News & Events
March 27, 2015
Visit the studio of Stamps alum Jean Wolff (BFA 1982) on Saturday April 18 as part of the open studios event in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The studio is centrally located at 254 36th Street on the 5th Floor - Studio B-540.
Over 100 artists with studios on the waterfront at the vast Industry City warehouse district in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, will open their doors to the public for a daylong Open Studios event on Saturday, April 18, 2015, from 11 am to 6 pm
Visitors will have a unique opportunity to meet artists - painters, sculptors, photographers, video artists and tour their workspaces. The event will also include makers, manufacturers and food offerings.
March 27, 2015
Endi Poskovic: April 2 Gallery Talk at NCRC
Endi Poskovic, Professor of Art, Penny Stamps School of Art and Design, will offer a gallery talk for his print exhibition “Impossible Object.” This will take place on Thursday, April 2 at noon.
March 26, 2015
Ruth Weisberg (B.S.DES ‘63, M.A., ‘64), Professor of Fine Arts and former Dean at the University of Southern California Roski School of Art, is the 2015 recipient of the Southern Graphics Council International Printmaker Emeritus Award. The largest print organization in North America, SCGI’s annual conference is the biggest annual gathering focused on the field of printmaking. The award is accompanied by an exhibition at the UT Downtown Gallery in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Ruth Weisberg has been an important influence on printmaking both as an artist and educator. Her creative activity and scholarship encompasses not only studio production in printmaking, painting, and drawing, but central and influential articles, essays and book chapters that have played a vital role in advancing print theory. Her 1986 essay “Syntax of the Print” published in the Tamarind Papers is frequently assigned to students in printmaking programs and remains relevant almost 30 years after it was first published. As one of her nominators, Mark Pascale, Associate Curator of Printmaking at the Art Institute of Chicago, praised not only her work as a printmaker and draftsman, he also emphasized her writings as an important contribution to the field of printmaking.
Weisberg’s artwork is notable for her commitment to both extending the history of art, and its continued relevance to the human experience today. Her themes are often ambitious ones, including cultural identity, love, mortality, history and community. Her work has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally, with her recent exhibitions including “Ruth Weisberg: Guido Cagnacci and the Resonant Image” at the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, and “Ruth Weisberg: Unfurled” at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles. In total, she has presented over 80 one-person exhibitions at museums and galleries internationally. She is represented by Jack Rutberg Fine Arts in Los Angeles.
Additionally, Weisberg’s work is in the collections of major museums, including the Getty Center; Norton Simon Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Smithsonian Museum of American Art and the Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Whitney Museum of American Art; Jewish Museum, New York; Art Institute of Chicago; Harvard University; Biblioteca Nazionale d’Italia (Rome); and Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris.
Her honors include the Foundation for Jewish Culture’s 50th Anniversary Cultural Achievement Award 2011, the 2009 Women’s Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award, a National Council of Art Administrators Leadership Award, the USC Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award for Creative Work, the College Art Association’s Distinguished Teaching of Art Award), a Senior Research Fulbright combined with a visiting artist residency at the American Academy in Rome, a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, and a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from Hebrew Union College. In addition, she served as the President of the College Art Association in the early 1990s.
Weisberg received her M.A. from the University of Michigan, and her Laurea in Painting and Printmaking from the Academia di Belle Arti, Perugia, Italy. Following her graduate studies, she also spent a year at Stanley William Hayter’s Atelier 17 in Paris, France. She is a Professor of Fine Arts and former Dean at the University of Southern California Roski School, and is currently the Director of the USC Initiative for Israeli Arts and Humanities.
Stamps alumna Professor Ruth Weisberg with Stamps students Nina Baracco, Margaret Hitch, Sarah Brennan, Elizabeth Pearlman, Anica Presley, and Tanner Petch at the SGCI Conference.
March 21, 2015
WCBN and Sweetland Center for Writing present a live broadcast of Word Squared, featuring guest Phoebe Gloeckner: Mar. 24, 6pm at Literati Books, Ann Arbor.
Wednesday, March 25 at 6:00 pm
Literati Bookstore, 124 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Sweetland Center for Writing’s Word Squared lets you hear directly from U-M professors about their challenges, processes, and expectation as writers and also as readers of student writing. Word Sqaured pairs an esteemed University professor with Sweetland faculty member for a conversation about writing. These conversations offer a rare glimpse into the writing that professors do outside the classroom and how they handle the same challenges student writers face.
Phoebe Gloeckner is Associate Professor in the Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan, where she teaches courses in comic arts and interactive books. Her writing, drawing and illustration takes many shapes and forms, including A Child’s Life and the extraordinary The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2002), which was recently adapted by Marielle Heller into a feature film that premiered at Sundance in January. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship for her ongoing work concerning the family of a murdered teenager living in Ciudad Juárez, a project that redefines boundaries not only between genres and mediums, but between author, reader and subject.
March 20, 2015
Seth Ellis will speak Tuesday, March 24 from 6-7 pm in the Parker Room, Michigan Union, as part of the PROFS series. He’ll speak on the new model of the artist/designer as “creative entrepreneur,” what that means, and whether it’s a real career path or just a collection of buzzwords (answer: both).
P.R.O.F.S. is an educational lecture series hosted by the Center for Campus Involvement and is intended to engage outstanding faculty members with students at U-M.
March 20, 2015
The Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP) at the University of Michigan presents the Twentieth Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners. Running from March 25 – April 8, 2015, the show will be held at the Duderstadt Center Gallery on the University of Michigan North Campus at 2281 Bonisteel Boulevard. Over the past 20 years, this nationally recognized show has grown to be one of the largest exhibitions of prisoner art in the country, attracting over 3,500 visitors last year. This year’s exhibition will include more than 450 works of art by over 200 artists,illuminating their ideas and visions and encouraging the public to engage with their work.
For the twentieth anniversary, there are several special ways to celebrate. PCAP is offering gallery tours on opening night from 5-7pm. To participate, sign up here. PCAP is also inviting families of incarcerated artists and writers to spend a day at the gallery together, holding a reunion weekend for PCAP’s U-M alumni, and bringing award winners and selected work to a traveling version of the exhibition (May 29 - June 26, UM Detroit Center Gallery).
20th Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners
March 25 – April 8
Duderstadt Center Gallery, Duderstadt Center, 2281 Bonisteel Boulevard, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Exhibition hours: 10 am - 7 pm Tuesday - Saturday; 12 - 6 pm Sunday and Monday
Wednesday, March 25: Opening Events
10 am: Gallery Opens
5 - 7 pm: Guided Tours (Advance registration required. Call 734-647-7673 or visit the PCAP site to sign up for a tour)
7 pm: Opening Reception
Friday, March 27: Presentation
5 - 7 pm: “Bring our Loved Ones Home: Lessons from California’s Fight to get People out of Prison”
Emily Harris, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
From prisoner hunger strikes to deadly crowding, California prisons have been in the notorious spotlight for more than a decade. Emily Harris, PCAP Advisory Board Member and alumna, will discuss the challenges and opportunities of organizing at this time in the prison bellwether state. Can a “broken system” be fixed? If not, what are our alternatives?
Saturday, March 28: PCAP Associates Panel Discussion
10 am - 11:30 am: Panel Discussion
The PCAP Associates is a diverse group of PCAP alumni, whose experiences with PCAP as U-M students framed their careers in social justice.
Sunday, March 29: Family Day at the Exhibition
PCAP celebrates the family and friends of incarcerated artists and writers at our first annual Family Day at the exhibition. Events listed below are open to the public.
11 am - 12:30 pm: Artist Panel Discussion
Artists from previous Prison Creative Arts Project exhibitions share their stories and answer questions about life as a prison artist in this informal panel discussion.
3 - 5 pm: Reading - Michigan Review of Prisoner Creative Writing, Vol. 7
Art & Architecture Auditorium, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd., Room 2104
Hear selections from this year’s journal.
Tuesday, March 31: Presentation
6 - 8 pm: “Restorative Justice and the Arts: The Atonement Project”
Ashley Lucas and Shaka Senghor, Prison Creative Arts Project
Space 2435 North Quad, 105 South State St.
The Atonement Project, a collaboration between Prison Creative Arts Project and MIT Digital Media Lab, creates spaces where the arts can help bridge the divides created by crime and incarceration.
Tuesday, April 7: Presentation
7 - 8 pm: “Jail Guitar Doors: Changing Lives through the Power of Music”
Wayne and Margaret Kramer, Jail Guitar Doors
Jail Guitar Doors USA believes prisoners provided with the musical tools to create songs of their own can achieve a positive change of attitude that can initiate the work necessary to successfully return to life outside prison walls.
Image: Rafael DeJesus, “The Way It Is!”
March 19, 2015
Heidi Kumao‘s short, animated film, “Swallowed Whole,” will screen in the Ann Arbor Film Festival in the Animated Films in Competition screening at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor on Friday, March 28 at 9:30 pm.
A film festival trailer created by Kumao and recent Stamps MFA grad, Collin McRae-Leix, incorporating the music of Stamps MFA grad, Frank Pahl, will be screened before many of the screenings during the festival that runs March 24-29, 2015 at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor.
March 18, 2015
“Alien Objects” (2015)
By Franny Mendes Levitin, featuring local artworks
Oil on canvas, digital representations of art, website application, live performance
You are invited to view paintings and interact with a website which features local artworks.
The internet claims to offer open and networked information, yet some popular website applications organize requested information in ways that do not allow the user to see their content in relation to the whole picture. For example, on facebook, your friends can’t search for what events you are going to. Why aren’t these web applications facilitating collaboration and communication in real space? Alien Objects responds to this regular phenomenon by inviting and facilitating collaboration.
Franny Mendes Levitin is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design. Through her work, she creates dialogue between the digital and the physical, between the fictional and the factual, and between the subject and the object.
Space 2435 Satellite Exhibition at the 53rd Ann Arbor Film Festival
March 24 - 29, 2015
Space 2435 North Quad, 105 South State Street
Opening reception on Wednesday, March 25: 3 - 5 pm
Open to the public:
Tuesday: 2 pm - 6 pm
Wednesday - Friday: 10 am - 6 pm
Saturday: 11 am - 3 pm
Sunday: 10 am - 3 pm
March 18, 2015
Thursday, March 19, 8 am - 3:30 pm
Eastern Michigan University Student Center, 900 Oakwood Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
The Arts Alliance in partnership with Creative Many Michigan, CultureSource, Eastern Michigan University College of Arts and Sciences and the University of Michigan Penny Stamps Speaker Series is pleased to announce Creative Convergence 2015, an issues-based conference focusing on the current “hot topics” impacting and driving the creative sector in Michigan and the nation.
The creative sector is at the forefront as communities across the country look toward their quality of life and placemaking to help improve their economies and remain competitive in the 21st century. Creative Convergence 2015 features nationally recognized thought leaders and top professionals from all sectors who are connecting with the Creative Sector to attract jobs, talent and offer residents an outstanding and creative place to live. Speakers include Alice Carle, Christopher Farah, Mike Farah, and Saki Mafundikwa (shown below giving a TED Talk).
Creative Convergence 2015 takes place Thursday, March 19 at the Eastern Michigan Student Center in Ypsilanti. A daylong program, Creative Convergence is designed to connect creative people and sources with members of the business and academic worlds, and civic and community leaders. Those attending will share experiences and discuss what works, what is on the horizon, and what attendees can take back to share with their colleagues and community leaders to inspire their community through arts and culture.
Featured speakers include:
- Alice Carle, Program Director, The Kresge Foundation
- Christopher Farah, producer, writer, director, journalist
- Mike Farah, producer and director, Funny or Die
- Mike Finney, Senior Advisor, Economic Growth at State of Michigan
- Ben Forta, Senior Director of Customer Learning, Adobe Systems
- Saki Mafundikwa, graphic designer, educator, author, filmmaker and farmer
- Sharalyn Walkons-Davis, Creative Arts Therapist, VA Medical Center, Battle Creek, MI
Watch it live below, or on Detroit Public Television online:
March 18, 2015
On March 27, Stamps graduate student Emily Schiffer (MFA ‘16) will be a keynote speaker at “Representations of Power and Power of the Image in British and American Contemporary Photography,” a Symposium and workshop at the University of Nantes in France.
Emily will present her public art project, SEE POTENTIAL, which installs large-scale documentary photographs onto abandoned buildings on the South Side of Chicago. Schiffer and Co-founder Orrin Williams sought to repurpose documentary photograph as advertising for community-driven revitalization plans in the area. SEE POTENTIAL aims to enable residents, community leaders, and elected officials to visualize the potential for sustainable, locally owned community development and to mobilize community support behind great ideas.
SEE POTENTIAL created a text messaging infrastructure and online mapping system to record the support at each SEE POTENTIAL location. Onlookers are encouraged to sign an informal petition of support via text messaging. Community partners then use this data to launch their idea to the next level. For example, the documented support can help convince banks to give loans, or be presented to elected officials to gain their support.
The project is produced in partnership with the Magnum Foundation, NY and the Center for Urban Transformation in Chicago. SEE POTENTIAL was made possible through the generous support of Open Society Foundations Documentary Photography Project, Compton Foundation, Panta Rhea Foundation, and 377 Kickstarter backers. The project has been featured in Aperture Magazine, PDN, TIME Lightbox, Modern Art News Podcast, and WBEZ Chicago.