News & Events
May 26, 2016
Heather Anne Leavitt (BFA 2007), owner of the Ann Arbor-based boutique cake studio Sweet Heather Anne, is serving as the juror for Cake, an exhibition presented by the Ann Arbor-based Dinnerware Museum in partnership with the Washtenaw County Historical Society’s Museum.
Cake, a celebration of cake and its related tableware, features an invitational and juried exhibition of contemporary cake stands and cake sculptures.
Juror Heather Anne Leavitt has been using cake as her medium since 2005. Her bakery in Ann Arbor, Sweet Heather Anne, specializes in creatively designed cakes. She selected 25 cake stands and cake sculpture entries submitted by contemporary artists from the US and Canada using diverse media.
Exhibition Dates: April 9 - September 4, 2016
Open weekends 12 - 4 pm and by appointment.
Location: Museum on Main Street, part of the Washtenaw County Historical Society
500 North Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48014
Image: Cake Pedestal (stand for Ruby’s Rainbow Surprise Birthday Cake), Kate Tremel
May 23, 2016
This week, Stamps Assistant Professor Roland Graf’s artist collective Assocreation shows a first proof of concept of an experimental swarm light installation titled Internet of Shoes at the 2016 International Symposium on Electronic Arts in Hong Kong. This installation is part of an ongoing research project in collaboration with Lab 11, an embedded systems research group at the University of Michigan.
The Internet of Shoes builds on the power of self-organized mesh networks that connect people and their devices to each other without passing any centralized organization such as a phone of Internet provider. It is a first attempt to visualize data transmission and ad-hoc networks not just as a graphic on a screen, but as a visual effect on the street, where crowd interactions happen, unfiltered and in real time.
May 23, 2016
Maryanne Ellison Simmons (BFA 1971) celebrates 20 years of her Wildwood Press with a retrospective exhibition featuring 21 artists and 65 works at the Mitchell Museum at the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts in Mount Vernon, Illinois.
Founded by Simmons in 1996, Wildwood Press has driven innovation in printmaking and papermaking using traditional means in unconventional ways. Innovation and a willingness to explore whatever artists could dream are the hallmarks of Wildwood Press. Wildwood Press provides a studio grounded by the traditions of printmaking but open to the innovative impulses of creative artists, including Anne Appleby, Josely Carvalho, Damon Davis, Eva Lundsager, and fellow Stamps alumna Michele Oka Doner.
“I am always amazed by what the artists bring to this collaborative effort — how different each project is one from the other. The artists are so diverse and smart; I am blown away at every project’s uniqueness,” says Simmons.
The celebration will include gallery talks by Maryanne Ellison Simmons on June 9 and by Mary Judge on June 16.
Printmaking - A Fine Art: 20 Years of Wildwood Press, St. Louis
Cedarhurst Center for the Arts
2600 Richview Road
Mount Vernon, IL 62864
May 23, 2016
Artists Robert Ziebell (BFA 1979) and Liz Ward are seeking support for Visualizing Keweenaw History in the Eagle Harbor Store, a series of art workshops, exhibitions, and cultural events to be held in Keweenaw County, Michigan.
The Eagle Harbor Social Aid and Pleasure Club, located at the former Eagle Harbor General Store in Keweenaw County, Michigan, will host a selection of innovative cultural events, art workshops and exhibitions in the summer and fall of 2016. Programs will focus on the artifacts, mementos, historical photos and ledgers in the General Store’s collection as inspiration for creative responses in the arts. Keweenaw County history can be told as a story of nature, industrialization, and post-industrialization, as well as the vibrant native and immigrant communities that made this rocky landscape part of the unique heritage of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Visitors to the Eagle Harbor General Store encounter this rich history in an environment shaped by memory and reinterpreted through contemporary cultural activities.
The Eagle Harbor General Store was founded in 1845 and was an important provider of groceries and dry goods to the Keweenaw area for over 150 years. During these years and though the efforts of various owners, the Store became more than just a general store, but also a repository for artifacts collected by the owners and the local residents. Items such as historic photographs, antique tools and household items, a large oar from a life-saving ship, hand carvings, and vintage toys, were displayed on the shelves above the merchandise, creating an ad hoc museum of the cultural artifacts that have shaped the collective memory of the township.
The store is now called the Eagle Harbor Social Aid and Pleasure Club, in reference to the clubs in New Orleans that sponsor Mardi Gras parades and benefit their communities. (One of the current owners is from New Orleans.) John Foley, an original founder of the Store and an active band member, celebrated his birthday every year in Eagle Harbor with a parade that marched in front of the Store.
Although the Eagle Harbor Social Aid and Pleasure Club is no longer a functioning general store, its collection of artifacts and memorabilia were preserved and are now shown in their original display cases. It is the current owners’ intention to use this eclectic collection to inform the residents and visitors about the Store’s and the community’s history by using visual art as a vehicle for learning and expression. Overall, this will include workshops for children and young adults, discussions and lectures, gallery shows of artifacts and artworks, film screenings, and local musical performances.
May 19, 2016
Motawi Tileworks, founded and owned by Stamps alumna Nawal Motawi (BFA 1988), has announced the release of its May tile, 4x8 Coonley Playhouse.
In 1912, Avery Coonley commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to design the Avery Coonley Playhouse in Riverside, Illinois as a place for his wife to educate neighborhood children in the Froebel kindergarten method. Wright themed his extensive use of art glass in the Playhouse to appeal to the children.
The art glass window designs, composed of bold geometry - circles and squares - in primary colors, appear to be influenced by Wright’s affection for a parade. This decorative tile is an adaptation of one of the school’s many art glass windows.
May 17, 2016
Michelle Rusinek’s (BA 2016) first solo exhibition will take place at 410 W 14th St. in New York City’s Meatpacking District.
It’s No Use Crying Over Spilled Milk will include ten new paintings made after a four-month stay in Paris, France, as well as a number of the artist’s small collages. The exhibition will be on view at 410 W 14th Street beginning on May 18, 2016, and the exhibition will be open Monday - Saturday from 10 am-8 pm. There will be two opening receptions, one on May 25 from 5-8 pm and another on June 1 from 5-8 pm.
The new body of work features Rusinek’s investigation into abstraction and collage. Her large-scale mixed-media paintings are created in various layers combining oil and water-based mediums, paper and collage materials. Rusinek considers the effects of the virtual world that encompasses the human species and illustrates fractured and illogical surfaces that break free from the digital world. By incorporating nontraditional materials from her everyday travels as well as combining oil and water-based mediums, the artist creates surfaces that integrate human-error.
By exposing moments of the artist’s life as well as her intricate process, Rusinek documents moments that are easily lost within the influx of endless information. She incorporates materials such as receipts, museum brochures, and parking tickets into the layers of her surfaces and therefore creates a physical safe haven collapsing time and space.
May 17, 2016
Olympia Center is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Chicago artist Deanna Krueger (BFA 2002).
Krueger works abstractly at the juncture where sculpture and painting intersect. Her process begins with recycled medical diagnostic film (X-Ray and MRI film) she layers with acrylic monotype prints. The film is then torn apart and the shards are reconnected into new configurations using thousands of staples. The resulting pieces are hybrids taking the form of large abstract wall hanging works that are slightly three-dimensional. The visual aesthetic is at once high-tech and primordial. The work evokes a multitude of associations: aquatic life forms, otherworldly geological formations, surreal vegetation, scientific images of the minuscule, visions of the cosmos. The titles hint at the conceptual nuances embedded in the work. As our modes of information storage evolve, the artist’s chosen materials are becoming artifacts of an earlier age.
Deanna Krueger: Shards
151 E. Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL
March 1 - May 31
Artist’s reception: May 12 4:30-7 pm
May 16, 2016
Work by Stamps Lecturer Adrian Deva is featured in the Muskegon Museum of Art’s 88th Annual Michigan Regional Exhibition, a showcase of some of the best contemporary works created by our state’s artists. The 88th Regional features representational and abstract painting, sculpture, ceramics, installation, printmaking, drawing, textiles and fibers, and photography, covering a range of subjects. This year’s juror is fibers artist and Colorado State University professor of art Tom Lundberg.
The exhibition will be open from May 12th to August 3.
Muskegon Museum of Art
296 W. Webster Avenue
Muskegon, Michigan 49440
May 16, 2016
Stamps Associate Professor Anne Mondro’s work is featured in an article written for My Modern Met by Leah Pellegrini on May 12, 2016.
In her sculpture work, Anne Mondro has created a captivating metaphor for the close-knit relationships between medical patients and their caregivers. The artist uses a crochet hook and tinned copper wire to construct realistic 3D models of the heart, representing the human pulse—both literal and physical—within the healthcare system.
The project’s inspiration dates back to 2006, when Mondro first developed a course called Retaining Identity as a professor at the University of Michigan’s Stamps School of Art and Design. The class matched students with persons with dementia via the U-M Geriatric Center, encouraging the artists to consider the ways that creativity might provide an empowering, enlivening balm during times of illness. Over the ensuing years, Mondro has witnessed many tender relationships between the memory loss patients and their caregivers, and she explains, “When you care for a loved one, the two of you become intertwined. You take on their vulnerabilities but also their strengths. As I thought about that relationship, it was important that these forms be tied together somehow.”
May 16, 2016
Zinta Aistars interviews Stamps professor Holly Hughes for NPR affiliate WMUK 102.1 FM about Memories of the Revolution: The First Ten Years of the WOW Café Theater, co-edited by Holly with Carmelita Tropicana and Jill Dolan. The book, published by the University of Michigan Press in 2015, is a collection of memories, play scripts, and photographs of WOW’s first decade. More: http://wmuk.org/post/between-lines-memories-revolution
Graphic by Laura Williams