the sale are also integral parts of the work. The creative work is only “whole” when viewed within the context of eBay.

During the 2.5 month run of the project, audiences can view artworks — and place bids — by visiting eBay.com and typing “exstrange” into the search bar at the top of the page. At the end of an #exstrange item’s “bidding cycle,” it will be archived at exstrange.com. The project will culminate in a forthcoming print catalog with contributing essays by Mark Dery, Rob Walker, and other writers, promoted by the peer-reviewed host Project Anywhere.

Additionally, two guest curators from the University of Michigan will be creating and studying the #exstrange auctions as a data set: Professor Fred Feinberg teaches Statistics and Marketing at the Ross School of Business and Lu Zhang is an undergraduate student majoring in business and statistics.

At its core, #exstrange seeks responses to the driving question: “What are the relationships that can take place in the realm of digital commerce beyond the seller-to- buyer transaction, the fundraiser-to-backer association, or the peer-to- peer swap?”

Featured artists and auction dates:

  1. IOCOSE (January 15)
  2. Tara Kelton (January 16)
  3. Lloyd Corporation (January 17)
  4. John D. Freyer (January 18)
  5. Sreshta Rit Premnath (January 19)
  6. Matt Kenyon (January 20)
  7. Linda Kronman & Andreas Zingerle — KairUs Art+Research (January 21)
  8. Archana Hande (January 22)
  9. Fieldfaring — Susanne Cockrell & Ted Purves (January 23)
  10. Geraldine Juárez (January 24)
  11. Silvio Lorusso (January 25)
  12. Yogesh Barve (January 26)
  13. Kathleen Meaney + Taekyeom Lee (January 27)
  14. Sophia Brueckner (January 28)
  15. Renuka Rajiv (January 29)
  16. Lucy Pawlak (January 30)
  17. Abhishek Hazra (January 31)
  18. Tyler Denmead (February 1)
  19. Masimba Hwati (February 2)
  20. Norie Neumark and Maria Miranda — Out-of-Sync (February 3)
  21. Regin Igloria (February 4)

Guest curators - starting February 5:

  • João Laia
  • Nora O’Murchu
  • Peter Dykhuis
  • Latifa Al Khalifa
  • Bani Brusadin
  • Harrell Fletcher
  • Gaia Tedone
  • Akansha Rastogi
  • Yidi Tsao
  • Tamara Ibarra
  • Fred Feinberg + Lu Zhang
  • Domenico Quaranta

Contributing writers to the exhibition catalog:

  • Padma Chirumamilla
  • Mark Dery
  • Marialaura Ghidini
  • Lawrence Liang
  • Rebekah Modrak
  • Rob Walker
Rebekah Modrak Launches #exstrange, eBay-Based Curatorial Project

Speaker Series Featured on AADL Pulp

January 13, 2017

Stamps Director of Visitors Programs Chrisstina Hamilton discussed the latest Penny Stamps Speaker Series lineup with Eric Gallippo for the Ann Arbor District Library’s Pulp.

For the last 12 years, Chrisstina Hamilton has been working out a puzzle of sorts for thousands of people to enjoy. As director of visitors’ programs for the University of Michigan’s STAMPS School of Art & Design, Hamilton organizes the school’s popular Penny Stamps Speaker Series.

“It’s sort of like this 3-D Rubik’s Cube kind of thing when you’re trying to put it together, and it’s incredibly difficult because you lose pieces here and there,” Hamilton said. “People want to line up, and you think, ‘We can’t have this come after that.’ But somehow, miraculously, it ends up all coming together.”

The free guest speaker series takes place Thursdays at Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theatre (with a few exceptions) and features artists that represent a spectrum of media, backgrounds, and viewpoints.

From Rubik’s Cube to Roller Coaster: Penny Stamps Speaker Series, Winter 2017 | pulp

Speaker Series Featured on AADL Pulp

Nancy Lorenz in Galerie Magazine

January 13, 2017

A new article in Galerie Magazine features an interview with artist Nancy Lorenz (BFA 1985) with images of recent commissioned work.

In the early 1990s, it was rare, if not unheard of, for galleries to show art and design side by side. Nancy Lorenz is one of the artists who helped change that.

Blurring the boundaries between fine and decorative arts, Lorenz makes paintings, sculptures, and installations that include mother-of-pearl inlay, lacquer, and water gilding. Clients, collectors, and exhibitors include Chanel and architect David Rockwell, as well as galleries and museums worldwide. Her abstract art, which has a luminous East-meets-West quality, references nature and science while employing old-world craftsmanship.

Why Artist Nancy Lorenz Loves Mother of Pearl and Goldleaf | Galerie

Nancy Lorenz in Galerie Magazine

Sophia Brueckner Featured in ‘Not of This Earth: Contemporary Art and Science Fiction’

January 12, 2017

Stamps Assistant Professor Sophia Brueckner’s Empathy Box is featured in the new exhibition Not of this Earth: Contemporary Art and Science Fiction, on display January 14 - February 26 at Boston Cyberarts Gallery.

Not of this Earth: Contemporary Art and Science Fiction is an exhibition comprised of art relating to science fiction. Sci-fi has been a prevailing method of entertainment and consideration of the seemingly possible consequences of technological advancement. The artworks in this exhibition consider these possible alternate realities and dystopian futures long perpetuated by the sci-fi genre. Some pieces in the show are purposeful instruments such as Sophia Breuckner’s Empathy Box, which provides its users a sense of shared contact through warmth. In a world of technological distraction, Empathy Box attempts to provide comfort through perceived physical connectivity. A technological device itself, the piece yields an alternate use of electronics and asks the viewer to consider the ways in which technology may impact our lives presently and in the future.

Artists in this exhibition include Sophia Brueckner, Micah Ganske, Tatiana Gulenkina, Carol Hayes, Michael Lewy, Joseph Popper, Chris Rackley, and Marion Tampon-Lajarriette.

Not of this Earth: Contemporary Art and Science Fiction
Boston Cyberarts Gallery
January 14 – February 26, 2017
Opening: Friday, January 13 from 6 - 8 pm

Sophia Brueckner Featured in ‘Not of This Earth: Contemporary Art and Science Fiction’

Nick Tobier: ‘Looping Detroit’ Featured in Metro Times, Deadline Detroit

January 12, 2017

Nick Tobier’s new book Looping Detroit: A People Mover Travelogue  is featured in recent articles published in Deadline Detroit and Metro Times.

In the January 11 edition of The Metro Times Sarah Rose Sharp interviews Tobier and collaborators Stacey Malasky and Katie Grace McGowan.

Tobier moved to Detroit from New York City. For anyone coming from a place with such strong public transportation infrastructure, the People Mover is comedically inefficient — its 13 stops cover a distance that the average New Yorker would simply walk.

“I was really inspired by the strangeness of a big city and a small train,” Tobier says by email. “Growing up in NYC, each subway line was an epic journey connecting distant parts of a vast city. There was an irony in the People Mover because each stop is so close to the next, it becomes a kind of limited Odyssey in geography, but not in imagination.”

University of Michigan publishes a reflection on Detroit’s infamous People Mover | Metro Times


In Deadline Detroit, Alan Stamm discusses the book’s release:

Detroit’s People Mover, the automated monorail looping through downtown since mid-1987, sometimes draws ridicule over its limited length (2.9 miles), one-way travel and sizable subsidies ($12 million annually from the city and state). But to a University of Michigan art professor, it’s a source of literary inspiration.

Nick Tobier invited Michigan artists and writers to get off at one of the 12 stops and reflect on “anything that would not be in a tourist’s guide to the city.” as he puts it.

Detroit Rapper, Poets and Novelists Contribute to ‘A People Mover Travelogue’ | Deadline Detroit

Nick Tobier: ‘Looping Detroit’ Featured in Metro Times, Deadline Detroit

NIKI Williams: ‘Nothing by Conquest’ at Institute for the Humanities

January 12, 2017

Nothing by Conquest, a pop-up exhibition of work by NIKI Williams (BFA 2016), will be on display at the Institute for the Humanities Common Room from January 7 - February 17, 2017.

NIKI Williams’  pictographic paintings harken back historically to cave painting, action painting, expressionism, and the early graffiti movement. Informed as much by the reign of artists like Paul Klee and Jackson Pollock as Kenny Scharf and Keith Haring. This is not to suggest the work is derivative, but rather to place NIKI within context and long history of mark making, its power in regards to self-expression, social commentary, and political protest.

NIKI creates his large-scale works on the floor, dripping enamel onto the canvas. Often, his visual works are incorporated in his performances, another facet of his artistic practice. The paintings embody the stage and space, their action packed gestural quality almost an extension of the body.

NIKI also considers his work to be a pushback against traditional history/narrative paintings and the significant role in establishing and reinforcing Western power structures. By creating new narratives and mythologies these through drawing into paint, NIKI hopes to continually challenge these outdated and often inaccurate Eurocentric narratives, making room for new forms, greater diversity and “equality of ideas.”

-Amanda Krugliak, Arts Curator, U-M Institute for Humanities

NIKI Williams: Nothing by Conquest
January 7 - February 17, 2017
Institute for the Humanities Common Room
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm

NIKI Williams: ‘Nothing by Conquest’ at Institute for the Humanities

Rebekah Modrak Quoted in WIRED Magazine

January 12, 2017

In a recent article for WIRED Magazine, writer David Pierce referenced statements made about the design object company Shinola by Stamps Associate Professor Rebekah Modrak.

...critics argue that it’s disingenuous to call Shinola a Detroit company when its owner, Bedrock Manufacturing, and founder are in Texas. They find its use of employees in ads cynical, and decry what Rebekah Modrak of the University of Michigan calls “calculated ‘authenticity.’” Modrak calls Shinola’s stuff “bougie crap” that celebrates the image of the working class at prices only the affluent can afford. It’s hard to argue with her when you realize Shinola charges $95 for an iPhone case, $150 for a football, and $400 for a pocket knife.

Shinola’s Quest to Make the Best Turntable You’ve Ever Heard | WIRED

Rebekah Modrak Quoted in WIRED Magazine

Image: David Brandon Geeting for WIRED

Gabriella Boros Exhibits at Spertus Museum

January 10, 2017

Gabriella Boros (BFA 1983) will be exhibiting eight woodblock prints in a group show at the Spertus Museum in Chicago, on display through March. The show is the culmination of the year-long Midwest Jewish Artists Lab which included twelve artists chosen by Spertus to study Judaic topics and create work based on the chosen theme, Voices of Wisdom. Boros was inspired to read Isaiah’s prophetic writings and found parallels in Isaiah’s words written in 600 BCE to today’s refugee crisis, global uncertainty and manmade ecological destruction.

Gabriella Boros Exhibits at Spertus Museum

Holly Hughes Organizes Nation-Wide Day of Performance Protests on 2/20/2017

January 10, 2017

Stamps School and School of Music, Theatre & Dance professor Holly Hughes is an integral member of BAD AND NASTY (aka “Bad Hombres and Nasty Women”), a loose-knit coalition of over 1,700 international artists, activists, media makers, theater folk, web geeks, designers, performers, writers, and citizens concerned by the outcome of the 2016 Presidential Election.

The collective has organized a day of performance protests and art action to unfold on February 20, 2017 entitled NOT MY PRESIDENTS’ DAY. To ensure maximum participation from all corners of the globe, the collective has released a DIY toolkit for local community organizers to promote and adapt the event to meet the needs of their community and available venues. Interested parties are encouraged to create an event or re-brand an already scheduled performance as a “Bad and Nasty” initiative through marketing or by adding a talkback session.

The kit is available to download from badandnasty.com, where audiences and performance protesters can also find a comprehensive and continuously evolving map of where events will unfold.

NOT MY PRESIDENTS’ DAY also maintains an active social media presence. Follow the group for their latest updates, invitations, and instigations.

Facebook: @badandnastyevents
Twitter: @badnastyevents
Tumblr: @badandnastyevents
Instagram: @badnastyevents
YouTube: badandnasty

Holly Hughes Organizes Nation-Wide Day of Performance Protests on 2/20/2017