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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

Exhi­bi­tion: Nov 12, 2021 — Jan­u­ary 22, 2022
Pub­lic Open­ing: Novem­ber 12, 2021, 6 – 8 pm

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, cur­rently planned for Fall 2021. Once the exhi­bi­tion is on view, one of the final­ists will be awarded a cash prize. The exhi­bi­tion will tour to dif­fer­ent venues in Michi­gan, includ­ing the Crooked Tree Art Cen­ter in Tra­verse City. 

2020 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.

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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