Visiting Stamps Gallery: COVID-19 Updates & Safety Guidelines
Following guidance from University administrators and public health officials in response to COVID-19, Stamps Gallery is unable to welcome the general public to our gallery at this time. Currently, we are only open to University of Michigan faculty, staff, and students with a valid MCard on Tuesdays and Fridays from 2pm - 7pm.
Both the general public and University of Michigan faculty, staff, and students are welcome to join the gallery for our virtual events this fall, to be announced over the coming weeks. We are working hard to make our website and virtual programs become the platform where we can engage with the wider public on the themes and questions that the artists and designers are asking us to consider in this fall season of exhibitions.
Please review the policies listed below prior to your visit to Stamps Gallery. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Stamps Gallery Director Srimoyee Mitra at email@example.com or 734-615-5137.
Stamps Gallery COVID-19 Health & Safety Policies
- Limited Gallery Hours: Stamps Gallery will be open for limited hours to the University of Michigan Community. The Gallery will be open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 2pm to 7pm.
- MCard Access Only: All visitors will be asked to show and scan their valid M-Cards upon entry.
- Reduced Occupancy: Occupancy will be limited to 25 people, including up to 3 staff members. We ask that only small groups of 2-4 visitors or individuals enter the Gallery at one time as a means to ensure 6’ physical distancing and lower density. To ensure that the maximum number of U-M community members have the opportunity to view the exhibitions, we encourage you to plan to stay for 20-25 minutes.
- Mask Wearing: All visitors are required to wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth in order to enter the Gallery.
- Hand Hygiene and Sanitation: Visitors agree to wash hands frequently and use the hand sanitizers that will be available in the Gallery.
- Use Designated Entrance and Exit : Please use the entrance on Division Street and exit the Gallery through the Atrium that leads you into the lobby of the building.
- Observe Signs: Maintain minimum 6’ physical distance and follow the signs on the floor regarding direction of movement in the gallery space.
- Low-touch Experience: Shared headphones, benches, coat racks have been removed. Should you need space to sit, please inform the Gallery Assistant who will provide you with a folding chair.
- Daily Screening: Visitors are encouraged to take the Reponsiblue Screening Check every day before entering the Gallery.
- Increased Cleaning of High Touch areas: The high-touch areas such as handles of entrances and exits, Reception Desk surface, MCard reader will be wiped down and sanitized several times a day. The Gallery itself gets deep cleaned three times a week.
- Reporting Symptoms: If you are feeling unwell or the symptoms of the virus during or after your visit to the Gallery, please inform the Gallery Director, Srimoyee Mitra immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org or staff onsite.
- Exhibition Tours for classes: While we have limited capacity to offer in-person exhibition tours to small groups of 2-4 audience members, we are hard at work developing virtual tours of each of our fall exhibitions that will be available on Stamps Gallery website. Should you have any queries about exhibition tours, please contact email@example.com.
Statement of Solidarity
Stamps Gallery stands in solidarity with the organizers of Black Lives Matter. We support the gatherings that call for an end to the dehumanization of Black lives in the hands of the police and law enforcement. Stamps Gallery opposes heinous acts of racial profiling, the targeting and incarceration of Black, Indigenous, Muslim, people of color and queer, trans, non-binary people on the streets and in our institutions. The pandemic crisis has laid bare how systemic racism breeds deep inequities and disenfranchisement. We are committed to listening, learning from each other and our elders and fostering rigorous and inclusive platforms for artists, designers, cultural workers, and the public of diverse races, genders, religions, and generations. Art and design have the power to create robust spaces that are grounded in mutual respect, care, and belonging. To this end, Stamps Gallery is committed to developing exhibitions, public programs and publications that are based on the principles of inclusion, justice, and fostering a true democracy.
About Stamps Gallery
Established with the generous support of alumna Penny W. Stamps (1944-2018), the Stamps Gallery is a dynamic center for contemporary art and design, located in downtown Ann Arbor. Part of the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, it opened in 2017 after five years of being located in disparate campus spaces. Building on the school’s strong tradition of excellence, thought leadership and community engagement, our goal is to develop innovative and scholarly exhibitions, publications and public programs that foster vibrant and inclusive platforms for presentation, discussion and inquiry into the urgent questions and concerns of our time. We are a non-collecting institution — functioning in the Kunsthalle tradition — committed to deepening the understanding of contemporary art and design practices that spark action and conversation.
Stamps Gallery is an incubator and lab for contemporary artists and designers to explore ideas and projects that catalyze positive social change. We play a leadership role at the University of Michigan and the global art community through exhibitions, publications and public programs that are lively, experimental and inclusive. A commitment to social justice shapes our work, developing exhibitions, programs, and publications that inspire new ways of looking, making, and thinking.
In January 2020, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts announced that Stamps Gallery in downtown Ann Arbor will be the recipient of an $80K grant to support public exhibitions, public programs, and publications dedicated to exploring inclusive, equitable futures through the lens of contemporary art practice. Read More >
Honoring Penny W. Stamps
Design professional, arts advocate, philanthropist, and friend Penny W. Stamps dedicated herself to elevating opportunities for the culture-makers of tomorrow. In 2012, the U-M Board Regents named the School of Art & Design in her honor, creating the Penny W. of Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan. In addition to the Stamps Gallery, the Penny Stamps Speaker Series and Stamps Creative Work Awards are also named in her honor.
Location / Hours / Contact
Stamps Gallery, 201 S. Division Street, Ann Arbor MI 48104 (Google Map)
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.
For information on exhibitions, contact Joseph Rohrer, Exhibitions Coordinator and Preparator: firstname.lastname@example.org / 734-615-3361
For information on public programs, contact Jennifer Junkermeier-Khan, Outreach and Public Engagement Coordinator: email@example.com / 734-615-5322
March 12, 2021 – May 2, 2021
Heartened Surfaces: The 2021 MFA Thesis Exhibition brings together culminating projects by 2nd-year graduate students Christine Bruening, Nathan Byrne, Rey Jeong, and Benjamin Winans. Read More >
The streets around the Stamps Gallery are lined with parking meters. Meters are free on Sundays and after 6:00 pm during the weekdays. Credit cards and cash accepted.
City Parking Structures
Liberty Square Parking Structure (Tally Hall) is located directly around the corner from the Stamps Gallery at 510 East Washington Street. The structure is open to the public (no permit required). Credit cards and cash accepted.
Maynard Street Parking Structure is a five-minute walk from Stamps Gallery and is located at 324 Maynard Street near the Michigan Theater. After leaving the structure, walk toward Liberty Street and turn left on to E. Liberty Street. Walk one block and turn right on to South Division.
Thayer Street Parking Structure: The Thayer Street Parking Structure is the closest U-M structure. A blue or gold parking permit is required for this structure.
Thompson Street Parking: There is a parking lot on the east side of Thompson Street just past E. William Street. A blue or gold parking permit is required to park in this lot. If you continue down Thompson Street, there is a parking structure on the right. It requires a blue or gold permit.