Discussion with the Dean: The Future of the Creative Workforce
Tuesday, October 26, 2021, from 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Continuing our successful Discussion with the Dean series, this installment highlights the ways that hiring in the creative fields and industries have evolved and what trends we may start to see in the future. Dean Guna Nadarajan moderates a discussion with a small panel of Stamps alumni who will share their professional journey and provide insights into the way that hiring practices have shifted both since they entered the workforce and again since the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Angela Topacio-Didio, Co-founder and Managing Partner of GYRO Creative
- Aaron Wolk, Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Bombas
- Christine Golus, Senior Managing Director at Q LTD
- Cesar Velasquez, Head of Effects Animation at Walt Disney Studios
This is an exciting event that brings together alumni across various creative fields and media to share their expertise.
Stamps @ Home Creative Connections: Stamps Alumni & Student Mixer
September 24, 2021 from 1 – 2:30 PM
This Creative Connections Mixer brought Stamps students and alumni together to network virtually.
Alumni, this is your chance to meet with current students from all disciplines who want to learn from your expertise, get advice, and connect. Students, don’t miss the opportunity to connect with Stamps alumni who are eager to meet you and support your creative practice and career exploration.
Stamps @ Home Discussion with the Dean: Creative Career Trajectories
September 21, 2021 from 1 – 2:30 PM
This Discussion with the Dean highlights the various Creative Career Trajectories Stamps alums pursue with their art and design education. The conversation focuses on how Stampers past and present have leveraged their interdisciplinary education to break into non-traditional career paths, such as alternative energy technologies, music and audiovisual solutions, and much more. Dean Guna Nadarajan moderates a discussion with a small panel of Stamps alums who share their professional journeys and offer insight into their success, followed by breakout sessions where participants engage directly with the panelists and ask questions.
This is an exciting effort to bring together alumni with an expansive array of skills and experience across various disciplines for an inspiring, engaging, and educational conversation.
Creative Conversations with Professor Audrey Bennett
May 11, 2021 from 12 – 1:00 pm
Join Stamps Professor Audrey Bennett for a live interview with Jane Prophet, Associate Dean for Research, Creative Practice and Strategic Initiatives. Bennett is the current MDes Program Director and a graphic design scholar who studies cross-cultural and trans-disciplinary design. In this interview, she will discuss the ways that she is using design and design research to address issues of equity and access in communities in the state of Michigan, including Detroit. Bennett will take questions from the audience in a live Q&A as part of this event.
Sustainability and Art & Design
Here at Stamps, we believe in the value of creative practice as an engine for cultural and social change. That’s why a panel of alumni and students are convening to discuss responsible production, affordable clean creation, infrastructure and innovation in the industry, and overall sustainability and social responsibility in art and design in this virtual celebration of Earth Day.
- Eric Benson (BFA ’98), Associate Professor of Graphic Design, University of Illinois
- Fai Foen (BFA ’04, M.L.Arch. ’11), Director of Green Infrastructure, The Greening of Detroit
- Daisy Hall (BA ’20), Stamps School & Program in the Environment Alumna
- Micaela McCabe (BA ’13), Sr. Industrial Designer & Director of Social Responsibility, Leapfrog Brands
Current student and Stamps M‑Bassador Sarah Pisarczyk (BFA ‘23) joins as the emcee, and the event is moderated by Professor Joseph E. Trumpey, Associate Professor of Art, Environment, and Natural Resources and Director, Sustainable Living Experience.
A Conversation with Artists from the Exhibition Story, Word, Sound, Sway
Four Stamps School alumni artists discuss the ways their creative work challenges the status quo and the role that artists play in breaking down the walls of oppression and injustice. The artists are featured in the Stamps Gallery exhibition Story, Word, Sound, Sway, exploring subjects of alternative histories, Black identity, and storytelling; meshing performance and performativity, and the interplay of the oral and aural in one’s experience of the world.
- Senghor Reid (BFA ’99)
- Yvette Rock (MFA ’99)
- Wes Taylor (BFA ’04)
- Elizabeth Youngblood (BFA ’73)
This event is co-presented with Stamps Gallery, co-sponsored by the CEW+ Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund.
Virtual Forum on Race, Justice, and Equity: 10/9/2020
A panel of Stamps students and alumni share the ways that they are pursuing racial justice, tackling systemic racism, and making a difference within their creative fields.
Moderated by Brian Banks, Diversity and Inclusion Advisor, Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design.
- Titus Brooks Heagins (MFA ’02), Photographer
- Keesa V. Johnson (MDes ’21), Current Stamps Graduate Candidate, Integrative Design
- Beatriz Lozano (BFA ’16), Designer, Sunday Afternoon
- Destini Riley (BFA ’21), Current Stamps Undergraduate Student, Fine Art and Video Studies
- Shane Ward (BFA ’96), Creative Director, GIII — Men’s Footwear Division, DKNY / G.H. Bass & Co.
Missed the event on 10/9? Watch the Zoom recording in its entirety here.