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Generations: Fall 2022

Autumn is a time of celebrations and reflections. 

This fall, we are pausing to mark the 10th anniversary of the naming of the school after the great designer, philanthropist, and alumna Penny W. Stamps. As we come together for this milestone, we are cognizant that we have arrived at this moment in time as the result of generations of students who created a future for themselves and society. That future they dreamed of is now, and along with that is the concept of creating a new future, one that holds solutions to the world’s most urgent issues. A future that requires the dreamers, the doers, the artists, and the designers. A future we create together. 

At the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, we honor the work of generations of students, faculty, staff, and alumni everyday. This small collection of stories is a microcosm of the thousands of stories written every day by our community through their actions and their important contributions to the collective consciousness. 

Oka Doner poses with her ceramics work in a black and white photo taken for the MFA brochure in 1967.


In the early days of art and design education at the University of Michigan, opportunities for women beyond earning a bachelor degree were non-existent. The revolution began in the 1960 as a new generation dared to challenge the status quo. Read the stories of Michele Oka Doner, Peggy Cloy, Ruth Weisberg, and Rene Murray, who led the way for the women of the Stamps School.

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10th Naming Anniversary Celebration

It’s time to gather the Stamps community as we pay homage to the legacy of Penny W. Stamps and look toward the next era. Join U-M President Mary Sue Coleman, Dean Carlos Francisco Jackson, and other distinguished guests for some memorable events Thursday, September 22 - Saturday, September 24, 2022.