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Shiva Ahmadi: Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery Exhibition

April 17, 2014

Shiva Ahmadi’s work is featured in Artist in Exile: Creativity, Activism, and the Diasporic Experience, on display Apr. 8 through May 3 at Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery on the campus of St. John’s University in NYC.

Artist in Exile: Creativity, Activism, and the Diasporic Experience
Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery
April 8 through May 3, 2014

The exhibition showcases recent works, including paintings, photography, and video by Shiva Ahmadi, Shoja Azari, Pouran Jinchi, Hadieh Shafie and Lara Tabet. These artists’ alternative perspectives address issues of innovation, displacement, and identity as tension and conflict, as well as the impact and challenges of mobility and migration on aesthetic experimentation and creative strategies.

Shiva Ahmadi: Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery Exhibition

Julie Pincus Releases “Canvas Detroit”

April 17, 2014

On Wednesday, May 7th 2014, please join Stamps alumna Julie Pincus (BFA ‘83) and co-author Nichole Christian as they celebrate the release of their newly published book, Canvas Detroit - a compelling photographic look at the contemporary art and artists that are transforming Detroit’s physical landscapes. Pincus and Christian will speak briefly on how the project came together and share some images from the book in the Kresge Court at the Detroit Institute of Arts at 5:00 pm.

http://wsupress.wayne.edu/CD/index.html#.U01_weZdVD0

Julie Pincus Releases “Canvas Detroit”

David Chung: Video Work at Rice University

April 17, 2014

David Chung’s new video work, “Crossing” (2014) is on view at the Rice University Art Gallery Cubicle.

“Crossing” mixes scenes of street life in two country’s capital cities: Seoul, South Korea and Pyongyang, North Korea. Free to record in Seoul, Chung’s film was confiscated in communist North Korea. Using a miniature camcorder, however, he secretly filmed pedestrians crossing the bridge over the Taedong River in Pyongyang. Captured on foot, bus, and subway and accompanied by the haunting composition, “Jupiter’s Moons,” Crossing evokes a feeling of collective rootlessness, of passing through places without arriving at a final destination.

http://ricegallery.org/new/information/rgcubicle.html

David Chung: Video Work at Rice University

Rebekah Modrak Reviews CCA Graduate Program

April 17, 2014

Rebekah Modrak has been invited to review the Graduate Program in Fine Arts at California College of the Arts. Professor Modrak will visit the San Francisco campus to offer her perspective in their ongoing external assessment process.

https://www.cca.edu/

Rebekah Modrak Reviews CCA Graduate Program

Stamps Alumni Start Studio Collective in Eastern Market

April 17, 2014

Stamps Art & Design alumni Lyz Luidens, Jessica Krcmarik, Dylan Box, Alex Kaufman, Ellen Rutt, and James Reich, along with artist Matthew Jenkens, have been building out and renovating a collective studio space in Eastern Market since January of this year.

‘Riopelle’, named after the street it sits adjacent to, is located at 1492 Gratiot Ave, in Detroit. Riopelle’s workspaces span 2 floors and several thousand square feet, and it is adjacent to Inner State Gallery and Trinosophes.

On the first floor, there is a breakroom/coat rack, a restroom, and two workrooms - a main room with individual desks for Dylan, Jessica, Ellen, Lyz, and Alex, one large common work table, and a print room with letterpress & combination presses for lithography, relief and etching. The print room, which is currently being built out by Lyz and James, may be eventually used for retail & gallery shows as well.

The basement, originally split into several smaller rooms, has been partially rebuilt to have a more open plan layout, and currently houses a woodshop and Matthew’s work area, a sink for post-work paint cleanup, and an extra worktable for Ellen’s paintings. Eventually, they hope to add a spray booth and extra ventilation.

Riopelle plans to hold a grand opening of their space and a group exhibition of recent works in late spring/early summer.

Stamps Alumni Start Studio Collective in Eastern Market

Shannon Kohlitz: Media Academica

April 17, 2014

In 2011, shortly after graduating from the Stamps School of Art & Design, Shannon Kohlitz helped form the video and animation production company, Media Academica. Three years later, Kohlitz and Media Academica are still churning out the best services in animation, video, editing, storyboarding and illustration in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

As the owner and producer of Media Academica, Shannon uses live action video, animation and post-production effects to create memorable and concise visual narratives. She has worked with a broad range of clients in the technology, academic, medical, sports and advertising industries, including RAVE Computer, Running Fit, University of Michigan’s College of Engineering and Retail Velocity. Media Academica provides individual services or full production services, collaborating with clients from concept to delivery and producing work that is innovative yet accessible to client’s targeted audience.

Shannon Kohlitz: Media Academica

Zach Kolodziej: “Selfie” in New York Times

April 17, 2014

A self-portrait by undergraduate Zach Kolodziej (BFA ‘17) is featured in a href=“http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2014/04/13/education/edlife/13SELFIES_ss.html?ref=edlife”>Who Am I?, an online exhibition of creative selfies by The New York Times.

“When we create a phone selfie, we are documenting our presence. Who is the man posing for? In ‘Mirror Selfie,’ the man, shirtless and slightly exposing his undergarments, emphasizes his masculinity. Producing his own image allows him more control over how he is seen.”

We invited students to submit creative selfies that express who they are, and we received hundreds, from college students to first graders. Marci Beene, who teaches digital photography at J.T. Hutchinson Middle School in Lubbock, Tex., turned the solicitation into an assignment for her seventh and eighth graders: “Do a selfie that goes beyond your face,” she instructed, “and that represents something.”

 

Zach Kolodziej: “Selfie” in New York Times

Reem Gibriel: Arete Foundation

April 14, 2014

When the regime of Muammar Qaddafi fell, Khaled Mattawa and Reem Gibriel (MFA ‘10) started the Arete Foundation, a non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting the creative arts in the new Libya.

The Qaddafi regime had stifled and starved Libya’s arts, and Libya’s educational system reflected the lack of investment. So in 2012, Mattawa and his wife, Reem Gibriel, started the Arete Foundation, a non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to promoting the creative arts in the new Libya. They named the foundation after the Greek-Libyan philosopher Arete of Cyrene, symbolizing the foundation’s interest in beauty, curiosity, and knowledge.

They set up gallery exhibits, a reading series, and organized an annual video art show—the first of its kind in the country. They staged a production of playwright Henrick Ibsen’s Enemy of the People. But even with bold ideas and good intentions, Arete struggled to get funding and attention in a country where the arts have been ruthlessly neglected.

“Here in America, kids will go into art and design because they want to be in art and design,” Mattawa says. “In Libya, the top 10 percent go to medicine. The next 10 percent go to engineering. Then maybe into the sciences, economics. If you cannot get into any other college, you end up in education or fine arts.

“Now, a lot of people who benefited from the old system don’t want the system to change,” he continues, ”but we’re determined to do something interesting, something new.”

http://www.lsa.umich.edu/lsa/ci.afoundationforlibyanart_ci.detail

Reem Gibriel: Arete Foundation

Mattawa (left), Gibriel (right), and a supporter at the opening of Enemy of the People.

Join Nick Tobier and Nicolas Lampert (BFA 1992) in Conversation

April 11, 2014

Nick Tobier will join author and alum Nicolas Lampert (BFA ‘92) in a conversation on Lampert’s new book, A People’s Art History of The United States, at Literati bookstore in Ann Arbor, Mon., Apr. 14, at 7 pm.

In A People’s Art History of The United States, Nicolas Lampert (BFA 1992) explores connections between art, organized labor and radical politics, and between artists and other workers. Join interdisciplinary artists and University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee faculty Lampert and Associate Professor Nick Tobier in a conversation around art and artists in the contexts of social history, political activism and dissent at Literati Bookstore, 124 E. Washington Street, Ann Arbor on Monday, April 14 at 7pm.

Join Nick Tobier and Nicolas Lampert (BFA 1992) in Conversation

Amanda Krugliak: Interviewed in SLICE

April 11, 2014

Performance artist Amanda Krugliak (BFA ‘84) was recently interviewed for the online publication SLICE, which highlights people in Ann Arbor and surrounding communities actively engaged in the arts and other creative pursuits.

Slice: Amanda Krugliak

Amanda Krugliak: Interviewed in SLICE

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