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

Carol Coates: Recent Exhibitions

April 11, 2014

Two recent exhibitions included the mixed media work of Carol Coates (MFA 1985). The first, an exhibition of Nudes at Evoke Contemporary Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the second, an exhibition of her signature mesh overlay work at Lois Lambert Gallery in Los Angeles.

The work shown at Evoke, “Epilogue”, was featured in an article by John D. O’Hern in American Art Collector Magazine. Her figure studies and other portfolios can be seen on her site at carolcoates.com.

Carol Coates: Recent Exhibitions

Jill Ayers: New SEGD President

April 11, 2014

Jill Ayers (BFA 1994), Creative Director at Design360, has been elected the 2014 President of the Society for Experiential Graphic Design.

I’m excited to step into my new role as President of the Society for Experiential Graphic Design and work with a wonderfully supportive Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, our talented staff, and our steadily growing SEGD membership.

http://segd.org/blog/letter-jill-ayers-new-segd-president

Jill Ayers: New SEGD President

Brian Schorn: Exhibition of New Work and Arts Education Grant

April 11, 2014

In 2013, Brian Schorn (MFA ’87) exhibited new work in a two-person exhibition called “Lost and Found” at the Omega Institute, and received an Arts Education Grant from Arts Mid-Hudson and Netherwood Elementary School.

From April through October of 2013, Brian Schorn (MFA 1987) exhibited new work in a two-person exhibition called “Lost and Found” at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. The work focused on the use of organic and found materials along with an unrelenting curiosity of the natural world and contemplative practices. He seeks to discover unexpected connections in everyday objects and experiences that range from basic perception to poetic recombination to witty humor to analytic study to philosophical questioning. An overarching theme in the work is the “enso,” a Japanese word meaning “circle.” The enso is a common subject of Japanese brush calligraphy and symbolizes enlightenment, the void and “the present moment.” In Schorn’s work, the enso is also symbolic of the cyclic process of the natural world, which gives rise to the use of materials such as dirt, wood, leaves, acorns and insects.

In 2013, Schorn also received an Arts Education Grant from Arts Mid-Hudson and Netherwood Elementary School in Hyde Park, NY. During the month of October, he worked with 200 third through fifth grade students to create a collaborative, environmental installation on the school’s grounds. The installation began by observing the basic design elements as they exist in our natural environment. Students then used the elements to design a painting on a stone. Each stone was then placed in a spiral form around a freshly planted tree. The project was finished with a group discussion and contemplative walk around the installation.

Brian Schorn: Exhibition of New Work and Arts Education Grant

Teshia Treuhaft Awarded Grant

April 11, 2014

Teshia Treuhaft (BFA 2012) has been awarded a RISD 2050 Fund grant to research “Hacking our Educational Spaces” this summer.

I have been awarded a grant to travel to NYC, Berlin and Vienna from June to September 2014 through the RISD 2050 Fund. The goal of the RISD 2050 Fund is to imagine our future and stimulate the landscape of possibilities for art and design education.

For my 2050 project I will be looking at alternative educational spaces that facilitate the development of similar skill sets to that of traditional design programs in Higher Education. These spaces typically are considered ‘Hacker’ or ‘Maker’ spaces many of which are started by groups of members that pool together resources to make spaces in which they can do creative projects. My initial interest came about as a result of working as the “emerging artist-in-residence” at Maker Works in Ann Arbor Michigan immediately following my completion of my BFA at the Stamps School.

The goal of the research is to accumulate data and a series of interviews with founders and members of these hacker and makers spaces. Because of the striking similarity of skill sets - the eventual plan will be to allow the findings to guide curriculum recommendations for RISD and like-minded institutions interested in physical making skills (including cross-overs into tangible computing, open source hardware etc) and identify a potential for relationship building between the university and these grass-roots spaces.

Details on Teshia’s project: https://teshia-treuhaft.squarespace.com/risd-2050-project/

For more on the RISD 2050 Grant program: http://academicaffairs.risd.edu/research/8736-2/funding-opportunities-m-ir/risd-2050-fund/

 

Teshia Treuhaft Awarded Grant

Sam Viviano Named VP of Art & Design at DC Entertainment

April 11, 2014

Sam Viviano (BFA ‘75) was named VP of Art & Design at DC Entertainment in February, after toiling anonymously (well, not really) for the last 15 years as Art Director of MAD Magazine. Sam, who gave the School of Art commencement address in 2010, has been associated with MAD since 1980, when he illustrated his first cover for the magazine. While his days are generally dominated by his AD duties, he does occasionally find time for a freelance illustration job: as part of DC Comics’ series of variant covers created by MAD artists for its April releases, Sam depicted Alfred E. Neuman as the arch-villain Mr. Freeze for the cover of Nightwing.

Sam Viviano Named VP of Art & Design at DC Entertainment

Sam Detch: Recent Career Updates

April 7, 2014

Sam Detch (BFA ‘11) gives an update on recent projects, exhibitions and activities.

As a part of my Stamps thesis work I completed a large bronze sculpture of my father and me to commemorate his fight against cancer.  In March 2015 the sculpture will be installed in its permanent public home, the cancer ward of Advocate Health Care’s Christ Medical Center. The piece can be viewed on my website, and is entitled “Goodbye”. 

After my father died, my work shifted to the politics of art and the art market.  From google images, I sculpted portrait busts of iconic players:  Robert Hughes (ex New York Times art critic), Eli Broad (billionaire collector and museum director), and Marian Goodman (dealer NYC and Paris).  Marian Goodman actually became the happy owner of her own bust.  I was offered to show my thesis work at the Woeske Gallery in Berlin (my first show and international show) http://www.woeskegallery.com/en. Resulting in a two page spread in the magazine art.es. 

With regard to my most recent activities, soon after leaving Michigan I moved to New York where I attended the New York Academy of Art Master’s Program.  I completed my Master’s program about nine months ago and was hired on working for a hyper realist sculptor, Carole Feuerman as one of her head fabricators. but I was not satisfied working as a technician.  Now, I am living in Punta Arenas, Chile (South Patagonia) with my fiancé, a painter, Daniela Kovacic.  I have been here for just over three months and my Spanish has improved everyday.  I will be getting married this coming August.  I have a studio here and am continuing my thesis work.

Sam Detch: Recent Career Updates

Betsy Jo: Philippine Mission Trip

April 7, 2014

In 2013, Betsy Jo (BFA ‘08) travelled to Dumaguete in the Philippines to teach classes on sewing, in order to help local residents earn a better living.

In 2013, I was asked by my church if I would make some prototype hand bags from the donated fabric being sent to Dumaguete in the Philippines. After I did, they were so pleased they asked me to go with them and teach classes sewing to help them make a living. I was there for two weeks in January 2013 and plan to go again in 2015. It was so rewarding for me to work with the people there, teaching a helpful skill. My classes were held under an open tent, using treadle sewing machines. The people and the tropical islands are just beautiful.

Betsy Jo: Philippine Mission Trip

Jason Phillips: Olympic Screen

April 7, 2014

Jason Phillips (BFA ‘05) recently designed and fabricated his Olympic Screen. It stands at an impressive 10 feet wide by 10 feet tall and was designed for his family’s furniture company. Phillips Collection is a manufacturer of furnishings from around the world. Their works are the result of collaborations between in house designers and a variety of new and seasoned international talents.

Keeping with the brand’s environmental sensitivity, Jason strived to utilize found and discarded materials and create product collections with an organic contemporary feel. These rings are cut from decommissioned 55 gallon oil drums found in Northern Thailand. He designed 22 inch diameter discs that were cut and fashioned into a successful line of wall decor. Still, remnants of the lids were left over, and Jason wasn’t satisfied.

From these rings, the Olympic Collection was born. Freestanding screens, tables, pedestals and seating were all designed and developed by Jason and fabricated in the local communities of Chiangmai, Thailand. The collection is imported to Phillips Collection’s sprawling warehouse and headquarters and is currently being marketed to high end furniture galleries and interior design and architectural firms around the world.

Jason Phillips: Olympic Screen

Katie Halton Accepted into SAIC MFA Program

April 7, 2014

Katie Halton (BFA ‘04) has been accepted into the competitive MFA program in Painting and Drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Katie was introduced to SAIC during her undergrad at U of M. She was awarded a fellowship to Ox-Bow, SAIC’s residency program and art school on Lake Michigan, the summer following her junior year. It was an incredible experience and turning point in her artistic development.

Katie will be participating in some exhibitions and fundraising efforts before she leaves Michigan in August. For information about these exciting events, visit her website: katiehalton.com.

Katie Halton Accepted into SAIC MFA Program

Susan Hensel: Multiple Grants Awarded

April 7, 2014

Susan Hensel (BFA ‘72) recently installed RAISING THE ROOF ON HOME, an architectural sized room divider in the new offices of Habitat for Humanity of the Twin Cities. The artwork was funded through a partnership grant funded by the State Arts Board of Minnesota. The program partners were the Textile Center of Minnesota and Habitat for Humanity. The goal of the grant was to bring arts programming to underserved populations. Clients of Habitat for Humanity earned work hours working on the fabric that was used to build the artwork.

Hensel was also recently awarded the Jerome Foundation Project Grant through the Textile Center of Minnesota. For this grant, to be completed by Fall of 2014, she will develop digitized embroidery and clothing with the goal of re-visiting old technologies using modern techniques.

Susan Hensel: Multiple Grants Awarded

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