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Envision 2023 Opening Reception

Envision logo: stylized white letters spell out ENVISION on a black background

Thursday, June 1, 2023
6:00 – 8:00 pm


In-person Event

Stamps Gallery
201 South Division Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104


Reception / Open House
Open to the public
Free of charge

RSVP Requested

Join us for the opening reception of Envi­sion: The Michi­gan Artist Ini­tia­tive 2023 at Stamps Gallery. The exhibition features new work by the three Envision 2023 finalists, artists Bakpak Durden, Parisa Ghaderi, and Levon Kafafian. All the artists will be in attendance. Light refreshments will be served. 

This is the second iteration of Envi­sion: The Michi­gan Artist Ini­tia­tive, an exhibition and awards pro­gram designed to sup­port the devel­op­ment of con­tem­po­rary artists liv­ing and work­ing in Michi­gan. The Envision 2023 finalist artists were selected by a prominent national panel of jurors: Neil A. Barclay, President & CEO of Charles Wright Museum of African American Art; Shannon Rae Stratton, Executive Director of Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency; and Nayda Collazo-Llorens, artist and winner of the inaugural Envision: Michigan Artist Initiative Award.

We will also be celebrating the publication of a new book on the inaugural Envision 2021 exhibition. This soft cover, 55-page, full-color book features the work of finalist artists Nayda Col­lazo-Llorens, Michael Dixon, Car­ole Har­ris, Kylie Lockwood, and Dar­ryl DeAngelo Ter­rell along with essays on each artist’s work and practice by Michigan-based writers Nandi Comer, monét cooper, Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes, Katie Grace McGowan, and Chace Morris. The Envision publication was designed by Detroit-based design firm You vs. Jesus, edited by Jennifer Junkermeier-Khan and Srimoyee Mitra, and made possible by the generous support of the Michigan Arts and Culture Council. 

Envi­sion: The Michi­gan Artist Ini­tia­tive 2023 is on view at Stamps Gallery from June 1, 2023 — July 292023.