News & Events
May 20, 2015
Terrence Campagna’s (BFA 1999) work “Sundial for a Shukke” is part of the exhibition New American Paintings: Midwest Edition at the Elmhurst Art Museum near Chicago, Illinois. The exhibition runs from May 16 - August 23.
For the first time in its 20 year history, the critically acclaimed publication, New American Paintings, which presents a juried exhibition-in-print with each issue, will jump from the page to the Museum walls. New American Paintings: The 2014 Midwest Edition features 40 artists selected by Elmhurst Art Museum Chief Curator, Staci Boris.
Boris selected from more than 400 works submitted by artists from Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio and Iowa. The resulting exhibition offers a panoramic view of the disparate ways in which paint is used as a medium in contemporary art practice.
Campagna’s recent wall hangings are made from materials he collected while walking and living in both rural and urban regions of the U.S. between 2011 - 2015. Much of the weathered wood he uses in his recent artwork was gathered from a variety of rural outbuildings that were in the process of decay. Campagna disassembled parts of the outbuildings and cut the wood into hundreds and hundreds of strips on a table saw. He joined the older wood with strips of newer wood that were painted using the bright color palette of interstate road signs.
Elmhurst Art Museum: New American Paintings: Midwest Edition
May 15, 2015
Canvas Detroit, co-authored by Stamps alumna Julie Pincus (BFA 1983) and Nichole Christian, has won a Gold award from the 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards in the Great Lakes Best Regional Non-Fiction category.
Detroit’s unique and partly abandoned cityscape has been the prevailing image of the city advanced around the world for decades. But, in the last several years, journalists have begun to view the city through a different lens, focusing on the wide range of contemporary artists finding inspiration amid the emptiness and adding a more complex chapter to the story of a city long labeled as a haunting symbol of U.S. economic decline. In Canvas Detroit, Pincus and Christian combine vibrant full-color photography of the city’s much-buzzed-about art scene with a thoughtful narrative that explores the art and artists that are re-creating Detroit.
May 15, 2015
T J O K E E F E, a furniture company created by Stamps alum Thomas J. O’Keefe (BFA 2004), recently won the Architizer Popular Choice A+ Award for Outdoor Furniture for its CIRCUIT lounge chair. The Architizer A+Awards are the definitive global architectural & product award program with 90+ categories and over 300 judges. It’s an opportunity for designers to be recognized amongst the best in the profession.
T J O K E E F E is on display at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair 2015 in NYC from May 16th-May 19th, Booth 1856.
T J O K E E F E is an American furniture and object design company founded in 2010. With an emphasis on integrity and efficiency of both design and manufacturing, they strive to create powerful objects through compelling minimalism. Driven by philosophies in architecture, industrial design, and graphic design, their office applies the merit and parameters of all three to every object we produce. They approach minimalism in the truest sense of the word––aiming to achieve the greatest effect by the simplest means––because they believe the simplest solutions have the potential to be the most powerful.
May 11, 2015
In collaboration with design partner Mark Dineen, Michael Neville will be exhibiting in New York City May 15 -18 during NYCxDESIGN as Zero-Craft Corp.
Zero-Craft Corp. was founded as an experimental, workshop-based design studio. Zero-Craft’s “Phalt Candlesticks” will be featured in the American Design Club’s Curse The Darkness exhibition, which was organized in collaboration with Roll & Hill and will be featured at the Sight Unseen: Offsite event.
The show will be open May 15 -18, 2015 from 11AM - 7PM at Hudson Mercantile at 500 W 36th Street, New York, NY 10018.
Follow Zero-Craft Corp. on Instagram @zero_craft_corp
May 7, 2015
On Saturday, May 2, the 2015 commencement address was delivered by Elizabeth Redmond (BFA 2006), founder and CEO of coWorkr.
Elizabeth Redmond is a self proclaimed design-trepreneur. Since graduating from the Stamps School in 2006, she has paved her own roads as a designer, entrepreneur and company Founder and CEO. Her work has been published in the New York Times, Forbes Magazine, Fast Company and others and she has appeared on national TV on the Discovery, Science and Sundance Channels. This work has taken her around the globe and back a few times and she attributes much of this to a burning desire to constantly push herself to uncomfortable summits, and more importantly, to make an impact on the world that will outlive her.
Throughout her BFA, she was inspired both by responsible design and combining technologies to create novel, yet needed products. As she set out on her 4th year IP work, she was struck with an idea: What if we could capture energy exerted by people to generate the electricity we use every day? Inspired, Elizabeth designed a flooring system that converted energy from footsteps into usable power. In 2007 she formed POWERleap Inc and soon inked contracts with Nike, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, InterfaceFLOR, Gillette, Haworth Furniture Company, and others. In 8 years her company has evolved and pivoted to their current product, coWorkr: a sensor-based design tool which helps companies optimize their workplace for a rapidly changing, mobile workforce, which is distributed in 48 countries. Stepping out of her usual tech space, Elizabeth recently furthered her entrepreneurialism by launching a new apparel business with her sister called “hide & cheek” - a body-hugging basics line using fabrics that nourish, protect and heal the skin.
May 7, 2015
Two collages by Julie Eisenberg Pitman (BFA 1993) are featured in the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center Show entitled “WAH Bridges Self.” WAH Bridges Self is an open prompt to consider the nature of how we use art to represent ourselves and how creative process defines or shapes our self-perception. The opening reception for the show is Friday, May 8th from 6-9pm and it runs through Sunday, May 17.
Julie Pitman Design specializes in developing innovative campaigns for commercial and cultural institutions. Clients include Buckhead Candy Co, ESPN, and Landis Company, among others.
The Williamsburg Art & Historical Center is located at 135 Broadway, Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY 11211.
May 7, 2015
Dexter-based furniture designer, Stamps lecturer and alum John Baird (BFA 1985) is featured in a SLICE Ann Arbor profile.
John Baird is a Dexter-based furniture designer whose client-commissioned projects range from household furniture and kitchens to store fixtures and commercial interiors. Most recently John designed a series of stools for Comet Coffee in Ann Arbor’s Nickels Arcade ⎯ complementing his earlier work there. Other past commercial projects include Salon 344 and Atys ⎯ a modern home furnishings boutique formerly on Main Street. John is also an avid photographer and enjoys collaborating with colleagues (architects, performers, and other furniture designers) on projects including museum exhibits, art installations and theater sets. In the last few years, he has served as an intermittent lecturer at the University of Michigan School of Art & Design, his alma mater. John lives and works on an old farmstead outside of Dexter, Michigan.
May 7, 2015
Artist/curator Amanda Krugliak (BFA 1984) and co-collaborator, artist Richard Barnes, were featured on PBS Phoenix’s Horizonte, regarding their residency and exhibition “State of Exception,” at Arizona State University Museum.
The nationally recognized exhibition originated at the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities, and has also been shown at MOCAD Detroit. Based upon the research of UM anthropologist Jason De Leon, the conceptual exhibition considers objects left in the desert by undocumented migrants and what they tell us about this particular migration and our collective human experience.
The exhibition is on display at Arizona State University’s Combine Studios through August 1.
May 7, 2015
Emilia Javanica (MFA 2012) is presenting her new play, Boat to Nowhere, at the Porous Borders Festival along the Hamtramck/Detroit border on Sunday, May 17. Performances will take place at the Play House (12657 Moran Street) at 2 and 5pm.
Inspired by the painting “Journey” by Sudandyo Aprilianto, Boat to Nowhere is a play exploring the tug of war that international couples experience between their separate places of origin. The play is written and directed by Emilia Javanica, performed by Jaclyn Strez and Nicholas Pobutsky, with sound design by Simon Alexander-Adams.
The Porous Borders Festival is a two-day free public art event taking place May 16-17, 2015 along every segment of the Hamtramck/Detroit border. With spectacle parades, eclectic installations, community conversation-starters, psychogeographic strolls, athletic competitions and more, works reflect and engage the diverse experiences of those living along the border, address the geographic reality of the Hamtramck/Detroit border, and examine the nature of borders themselves. The Festival is curated and presented by The Hinterlands, who create performances that are both highly irrational and deeply American. Formed in 2009 by Richard Newman and Liza Bielby, the Detroit-based company has used its unique, physical, and collaborative process to create a range of work including psychedelic Wild West shows, drive-in radio theatre, shadow puppet magical realism, immersive documentary film, and sub-cultural Vaudeville.
May 7, 2015