News & Events
August 30, 2016
Since 2005, the Michigan Association of State Universities (MASU) partners with the Michigan House of Representatives to present Student Art in the House, an exhibition at Michigan’s House of Representatives that shines a spotlight on outstanding visual art from students at Michigan’s 15 public universities. This year, work by three Stamps alums and one current student were selected for the exhibition:
- Mythological Birds by Jessica French (BA 2016)
- Remember Your Duty by Eva Roos (BA 2016)
- California by Becca Weisz (BA 2017)
- Colored Winter by So Ye Oh (BA 2016)
These works will be part of Student Art in the House for one year in Lansing’s Anderson House Office Building.
Mythological Birds by Jessica French (BA 2016)
August 30, 2016
Stamps Assistant Professor Sophia Brueckner was selected to join the Ars Electronica Future Innovators Summit as one of 24 “innovators and creators of tomorrow” in the Future Humanity track, which will be focusing on the future of humankind.
“Creativity is the art of finding the right questions, Innovation is the ability to respond to them”
This year, the AE Festival’s mission is to confront the question of “what it takes to change” and to call for answers from all directions from different disciplines as well as different places all over the world. It’s not the usual question about what the future will look like but rather how we get there and, most important, who are the people who can scout these new ways. For this reason, Ars Electronica has teamed up with Hakuhodo and ITU (International Telecommunication Union) to organize the Future Innovators Summit.
At this summit, experienced professionals as well as young entrepreneurs and social activists, technicians and scientists and, of course, artists and designers will meet each other at the Ars Electronica Festival for mutual inspiration and for the exchange of ideas and know-how. The lineup will also include opportunities for participants to engage in dialog among each other and with the public audience. Besides a broad range of lectures, presentations and exhibitions, we want to build a “special taskforce”—24 catalysts of change, innovators and creators of tomorrow from places all over the world who will present their ideas and projects and spend four days together to come up with answers to the question of what it takes to change.
Ars Electronica Future Innovators Summit
September 8 - September 9, 2016
Part of the Ars Electronica Festival: September 8–12, 2016 in Linz, Austria
August 26, 2016
The Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan is proud to announce a new gallery space in downtown Ann Arbor in the first floor of the McKinley Towne Center at 201 S. Division Street, between Liberty St. and Washington St.
Starting in winter 2017, the Stamps Gallery will house rotating exhibitions of contemporary art and design, including work by Stamps students, faculty, and alums. With nearly 8,000 square feet of exhibition space, the Stamps Gallery replaces Work Gallery (306 S. State St.) and Slusser Gallery (2000 Bonisteel Blvd.). Slusser Gallery has been converted into fresh studio space — referred to as the “Work Commons” — for Stamps undergraduates.
“The Stamps Gallery offers us a larger and more expansive space to support more ambitious exhibition and curatorial programs,” said Guna Nadarajan, Dean of the Stamps School of Art & Design. “The space will allow us to show works that fuel our students’ education and give them hands-on opportunities in exhibition participation, promotion, curation, and design.”
The Stamps School of Art & Design exhibition program will be on hiatus in fall 2016 as the Stamps Gallery undergoes renovation. A proud new addition to Ann Arbor’s vibrant cultural offerings, the Stamps Gallery will open to the public in winter 2017.
Scene from a summer 2016 Stamps School of Art & Design exhibition in the Argus II Building. Photo by Doug Coombe.
August 25, 2016
Stamps Assistant Professor Sophia Brueckner will be exhibiting her sci-fi inspired prototypes, the Empathy Box and Empathy Amulet, in An Evening of Platforms, Prototypes, and Multimedia Experiments in Action, on Saturday, September 3 from 6 - 9 pm at Hangar Visual Arts Center in Barcelona.
Extending the 4S/EASST 2016 theme of science and technology “by Other Means”, the evening will feature an open demo space of multi-media and interactive projects by conference participants and local artists and activists in Hangar’s artistic and research community, who adopt diverse alternative formats to explore and experiment with science, technology, and the arts.
Brueckner will also be running “HAPLAB: A Horror and Possibility Sci-Fi Workshop”, a workshop at 4S/EASST as part of the “Innovation, Economic Driver, Disruption: Utopias and Critiques of Making and Hacking” track.
“A good science fiction story should be able to predict not the automobile but the traffic jam.” - Frederick Pohl
Reading sci-fi is like ethics class for inventors and designers. To encourage a long-term and critically optimistic view of technology, workshop participants will write 1-sentence sci-fi stories.
An Evening of Platforms, Prototypes, and Multimedia Experiments in Action
Saturday, 3rd September from 18:00 to 21:00h at Hangar Visual Arts Center
Emilia Coranty 16, 08018 Barcelona
Sophia Brueckner: “Empathy Amulet”, 2014
August 25, 2016
The works of Stamps Professor Louis Marinaro and Margaret Davis were on display this summer in Louis Marinaro & Margaret Davis: Drawings and Paintings, an exhibition in the galleries of the College of Fine Arts, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore India. The funding for this exhibition was provided by the Stamps School of Art & Design at The University of Michigan and the Art Department at Eastern Michigan University, with additional support from the College of Fine Arts at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath. The exhibition was open from July 18 - July 27, 2016.
August 25, 2016
Artist Kimberly Callas (BFA 1995) has taken a tenure-track position leading the sculpture department at Monmouth University, in West Long Branch, New Jersey. Monmouth has a new arts building, Rechnitz Hall, and a growing department. Callas is coming to the position with a passion for entrepreneurship, having worked for the last ten years in Maine’s creative economy, where she worked with emerging technologies in digital modeling, 3D printing, laser cutting and CNC milling. “I’m excited for this opportunity to combine these new practices with my background in traditional sculpting skills that focus on observation from nature and structural integrity.” Callas begins her position at Monmouth this fall.
Callas’ artwork has an ecological focus and incorporates patterns, materials and symbols from nature. Callas speaks nationally about her search for an ‘ecological self’, an artistic process she describes as ‘a combination of scientific observation and religious practice’. Recently, Art New England called work from her current series, Portrait of the Ecological Self, “Unforgettable.” For more information on this project and her other series, visit http://kimberlycallas.com.
Callas received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design and her MFA from the New York Academy of Art.
August 24, 2016
Joan Rosenberg-Dent (BFA 1978), a sculptor, and Francis Scorzelli, a painter, have collaborated in a series of pieces inspired by Santa Barbara’s urban landscape that will be featured in a GraySpace Gallery exhibition this September.
Each work has been molded by both artists simultaneously, yet independently in each artist’s respective studio. In some instances, individual elements or entire pieces were created in Joan’s studio and then painted in Fran’s. In others, the painting and sculpture were created separately then joined together for completion.
This collaboration began when Joan’s sculpture was placed next to Fran’s painting in a juried show. It was obvious to the artists that there was a connection, as the forms in Joan’s sculptures mimicked the painted shapes on Fran’s canvas. The artists had never before met, yet recognized creative potential as they contemplated this collaboration.
This series opens at GraySpace in Santa Barbara’s’ Funk Zone Arts District, where the entirety of the gallery will be transformed into one of Santa Barbara’s city streets.
“Abstractions, Contractions, Intersections”
Opening Reception: September 23, 5 - 8 pm
Exhibition Dates: September 2 - November 20
219 Gray Ave
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
August 23, 2016
Fiber work by Stamps Professor Sherri Smith is featured in “The Box Project: Uncommon Threads,” a collection of never-before-exhibited contemporary fiber artworks commissioned by noted Los Angeles collector, Lloyd Cotsen. The exhibition is on view from September 11, 2016 through January 15, 2017 at the Fowler Museum at UCLA.
“The Box Project is about challenges,” said current Cotsen Collection curator Lyssa Stapleton, “asking weavers who work in two dimensions to conquer three-dimensional space, requiring artists making art on a grand scale to work in miniature, and inspiring sculptors, painters and designers to create something with fiber.”
The Box Project: Uncommon Threads
September 11, 2016 – January 15, 2017
308 Charles E Young Dr N,
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Image: Sherri Smith, “Water Table”, 2004
August 22, 2016
From September 2-9, the U-M Museum of Art (UMMA) will illuminate its facade with artwork, performances, and a family-friendly movie night in an outdoor event series entitled “Nights at the Museum.” From 8:30 pm to dawn, creative work will be projected onto the exterior State Street facade of the U-M Museum of Art (UMMA).
As part of the “Nights at the Museum” festivities, a screening of short art films by Stamps students and faculty will be shown on Wednesday, Sept. 7 from 8:30 – 10 pm. Participants include:
- Zoe Anderson (BFA 2007) - Little Luminaries
- Ashley Bock (BFA 2018) - fission
- Alexa Borromeo (BFA 2016) - Stay Out of the Sun
- Shane Darwent (MFA 2018) - Orquesta de las Calles
- Niki Horowitz (BFA 2016) - Personal Projections
- Carol Jacobsen (Stamps Professor) - Prison Diary
- Andy Kirshner (Stamps Associate Professor) - Liberty’s Secret (segment)
- Rebekah Modrak (Stamps Associate Professor) - Re Made Best Made Echo
- Zoe Brendan Widmer (BFA 2016) - Does My Undercut Make Me Look Queer?
- Niki Williams (BFA 2016) - Grimestone
August 19, 2016
Jules Pieri (BFA 1982), CEO of The Grommet, discusses growing up in Detroit, her college years, and her career as a successful entrepreneur in a recent DBusiness profile.
The turning point for Jules Pieri in a life that was already remarkable came in the mid-1990s, when she was working on product and brand strategy at Playskool, a Rhode Island-based company that produces educational toys and games for children.
“I saw that the best product ideas didn’t make it to market,” Pieri says, “and I asked my boss, Meg Whitman — who later became famous, but she wasn’t then —‘What’s going on?’ She said, ‘If Target, Kmart, Walmart, and Toys R Us didn’t want it, it wouldn’t get made.’ That was the way of the world with big box retail. It made me really angry. And being angry is a really good catalyst for me.”
That epiphany inspired Pieri and a partner to create a startup they called The Grommet. Launched in 2008, the Boston-based company is a discovery platform that helps worthy but unknown products succeed, largely by utilizing social media to empower creators, inventors, and entrepreneurs.