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Artist Talk by Emeritus Professor Ted Ramsay

August 16, 2017

Stamps Professor Emeritus Ramsay will talk about his experiences as an artist and paper maker while teaching and attending paper-making workshops around the world on Tuesday, August 22 at the WSG Gallery in Ann Arbor.  The talk is part of The Paper Trail: An Artist’s Journey, an exhibition of Ramsay’s work on view at the WSG Gallery in Ann Arbor through September 2, 2017.

Ted Ramsay: Artist Talk
Tuesday August 22 from 5 to 6 pm
WSG Gallery, 306 Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Artist Talk by Emeritus Professor Ted Ramsay

Cameron Van Dyke: New Faculty Position, Off the Grid

August 16, 2017

Cameron Van Dyke (MFA 2015) has accepted a position as assistant professor of industrial design at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. The department has nearly 200 students with concentrations in product design and furniture design. Van Dyke teaches courses in design development, wood and metal fabrication, and model making as well as maintaining his own socially engaged design practice.

This fall, Van Dyke and his wife Rachael will begin living full time off the grid on 1000 acres of wilderness in a project that explores the concept of luxury without modern conveniences like electricity and running water. Learn more at http://thefuturepeople.us

Cameron Van Dyke: New Faculty Position, Off the Grid

Leslie Nobler: Solo Exhibition at Kean University

August 16, 2017

Work by Leslie Nobler (BFA 1980) is featured in PATTERNS of REFUGE, on view from August 3, 2017 - October 30, 2017 at Kean University’s Nancy Dryfoos Gallery.

The work in my show PATTERNS of REFUGE – mixed media, collage and digital painting entices viewers with color, material and elegantly complex layerings of geometric abstraction, lyrical imagery, and Ankara (African pattern),  while its subtext brings troubling issues to light.  Ethnophobia, intolerance, strife, escape and refuge seethe under the glossy, even hopeful, surfaces of these scrolls — most notably in a series using subtle computer-processed news images of war torn scenes.

Kean University Galleries (PDF)

Leslie Nobler: Solo Exhibition at Kean University

George Frayne: Commander Cody Plays Lexington Village Theatre Aug. 25

August 16, 2017

George Frayne (BDDes 1966, MFA 1968) - also known as Commander Cody, leader of the band Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Airmen - will be playing a show at the Lexington Village Theatre on August 25, 2017.

The incredible Commander Cody Band has rocked across the globe for several decades now. Artist, musician, and pioneering band leader Commander Cody helped invent a wild new style of music during the early 1970s, a period regarded as the height of rock innovation. His take on roots, blues, jazz and rock is fresh and innovative- yet familiar and very convincing. Once known as Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, they were one of the first American bands to fuse divergent strains of American roots music – stripped-down basic rock and roll, rhythm and blues, jazz, bop, country, western swing, and rockabilly – and create an innovative, yet familiar and convincing sound. Along with retro- revisionist bands like the Byrds, the Eagles and Poco, for whom the Airmen laid the groundwork, Cody and his crew played country-rock.

However, they usually rocked harder, making them the quintessential “bar band”. And whereas many of the group’s counterparts followed the bombastic trends of the day, the Lost Planet Airmen resisted overblown, pompous heirs. Instead, they preferred a no-frills, back- to-basics approach and are best remembered for their biggest hit, “Hot Rod Lincoln”, a high-octane tribute to the legends of rock music, as well as a string of now-classic albums. Their hits Hot Rod Lincoln and Smoke, Smoke, Smoke (That Cigarette) filled the airwaves throughout the 1970′s and 80′s. Rolling Stone Magazine named their album “Live From Deep In The Heart of Texas” one of the Top 100 Albums of All Time.

Commander Cody: Friday, August 25, 2017 at 9:00pm
Lexington Village Theatre
7318 Huron Avenue
Lexington, Michigan 48450

George Frayne: Commander Cody Plays Lexington Village Theatre Aug. 25

Jason Polan Profiled in The New York Times

August 2, 2017

Jason Polan (BFA 2005) is featured in a New York Times profile that looks at his open-ended project to illustrate “Every Person in New York.”

One recent sunny Thursday afternoon in SoHo, the artist Jason Polan sat on the scaffolding-shaded steps of an upscale health club to continue his quest to sketch the entire population of New York. Noticing a young woman in a billowy black blouse talking on her cellphone a few feet away, Mr. Polan loosed a heavy-point black Uni Ball onto a small drawing pad in long, nimble strokes.

Although this particular sketch was destined for his blog, many have appeared in The Times, where Mr. Polan has been a contributor since 2008. His latest project is a series depicting the many ways to read a newspaper and appears on Page A3 daily. Today’s illustration is No. 131.

His blog, which occasionally intersects with The Times, is an open-ended collection that he calls “Every Person in New York.” For nearly 10 years Mr. Polan has commemorated stray moments within the routines of the city’s millions of inhabitants, an undertaking he began in 2008 to improve his drawing skills and to create “a project that included everyone.”

Jason Polan Sketches a City in Perpetual Motion

 

Jason Polan Profiled in The New York Times

Craig Varjabedian: Santa Fe Photography Workshop

August 2, 2017

From August 22 - 24, 2017, award-winning fine art photographer Craig Varjabedian (BFA 1979) is offering an educational photographic workshop in New Mexico.

With ancient adobes, big skies, and stunning vistas to photograph and inspire you, come to the most enchanting place… Santa Fe, New Mexico. You will photograph cowboys with their horses, historic adobe architecture for a truly authentic taste of Santa Fe history and culture. Award winning photographer Craig Varjabedian will share his favorite places and people with you and guide you to the best locations to capture the magical light that has inspired artists here for centuries during Eloquent Light’s - Santa Fe: People and the Land workshop, August 22 - 24, 2017.

This is a Taste of New Mexico Workshop, an abbreviated version of one of Eloquent Light’s most popular New Mexico offerings and is two days long. This is a delicious smaller serving of their regular workshops. In these offerings you will have an opportunity to get a taste of an Eloquent Light Photography Workshops by photographing with us at an exquisite locations. You will also receive excellent field instruction and feedback on your images in the classroom. These workshops are designed for photographers with limited time, yet a strong desire to make wonderful pictures.

For complete details, visit http://eloquentlight.com/santa-fe-people-and-land-workshop-2017.html

Craig Varjabedian: Santa Fe Photography Workshop

Caleb Moss to Host Detroit Based Boutique

August 2, 2017

Stamps alum Caleb Moss (BFA 2013) will host “The Pop Up 2”, a boutique event that brings local artists, crafters, and artisans together to display and sell their work.

We’re back! The Pop Up 2, the event for small businesses and where you can find some of Michigan’s best-kept secrets and rising entrepreneurs! Friday, August 4th in the newly renovated venue, The D Loft local artists, crafters, and designers will join together to bring you the ultimate shopping experience!

D.R.E.A.M. Clothing® Presents “The Pop Up 2”
Fri, August 4, 2017 from 6 – 9 PM
The D Loft
9342 Joseph Campau Avenue
Detroit, MI 48212

 

Caleb Moss to Host Detroit Based Boutique

Parisa Ghaderi’s Work at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit

July 24, 2017

“Wish you weren’t here”, a series by Parisa Ghaderi (MFA 2014),  has been selected for Bent, but Unbroken, an exhibition opening at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on July 28, 2017.

Her work will be featured with 26 other artists as a part of this group show, which is scheduled to run from July 28, 2017 – October 29, 2017.

Things that can bend seldom break. Under the crushing weight of history, women have become particularly adept at weathering storms, unbroken by the harshest conditions that would see them snap, but instead, makes them stronger.

Bent, but Unbroken
Exhibition Dates: July 28 – October 29, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, July 28, 2017 from 6 - 8 PM

Parisa Ghaderi’s Work at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit

Brightmoor Maker Space Featured in Xconomy

July 24, 2017

Stamps Professor Nick Tobier and the Brightmoor Maker Space are featured in a new Xconomy article about U-M’s Detroit research collaborations.

The Brightmoor Maker Space, supported by U-M’s Penny Stamps School of Art and Design as well as the Knight Foundation, is another major collaboration the university has underway in the city. Located in a rebounding neighborhood in an isolated section of northwestern Detroit, the repurposed property offers art and design workshops, 3D printing, woodworking, entrepreneurial programming, and more. (This week, the maker space taught kids how to make their own kites.)

Nick Tobier, a U-M professor who helps run the Brightmoor Maker Space, just returned from an exchange trip to Fukushima, Japan, where a maker space called the Ishinomaki Lab has sprung up from the wreckage of the 2011 nuclear disaster there. Tobier went to Japan to trade urban DIY best practices with the folks at Ishinomaki—the kind of collaboration that Holloway describes as one of the most important outcomes of the university’s work in Detroit.

“It’s a chance for partners to discover each other and learn from each other,” he adds.

U-M Steps Up Pace, Breadth of Detroit Research Collaborations | Xconomy

Brightmoor Maker Space Featured in Xconomy

Jim Shaw: The Wig Museum Reviewed in ArtSlant

July 24, 2017

The Wig Museum, a solo exhibition by Jim Shaw (BFA 1974) on view at the Marciano Art Foundation in Los Angeles, was recently reviewed by Sóla Agustsson for ArtSlant.

Jim Shaw: The Wig Museum is the artist’s first major solo exhibition in Los Angeles, where he has lived for the last thirty years. Originally coming out of the Detroit-based Destroy All Monsters, an art collective and band formed with Mike Kelley, Ron Asheton, and Niagara, Shaw interrogates pop culture and late capitalism using biblical imagery, particularly from the Book of Revelations. This new immersive installation combines murals, sculptures, and drawings that reverberate his earlier themes, and re-contextualize materials from the Scottish Masonic temple.

Jim Shaw Transforms a Former Masonic Temple Into a Postmodern Hellscape | ArtSlant

Jim Shaw: The Wig Museum Reviewed in ArtSlant

Jim Shaw, The Wig Museum, 2017, Installation view at Marciano Art Foundation. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer. Courtesy of Marciano Art Foundation.