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Essay by Holly Hughes Published in New Book

April 27, 2015

A new essay by Holly Hughes is included in “Performing Animality,” edited by Jen-Parker Starbuck and Lourdes Orozco, published by Palgrave Macmillan. This new book includes original essays by scholars and artists on the intersection of performance and animal studies.

Performing Animality

Essay by Holly Hughes Published in New Book

4/25: Sign Painting Demo and Reception at Signal Return

April 24, 2015

Saturday, April 25, 2015 3 - 6pm: Closing Reception and ArtX events at Signal Return, featuring a sign painting demo by the incomparable Golden Sign Co (Stamps alums Jordan Zilke + Kelly Golden, BFA 2009) and closing reception for “Lettering in Public” curated by Nick Tobier, including the work of Stamps students (Hannah Smotrich’s poster design class), alums (Jessica Kricimarik, BFA 2012) and faculty Endi Poskovic along with an international roster of artists and designers inspired, provoked and working within the visual language of commercial signs.

LETTERING IN PUBLIC: CLOSING RECEPTION/ARTX GALLERY STROLL
Saturday, April 25, 2015
3 pm: Sign Painting Demo
4 - 6 pm: Closing Reception

Signal Return
1345 Division Street, #102
Detroit, MI 48207

4/25: Sign Painting Demo and Reception at Signal Return

Public Art Project for Kerrytown Market & Shops Opens Sat., April 25

April 24, 2015

In celebration of National Poetry Month 2015, three Ann Arbor residents have teamed up to create a work of public art for the southeast entrance tower of Kerrytown Market & Shops. Writer Anton Shammas, graphic designer Franc Nunoo-Quarcoo, and visual artist Jim Cogswell have created a colorful vinyl window mural to temporarily occupy the windows of the entrance tower facing the Farmer’s Market and Fifth Street. Shammas’ poem was written for the sliding entrance doors, inviting the perusal of approaching shoppers as the doors glide open and closed activated by an electric eye. Fragments from the poem float away onto the industrial panes surrounding the doors, drifting past an enchanted garden into a skyscape enlivened by darting birds.

Ann Arbor has seen much discussion of public art over the past few years led by the Ann Arbor Arts Commission and provoking debate within City Council over the cost to taxpayers for publicly funded projects. The Kerrytown project joins the Ann Arbor landscape at an iconic location, created by local talent and fabricated by a local business, Imagecrafters, Inc. Funded by the University at no cost to the city, it celebrates the unique cultural resources of our city and makes visible the vital symbiotic relationship between the University of Michigan and the City of Ann Arbor. It consciously responds to its lively environment, a crossroads of local producers and small business interests, even entering into dialogue with the exuberant public mural on the face of Community High School across the street, affirming the creative energy of that unique institution. (Both Shammas and Cogswell are the parents of Community High graduates.)

This project was initiated by Cogswell, who would like to develop more such temporary window installations around the city in collaboration with Ann Arbor writers. It was made possible with funding from the University of Michigan Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and by the Stamps School of Art & Design. Special thanks to Joe O’Neal, owner of Kerrytown Market & Shops for making possible the installation and for his enthusiastic support for the project.

The public is invited to Kerrytown Market & Shops to celebrate the installation on Saturday, April 25 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. As part of the opening festivities, Kipp Cortez will perform “Dark Matter” an original composition by Stephen Rush on the Kerrytown chime. Kipp Cortez is a doctoral student (DMA) in organ at the University of Michigan and the university’s chief carillonneur.

The installation is scheduled to remain in the Kerrytown windows through the beginning of June.

Public Art Project for Kerrytown Market & Shops Opens Sat., April 25

Holly Hughes Wins Award for Performance and Activism

April 23, 2015

Holly Hughes and collaborator Carmelita Tropicana have won the award for Performance and Activism from the Women in Theatre Association, a focus group of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. The award recognizes important contributions in the field at their 35th annual conference, held this year in Montreal in late July.

Hughes and Tropicana have completed work on their history of the influential WOW Cafe, “Memories of the Revolution,” which is included in the Fall 2015 publication schedule for the University of Michigan.

Holly Hughes Wins Award for Performance and Activism

Amanda Lilleston Exhibits at The Printmaking Center of New Jersey

April 23, 2015

Somatic Landscapes, an exhibition showcasing Amanda Lilleston’s (MFA 2012) digital prints and woodblock collages created in residency at The Printmaking Center of New Jersey in August 2014, is open through May 16, 2015. This body of work is comprised of .

An excerpt from the artist statement:

My body is a living transcript of my experience in the world. Scars line the skin of my knees and chin: remnants of childhood adventures and athletic failures. Tan marks and freckles catalog days in the lake. Fused spinal discs indicate hard athletic wear on a young body. A glimpse at my blood cells might take you back in to my childhood if you see antibodies for scarlet fever, or it may illuminate a raucous battle between my immune system and my own cells. I have hard callouses on the tips of my toes from running, and a hotspot in my palm and splinters on my knuckles from carving wood. A body can tell a functional story of a life.

I was trained as a ecological biologist; in this sense I consider a biological being or system as the result of geological, chemical, physical and behavioral interactions over time. In my art practice, as well as my laboratory job at the University of Michigan Medical School, I tend to look at a human as I might look at a landscape, discerning unique characteristics that indicate a specialized relationship with their environment. Sometimes all we can learn about a person is how their physical body was shaped by their life; a clear interpretation of someone’s physical existence.

Somatic Landscapes
March 21 - May 16, 2015
Gallery hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10am - 4pm; Saturdays, Noon - 4pm
The Printmaking Center of New Jersey
440 River Rd
Branchburg, NJ 08876

Amanda Lilleston Exhibits at The Printmaking Center of New Jersey

Stamps Students Receive Optimize Social Innovation Challenge Awards

April 22, 2015

Two teams with Stamps students have won the University’s Optimize Social Innovation Challenge Award. Sponsored by LSA, the award encourages students across the university to use innovative thinking and creativity to address a range of social issues.

Stamps students Beatriz and Virginia Lozano’s winning project, Leesta, is a phonetic play on the Spanish colloquial term “lista”, meaning smart or intelligent female. The project, designed for a young female audience, is an online database highlighting the accomplishments of women of color. Winning teams received $5,000 to further their entrepreneurial projects.

Also on a winning team was Stamps student Sidney Krandall, concentrating in product design. Sidney’s team, ADAPT, is looking to design simple, everyday products like umbrellas that are adaptable for wheelchair users. ADAPT was selected as a crowd favorite and received an additional $1,000.

Students present entrepreneurial projects at optiMize | Michigan Daily

Stamps Students Receive Optimize Social Innovation Challenge Awards

Sam Viviano Featured in Michigan Today

April 22, 2015

Stamps alum (BFA 1975) Sam Viviano shares his experiences as a professional illustrator and Art Director of MAD Magazine.

http://michigantoday.umich.edu/m-is-for-mad/

Sam Viviano Featured in Michigan Today

Irina Aristarkhova and Guna Nadarajan Participate in Two Conferences in Athens, Greece

April 20, 2015

On Friday April 24, Irina Aristarkhova and Guna Nadarajan are keynote speakers at “BioArt: Borders and definitions. Research project for the development of a widely accepted deontological framework of its production and management” at the Technological Educational Institute of Athens.  Nadarajan will be speaking on “Bio-art and New Media Art”, while Aristokova will be presenting on “Bio-art: Feminist Perspectives.”

Aristarkhova and Nadarajan will also be participating in “Chance. Resistance to the art object-the resistance of the art object” at the Athens School of Fine Arts.  Drawing on Virilio’s text Strategy of Deception (Verso), Nadarajan, Aristarkhova, Ellen K. Levy, Marta De Menezes, Luis Graca, and contributing art historians and artists at ASFA will consider strategies of chance in contemporary artistic practice and theory.

Irina Aristarkhova and Guna Nadarajan Participate in Two Conferences in Athens, Greece

Ellen K. Levy - Brooklyn Slimemold

Manos in Detroit Boom City, Curated by Atlanta’s Dashboard Cooperative

April 20, 2015

Melanie Manos (MFA 2008) is featured in Detroit Boom City, an exhibition curated by Atlanta’s Dashboard Cooperative. May 2 - 3 at the Pickle Factory, 2120 Bellevue St, Detroit MI.

Detroit Boom Cityis a site-responsive, fully immersive exhibition in an old pickle factory on the east side of Detroit, featuring The Young Never Sleep, Mitch Cope, Scott Hocking, Chido Johnson, Osman Khan, Ingrid LaFleur, Melanie Manos, Michi Meko, Sabrina Nelson, Jason Peters, Antonio Cosme, and Graem+Whyte.  Participating artists produce work that responds to or enhances their city; they hone an individual practice while maintaining a larger-minded-mission that connects people to place and each other. Detroit Boom City connects community at the intersection of art and social entrepreneurship.

Detroit Boom City
Pickle Factory, 2120 Bellevue St, Detroit MI
Opening Reception:  May 2, 7-11 PM
Free & Open
Music by Mike Medow, DJ Ava, Ben Wolf
Food & Drink by Atwater Brewery, Norma G’s, Loves Pies (for purchase)

MAY 3, 1-3PM
Free & Open
Artist Talks
Free coffee and bagels

Manos in Detroit Boom City, Curated by Atlanta’s Dashboard Cooperative

Ruth Taubman: California Jewelry Shows

April 16, 2015

Ruth Taubman (BFA 1981) will be showcasing her 2015 spring jewelry line at a series of trunks show in the Bay area. Join her in San Francisco April 27-29, and in Ross April 30 - May 2. To receive an invitation, visit http://www.ruthtaubman.com/events .

Ruth Taubman: California Jewelry Shows