Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan
 

Sarah Berkeley: Residency in Western Nebraska

April 11, 2014

Sarah Berkeley (MFA ‘11) will has been awarded a residency at Cedar Point Biological Station, from Jul. 6-18. This is the inaugural year of the residency, which was founded by Karen Kunc.

There are two projects I will work on while in residency at Cedar Point:

1. Walking historical trails at and near Cedar Point to generate 2-dimensional artworks from my GPS tracks. This is a continuation of my Walking Still series. So far, the longest walk I have completed was 21 miles. This chapter of the series expands my practice as the artworks will preserve what remains of the trails and document the contemporary experience of navigating them on foot. The artworks are a literal and figurative trace of the past.

Process: I record my walks with GPS (on a cell phone if there is a signal, using another device if not). I then convert the recorded GPS track into a single line that can be read by Adobe Illustrator. From there I create a vector line, which engrave into wood using at laser cutter. Once the plates are engraved I hand emboss the track onto paper. The works I have made so far range from 10ft x14ft to 5in x 5in depending on the length of the walks and the scale of the laser cut track. I am currently looking into streamlining this process for the smaller drawings by using a printing press. The larger works will always be hand embossed due to the large scale. (See my Walking Still series for examples of this kind of work.)

2. I will do short, site-specific performances for the camera that a direct responses to the landscape I am in and my emotional response to it. These works will provide a welcome interlude while my body is resting between walks. (See my Intimate Frustrations Series for examples of this kind of work.)

 

Sarah Berkeley: Residency in Western Nebraska

Jenny Schu: Exhibitions, Awards, Teaching Workshops

April 11, 2014

Last year, Jenny Schu’s (BFA ‘04) grant-related exhibition “Creating a Nature” led to 7 of her pieces going on to internationally juried shows in 4 different states. She also took home three awards from the Michigan League of Handweavers Conference Exhibits including Best of Show and People’s Choice Awards for “She Can’t See the Forest through the Trees.” Jenny was also one of the recipients of her own billboard in the Lansing MI area.

In 2014 she has given talks about her work to 2 fiber arts guilds and is gearing up for a summer of teaching workshops and working on two larger bodies of work. Jenny is offering 2 workshops through Interlochen College of Creative Arts, the first on May 31, and the second on June 30. In August she is teaching a 3 day bead-weaving workshop with the Michigan League of Handweavers.

For two weeks in May Jenny will be at Blueberry View Artist Retreat in Benton Harbor to focus on working on her Uprooted Series which includes beaded sculpture. There will be a reception at the end of her stay - details can be found on her website.

Jenny Schu: Exhibitions, Awards, Teaching Workshops

Sue Finley: Dancing Dog Gallery

April 11, 2014

Sue Finley (BFA ‘80) is a co-founding member of the Dancing Dog Gallery, which opened in September 2013 in the historic Herb David Guitar building in Ann Arbor.

Sue’s work has been featured on the cover of the Ann Arbor Observer a number of times in the last several years, and her work has been showcased in a number of public venues, including libraries, hospitals, and local galleries.

The gallery opened at 302 E. Liberty with a rousing opening reception, and has been a huge success and a positive addition to the art scene in Ann Arbor. Dancing Dog Gallery showcases the works of approximately 18 members and visiting artists, displaying paintings, photographs, prints, 3 -D sculpture, jewelry, and more in a beautiful, light filled gallery. Please visit the gallery for featured artist openings, with shows changing every six weeks.  Information on upcoming events, along with application information, is available at: http://dancingdoggallery.biz .

Sue Finley: Dancing Dog Gallery

Sue Holdaway-Heys: Work Here and Abroad

April 11, 2014

An art quilt by Sue Holdaway-Heys (MFA 1994) was recently requested for loan to the US ambassador to Mozambique through the Art In The Embassies program.

In 2012 I was contacted by Art In The Embassies program that the Ambassador requested one of my art quilts for loan in Maputo, Mozambique. The piece I chose was no.1054 53” x 58” as he is from the west side of our state. It will return in 2015.

Holdaway-Heys will also have new work on display in Local Color, an exhibition of large works that relate in some way to Ann Arbor.  The exhibition will run Aug. 18 - Oct. 6 at the University Hospital.

University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
1500 East Medical Dr., Ann Arbor
Viewing Hours 8am - 8pm

Sue Holdaway-Heys: Work Here and Abroad

Arb House, 50” x 61”

Susan W. Saltzman Featured in Cleveland Plain Dealer

April 11, 2014

Susan Weidenthal Saltzman (BFA ‘83) and her unique SToNZ Jewelry was featured in an article in The Cleveland Plain Dealer and on Cleveland.com in March, 2014. The interview highlighted Susan’s sterling silver creations and how she finds inspiration for her work.

A former illustrator for American Greetings, and a freelance graphic designer, Susan has been selling her SToNZ Jewelry online via Etsy since 2007. Her creations integrate authentic seaglass, Lake Erie beach stones, pearls and unusual vintage trinkets she has collected over the years, combined with oxidized sterling silver chains and handmade silver and copper accents.

The article can be read here: http://www.cleveland.com/style/index.ssf/2014/03/susan_saltzman_of_stonz_makes.html

Susan W. Saltzman Featured in Cleveland Plain Dealer

Keith Ekstam: Visiting Artist Residency

April 11, 2014

Keith Ekstam (MFA ‘87) will serve as a Resident Visiting Artist at Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center, Skælskør, Denmark, during the month of June, 2014. This activity is assisted by a Summer Faculty Fellowship from Missouri State University where Keith is a member of the Art and Design Department faculty.

Keith Ekstam: Visiting Artist Residency

Bill Barrett Sculpture: 9/11 Memorial Museum

April 11, 2014

Bill Barrett‘s (BS ‘58, MSDES ‘59, MFA ‘60) LEXEME VII, a cast bronze model from the LEXEME Series, will be exhibited in the grand opening and dedication period of the 9/11 Memorial Museum Dedication, May 15-20 in New York.

I began working on the Lexeme Series shortly after the Twin Towers were destroyed. I have lived in Tribeca for over 40 years and was devastated by the events of 9/11/01. I don’t like to dwell on the subject of death; I find it too depressing, and prefer to focus on the positive. As a way to process what happened, I went to work in my studio. I started arranging shapes and forms, building compositions from my emotions and thoughts. What emerged from this process was an image of two geometric shapes (the Twin Towers), enveloped in organic, energetic forms—forms that suggested renewal and continuation rather than finality. For the next eight years, I continued working on this idea, expanding upon it, and letting it evolve naturally. As the series progressed, the two tower-like shapes became more abstract, moving away from one another and branching out into new, independent forms. Connected, organic shapes found in earlier pieces became separate facets, constituting their own unique sculptures. The later Lexeme works were abstract and almost unrecognizable from the earlier pieces, and gave way to my current body of work, the DNA Series, which includes large oil paintings. While these abstract paintings may appear unrelated to the Lexeme Series they have, in fact, evolved from it. This evolution represents the human spirit’s power of renewal. From a single subject, endless creative possibilities emerged.

Looking back at the past ten years, and to the direction my work as taken since I first started with the subject of 9/11, I clearly see how the Lexeme Series highlights the strength of the human spirit. The series tells the story of humanity’s relationship to the towers: humans brought them into being, and humans will continue to create, even after their destruction. Exhibiting my sculpture, .... provides a way for me to generate positive energy to the area, and to help renew our community.

We hope you will visit the 9/11 Memorial Museum and arrange a visit to Bill’s Tribeca studio, nearby.

Bill Barrett Sculpture: 9/11 Memorial Museum

Yulia Hanansen Exhibits at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

April 11, 2014

Yulia Hanansen‘s (MA ‘98) artwork is part of “Shattering Expectations” juried exhibition of contemporary mosaic arts. The exhibition opened at Philadelphia Magic Gardens on March 7 and is the first exhibition in Philadelphia to showcase the artworks by mosaic artists living on the East Coast. The show was curated by Nancie Mills Pipgras of Mosaic Art Now.

Yulia’s artwork spans from cosmic views to satellite images of the hurricanes to futuristic visions where the distribution of water on the planet becomes ever so important for human survival.

Yulia Hanansen Exhibits at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Valerie Doran Bashaw: Latest Commission

April 11, 2014

Valerie Doran Bashaw (MFA ‘92) has completed a four-panel commission for a private residence, created using Katagami, Japanese mulberry stencil paper and colored paste resists. The piece consists of two layers of silk printed together, and the top is nearly transparent organza. Each panel is 14 x 16”.

http://www.wovenwind.net

Valerie Doran Bashaw: Latest Commission

Ryan Ringholz: Red Dot Award for Product Design 2014

April 11, 2014

PLAE Inc. Founder & Chief Designer, Ryan Ringholz (BFA ‘97), convinced the 40-member expert panel for the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2014 with the high design quality of its ‘roan’ style shoes. In the current competition, the international experts discussed and evaluated 4,815 entries from 53 countries but only designs which won over the jury with quality and innovative strength won an award.

With a kid-centered approach to design, PLAE shoes uniquely address the biometric needs of children while empowering creative expression. The key feature, an interchangeable closure system, allows for a custom fit (inclusive of those who wear ankle-foot-orthotics) with multiple length straps that also offer kids the chance to mix-it-up and make it their own with different color, material and print options. To ensure a world worth playing in, PLAE shoes are made with ISO 14001 certified leather, recycled PET lining, water-based glue, and anti-microbial ECO-Ortholite insoles made from castor beans.

http://www.goplae.com/red-dot

 

Ryan Ringholz: Red Dot Award for Product Design 2014

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