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10th Anniversary Celebration

Thursday, September 22 - Saturday, September 24, 2022

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The Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design is excited to welcome you to our 10th Anniversary Celebration, which coincides with U‑M’s 2022 Homecoming and Parents and Family Weekend.

September 20, 2022 marks ten years since the naming of our school in honor of Penny W. Stamps for the remarkable gift she and her husband, E. Roe Stamps made to support art and design education at the University of Michigan. We are excited to celebrate this milestone and reflect on the legacy of the school with Dean Carlos Francisco Jackson, who will share his vision for amplifying the impact of art and design in our communities.

All events are planned to be in person with appropriate public health measures in place. Some events may have virtual components.

10th Anniversary Celebration Festivities

Thursday, September 22

Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series Presents Michele Oka Doner
Join us at 5:30 pm for a presentation by acclaimed artist and Stamps alumna Michele Oka Doner (BSDes. 66, MFA 68) at the Michigan Theater (603 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104). Registration not required.

Exhibitions on view at Stamps Gallery (201 S Division St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104): 

  • LaToya Ruby Frazier: Flint Is Family In Three Acts is a multi-part exhibition by renowned artist LaToya Ruby Frazier. For five years, Frazier collaborated with two poets and residents of Flint, Michigan, Shea Cobb and Amber Hasan, documenting their daily lives as they endured one of the most devastating ecological crises in U.S. history.

  • Respond/​Resist/​Rethink 2022: Stamps Gallery invited stu­dents at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design to take photos and make videos that respond to the prompts What change would you like to create in your community?” 

Viewing hours between 11 am — 7 pm EDT. Registration not required.

Friday, September 232022

Art and Architecture Building Courtyard
2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 

A‑Maizing Building Tour / 2 pm

Take a guided tour of the Stamps School of Art & Design. To best enjoy this one-hour tour, guests should wear comfortable walking shoes, arrive prepared to walk approximately 2 flights of stairs, and be ready to stand for extended periods of time.

10th Anniversary Celebration Program / 3 pm

Join us for a celebration like no other! Featuring an interarts spectacle developed by Professor Holly Hughes, emceed by alum Joseph Keckler (BFA 04), and designed by acclaimed multi-disciplined artist and alum Pat Oleszko (BFA 70), with performances by current Stamps students. 

The program will also include remarks from Stamps Dean Carlos Francisco Jackson and the President of the University of Michigan, a screening of a student-produced animated video honoring the school and its accomplishments, and the unveiling of the Penny W. Stamps memorial.

Strolling Outdoor Reception / 3:45 — 5 pm

Enjoy light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres as you mix and mingle with Dean Jackson and Stamps faculty, staff, alumni, and students.

Saturday, September 24

Homecoming Game — U‑M vs. Maryland
The Stamps ticket block is sold out, but tickets can be purchased through the U‑M Ticket Office.

Exhibitions on view at Stamps Gallery (201 S Division St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104): 

  • LaToya Ruby Frazier: Flint Is Family In Three Acts

  • Respond/​Resist/​Rethink: A Student Poster & Video Exhibition

Viewing hours between 11 am — 5 pm EDT. Registration not required.

Stamps Gallery Exhibition Walkthroughs: 2pm — 3.30pm
Drop-in for an interactive walkthrough of Stamps Gallery exhibitions LaToya Ruby Frazier; Flint Is Family In Three Acts and Respond/​Resist/​Rethink 2022

10th Anniversary Poster Project 

Ten thematic posters honoring ten years of positive initiatives and growth are on display on the second floor of the Art & Architecture Building. Created by Stamps alumni, the creative, diverse approaches used to generate each unique design can be viewed online or in person at 2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI

Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in volunteering for the 10th Anniversary Celebration? All are welcome to volunteer, so feel free to invite anyone who might be interested in lending a hand. Please indicate your interest by filling out this form. We will do our best to accommodate any requests to volunteer together with a friend, colleague, or family member. 


Con­tact Bruni Bezati at stampsalumni@​umich.​edu.