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Willie Filkowski Performs at Providence Fringe Festival

July 25, 2016

Willie Filkowski (BFA Interarts Performance ‘15) will perform his solo show Willie Filkowski Welcomes You to Florida the Sunshine State at the Providence Fringe Festival on Saturday, July 30, 2016. Willie created the work for his Stamps integrative project and has since performed it at his other alma mater, Florida SouthWestern State College, and at the Asheville Fringe Festival, where it won “Spirit of the Fringe”.

Willie Filkowski Welcomes You to Florida the Sunshine State
Written & performed by Willie Filkowski

Providence Fringe Festival
Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 9:30pm
AS220 Blackbox Theater
115 Empire St., Providence RI

Emma Berger: Art for Artists

July 15, 2016

Emma Berger (BFA 2013) was recently featured in a public radio profile that discussed her work designing merchandise for musicians and bands, with clients including Brandi Carlile, David Ramirez, Father John Misty, Penny and Sparrow, and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats.

Berger says she enjoys the challenge of capturing the unseen – drawing from the lyrics and sounds she hears and creating something two-dimensional. She says the projects she does with bands are typically much more creative than projects with other clients.

“The most freedom I have, basically, is when I’m designing with musicians,” she explains. “I like having that opportunity.”

Local graphic designer makes art for the artist | Interlochen Public Radio

Emma Berger: Art for Artists

Photo: Dan Wanschura

Lauren Pallotta and Tori Tinsley: Atlanta Community Mural Project

July 12, 2016

BFA 2003 alums Lauren Pallotta and Tori Tinsley recently reconnected in the burgeoning Atlanta arts scene through art shows and grant opportunities. Pallotta is leading a community-driven mural project in Little Five Points, one of Atlanta’s most eclectic and diverse neighborhoods. She has curated the wall to feature the work of 20+ local female artists, including Tinsley.

They recently held an event with the community to brainstorm ideas for the mural design (pictured).

This project is a cross-sector collaboration between the Department of Transportation, the City of Atlanta, the local neighborhood associations, and fiscally sponsored through C4 Atlanta, a local arts incubator.

Little Five Points Mural Project | C4 Atlanta

Lauren Pallotta and Tori Tinsley: Atlanta Community Mural Project

Joan Rosenberg-Dent Featured in Upcoming Showcase

July 12, 2016

Sculptor Joan Rosenberg-Dent (BFA 1978) will be featured in an upcoming show at 10 West Gallery in Santa Barbara. It will showcase both wall-pieces and porcelain sculptures from her series Primary Play. The opening event on Thursday, August 4 will be free and open to the public.

Rosenberg-Dent was also recently interviewed by artist Ted Mills for his FunkZone Podcast. In the interview, she talks about her growth as an artist, her love for porcelain, how she keeps creative, and how Santa Barbara differs from other cities for art.

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 4, 5:00PM - 8:00PM
Exhibition Dates: August 4 – 31
Thursdays – Mondays from 12:00PM – 5:30PM

10 West Gallery
10 West Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, California

Joan Rosenberg-Dent Featured in Upcoming Showcase

Emma Covode Exhibits at Amos Eno Gallery, Brooklyn

July 11, 2016

Emma Covode‘s (BFA 2016) piece Floppy Phallics will be displayed at Amos Eno Gallery in Brooklyn, New York from July 2 - 23. The exhibition Peace Among Savages a.k.a The Gun Show is a show comprised of several artists work exploring themes on guns and gun violence. An opening reception will be held on Friday, July 8th from 7 to 9 PM at the gallery’s new location at 56 Bogart Street Brooklyn, NY. The show is on view from July 2nd to the 23rd.

Amos Eno Gallery
56 Bogart St, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Phone: 718-237-3001
Open: Thu-Sun, 12-6PM

Emma Covode Exhibits at Amos Eno Gallery, Brooklyn

Lyz Luidens: Detroit Atlas Fundraiser Launch Party

July 6, 2016

The Detroit Atlas is a printmaking, mapmaking, and bookbinding collaboration organized and facilitated by Lyz Luidens of The Prankster Press, and funded by a Knight Arts Challenge Match Grant. In order to receive that funding, matching funds must be raised, so The Prankster Press and Riopelle are hosting a launch party for the online crowdfunding campaign to raise those funds on Friday, July 8.

Celebrate the launch of this fundraising campaign, take part in printmaking and mapmaking activities, and to learn more about how you can support this project!  There will be books and prints to buy, and a computer to make direct donations to the online campaign. Donations are not required to attend, and the event is open to the public.

Detroit Atlas Fundraiser Launch Party
Friday, July 8 from 6:30 - 10:00 PM
Riopelle, 1492 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48207

Learn more about the launch party on Facebook, and, starting Friday, July 8, contribute to the Detroit Atlas Collaboration fundraising campaign online.

About the Project

Luidens plans to facilitate free and donation based printmaking and bookbinding workshops around the city of Detroit (funded by this campaign and the matching Knight Arts Grant), using personal mapmaking as the prompt. Workshop attendees will produce prints of their personal maps of Detroit, and they will leave a few copies with me to be included in the final project. For the research portion of the project, Luidens will collaborate with librarians, information designers, and researchers to collect and create historical and data based maps of Detroit, which will be converted into printable blocks and screens to be used in those workshops.

In the end, the personal maps and the data based maps will be hand bound together into Atlases of Detroit. Binding together the subjective maps and the objective maps will allow them to interact with each other within the book, to provide context for one another. These maps will become inherently personal and will represent the physical spaces being portrayed by the mapmaker, as they’ve been experienced by the mapmaker. This project is most importantly a collaboration. The value comes from the variety of perspectives, the workshop attendees, the hosts, the researchers, the volunteers, and all the collaborators. Everyone who contributes to this project will be listed as a collaborator on the project website and in any exhibitions of the final work. Although individual historical maps and data based map (and personal maps, with permission of the maker) and small books will be for sale throughout the project for fundraising and promotional purposes, the larger completed Atlases will seek homes in public spaces like libraries, schools, or community centers, where they will remain accessible to the public, free of charge.

Lyz Luidens: Detroit Atlas Fundraiser Launch Party

Laura Whitesides Host Exhibits in “Degrees of Abstraction”

July 6, 2016

Work by Laura Whitesides Host (BFA 1971) is featured in the show Degrees of Abstraction: Lawrence Street Gallery Selection, opening July 13 at the North Campus Research Complex.

Host is one of the founding members of Lawrence St. Gallery. Now in its 29th year of business, the Gallery continues to grow and expand its member base at its location in Ferndale, Michigan. Host’s involvement in Lawrence St. Gallery has enabled her to help southeast Michigan area artists exhibit their work in juried exhibits and solo shows, fulfilling both her mission as well as the mission of the gallery.

Degrees of Abstraction: Lawrence Street Gallery Selection
Opening Reception: Wednesday, July 13 from 4 – 6 PM
Exhibition dates: June 15 through August 19, 2016

North Campus Research Complex
Building 18, Rotunda Gallery
2800 Plymouth Road
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5:30 pm

Laura Whitesides Host Exhibits in “Degrees of Abstraction”

Yen Azzaro & Ypsi’s Tricked Out Trikes

July 5, 2016

Art and design consultant Yen Azzaro (BFA 2003) was recently featured in MLive last week for her work with the ytrikes project: 10 adult-sized tricycles refurbished by various Ypsilanti groups like Ypsilanti Community Schools, Ypsi Real and Cultivate Coffee and Tap House. The trikes were featured in the Ypsilanti Fourth of July parade and part of an effort to bring attention the relationship between the city of Ypsilanti, pedestrians, local businesses, and campus.

Tricked out trikes to call attention to Ypsi biking issues | MLive

Yen Azzaro & Ypsi’s Tricked Out Trikes

Stamps Faculty & Grads Participate in Community Art Auction

June 30, 2016

On Friday, July 1 from 5-10 pm, a silent auction including works by faculty members and Stamps grads will unfold at 1145 Michigan Avenue in Ypsilanti, MI. Proceeds from the auction raise funds for the medical expenses of a recent grad, Zoe Widmer (BFA ‘16).

Participating faculty members include Heidi Kumao, Jim Cogswell, Phoebe Gloeckner, and Susan Crowell. Lecturer Melanie Manos will also have work included in the auction, alongside recent grads Niki Williams (BFA ‘16), Carolyn Clayton (MFA ‘16), Amadeus Scott (MFA ‘10), and many others.

For event details, visit the event Generosity page.

Stamps Faculty & Grads Participate in Community Art Auction

Ruth Burke: Mapping Empathy in Istanbul

June 29, 2016

As part of her International Experience requirement, MFA candidate Ruth Burke is spending summer 2016 in residence at Halka Art Project, a non-profit, independent art initiative in Istanbul, Turkey. In her solo exhibition Mapping Empathy (Bir Empati Haritası), Ruth explores the questions: can empathy be recorded? And how does it transcend spoken and written language?

Can empathy be recorded? How does it transcend spoken and written language? This body of work is collaborative and intuitive. It initially aimed to elevate women’s voices in a patriarchal culture. As the project progressed, it moved away from being about the voice and towards a less measurable, mappable aspect of connection. As a non-Turkish speaker, the artist was verbally censored from the participants words during interviews (interviews were translated into English afterwards). The artist was prompted to listen for something other than spoken language in these intimate conversations. She chose to listen to the empathy being communicated. From this, she generated abstract drawings “mapping” the empathy between interviewer and interviewee. Those drawings were then translated into fiber sculptures. If the interviewee was able, they collaborated on their own fiber sculpture with the artist.

A public performance accompanied the exhibition. During an hour long meditative performance, two individuals clutch each other on top of a sculpture. They are both veiled, donning delicate lace that covers their faces. Their embrace may be read as holding each other up, kissing or simply partaking in a physical act of empathy atop a hyper-masculinized sculpture of a bull.

Mapping Empathy // Bir Empati Haritası
28-30 June, 2016
Halka Art Projects, Istanbul, Turkey

Ruth Burke: Mapping Empathy in Istanbul