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Respond / Resist / Rethink: A Stamps Student Poster & Video Exhibition


September 7 – October 16, 2021


In-person Event

Stamps Gallery
201 South Division Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104


Open to the public
Free of charge

Open Call for Artworks
Open to:
Stamps Under­grad­u­ate and Grad­u­ate stu­dents
Sub­mis­sion Link: sub­mit work here
Sub­mis­sion Dead­line: 5:00 pm, Mon­day June 142021

Stamps Gallery invites the stu­dents at Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, to design posters and make videos that respond to and explore ideas related to con­cerns of social jus­tice in our present day. Over the last 12 months, we wit­nessed the bru­tal impact of the COVID-19 pan­demic com­pounded by sys­temic racism as it pro­lif­er­ated across the coun­try, threat­en­ing to sti­fle our vibrant and diverse soci­ety. Stu­dents and youth in the US and glob­ally have been at the fore­front of social change devis­ing mod­els of inclu­sion and care for those deeply impacted by the pan­demic and racial and envi­ron­men­tal inequities. Stamps Gallery encour­ages all Stamps stu­dents to apply by cre­at­ing a poster or video on the change that you want to make to make our com­mu­ni­ties more equi­table, just and inclusive.

Why posters & videos? 

Posters can func­tion as cat­a­lysts for change. For gen­er­a­tions, posters have served as an effec­tive tool to cir­cu­late ideas and mes­sages to the pub­lic. Visu­ally strik­ing, and designed to draw atten­tion from passersby, posters can be con­ver­sa­tion starters, invite peo­ple to pause, reflect, spread the word, get involved. They have been a pow­er­ful medium for many con­cep­tual artists and graphic design­ers to cre­ate pow­er­ful images and mes­sages that could respond to imme­di­ate issues and be dis­trib­uted widely. Sim­i­larly, video art was another excit­ing imme­di­ate medium for con­cep­tual artists in the 1960s and 1970s as the tech­nol­ogy became more acces­si­ble to the masses. Video art pro­vided an alter­na­tive to the dom­i­nant broad­cast­ing cor­po­ra­tions. Artists made exper­i­men­tal films, recorded per­for­mances, and first-per­son nar­ra­tives that were then exhib­ited and screened at gal­leries, muse­ums, and events. Posters and videos con­tinue to be salient fea­tures in the 21st Cen­tury to respond to urgent issues and ques­tions fac­ing the present moment.

Sub­mis­sion Information

Each Stamps under­grad­u­ate or grad­u­ate stu­dent can sub­mit one work (poster or video). The dead­line for sub­mit­ting work is Wednes­day, April 29, 2021, 5pm, EST. A selec­tion com­mit­tee com­posed of stu­dents, fac­ulty, and Stamps Gallery staff will review sub­mit­ted works. Stu­dents whose works are selected will be noti­fied by June 11, 2021. The exhi­bi­tion will take place from Sep­tem­ber 7 – Octo­ber 162021.

If you have any ques­tions, please con­tact Sri­moyee Mitra, Stamps Gallery Direc­tor or Jen­nifer Junker­meier-Khan, Pub­lic Pro­grams & Out­reach Coordinator. 

Stamps Gallery

201 South Division Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104

  • Sunday: Closed
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Friday: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Saturday: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Stamps Gallery welcomes public audiences to visit the Gallery in a limited capacity starting Friday, June 25, 2021. The gallery is open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 4pm: reserve your time at

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