May 27, 2014
Nawal Motawi’s (BFA 1988) Motawi Tileworks will hold a summer open house on Saturday, June 7th from 10 am - 3 pm.
For one day, in-store only, customers can get our perfectly imperfect art tiles for 25% off retail and field tile overruns will be offered at 85% off retail! We’ve also got lots of new designs and colorways this year, including our very popular Charley Harper by Motawi, based on the work by the beloved minimal realistic artist.
170 Enterprise Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
May 22, 2014
For the 2014-2015 academic year, Holly Hughes will be in residence at the Institute for the Humanities as one of nine faculty fellows selected from across the University.
The Institute’s Faculty Fellowship program provides faculty members with a release from teaching and service duties to pursue their research interests. Fellows are in residence at the Institute for the full academic year, becoming members of a vibrant interdisciplinary community of creators, scholars, and researchers.
During her Fellowship, Holly will undertake her new book, a hybrid memoir entitled Preaching to the Perverted, which will be realized in three platforms: a printed volume, a compilation video, and an audio book.
Institute for the Humanities names 2014-15 faculty, graduate student fellows
May 22, 2014
Stamps School Alumna Ellen Rutt (BFA ‘12), Taubman Architecture alumni Patrick Ethen, Rachel Mulder, Eiji Jimbo, Simon Anton and LSA Alumnus Alan Sedghi recently collaborated to create an art installation for Movement Electronic Music Festival in Detroit next weekend. The installation was selected as part of the CAMP Detroit program, an organization that aims to give Detroit artists, makers and thinkers the opportunity and resources to create beautiful and inspired projects that will be displayed at Movement before they are relocated into our neighborhoods.
The project is called “The Good-Time Light-Hearted Lean Peaks”, a series of three, nine-foot-tall wooden pyramids that serve as leaning surfaces and resting places by day. At night the volumes illuminate from within, pulsing in response to audio from nearby stages and setting the scene for a dance extravaganza. The exterior surface of each pyramid is painted to have it’s own unique personality, through a variety of techniques ranging from simple, soothing gradients to intricate and complex patterning.
This idea was distilled from a shared interest in “place-making”, creating site-specific installations by carefully considering the surrounding environment throughout the design process. A true synthesis of art and architecture, the Good-Time Team built structures that are sculptural (formal), interactive (functional), and aesthetically pleasing (visually stimulating).
The Lean Peaks will be placed at the bottom of the Amphiteater near the Pyramid Stage in Hart Plaza through out Movement, Memorial Day Weekend. After the festival they will rest outside of the Quicken Loans Building in Campus Martius until September.
May 22, 2014
Ruth Taubman’s (BFA ‘81) Spring 2014 jewelry collection will be on display in a private sale and open house in her Ann Arbor studio from May 29 - 31.
May 19, 2014
With the Panorama of New York as its base of demonstration, City of Carts leverages the micro-infrastructure of NYC food vending carts, from hot dogs to buttered rolls, projecting future uses for a fleet of iconic vehicles on a citywide scale by proposing imaginative visions for the social lives of our street corners alongside utilitarian networks.
The Panorama is a 1/200 scale model of NYC, including every building, and planes taking off and landing at the airports.
Using census and GIS data to illuminate under served neighborhoods on the Panorama with overhead projections to view images and impacts of the carts, on Sunday May 18 from 2:30 to 4:30, City of Carts, presented as part of Open Engagement proposes food incubators, residencies, services and celebrations ready to roll.
May 19, 2014
St. Joseph Hospital commissioned Alumna Jill Stefani Wagner for artwork for its new surgery center in Ann Arbor. Jill painted five pastel panels of decreasing width that depict birch trees and a sand path leading to a Lake Michigan beach. The five paintings were photographed in ultra high resolution and then were blown up about 250% and printed on aluminum panels, which are hung in the Center’s lobby.
Jill has over 30 paintings in the Ann Arbor St. Joe Hospital and her work is represented in health care, corporate and legal art collections throughout the United States. You can view her work at http://www.jillwagnerart.com.
May 15, 2014
Cooper Holoweski (BFA ‘04) will be screening and performing his piece Katabasis at 9pm on Friday, May 23, at Trinosophes (1464 Gratiot Avenue) in Detroit. Katabasis is a 40-minute video landscape with sound that moves the viewer through an elaborately constructed virtual junkyard to explore the themes of death, limb and rebirth. The piece is screened with an accompanying live score preformed by 3 musicians. For more info and a trailer of the piece, visit the project website here: http://katabasis.info/
The Botanical Fortresstra (Detroit) Katabasis (Brooklyn) SIGHT+SOUND
The Botanical Fortress performs a new improvisational score for Francesco Bertolini’s 1911, silent film “L’inferno”.
They are joined by Katabasis, an original video and live score.
Atmospheric instrumentalists Botanical Fortress are creating a new Detroit institution for unscripted creativity, shunning the traditional take on what determines a viable “band”. Instead the Fortress refers to only four guidelines for performance:
1). Show up
2). Pay attention
3). Tell the truth
4). Don’t be attached to the outcome
The Botanical Fortresstra will perform live to Francesco Bertolini’s 1911, silent film “L’inferno”. The film is loosely adapted from Dante Alighieri’s “The Divine Comedy” and was the first full-length Italian feature film ever made.
Katabasis is a 40-minute video piece that moves the viewer though an elaborately constructed Sketchup junkyard to explore the themes of death, limbo, and rebirth. Created by Cooper Holoweski and projected with an accompanying live score performed by 3 musicians. Sound design by Cooper and Doc Holoweski.
1464 Gratiot Avenue
Detroit, MI 48207
May 14, 2014
Sandra Wiley, international engagement coordinator at the Stamps School of Art & Design, has been appointed as the chair of the Council on Global Engagement, composed of faculty and staff across the university involved in international engagement activities. Wiley, a founding member of the Council, served on committees that created the Global Michigan website and implemented the M-Compass site for global programs. She is a member of the Provost’s International Travel Oversight Committee.
May 12, 2014
Matt Kenyon’s work is featured in a chapter of Practice Theory: Seeing the Power of Art Teacher Researchers, edited by Melanie L. Buffington and Sara Wilson McKay and published by National Art Education Association.
Teachers are powerful individuals who have the ability to effect change and meaningful educational reform. Seeing research at the heart of teaching can grow engaged educational practice and aid teachers in realizing their power.
Chapters on methodologies, as well as example studies in diverse art education settings, work to bridge the perceived divide between theory and practice. Examples beyond public school classrooms include senior citizen centers, preschools, museums, and international sites.
This collaboration of voices—including those of the authors, a graduate student, and a wide range of researchers with various perspectives on how research occurs in art education—will help new researchers and teachers who may not have considered conducting research as a possibility for them, find a glimpse of themselves as a teacher-researcher.
“Practice Theory is especially relevant for art teachers who wish to engage in research and have their voices heard and valued. Readers will be engaged in a research process themselves as side bars, comments related to the real world by the two editors, essays and research reports, and visuals and graphs demand they play a role in interpreting the text and arriving at understandings relevant to their own research practices. Practice Theory is a highly recommended text for learning about research methodologies and their relation to practice in art education.”
—Enid Zimmerman, Professor Emerita of Art Education and current Organizer of Gifted and Talented Programs at Indiana University School of Education, Bloomington
©2013. Used with permission of the National Art Education Association.