News & Events


Andrew Zago: 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale

May 5, 2016

Stamps alum Andrew Zago’s (BFA ‘80) firm Zago Architecture was chosen to be one of the select teams participating in The Architectural Imagination, an exhibition of new speculative architectural projects designed for specific sites in Detroit for the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. The 15th Venice Architecture Biennale will be open to the public from Saturday, May 28, 2016 - Sunday, November 27, 2016.

Curatorial Team Selected for US Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale | ArchDaily

Andrew Zago: 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale

Laurie Mann: Online Drawing Tutorials

May 3, 2016

Since graduating from Stamps, Laurie Mann (BFA 1996) went on to earn an MFA from Arizona State University.  After teaching at universities and colleges in Arizona, Tennessee and Michigan, she started teaching private drawing lessons in Austin, Texas. Since then she’s taken her curriculum online, with free drawing tutorials on YouTube and is now working with students all over the world. Her short, step-by-step tutorials are a great refresher if it’s been a while since you’ve drawn, and are also easy to follow for kids and adults who are totally new to drawing.

LZM Studio | YouTube

2016 Student Awards

May 2, 2016

The Stamps School is pleased to announce the recipients of the Stamps Class of 2016 Student Awards, presented as part of the commencement ceremony on Saturday, April 30, 2015.

MFA Thesis Exhibition Awards recognize outstanding creative work as evidenced in the candidate’s MFA thesis exhibition, as selected by jurors Lumi Tan (curator at the Kitchen, NYC) and Gregory Volk (writer, critic and professor, VCU).

  • Ned Dybvig Memorial MFA Thesis Exhibition Award: awarded to Alisa Yang for Sleeping with the Devil and Please Come Again
  • Honorable Mentions:  Carolyn Clayton for Chain of Contagion, Sanghun Yoo for Unoriginal Original

The Gorman Award recognizes a graduating senior who has excelled beyond all others in scholarship, service, leadership, and creative work. The award is made possible through the generous support of Debra and Steve Gorman.

  • Beatriz Lozano

Integrative Project Awards recognize outstanding student Integrative Projects, judged in the entirety of the process — the concept, the research, the work, the finished product, the thinking and rethinking, making and remaking.

  • Alexa Borromeo
  • Emma Covode
  • Nikki Horowitz
  • Sidney Krandall
  • Ellen Manson
  • Mona McKinstry
  • Hayden Nickel
  • Carolyn Rodgers

The BA Capstone Award recognizes an outstanding student BA Capstone project, judged in the entirety of the process — the concept, the research, the work, the finished product, the thinking and rethinking, making and remaking.

  • Raj Brueggermann

The Candy R. Wei Prize for International Study recognizes seniors who demonstrate how their international study experience changed or influenced their work as an artist or designer. The prize is funded in memory of Stamps student Candy Wei.

  • Nikki Horowitz
  • Soon Ju Kim
  • Mona McKinstry
  • Dustin Park
  • Elizabeth Pearlman
2016 Student Awards

Mark Krecic Exhibits in Michigan Regional Exhibition

April 29, 2016

Work by Stamps Woodshop coordinator Mark Krecic was accepted in the 88th Michigan Regional Exhibition.  The exhibition opens at the Muskegon Museum of Arts on Thursday, May 12 and runs through August 3.

Michigan Regional Exhibition | Muskegon Museum of Arts

Mark Krecic Exhibits in Michigan Regional Exhibition

Mark Krecic: Turned wood vessel of boxelder with decorative color varnish

Carolyn Clayton Awarded Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellowship

April 29, 2016

Stamps MFA graduate student Carolyn Clayton has been awarded the prestigious Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellowship in Painting and Sculpture. Two MFA students are selected from a national pool of nominees each year.

Founded in 1981 by the artist Robert Motherwell (1915–1991), the Dedalus Foundation fosters public understanding of modern art and modernism through its programs in arts education, research and publications, archives and conservation, and exhibitions, as well as in the guardianship and study of Robert Motherwell’s art. As we work to inform and educate the public, we strive to maintain the high standards of our founder, who in addition to being a great artist was also active as a writer, lecturer, and teacher.

The Dedalus Foundation Master of Fine Arts Fellowship in Painting and Sculpture is awarded annually to final-year students who are graduating from an M.F.A. degree program in the United States.

From the Dedalus Foundation announcement:

Clayton has long been interested in the traces that human beings leave on material things: the observable scratches, smudges and smells that hint at past occurrences, and broader human contact. This positioned her to ask whether object history is retained in fragments of everyday things, which she explores by collecting, photographing, pulverizing and reassembling still lifes of second-hand objects.

Carolyn Clayton Awarded Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellowship

Michele Oka Doner Recommended for Honorary Degree

April 28, 2016

Artist and Stamps alumna Michele Oka Doner (B.S. Des. 1966, MFA 1968),  known for her pioneering and multidisciplinary contributions to visual culture, has been recommended to receive an honorary Doctor of Arts degree at Spring commencement.

Doner is an artist known for the fresh lens she brings to the natural world and its processes. Her best-known work, “A Walk on the Beach” (1995-2010) at Miami International Airport, celebrates her native Florida.

Doner was born in Miami Beach, where she spent her childhood closely observing nature. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Design degree (1966) and a Master of Fine Arts degree (1968) from the College of Architecture and Design, now the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design.

For five decades, she has conveyed a reverence for the physical and spiritual through her symbolic language, a prescience of today’s growing ecology movement.

Five recommended for honorary degrees at Spring Commencement | The University Record

Michele Oka Doner Recommended for Honorary Degree

Jennifer Metsker’s Poetry Appears in Banango Street

April 28, 2016

Excerpts from Stamps Lecturer and Writing Coordinator Jennifer Metsker’s poem “Days of the God-Sized Brains” are included in the latest issue of the literary journal Banango Street.

Jennifer Metsker >> Banango Street

Jennifer Metsker’s Poetry Appears in Banango Street

2016 Undergraduate Award Recipients

April 27, 2016

Thanks to generous donor support, the Stamps School is able to award funding each spring to exceptional undergraduate students in support and recognition of their hard work, dedication, and creative accomplishments. Congratulations to our 2016 Undergraduate Award Recipients!

The Kelly McKinnell Memorial Award provides an opportunity to travel anywhere in the world to work on a photographic project focused on world cultural understanding or environmental awareness.
Recipient: Junior Gabriella Meyer, who will be traveling to Russia

Kristoffer M. Gillette Memorial Scholarship
Recipient: Junior Emilie Farrugia

Alice Elizabeth Kalom Award
Recipient: Junior Emilie Farrugia

David Robert and Sylvia Jean Nelson Foundation for Arts and Letters Scholarship
Recipient: Madeline Helland

Irene Bychinsky Bendler Award in Design
Recipient: Arwin Wang

Riggs Hoenecke Scholarship for Design
Recipient: Megan Lewin Smith

William Carter Award for Product Design
Recipient: Arwin Wang

Arden Fate Memorial Award
Recipient: Sydney Markus

William A. Lewis Watercolor Prize
Recipient: Qinzhi Jiang

Marilyn and Budge Sherwood Scholarship
Recipient: Brianna Despenza

Silberman Scholarship
Recipient: Susanna Yun

Stamps Creative Work Awards are given to one freshman, one sophomore, and one junior. Three additional awards are given to three students at any level.
Stefan Savoy (Freshman)
Natalia Cuevas (Freshman)
Rachel Krasnick (Sophomore)
Emily Schumer (Junior)
Mia Massimino (Junior)
James Mackin (Junior)

2016 Undergraduate Award Recipients

Rebekah Modrak: Visiting Artist at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

April 26, 2016

Associate Professor Rebekah Modrak will give a talk on contemporary uses and mis-uses of the terms “community,” “craft,” and “labor” at the School of Art + Design / University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

The talk will present her creative interventions and publications that challenge uncritical misconceptions that “labor” and “community” are consumable experiences, and that “craft” is the domain of the leisure class. As part of her visit, Professor Modrak will hold a brown-bag lunch with graduate students.

Hosted by the Youth in the Creative Cities Research Cluster, the talk is supported by the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities and will be held on Monday, May 2, 2016, 5pm in the School of Art + Design Building.

Rebekah Modrak: Visiting Artist at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


April 26, 2016

Anne Keenan Higgins (BFA 1985) has written and illustrated a non-fiction book to be published in Spring 2017 by Running Press, a member of Perseus Books Group. FICTIONALLY FABULOUS is an illustrated collection of film and TV characters who changed the face of fashion, from Holly Golightly’s little black dress to Ginger Grant’s shipwrecked sequined ensemble to Laura Petrie’s cigarette pants. Profiles will include each character’s style and their trend-setting influence dating back to the 1920’s to current day.