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6 Things to Look Forward to at Stamps in Winter 2023

It’s a new year, and that means new opportunities, events, and excitement at the Stamps School. Learn more about some fun things to look forward to during the Winter 2023 semester.

Jessica Rice and Margaret Wiebe accept the Big Idea award on stage.
Jessica Rice and Margaret Wiebe accept the Big Idea award on stage at the 2022 Commencement ceremony.

1. Awards and Competitions

If your aspirations in the new year consist of winning artistic awards and earning cash prizes for a big idea, then you’ve come to the right place. 

The Big Idea Award, which is accepting applications until February 12, 2023, provides one Stamps senior or eligible team $25,000 to help launch a major, ambitious project after graduation. Students, check out the application and other details surrounding this special award on our website.

For the student writers at Stamps, there’s the legendary Hopwood Awards program. The deadline to submit a piece is January 12, 2023, giving writers a chance to have their work recognized across the university. 

Stamps students in caps and gowns gathered at the 2022 Commencement ceremony

2. Commencement

Class of 2023 – it’s finally your year! For family members excitedly awaiting the commencement date, here it is: April 29, 2023. This in-person ceremony and reception celebrates the unique accomplishments of Stamps students. More information will become available closer to the event date.

A group of people gathered in a white-walled gallery space, interacting and looking at art.
Students featured in the 2023 Undergraduate Juried Exhibition will have their work showcased at the Stamps Gallery.

3. Exhibition Opportunities

Your hard work, on display for the whole community. Exhibitions at Stamps provide an opportunity for the school to support students whose creative work is recognized as exceptional. 

Here’s some exhibitions to look out for: 

4. Katie Spak x Stamps Merchandise

The traditional gift-giving season might be coming to a close, but you can still treat yourself or someone you know to special edition Stamps merchandise by Katie Spak (BFA 19). These sweatshirts, t‑shirts, pullovers and more merge Spak’s friendly, whimsical art style with Stamps school pride. 

The merchandise can be found at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design Merchandise Store, powered by Ann Arbor Tees. 100% of the net profits are added to the Create the Future Fund, which benefits Stamps students. 

Cheech Marin poses in front of a brightly colored painting by Patssi Valdez
Cheech Marin will give his presentation titled Perspectives of an Art Advocate on March 9
Photo by Carlos Puma, courtesy of Riverside Art Museum, 2022. Painting: Patssi Valdez, Room on the Verge.

5. Speaker Series

On Thursday nights, the general public can enjoy live, in-person presentations as part of the Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series. These events bring respected leaders and innovators from a broad spectrum of creative fields right to you. The series will take place at 5:30 pm at the Michigan Theater in downtown Ann Arbor. There’s something for everyone this year, so check out the full list of speaker series events for more information.

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Wolverine Wellness stopped by North Campus in September 2022 for Wellness Wednesdays. Photo credit: @wolverinewellness on Instagram

6. Wellness Wednesdays

Here’s to health and wellness in the new year! Stamps is offering in-person workshops each month this semester with resources for students, staff, and faculty. On each first Wednesday of the month, stop by the neon Stamps sign on the second floor. On January 11, Stamps is featuring Emotional/​Mental Wellness with Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS).

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Story by Katelyn Stuck.