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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 / 5:30 pm
Michigan Theater, 603 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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. Registration not required.

Exhibitions on View at Stamps Gallery / 11 am — 4 pm
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 create posters that respond to the prompts What change would you like to create in your community?” 

Viewing hours between 11 am — 4 pm. Registration not required.

Friday, September 232022

A‑Maizing Building Tour / 1:30 pm
Art & Architecture Auditorium: 2104 Art & Architecture Building, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Whether this is your first visit to the Stamps School or your first visit since graduation, enjoy a tour of our facilities, classrooms and studios. Join current students to get an insider’s look at the Stamps School difference and learn how our creative community is coming together to change the world.

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.

Open Studio Sessions

We’re pleased to welcome the Stamps community into our studio spaces for a series of open studio sessions. Space is limited, so reserve your spot quickly!

Digital Fabrication Studio Session / 1:30 pm
1074 Art & Architecture Building, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Come view the Stamps Digifab Studio and see what it has to offer! Watch 3D printers in operation and learn about the processes and what it produces. Learn the difference between the types of 3D printers we have: FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling), SLA (Stereolithography), and SLS (Selective Laser Sintering). Walk away with a part from our newest 3D printer!

Print Media Studio Session / 1:30 pm
2143 Art & Architecture Building, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Join us for a stencil monotype jam session. Using a library of stencil shapes, participants will collaborate to make improvised, collaborative compositions. Participants will have the opportunity to print a unique monotype and take home their work at the end of the session.

Digital Work Commons Studio Session / 1:30 pm
2150 Art & Architecture Building, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Working with the Risograph is like printing with an automatic screen printer mixed with a copier. Originally created for office work, the Riso has since been adopted by artists and designers attracted to its unique printing method, striking colors, and telltale quirks. This workshop will cover the basics of how the Riso works and how to create designs for it. With that knowledge, participants will have the opportunity to create their own designs to be printed on the Riso.

Weaving Studio Session / 1:30 pm
1108 Art & Architecture Building, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Interlaced with the history of human evolution, weaving is both an ancient art and a mathematical process that served as a precursor to modern computer technology. Comparing handlooms in the Stamps weaving studio with newly acquired digital jacquard looms, this workshop will cover a brief history of textile production as well as fine art applications for this equipment. Participants will learn the fundamentals of woven structures using mini frame looms designed by Stamps alumni Marianne Fairbanks and will leave with a kit of essential materials to continue weaving at home.

Session Full

10th Anniversary Celebration Program / 3 pm
Courtyard, 2nd floor, Art & Architecture Building, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Join us for a celebration like no other! Featuring a performance by alum Joseph Keckler (BFA 04). Hear remarks from Dean Carlos Francisco Jackson and Mary Sue Coleman, president of the University of Michigan, and watch a screening of a student-produced animated video honoring the school and its accomplishments. Afterwards, enjoy a strolling reception with light refreshments and conversation with faculty, staff and alumni. 

Those unable to join us in person may view our program at this link: 10th Anniversary Livestream.

Saturday, September 24

Homecoming Game — U‑M vs. Maryland / 12 pm
Michigan Stadium, 1201 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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

Exhibitions on View at Stamps Gallery / 11 am — 5 pm
Stamps Gallery, 201 S Division St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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

Stamps Gallery Exhibition Walkthrough / 2 pm — 3 pm
Stamps Gallery, 201 S Division St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Drop-in for an interactive tour and walkthrough of Stamps Gallery exhibitions LaToya Ruby Frazier; Flint Is Family In Three Acts and Respond/​Resist/​Rethink 2022, led by Stamps students Alexandra Collins (BFA 24) and Ikalanni Jahi (BFA 24) .

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.