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Jordana Schrager Featured in Crain’s Detroit Business

March 3, 2015

Stamps junior Jordana Schrager’s company, Sideline Sneakers LLC, has sold more than 10,000 pairs of Skicks - canvas sneakers in college logos and colors.

University of Michigan junior Jordana Schrager is an arts major with a business minor on pace to graduate next year — but she’s already putting both disciplines to work.

Schrager, 21, took her hobby of making custom artwork shoes for her friends and classmates and made it into a business that has sold more than 10,000 pairs of licensed footwear in dozens of college logos and colors.

She is co-owner of Boca Raton, Fla.-based LLC, which markets the high- and low-top canvas sneakers under the brand name Skicks.

How UM student tied academics, artsy hobby into Converse-style sneaker startup | Crain’s Detroit Business

Jordana Schrager Featured in Crain’s Detroit Business

Oliver Uberti - London: The Information Capital

March 3, 2015

Which borough of London is the happiest? Where are the city’s tweeting hot spots? How many animals does the fire brigade save each year? What makes London the information capital?

Design alumnus Oliver Uberti (BFA 2003) and geographer James Cheshire could tell you, but they’d rather show you. Combining data with stunning design, their new book London: The Information Capital shows us a city as we’ve never seen it before – from who lives the longest to how flights stack over Heathrow, from “The Knowledge” of a cabbie to the territories of London’s thirteen football tribes. The result? One hundred portraits of an old city in a very new way.

Oliver designed and co-wrote the 240-page book, Penguin’s 5th best-selling hardback non-fiction title for 2014. Says Oliver, “As an American, I couldn’t believe how much data is publicly available online in the UK and how easy it is to access it. I felt like a sculptor in a quarry.”

Though the book’s not yet available in the US, Oliver will be signing copies and sharing his process at Literati Bookstore on Wednesday, April 15 at 7 p.m.

http://theinformationcapital.com

Oliver Uberti - London: The Information Capital

Susan Crowell Exhibits at NCECA in Providence

February 27, 2015

In March 2015, Susan Crowell (BFA 1969, MFA 1972) will exhibit her work at the National Conference in Education in the Ceramic Arts in Providence, Rhode Island. The exhibition, titled “Botanica Ceramica: Large Scale Sculpture Under Glass,” will take place from March 12-19, with a reception on March 27th from 4:30 until 7:30.

Curated by RISD faculty member Kate Blacklock, the exhibition features large scale and site specific sculpture installed in the glass conservatories of the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center. Crowell, who has worked for the past five years on issues of bee decline and agriculture, will present “Dionaea,” a group of nine hanging sculptures based on the pollen forms of the Venus Flytrap.

The Roger Williams Park Botanical Center is located at 1000 Elmwood Avenue in Providence. Open hours are 10-4, with extended hours on March 25 and 28.

Susan Crowell Exhibits at NCECA in Providence

Endi Poskovic: Artist in Residence at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design

February 27, 2015

The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada is hosting Endi Poskovic as an artist-in-residence from February 26 through March 8. During the residency, Endi will collaborate with Tamarind master printer Jill Graham and produce a series of new lithographs. Poskovic will also conduct critiques in printmaking and drawing classes and present a public lecture on his practice.

Residency Dates: February 26 – March 7, 2015
Artist Lecture: Friday, March 6, 2015, at Noon; D500, Fountain Campus

Endi Poskovic: Artist in Residence at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design

Natives and Pioneers:  A Panel Discussion Exploring Art & Gentrification

February 26, 2015

Natives and Pioneers:  A Panel Discussion Exploring Art & Gentrification

March 27, 5:30 - 7:30 pm (5:30 reception; discussion 6 - 7:30 pm)
The Carr Center, Detroit, MI

As part of an ongoing collaboration with the Carr Center, the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art & Design hosts a panel discussion exploring the topic of art and gentrification. This panel discussion is in conjunction with an online series on this topic created through a partnership between the Stamps School and the arts and culture journal ∞ mile (Infinite Mile).


With an emerging narrative of an ascending “new Detroit,” it seems relevant to pose questions concerning the relationship between art and gentrification. To posit art and artists as merely a trojan horse for development ignores that some artists engage in work that impacts the city in socially beneficial and integrated ways.
As in most community building work, two groups, native and pioneers, are working towards similar goals. Yet the platforms, megaphones and resources may be very different.  How does our work as artists integrate into the fabric of gentrification?  How can/do natives and pioneers work together and when do they clash?  At the end of the day is there short term and long term space for both?

Also in discussion: does art inherently support gentrification?  Does art have a role in countering gentrification?  Art quite often receives critique for supporting and/or inducing gentrification.  But behind gentrification are also a number of different actors connected tangentially if not directly to the production of art.  The various actors include but are not limited to policy makers, urban planners, architects, businesses and developers.

The panel includes these diverse voices to explore this timely issue:

Moderator: Francis Grunow
Panelists:
Rick Lowe, Founder and Director of Project Row Houses, Houston
Michael Forsyth, Revolve Detroit
Richard Hosey, developer
Rebecca Mazzei, Director of Trinosophes and Former art critic, Detroit Metro Times
Marsha Music, music writer

Free and open to the public. For more info contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Stamps School of Art & Design, University of Michigan

Sponsored by the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, University of Michigan

Natives and Pioneers:  A Panel Discussion Exploring Art & Gentrification

Audra Wolowiec: Modern Painters Artists to Watch 2015

February 26, 2015

Audra Wolowiec (BFA 2002) is featured in Modern Painters: 24 Artists to Watch in 2015.

Since I work on multiple projects at once, my process always feels slightly nebulous. I tend to work haptically, through hands- on experimentation. Whether it involves sound, sculpture, or print, I almost always start with test pieces, something tangible, to see how materials behave. I’m also very interested in environment and consider how a viewer might inhabit the work through physical experience.

24 Artists to Watch

Audra Wolowiec: Modern Painters Artists to Watch 2015

Anneli Arms: Exhibition

February 26, 2015

Anneli Arms (BFA 1957) is featured in 75th Anniversary Show of the Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors, at the The Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Gallery in NYC from Mar. 10 - Apr. 11.

75th Anniversary Show of the Federation of Modern Painters and Sculptors
March 10 - April 11, 2015
Reception: Saturday, March 14, 3-6 pm
The Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Gallery
417 Lafayette St., (4th Fl)
NYC 10003

Anneli Arms: Exhibition

Nick Tobier Exhibits at Kunstlerforum Bonn

February 26, 2015

Kunstlerforum Bonn exhibition “lying – sitting – standing – walking – jumping – flying/falling – carrying what the human is doing and how.  Organized by PAErsche, the E.P.I. Zentrum and the Künstlerforum Bonn, the exhibition in Bonn, Germany runs February 27 through March 22, 2015.

Organized by PAErsche, the E.P.I. Zentrum and the Künstlerforum Bonn, the exhibition in Bonn, Germany runs February 27 through March 22, 2015.

Nick Tobier Exhibits at Kunstlerforum Bonn

Heidi Kumao’s Film Screens in Atlanta & Vienna

February 26, 2015

Heidi Kumao‘s film, “Swallowed Whole”, will be screened at the Atlanta Film Festival, March 20-29, 2015 and the Tricky Women International Animation Film Festival in Vienna, March 11-15, 2015.

The Atlanta Film Festival (ATLFF) is an Academy Award qualifying, international film festival held in Atlanta, Georgia. Started in 1976 and occurring every Spring, the festival shows a diverse range of independent, international, animated, documentary, and short films selected from 3000+ submissions from all over the world. films.

Tricky Women is the only animation film festival which focuses on animations made by women. Each year in Vienna, for five days in March the festival presents film classics as well as contemporary productions which give an overview about the latest trends and developments. The organization also published the book, “Tricky Women. AnimationsFilmKunst von Frauen / Women in Animation” in 2011. It explores animation studies and the history of animation with an emphasis on women filmmakers.

Heidi Kumao’s Film Screens in Atlanta & Vienna

Heidi Dauphin: Extracting Shadows - A Public Art Project in Phoenix

February 25, 2015

Heidi Dauphin (MFA 2001, BFA 1992) along with her public art partner, Nina Solomon, completed a 5 year public art project for the City of Phoenix, Arizona in December, 2014. Dauphin and her partner were selected to design a 1,200 ft section of security wall surrounding a 3 milion gallon water reservoir for the City of Phoenix. This project was funded as part of the Percent for Art program that the City of Phoenix sponsors.

Dauphin and Solomon created shadow patterns of desert plants and trees that seem to fall across the wall, but are in fact embedded into the design of the wall. They soften the long wall with natural imagery in silhouette forms, contrasting these patterns with repeated panels of rusted metal for textural variety. The shadow images were made on 8x8 ft rubber form liner molds and then revealed on the poured in place cement wall sections and visible from the street 50 feet away. Two gates were also created with the same shadow patterns on panels of rusted metal.

For inspiration, the artists were intrigued by shadows of desert plants growing in the area. In these shadows they found images of plants distorted and skewed in unexpected ways. By sorting, extracting, and editing from these shadows, they developed simple, natural graphics to apply to the reservoir wall that are recognizable but also abstracted through distorting and cropping. Thus, resulting in the title of the piece, Extracting Shadows.

This is Dauphin’s 5th public art project in the Phoenix area with Solomon. She is also currently working on private commissioned mixed media artwork for local Phoenix business lobbies and ocasionally teaching.

https://www.phoenix.gov/arts

Heidi Dauphin: Extracting Shadows - A Public Art Project in Phoenix