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Envision: The Michigan Artist Initiative

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November 12, 2021 – January 22, 2022


In-person Event

Stamps Gallery
201 South Division Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104


Open to the public
Free of charge
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Exhibition: Nov 12, 2021 — January 222022
Public Opening and Award Ceremony: November 122021

Organized by Stamps Gallery, Envision: The Michigan Artist Initiative is a new awards program designed to support the development of contemporary artists living and working in Michigan. This inaugural program recognizes the creativity, rigor, and innovation of Michigan-based artists and collaboratives — and honors their role in inspiring the next generations of artists in our state. 

The call for work went out to artists across the state in March 2020. In July 2020, Envision jurors Carla Acevedo-Yates, Curator, MCA Chicago; Ken Aptekar (BFA 73), Artist; and Loring Randolph (BFA 04), Director, Frieze New York; gathered virtually to review the submissions. 

After evaluating 259 submissions from across the state, the jurors selected five finalists to receive a group exhibition at Stamps Gallery. 

On December 10, 2021, one finalist will be named the 2021 Envision Award recipient, receiving a cash prize. 

The exhibition will tour to different venues in Michigan, including the Crooked Tree Art Center in Traverse City. 

Envision Finalists

Nayda Collazo-Llorens examines the way in which we perceive and process information, dealing with concepts of navigation, memory, language, hyperconnectivity and noise through her interdisciplinary creative practice. Learn more: nay​da​col​la​zol​lorens​.com

Through oil painting, Michael Dixon explores the personal, societal, and aesthetic struggles of belonging to both white” and black” racial and cultural identities, yet simultaneously belonging fully to neither. Learn more: michaeldixonart​.com

Carole Harris is a fiber artist who extends the boundaries of traditional quilting by exploring other forms of stitchery, irregular shapes, textiles, materials, and objects. Learn more: char​ris​-design​.com

Kylie Lockwood is an interdisciplinary artist whose work reconciles the experience of living in a female body with the history of sculpture. Learn more: kylie​lock​wood​.com

Darryl Terrell explores the displacement of black and brown people, femme identity, and strength, the black family structure, sexuality, gender, safe spaces, and personal stories through photography and digital art. Learn more: dar​ryldter​rell​.com

This program is supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA).

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Stamps Gallery

201 South Division Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104

  • Sunday: Closed
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Thursday: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Friday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Saturday: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm