Respond / Resist / Rethink: A Stamps Student Poster & Video Exhibition
September 7, 2021 – October 16, 2021
Open Call for Artworks
Open to: Stamps Undergraduate and Graduate students
Submission Link: submit work here
Submission Deadline: April 29, 2021 5pm EST
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.
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 16, 2021.
Stamps Gallery is currently only open to University of Michigan faculty, staff, and students with valid M-Cards on Tuesdays and Fridays from 2-7 pm. All visitors must have a valid M-Card to enter Stamps Gallery. We are unable to welcome the general public to this space at this time.
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