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

Sara Holwerda Exhibits at The Sculpture Center

April 11, 2014

Sara Holwerda (BFA ‘06) recently opened her solo exhibition “And is Herself Created” at The Sculpture Center in Cleveland, Ohio as part of the 2014 Window to Sculpture Emerging Artist Series.

The exhibition runs March 20th to April 17th, and features printmaking, sculpture, and animation. The exhibition opened with a live performance of “The Fall” on March 20th, and featured student performers from the Cleveland Institute of Art. “The Fall” is a Links Hall Fiscally Sponsored Project.

In conjunction with her exhibition and performance, Holwerda presented her work at the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Feminism Now Symposium.

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Sara Holwerda Exhibits at The Sculpture Center

Reed Esslinger and Collin McRae Collaborate on Hybrid Loom/Musical Instrument

April 11, 2014

Reed Esslinger (MFA ‘12) and Collin McRae (MFA ‘12) are collaborating on a new hybrid object that can simultaneously weave a tapestry and create music that will be on display in the Duderstadt Gallery starting on May 9.

Did you know that the technology from a Jaquard Loom in the 19th century led to the system that drives a Player Piano, which led to the first punched-hole cards used in early computing?

Drawing from this shared lineage, we are collaborating on a hybrid object that can simultaneously weave a tapestry and create music. We are creating this instrument from scratch. The taut strings of the warp of the loom are also the strings of the instrument, which we will bow with a rosined cello bow. As the tapestry grows between these strings, the pitch shifts.

Alumna Reed Esslinger is an experienced weaver, and alumna Collin McRae is an experimental musician. Their collaborator, Esthir Lemi, is a composer / visual artist currently visiting from Athens, Greece on a Fulbright studying with Sile O’Modhrain in Performing Arts and Technology. We will be using a MaKey MaKey, a computer/real-world interface created in collaboration with Eric Rosenbaum at the MIT Media Lab.

The LoomPianola will share the gallery with its sister hybrid object, the SlingHarp. Inspired by the Guatemalan tradition of using a loom in which the user sits, using her/his own bodyweight to create tension, our adaptation uses the bodyweight method to tighten the strings of a harp. Users will be invited to sit in the sling harp and play it.

The LoomPianola and SlingHarp will be on exhibit at the Gallery in the Duderstadt Center starting on May 9th.

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Reed Esslinger and Collin McRae Collaborate on Hybrid Loom/Musical Instrument

Kristina Frost and Tommy Kuntze: MoPub Design Team Behind Twitter’s IPO

April 11, 2014

Kristina Frost (BFA ‘09) and Tommy Kuntze (BFA ‘09), are the design team for MoPub, the one-stop ad serving platform designed for mobile application publishers described as key to Twitter’s incredible IPO.

Kuntze has been at MoPub since August ‘12 as their first Designer, focusing on User Experience and Interface Design. Frost joined in September ‘13 as Visual Designer. Together, the Stamps alums are responsible for the product design process at MoPub/Twitter, known for having one of the best user interfaces in the space.

MoPub is a one-stop ad serving platform designed for mobile application publishers to manage their ad inventory on iOS and Android. MoPub enables app publishers to optimize multiple sources of advertising in a single product – including direct ads, house ads, ad network, and real-time bidding through MoPub Marketplace. With offices in San Francisco and New York City, MoPub was founded by former AdMob and Google team members and is backed by Accel Partners, Harrison Metal Capital, and Jafco Ventures.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/shinal/2013/11/07/twitter-ipo-mopub/3468473/

Kristina Frost and Tommy Kuntze: MoPub Design Team Behind Twitter’s IPO

Beverly K. Brandt Writes “Must Have/ Must Read” Book

April 11, 2014

The Craftsman and The Critic: Defining Usefulness and Beauty in Arts and Crafts-Era Boston (University of Massachusetts Press, 2009), written by Beverly K. Brandt (BFA ‘73), has been selected as one of the “50 Must Have/ Must Read” books on architecture and design by Canada’s International Federation of Interior Architects/ Designers. The organization is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and solicited contributions to this list in honor of that occasion. A short description states: “This book places emphasis upon the Arts & Crafts Movement, stresses trans-disciplinary collaboration, an important concept in today’s practice and education while relating the quest for ‘Usefulness’ and ‘Beauty’ to timeless values, which continue to inspire architects, designers, students, and clients today.”

Beverly K. Brandt Writes “Must Have/ Must Read” Book

Leisa Rich: Fairytale Installation

April 11, 2014

Leisa Rich‘s (BFA 1982) explorations of unusual new materials have recently resulted in an SDA Award of Excellence and several exhibitions.

Her recent heat applications to Wonderflex World’s Fosshape resulted in the teapot “Falling From the Nest” and wearable art work “Birds of A Feather” as well as the hundreds of sculptural birds that populate the installation. The costume is the recipient of the SDA’s Award of Excellence.

Leisa recently exhibited in “The Price Is Right” at Swan Coach House Art Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, and “Materials: Hard and Soft” at the Greater Denton Arts Council gallery in Denton, Texas. Her stitched work, “Follow the Leader” will be featured in “Flight Patterns”,  April 2014, at the Hartsfield Jackson International Airport. She was recently featured in the book “Mastering the Art of Embroidery” by Sophie Long. Leisa is an art educator currently residing in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

Leisa Rich: Fairytale Installation

Megan Hildebrandt and Sara Holwerda: EyeSplice Collective Exhibits

April 11, 2014

Megan Hildebrandt’s (BFA 2006) and Sara Holwerda’s (BFA 2006) EyeSplice Collective will put on exhibitions in Queens, NYC and St. Petersburg, FL in 2014.

EyeSplice Collective, founded in 2012, is a group of international emerging artists. We put on exhibitions, screenings, performances and artist talks in institutions around the world.

Our exhibition “Practical Feminism” will be at Radiator Gallery in Queens, NYC from May 2 - June 6 2014, with an opening reception May 2, 2014.

Our exhibition “Spatial Disruption” will be at the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg, FL from Sept. - Oct. 2014.

http://eyesplicecollective.blogspot.com

 

Megan Hildebrandt and Sara Holwerda: EyeSplice Collective Exhibits

Frank Ettenberg Exhibits

April 11, 2014

A painting by Frank Ettenberg (BSDES ‘66) is featured in the Santa Fe ‘Armory Show’ Apr. 11 - May 30.

The first Santa Fe Armory Show (mounted in a former local regimental armoury) took place in 1977, and was the flagship exhibition by and for the burgeoning art community.  The exhibition was guided and fed by diverse artists who came together briefly to organize and exhibit collectively, outside the province of the established, simultaneously running Santa Fe Art Festival. Frank Ettenberg, a MA/Painting graduate of June, 1966, arrived in Santa Fe after finishing graduate work at the Dept. of Art at UNM/Albuquerque in 1971, and was on the steering committee that conceived of and raised the funding for this special local event.

The reprise of the original exhibition will open at the CCA, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NM on the 11th of April between 6-8 PM & will conclude on the 30th of May.

Frank Ettenberg Exhibits

Stephanie Lovell: SewNanieSewUS Open on Etsy

April 11, 2014

Stephanie Lovell (BS ‘60, MS ‘65) has opened a new Etsy store.

Sew Nanie Sew US is open for business! After several months of gathering together some interesting patterns and fabric, a few items are posted for sale. I’ve been sewing for myself first as a young teen, then for my children, then as a profession running a factory in Connecticut. Now I’m retired and have discovered quilting, now that’s a big puzzle! I love putting together bags and totes and quilts with color that compliment each other.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/SewNanieSewUS

 

Stephanie Lovell: SewNanieSewUS Open on Etsy

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

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