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Larry Snider: “Faces of Tibet” Awarded

July 28, 2016

Recently, photographer and Stamps Dean’s Advisory Council member Larry Snider’s “Faces of Tibet”, a project six years in the making, was awarded First Place in the Portraiture category at the juried show Prix de la Photographie Paris 2016. An international jury selected the finalists from photographs submitted from 85 countries.

TheFaces of Tibet project was also awarded First Prize in the Travel Category at the juried Fine Art Photography Awards in London.

Faces of Tibet | Lawrence K. Snider Photography

Larry Snider: “Faces of Tibet” Awarded

Ruth Burke Exhibits: Woman Made Gallery

July 28, 2016

Documentation of Trough, one of MFA student Ruth Burke‘s first year performances, has been accepted into the 19th International Juried Exhibition at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, Illinois. Woman Made is a nonprofit feminist contemporary art venue.

Trough reverses typical power structures adopted by humans and cows. How do we understand and relate to livestock that are typically considered commonplace, ordinary, or, “quiet (bearing the marks of the care of generations)”, as described by scholar Donna Haraway. Haraway also states“to be kin…is to be responsible to and for each other, human and not.” Humanity is indebted to cows as we have truly experienced a “becoming with” this separate species. We exercise various degrees of care for each other while the cow continues to be an all-encompassing symbol of the benefits humans can reap from nature when domesticated. Cows are an intrinsic part of what it means to be human.

Trough was documented by Emily Schiffer (MFA ‘16) and Nicholas Williams (UM BFA ‘16).

Woman Made: 19th International Juried Exhibition
Opening Reception: August 12, 2016, 6 - 8 pm
Exhibition Dates: August 12 to September 10, 2016
685 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642, United States

Ruth Burke Exhibits: Woman Made Gallery

Melanie Manos and Kathryn Luchs: Essay’d Book Launch

July 28, 2016

Wayne State University Press announces the release of Essay’d: 30 Detroit Artists with a launch party at Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) on Thursday, August 4 at 5pm. Stamps Lecturers Melanie Manos and Kathryn Brackett Luchs are both subjects of essays in the book, which features color images of their work.

Stemming from the popular website of the same name, Essay’d: 30 Detroit Artists seeks to introduce readers to some of the contemporary art practitioners who live and work in Detroit or have participated in the Detroit art scene in an important way. Even those familiar with Detroit and its art ecosystem are sure to find new insight and perspective on artists that have made their careers in Detroit.

Essay’d: 30 Detroit Artists | Wayne State University Press
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Melanie Manos and Kathryn Luchs: Essay’d Book Launch

Craig Varjabedian: Iceland Landscape Photography Workshop

July 28, 2016

This fall, award-winning fine art photographer Craig Varjabedian (BFA 1979) is offering an educational photographic workshop in Iceland.

Eloquent Light Photography Workshops is pleased to offer an exciting adventure to photograph the stunning landscape of Iceland with award-winning fine art photographer Craig Varjabedian (BFA 1979). Iceland is without doubt a photographer’s paradise, mostly because of the great variety in landscape along with exceptional light. In Iceland you will encounter breathtaking vistas, unspoiled countryside, an endless amount of waterfalls, impressive coastlines and dramatic weather. Autumn is a great time to visit Iceland because at that time of year Icelandic nature transforms and becomes amazingly beautiful with vibrant and colourful landscapes and sceneries all around. Join Craig in September for this shooting intensive workshop, when the midnight sun is no longer visible but instead the Northern Lights makes its first appearance.

We will explore and photograph the west of Iceland, the Golden circle in the south, the southern highland and the south coast all the way to the southeast area of Iceland. On this trip you will experience rough yet beautiful coastlines, Europe´s largest glacier, world famous glacier lagoons with floating iconic icebergs, epic and majestic waterfalls in all shapes and sizes, astonishing mountains and mountain peaks, pitch black volcanic beaches with epically shaped sea stacks and last but not least the breathtaking colourful southern highland.

BY INVITATION: The Iceland Landscape | Eloquent Light Photography Workshops

Craig Varjabedian: Iceland Landscape Photography Workshop

Melanie Manos & Andrew Thompson Exhibit in Re:Formation

July 28, 2016

Stamps lecturers Melanie Manos and Andrew Thompson are featured in Re:Formation, a new exhibition that will be on display in Toledo and Ann Arbor.  Presented by Gallery Project, Re:Formation features over 50 local, regional, and national artists addressing the push back that is occurring in communities nationwide around issues such as water access and safety, marginalization of the poor, the murder and incarceration of African American youth, and decay of urban infrastructure. The exhibit also highlights, as a form of push back, people’s shifting views and interactions with nature, technology, and each other. Re: Formation is Gallery Project’s 4th annual dual-site, multi-media exhibition.

Re: Formation opens at Gallery Project in Toledo on Monday, August 1 at 600 Jefferson Ave and runs through Wednesday, August 31. The opening reception is on Friday, August 5 from 5-9pm. DJ Nathan Mattimoe will perform and Grumpy’s will provide snacks. Toledo Hours: Thursday, noon-6pm; Friday and Saturday, noon-8pm; and Sunday, noon-5pm. Note: August 1-3 and August 29-31, hours are noon to 6pm.

In Ann Arbor, Michigan, Re: Formation opens at the Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty, on Friday, September 9, and runs through Sunday, October 16. The Ann Arbor Opening Reception is on Friday, September 9 from 6-9 pm.

Re:Formation Art Exhibition Opening | Facebook

Melanie Manos & Andrew Thompson Exhibit in Re:Formation

Chris Van Allsburg: SLICE Ann Arbor Interview

July 27, 2016

SLICE Ann Arbor recently featured an interview with author, illustrator, two-time winner of the Caldecott Medal, and Stamps alumnus Chris Van Allsburg (BFA 1972).

Though some years had passed between the end of my model building days and my sophomore year in college, the introduction to the materials and techniques of sculpture reawakened in me the excitement and satisfaction of making things, three dimensional things, with my hands.

An Interview With Author/Illustrator Chris van Allsburg | SLICE Ann Arbor

Chris Van Allsburg: SLICE Ann Arbor Interview

Photo by Joe Gilbert.

Willie Filkowski Performs at Providence Fringe Festival

July 25, 2016

Willie Filkowski (BFA Interarts Performance ‘15) will perform his solo show Willie Filkowski Welcomes You to Florida the Sunshine State at the Providence Fringe Festival on Saturday, July 30, 2016. Willie created the work for his Stamps integrative project and has since performed it at his other alma mater, Florida SouthWestern State College, and at the Asheville Fringe Festival, where it won “Spirit of the Fringe”.

Willie Filkowski Welcomes You to Florida the Sunshine State
Written & performed by Willie Filkowski

Providence Fringe Festival
Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 9:30pm
AS220 Blackbox Theater
115 Empire St., Providence RI

Emma Berger: Art for Artists

July 15, 2016

Emma Berger (BFA 2013) was recently featured in a public radio profile that discussed her work designing merchandise for musicians and bands, with clients including Brandi Carlile, David Ramirez, Father John Misty, Penny and Sparrow, and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats.

Berger says she enjoys the challenge of capturing the unseen – drawing from the lyrics and sounds she hears and creating something two-dimensional. She says the projects she does with bands are typically much more creative than projects with other clients.

“The most freedom I have, basically, is when I’m designing with musicians,” she explains. “I like having that opportunity.”

Local graphic designer makes art for the artist | Interlochen Public Radio

Emma Berger: Art for Artists

Photo: Dan Wanschura

Lauren Pallotta and Tori Tinsley: Atlanta Community Mural Project

July 12, 2016

BFA 2003 alums Lauren Pallotta and Tori Tinsley recently reconnected in the burgeoning Atlanta arts scene through art shows and grant opportunities. Pallotta is leading a community-driven mural project in Little Five Points, one of Atlanta’s most eclectic and diverse neighborhoods. She has curated the wall to feature the work of 20+ local female artists, including Tinsley.

They recently held an event with the community to brainstorm ideas for the mural design (pictured).

This project is a cross-sector collaboration between the Department of Transportation, the City of Atlanta, the local neighborhood associations, and fiscally sponsored through C4 Atlanta, a local arts incubator.

Little Five Points Mural Project | C4 Atlanta

Lauren Pallotta and Tori Tinsley: Atlanta Community Mural Project

Joan Rosenberg-Dent Featured in Upcoming Showcase

July 12, 2016

Sculptor Joan Rosenberg-Dent (BFA 1978) will be featured in an upcoming show at 10 West Gallery in Santa Barbara. It will showcase both wall-pieces and porcelain sculptures from her series Primary Play. The opening event on Thursday, August 4 will be free and open to the public.

Rosenberg-Dent was also recently interviewed by artist Ted Mills for his FunkZone Podcast. In the interview, she talks about her growth as an artist, her love for porcelain, how she keeps creative, and how Santa Barbara differs from other cities for art.

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 4, 5:00PM - 8:00PM
Exhibition Dates: August 4 – 31
Thursdays – Mondays from 12:00PM – 5:30PM

10 West Gallery
10 West Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, California

Joan Rosenberg-Dent Featured in Upcoming Showcase