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Curators and Jurors Visit MFA Graduate Program

March 31, 2015

During the week of March 23, curators and jurors visited the MFA Graduate Program. Grace Deveney from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and Ted Purves from the California College of Art were the 2015 MFA jurors. Shown below are (left-right) Yesomi Ubolu, assistant curator at the Eli Broad Museum in Lansing, Rebecca Hart, associate curator of contemporary art at the Detroit Institute of Art, Vince Carducci, dean of undergraduate studies at the College of Creative Art, and David Chung, director of the Stamps MFA program, at a visitors roundtable discussion held at the faculty graduate studios on Green Road.

Curators and Jurors Visit MFA Graduate Program

Photo by Math Monahan.

Laura Mott: On Curating and Curiosity

March 31, 2015

Laura Mott: “On Curating and Curiosity”
Friday April 3, 2015
1:30 - 2:30 pm, Room 2040 A&A
Open to the public

Laura Mott is the Curator of Contemporary Art and Design at Cranbrook Art Museum. Previously, she has held various curatorial positions at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, Gothenburg Konsthall, IASPIS in Stockholm, Mission 17 in San Francisco, and The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. She received her M.A. in Curatorial Studies at Bard College and has a BFA/BA dual degree in Art History and Fine Art from the University of Texas. She was a Visiting Lecturer at Valand Academy at the University of Gothenburg from 2009-2013, and has taught seminars at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Moscow, Domens Art Academy in Sweden and The Academy of Fine Art in Prague.

Laura Mott: On Curating and Curiosity

Making North Campus a Destination

March 30, 2015

On Thursday, March 19th, the U-M Board of Regents approved a design for the $6.9 million Eda U. Gerstacker Grove project on North Campus.

The Grove will include:

  • New walkways and a large, paved plaza next to the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Tower
  • Elevated landforms around the plaza that create a natural amphitheater
  • Energy efficient lighting
  • More than 180 additional trees in a rolling landscape, with rain gardens that capture storm water runoff
  • A sand volleyball court
  • Improved wireless and electrical capabilities
  • Spaces for tents where events could be held

Construction for the project will begin this summer. Read more: http://myumi.ch/LRbmL

Making North Campus a Destination

Open Studios in Sunset Park with Jean Wolff

March 27, 2015

Visit the studio of Stamps alum Jean Wolff (BFA 1982) on Saturday April 18 as part of the open studios event in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The studio is centrally located at 254 36th Street on the 5th Floor - Studio B-540.

Over 100 artists with studios on the waterfront at the vast Industry City warehouse district in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, will open their doors to the public for a daylong Open Studios event on Saturday, April 18, 2015, from 11 am to 6 pm

Visitors will have a unique opportunity to meet artists - painters, sculptors, photographers, video artists and tour their workspaces. The event will also include makers, manufacturers and food offerings.

Open Studios in Sunset Park with Jean Wolff

Endi Poskovic: April 2 Gallery Talk at NCRC

March 27, 2015

Endi Poskovic: April 2 Gallery Talk at NCRC

Endi Poskovic, Professor of Art, Penny Stamps School of Art and Design, will offer a gallery talk for his print exhibition “Impossible Object.” This will take place on Thursday, April 2 at noon.

Endi Poskovic: Impossible Object
Gallery Talk: Thursday, April 2 at noon
North Campus Research Complex (NCRC), Building 18, Rotunda Gallery.
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Endi Poskovic: April 2 Gallery Talk at NCRC

Ruth Weisberg Awarded SGCI Printmaker Emeritus Award

March 26, 2015

Ruth Weisberg (B.S.DES ‘63, M.A., ‘64), Professor of Fine Arts and former Dean at the University of Southern California Roski School of Art, is the 2015 recipient of the Southern Graphics Council International Printmaker Emeritus Award. The largest print organization in North America, SCGI’s annual conference is the biggest annual gathering focused on the field of printmaking. The award is accompanied by an exhibition at the UT Downtown Gallery in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Ruth Weisberg has been an important influence on printmaking both as an artist and educator. Her creative activity and scholarship encompasses not only studio production in printmaking, painting, and drawing, but central and influential articles, essays and book chapters that have played a vital role in advancing print theory. Her 1986 essay “Syntax of the Print” published in the Tamarind Papers is frequently assigned to students in printmaking programs and remains relevant almost 30 years after it was first published. As one of her nominators, Mark Pascale, Associate Curator of Printmaking at the Art Institute of Chicago, praised not only her work as a printmaker and draftsman, he also emphasized her writings as an important contribution to the field of printmaking.

Weisberg’s artwork is notable for her commitment to both extending the history of art, and its continued relevance to the human experience today. Her themes are often ambitious ones, including cultural identity, love, mortality, history and community. Her work has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally, with her recent exhibitions including “Ruth Weisberg: Guido Cagnacci and the Resonant Image” at the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, and “Ruth Weisberg: Unfurled” at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles. In total, she has presented over 80 one-person exhibitions at museums and galleries internationally. She is represented by Jack Rutberg Fine Arts in Los Angeles.

Additionally, Weisberg’s work is in the collections of major museums, including the Getty Center; Norton Simon Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Smithsonian Museum of American Art and the Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Whitney Museum of American Art; Jewish Museum, New York; Art Institute of Chicago; Harvard University; Biblioteca Nazionale d’Italia (Rome); and Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris.

Her honors include the Foundation for Jewish Culture’s 50th Anniversary Cultural Achievement Award 2011, the 2009 Women’s Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award, a National Council of Art Administrators Leadership Award, the USC Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award for Creative Work, the College Art Association’s Distinguished Teaching of Art Award), a Senior Research Fulbright combined with a visiting artist residency at the American Academy in Rome, a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, and a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from Hebrew Union College. In addition, she served as the President of the College Art Association in the early 1990s.

Weisberg received her M.A. from the University of Michigan, and her Laurea in Painting and Printmaking from the Academia di Belle Arti, Perugia, Italy. Following her graduate studies, she also spent a year at Stanley William Hayter’s Atelier 17 in Paris, France. She is a Professor of Fine Arts and former Dean at the University of Southern California Roski School, and is currently the Director of the USC Initiative for Israeli Arts and Humanities.

SGCI PRINTMAKER EMERITUS AWARD: RUTH WEISBERG

Ruth Weisberg Awarded SGCI Printmaker Emeritus Award

Stamps alumna Professor Ruth Weisberg with Stamps students Nina Baracco, Margaret Hitch, Sarah Brennan, Elizabeth Pearlman, Anica Presley, and Tanner Petch at the SGCI Conference.

Irina Aristarkhova: Art and the State Symposium

March 25, 2015

Art and the State Symposium
Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 6-8 pm
Room 100 Hatcher Graduate Library
913 S. University Ann Arbor, MI
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This event is part of the series, “Material Culture and Social Change in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia.” What is the role of material culture in defining national identity in everyday practices and in solidifying or fostering resistance to the state’s control of that definition? From home décor, housing projects, clothing, broken stones, graffiti, or visual arts, participants in this series highlight the importance of objects and “things” in the making of social life and politics and their transformation.

Presenters:
Marina Gržinić, professor, Institute of Philosophy, Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts and Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna
Mikhail Ryklin, senior fellow, Internationales Kolleg Morphomata, University of Cologne, and the Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences
Sreten Ugričić, visiting scholar, Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, Stanford University, and former director, National Library of Serbia
Jasmina Tumbas, assistant professor of performance studies and visual culture, Department of Art, SUNY Buffalo

University of Michigan Organizers:
Irina Aristarkhova, associate professor of art and design, history of art, and women’s studies
Tatjana Aleksić, associate professor of Slavic languages and literatures and comparative literature

Sponsors: Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies; Avant Garde Interest Group; Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design; Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies

Irina Aristarkhova: Art and the State Symposium

Sweetland Word Squared: Writer to Writer with Phoebe Gloeckner, Mar. 24 at Literati

March 21, 2015

WCBN and Sweetland Center for Writing present a live broadcast of Word Squared, featuring guest Phoebe Gloeckner: Mar. 24, 6pm at Literati Books, Ann Arbor.

Wednesday, March 25 at 6:00 pm
Literati Bookstore, 124 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
http://www.literatibookstore.com/event/sweetland-gloeckner

Sweetland Center for Writing’s Word Squared lets you hear directly from U-M professors about their challenges, processes, and expectation as writers and also as readers of student writing. Word Sqaured pairs an esteemed University professor with Sweetland faculty member for a conversation about writing. These conversations offer a rare glimpse into the writing that professors do outside the classroom and how they handle the same challenges student writers face.

Phoebe Gloeckner is Associate Professor in the Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan, where she teaches courses in comic arts and interactive books. Her writing, drawing and illustration takes many shapes and forms, including A Child’s Life and the extraordinary The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2002), which was recently adapted by Marielle Heller into a feature film that premiered at Sundance in January. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship for her ongoing work concerning the family of a murdered teenager living in Ciudad Juárez, a project that redefines boundaries not only between genres and mediums, but between author, reader and subject.

Sweetland Word Squared: Writer to Writer with Phoebe Gloeckner, Mar. 24 at Literati

Seth Ellis Gives PROFS Talk on “Creative” Professions, Mar. 24

March 20, 2015

Seth Ellis will speak Tuesday, March 24 from 6-7 pm in the Parker Room, Michigan Union, as part of the PROFS series. He’ll speak on the new model of the artist/designer as “creative entrepreneur,” what that means, and whether it’s a real career path or just a collection of buzzwords (answer: both).

P.R.O.F.S. is an educational lecture series hosted by the Center for Campus Involvement and is intended to engage outstanding faculty members with students at U-M.

Seth Ellis Gives PROFS Talk on “Creative” Professions, Mar. 24

20th Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners Opens March 25

March 20, 2015

The Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP) at the University of Michigan presents the Twentieth Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners. Running from March 25 – April 8, 2015, the show will be held at the Duderstadt Center Gallery on the University of Michigan North Campus at 2281 Bonisteel Boulevard. Over the past 20 years, this nationally recognized show has grown to be one of the largest exhibitions of prisoner art in the country, attracting over 3,500 visitors last year. This year’s exhibition will include more than 450 works of art by over 200 artists,illuminating their ideas and visions and encouraging the public to engage with their work.

For the twentieth anniversary, there are several special ways to celebrate. PCAP is offering gallery tours on opening night from 5-7pm. To participate, sign up here. PCAP is also inviting families of incarcerated artists and writers to spend a day at the gallery together, holding a reunion weekend for PCAP’s U-M alumni, and bringing award winners and selected work to a traveling version of the exhibition (May 29 - June 26, UM Detroit Center Gallery).

20th Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners

March 25 – April 8

Duderstadt Center Gallery, Duderstadt Center, 2281 Bonisteel Boulevard, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Exhibition hours: 10 am - 7 pm Tuesday - Saturday; 12 - 6 pm Sunday and Monday

Wednesday, March 25: Opening Events
10 am: Gallery Opens
5 - 7 pm: Guided Tours (Advance registration required. Call 734-647-7673 or visit the PCAP site to sign up for a tour)
7 pm: Opening Reception

Friday, March 27: Presentation
5 - 7 pm: “Bring our Loved Ones Home: Lessons from California’s Fight to get People out of Prison”
Emily Harris, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
Duderstadt Gallery
From prisoner hunger strikes to deadly crowding, California prisons have been in the notorious spotlight for more than a decade. Emily Harris, PCAP Advisory Board Member and alumna, will discuss the challenges and opportunities of organizing at this time in the prison bellwether state. Can a “broken system” be fixed? If not, what are our alternatives?

Saturday, March 28: PCAP Associates Panel Discussion
10 am - 11:30 am: Panel Discussion
Duderstadt Gallery
The PCAP Associates is a diverse group of PCAP alumni, whose experiences with PCAP as U-M students framed their careers in social justice.

Sunday, March 29: Family Day at the Exhibition
PCAP celebrates the family and friends of incarcerated artists and writers at our first annual Family Day at the exhibition. Events listed below are open to the public.

11 am - 12:30 pm: Artist Panel Discussion
Duderstadt Gallery
Artists from previous Prison Creative Arts Project exhibitions share their stories and answer questions about life as a prison artist in this informal panel discussion.

3 - 5 pm: Reading - Michigan Review of Prisoner Creative Writing, Vol. 7
Art & Architecture Auditorium, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd., Room 2104
Hear selections from this year’s journal.

Tuesday, March 31: Presentation
6 - 8 pm: “Restorative Justice and the Arts: The Atonement Project”
Ashley Lucas and Shaka Senghor, Prison Creative Arts Project
Space 2435 North Quad, 105 South State St.
The Atonement Project, a collaboration between Prison Creative Arts Project and MIT Digital Media Lab, creates spaces where the arts can help bridge the divides created by crime and incarceration.

Tuesday, April 7: Presentation
7 - 8 pm: “Jail Guitar Doors: Changing Lives through the Power of Music”
Duderstadt Gallery
Wayne and Margaret Kramer, Jail Guitar Doors
Jail Guitar Doors USA believes prisoners provided with the musical tools to create songs of their own can achieve a positive change of attitude that can initiate the work necessary to successfully return to life outside prison walls.

20th Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners Opens March 25

Image: Rafael DeJesus, “The Way It Is!”