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2016 Student Awards

May 2, 2016

The Stamps School is pleased to announce the recipients of the Stamps Class of 2016 Student Awards, presented as part of the commencement ceremony on Saturday, April 30, 2015.

MFA Thesis Exhibition Awards recognize outstanding creative work as evidenced in the candidate’s MFA thesis exhibition, as selected by jurors Lumi Tan (curator at the Kitchen, NYC) and Gregory Volk (writer, critic and professor, VCU).

  • Ned Dybvig Memorial MFA Thesis Exhibition Award: awarded to Alisa Yang for Sleeping with the Devil and Please Come Again
  • Honorable Mentions:  Carolyn Clayton for Chain of Contagion, Sanghun Yoo for Unoriginal Original

The Gorman Award 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.

  • Beatriz Lozano

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.

  • Alexa Borromeo
  • Emma Covode
  • Nikki Horowitz
  • Sidney Krandall
  • Ellen Manson
  • Mona McKinstry
  • Hayden Nickel
  • Carolyn Rodgers

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.

  • Raj Brueggermann

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.

  • Nikki Horowitz
  • Soon Ju Kim
  • Mona McKinstry
  • Dustin Park
  • Elizabeth Pearlman
2016 Student Awards

Carolyn Clayton Awarded Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellowship

April 29, 2016

Stamps MFA graduate student Carolyn Clayton has been awarded the prestigious Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellowship in Painting and Sculpture. Two MFA students are selected from a national pool of nominees each year.

Founded in 1981 by the artist Robert Motherwell (1915–1991), the Dedalus Foundation fosters public understanding of modern art and modernism through its programs in arts education, research and publications, archives and conservation, and exhibitions, as well as in the guardianship and study of Robert Motherwell’s art. As we work to inform and educate the public, we strive to maintain the high standards of our founder, who in addition to being a great artist was also active as a writer, lecturer, and teacher.

The Dedalus Foundation Master of Fine Arts Fellowship in Painting and Sculpture is awarded annually to final-year students who are graduating from an M.F.A. degree program in the United States.

From the Dedalus Foundation announcement:

Clayton has long been interested in the traces that human beings leave on material things: the observable scratches, smudges and smells that hint at past occurrences, and broader human contact. This positioned her to ask whether object history is retained in fragments of everyday things, which she explores by collecting, photographing, pulverizing and reassembling still lifes of second-hand objects.

Carolyn Clayton Awarded Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellowship

Michele Oka Doner Recommended for Honorary Degree

April 28, 2016

Artist and Stamps alumna Michele Oka Doner (B.S. Des. 1966, MFA 1968),  known for her pioneering and multidisciplinary contributions to visual culture, has been recommended to receive an honorary Doctor of Arts degree at Spring commencement.

Doner is an artist known for the fresh lens she brings to the natural world and its processes. Her best-known work, “A Walk on the Beach” (1995-2010) at Miami International Airport, celebrates her native Florida.

Doner was born in Miami Beach, where she spent her childhood closely observing nature. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Design degree (1966) and a Master of Fine Arts degree (1968) from the College of Architecture and Design, now the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design.

For five decades, she has conveyed a reverence for the physical and spiritual through her symbolic language, a prescience of today’s growing ecology movement.

Five recommended for honorary degrees at Spring Commencement | The University Record

Michele Oka Doner Recommended for Honorary Degree

Jennifer Metsker’s Poetry Appears in Banango Street

April 28, 2016

Excerpts from Stamps Lecturer and Writing Coordinator Jennifer Metsker’s poem “Days of the God-Sized Brains” are included in the latest issue of the literary journal Banango Street.

Jennifer Metsker >> Banango Street

Jennifer Metsker’s Poetry Appears in Banango Street

2016 Undergraduate Award Recipients

April 27, 2016

Thanks to generous donor support, the Stamps School is able to award funding each spring to exceptional undergraduate students in support and recognition of their hard work, dedication, and creative accomplishments. Congratulations to our 2016 Undergraduate Award Recipients!

The Kelly McKinnell Memorial Award provides an opportunity to travel anywhere in the world to work on a photographic project focused on world cultural understanding or environmental awareness.
Recipient: Junior Gabriella Meyer, who will be traveling to Russia

Kristoffer and Richard Gillette Scholarship for Photojournalism
Recipient: Junior Emilie Farrugia

Alice Elizabeth Kalom Award for Photography
Recipient: Junior Emilie Farrugia

David Robert and Sylvia Jean Nelson Foundation for Arts and Letter Scholarship
Recipient: Madeline Helland

Irene Bendler Bychinsky Award in Design
Recipient: Arwin Wang

Riggs Hoenecke Scholarship for Design
Recipient: Megan Lewin Smith

William Carter Award for Product Design
Recipient: Arwin Wang

Arden Fate Award for Metals
Recipient: Sydney Markus

William A. Lewis Award for Watercolor
Recipient: Qinzhi Jiang

The Sherwood Scholarship
Recipient: Brianna Despenza

Siberman Scholarship
Recipient: Susanna Yun

Stamps Creative Work Awards are given to one freshman, one sophomore, and one junior. Three additional awards are given to three students at any level.
Stefan Savoy (Freshman)
Natalia Cuevas (Freshman)
Rachel Krasnick (Sophomore)
Emily Schumer (Junior)
Mia Massimino (Junior)
James Mackin (Junior)

2016 Undergraduate Award Recipients

Rebekah Modrak: Visiting Artist at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

April 26, 2016

Associate Professor Rebekah Modrak will give a talk on contemporary uses and mis-uses of the terms “community,” “craft,” and “labor” at the School of Art + Design / University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

The talk will present her creative interventions and publications that challenge uncritical misconceptions that “labor” and “community” are consumable experiences, and that “craft” is the domain of the leisure class. As part of her visit, Professor Modrak will hold a brown-bag lunch with graduate students.

Hosted by the Youth in the Creative Cities Research Cluster, the talk is supported by the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities and will be held on Monday, May 2, 2016, 5pm in the School of Art + Design Building.

Rebekah Modrak: Visiting Artist at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


April 26, 2016

Anne Keenan Higgins (BFA 1985) has written and illustrated a non-fiction book to be published in Spring 2017 by Running Press, a member of Perseus Books Group. FICTIONALLY FABULOUS is an illustrated collection of film and TV characters who changed the face of fashion, from Holly Golightly’s little black dress to Ginger Grant’s shipwrecked sequined ensemble to Laura Petrie’s cigarette pants. Profiles will include each character’s style and their trend-setting influence dating back to the 1920’s to current day.


Jill Wagner: Solo Show at Two Twelve Arts Center

April 26, 2016

Jill Wagner (BFA ‘78) has a solo exhibition running at Two Twelve Arts Center in Saline for the month of April. Featured as Two Twelve’s artist of the month, Jill was interviewed by Saline Community Television to talk about her work and Plein Air Painting.

The exhibit runs through Wednesday, April 27th.

Two Twelve Arts Center
216 W. Michigan Avenue, Saline, MI.

Stephanie Rowden Featured on Re:sound

April 21, 2016

Stamps Associate Professor Stephanie Rowden’s audio essay Gravitation and Other Graces will be featured on Re:sound, airing on WBEZ Chicago this Sunday, April 24th at 8pm CT and Wednesday, April 27th at 9pm CT.

Re:sound is Third Coast International Audio Festival’s radio remix and podcast of remarkable documentaries, sonic portraits, personal narratives, and sound art from all over the world, hosted by Gwen Macsai.

Part documentary, part rumination, and part fairy tale, Gravitation is a 26-minute audio essay about the care we give and the care we receive through Stephanie’s conversations with an elderly man named Wolfgang, her interactions with his circle of caregivers, and her experiences recovering from a long-term illness.

Read more about Gravitation and Other Graces and listen to the story here.

Stephanie Rowden Featured on Re:sound

Osman Khan: Art + Science Collaboration

April 21, 2016

The result of Stamps Associate Professor Osman Khan’s recent collaboration with a U-M dermatologist will be auctioned to raise funds for medical research tonight at MOCAD.

The project, organized by U-M’s A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute, paired 19 clinician-scientists with artists in the belief that collaboration would stimulate the creativity of each — and yield interesting works of art.

The resulting artworks will be auctioned Thursday at the Taubman Institute’s third-annual gala fundraiser, “An Evening of Art + Science,” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. Proceeds will benefit the Institute’s Emerging Scholars Program.

Osman Khan, an artist and professor at the U-M Stamps School of Art & Design, worked with Dr. Johann Gudjonsson, who studies psoriasis and other skin diseases.

Psoriasis is caused when the natural production of new skin “goes nutso,” as Khan puts it. This put him in mind of other sorts of skins, in this case an orange and a Jamaican ugli fruit, which he peeled and turned into a surprisingly elegant photograph.

Doctors, artists collaborate to fund medical research | The Detroit News

An Evening of Art + Science
Thursday, 5:30 p.m.: VIP pre-party; 6:30 p.m.: dinner
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, 4454 Woodward, Detroit

Osman Khan: Art + Science Collaboration

Photo: Michael H. Hodges / The Detroit News