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Matt Kenyon Selected as 2015 TED Fellow

December 18, 2014

Stamps Associate Professor Matt Kenyon joins 20 of the brightest thinkers and makers from 15 countries as a 2015 TED Fellow.

Every year, the TED Fellows program nurtures the vision and passion of 40 thought leaders and trailblazers, giving momentum to their ideas. With a global network of over 300 Fellows strong, the TED Fellows program is a hub for cross-disciplinary collaboration, connection and innovation.

The TED Fellowship offers access to an exclusive private network of change-makers, unique skills-building workshops and the mentorship of world-renowned experts. TED Fellows also present their very own TED Talks at the conferences - an unprecedented opportunity to spread their great ideas. After the conference, TED Fellows remain connected to the myriad resources of the TED community.

This year’s group of fellows range across a broad spectrum of fields including physicists, a slam poet, journalists, a paleontologist, photographers, a choreographer, social entrepreneurs, designers, and an astronomer.

Meet and learn more about the 2015 TED Fellows

 

Matt Kenyon Selected as 2015 TED Fellow

Matt Kenyon: Supermajor

Melanie Manos and Kathryn Brackett Luchs featured in ESSAY’D

December 17, 2014

Stamps Lecturers Melanie Manos and Kathryn Brackett Luchs are featured in ESSAY’D,  a show to launch a website of short essays on Detroit artists, featuring work by Corrie Baldauf, Rose E DeSloover, Saffell Gardner, Kathryn Brackett Luchs, Melanie Manos, Nicole Macdonald, Kathleen Rashid, Tzarinas of the Plane, Corine Vermeulen and Carl Wilson.

Essay’d is a writing project which publishes short essays about Detroit artists on a monthly basis (essayd.org). The core writing team consists of Rosie Sharp, Dennis A Nawrocki and Steve Panton. This show will feature the work submitted by the first group of ten artists.

Essay’d
9338 Campau Gallery, Hamtramck
December 6 - January 30
Public Reception: Saturday 20 December from 2 to 5 pm
Regular hours Saturday 1-5pm, or by appointment, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Melanie Manos and Kathryn Brackett Luchs featured in ESSAY’D

Jacob Stempky: Pittsburgh Tribune Review

December 16, 2014

A recent exhibition by Jacob Stempky (BFA 1998) and Gabe Felice at the Westmoreland Museum of Art was reviewed in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review by art critic Kurt Shaw.

Felice and Stempky’s art work together largely because of a love of drawing for both artists, as evidenced by strong lines and underlying contours found in their work.

“Drawing has always been something I was passionate about, along with store-bought art supplies,” Stempky says. “I am always keeping my eyes out for discarded materials for use in my work.”

For example,the painting “We Cannot Live Life As Usual” was created using a canvas Stempky found in an alley in Chicago, where he used to live. “After I stretched it, I discovered it contained the words that are in the title of the piece,” he says. “If you look closely, you can see remnants of those words hidden by the image, which is from a photo I took on a beautiful fall day and drawn using oil pastels and pencils.”

Art Review: Pop-Up Exhibition at Westmoreland @rt 30 | TribLIVE Mobile

 

Jacob Stempky: Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Alumni Spotlight: Bridget Rafferty

December 16, 2014

Bridget Rafferty (MFA 2004) was recently profiled on the Rackham Graduate School website.

“My graduate education at Michigan was amazing. I had opportunities that opened my eyes to all of the things I could do with my life. The cross-discipline education I received was one of my best experiences on campus. I took classes in the School of Art & Design, the Medical School, and the School of Public Health. These combined experiences have shaped my career into one that is changing regularly.” The faculty support she received as a Master’s student made all the difference in her Michigan experience. “Meetings with faculty across many disciplines helped me to narrow and define my thesis research and to decide the avenues I wanted to pursue post-graduation. The sage advice I received from them has stuck with me as I navigate in my career.”

Alumni Spotlight: Bridget Rafferty | Rackham Graduate School

Alumni Spotlight: Bridget Rafferty

Chris Van Allsburg Premieres “The Nutcracker” with Grand Rapids Ballet Company

December 11, 2014

Stamps School alum (BFA 1972), award-winning children’s book author and Grand Rapids native Chris Van Allsburg has teamed up with Tony Award-winning set designer Eugene Lee and the Grand Rapids Ballet to re-imagine the set and production design of the classic ballet “The Nutcracker.” The world premiere of this new take on the family favorite will open on Friday, December 12.

The new production, which is the largest that the Grand Rapids Ballet has held, runs from December 12 to 14 and 19 to 21 at the DeVos Performance Hall at 303 Monroe Avenue, NW in Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Buy tickets and learn more about this unique production here.

Additionally, the Grand Rapids Art Museum is exhibiting “Re-Envisioning The Nutcracker” from November 20, 2014 to January 11, 2015. This show provides a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of designing and staging the collaborative production. Items to be included are Chris Van Allsburg’s original drawings for the set and production design, scale models of the sets, and examples of all the costumes designed by Patricia Barker, artistic director of the Grand Rapids Ballet. More information about the exhibition.

Chris Van Allsburg Premieres “The Nutcracker” with Grand Rapids Ballet Company

Adrian Deva Exhibits At Duderstadt Center Gallery

December 11, 2014

Adrian Deva is participating in a group exhibit titled Terra Nova II, curated by Nora Venturelli and Barb Williams. The show is hosted by Duderstadt Center Gallery and it will run from December 8 to January 4, with an opening reception on Friday, December 12, 6 - 8 pm.

Adrian Deva Exhibits At Duderstadt Center Gallery

IPD Connects with the Mobile Device Market

December 11, 2014

For 19 years students have lined up to take part in Professor Bill Lovejoy’s Integrated Product Development (IPD) course, hosted by the Tauber Institute for Global Operations, due to the simple fact that it challenges and expands their knowledge of how products that solve problems for people in the real world are created.

The IPD course is distinguished by hands-on manufacture of customer-ready prototypes executed by cross-disciplinary teams of students in a simulated economic competition. Students compete not only against benchmark products but also against each other for bragging rights and market share. The course design is such that teams can succeed only by performing well in all four dimensions: marketing, manufacturing, engineering, and design.

This year’s competition tackled one of the fastest growing markets in the United States—accessories for tablets, cell phones and other portable devices.  Students were asked to design an accessory for a portable electronic device that would create value for college students in the U.S.

Teams launched their products in a web-based competition and again a week later in a physical trade show held at the Ross School of Business. Members of the community were asked to examine the products and provide honest, constructive feedback as well as vote for their favorites by “purchasing” them with virtual dollars.

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IPD Connects with the Mobile Device Market

Heidi Kumao: 1st Prize, Black Maria Film Festival

December 9, 2014

Heidi Kumao‘s film, Swallowed Whole, has received the Jury’s Choice Award – 1st Prize - for the 34th Annual Black Maria Film Festival Tour.

Her work will travel throughout the 2015 tour cycle in venues such as the Hoboken Historical Museum in NJ; the Edison-Ford Winter Estates in FL; the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC; Pittsburgh Filmmakers in Pennsylvania; Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls, NY; the University of Colorado; the University of Delaware and many more.

Since 1981, the mission of the Black Maria Film and Video Festival has been to promote, illuminate, and advocate innovation in the art of the moving image. The Festival has passionately embraced this mission for over thirty years, and is named after the world’s first motion picture studio built by Thomas Edison, where he made all of his own short experimental films.

The Festival’s annual competition is juried by noted exponents of independent work and results in 40 to 60 works chosen for the Festival’s annual tour. The tour visits 65 or more diverse institutions in 20 or more states, starting with the premiere at New Jersey City University, in Jersey City, NJ in February 2015.

Heidi Kumao: 1st Prize, Black Maria Film Festival

PCAP Art Auction to Benefit the 20th Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners

December 9, 2014

The Prison Creative Arts Project will be having an Art Auction to benefit the 20th Annual Exhibition of Prisoners on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 6:30 - 9 pm in the Hussey Room at the Michigan League (911 N. University, Ann Arbor, 48109). There will be a reception and a silent auction at 6:30 and a live auction beginning at 8pm.

Along with work that has been donated by prison artists who participate in our yearly shows, we will be auctioning work donated by Stamps School faculty: Bill Bugard, David Chung, Jim Cogswell, Adrian Deva, John Leyland, Janie Paul and Endi Poskovic. All proceeds go toward the cost of the 20th Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners, to be held in March, 2015.

http://www.lsa.umich.edu/pcap

PCAP Art Auction to Benefit the 20th Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners

Vanessa Nicole: Custom Engagement Rings

December 8, 2014

Vanessa Nicole (BFA 2005) has started a unique engagement ring business.

As an artist, I asked myself, “How do I create something that matters?”  The engagement ring industry is primarily a commercial enterprise. While understandable, the emphasis on profit is lacking the connection to what an engagement ring truly symbolizes.  VNJ is the ONLY jeweler that creates a custom ring along with a DVD documenting the entire creation process.

Each client is asked on film, “What do you love about [Laura]?” “What do you look forward to in your marriage to [Laura]?”, etc. This voiceover is edited onto footage of her engagement ring being created from scratch, exclusively for her. Every new bride calls us saying, “I’ve watched it dozens of times…he’s never said these things to me before!” 

This all started because people didn’t believe I was actually the one making each ring – it’s very rare to find a female diamond setter, so I simply set up a camera while working behind the microscope and uploaded it to YouTube.  Hundreds of thousands of views later, my business has found its niche.

Vanessa Nicole: Custom Engagement Rings