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Ghana at 1st Glance: Mini Portrait Series by Stephanie Brown

October 13, 2017

Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design MFA candidate Stephanie Brown presents Ghana at 1st Glance: Mini Portrait Series: a series of large scale digital photographs from her recent international travel to Ghana. In Ghana, Stephanie spent 5 weeks questioning the perception of dark skin color within Ghana. The trip was supported by the Stamps School of Art & Design and the Kelly McKinnell Memorial Award.

The photographs are on display from October 9 - 20, 2017 in the Art & Architecture building’s Street Gallery (1st floor, east side of building, across from Work Commons).  The Art & Architecture Building is located at 2000 Bonisteel Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48109.  Stephanie will host a closing reception on Friday, October 20, from 5 - 6 pm.  Light refreshments will be served. Come with questions and curious eyes!

Ghana at 1st Glance: Mini Portrait Series by Stephanie Brown

Professor Emeritus Richard Wilt Featured in Detroit Partnership

October 13, 2017

This summer, the work of Stamps Professor Emeritus Richard Wilt has been featured in a unique partnership between the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and the Detroit Institute of Art. Wilt’s pieces, Heads and Hands (1967) and Words and Voices 1967 (1967) are featured as part of the Inside|Out program, where works are reproduced and featured in outdoor spaces around Metro Detroit in order to engage community members who have not had the opportunity to visit the museum. “Art has the powerful ability to unify, and Inside|Out allows us to bring people together outside of the museum walls,” said Salvador Salort-Pons, DIA director. “We see ourselves as more than a museum; we use art to encourage connections and improve understanding among our diverse communities.” The reproductions have been featured in 11 communities from April to July, and then in 10 other venues from August to October.

Inside|Out, Spring 2017
Inside|Out, Summer 2017

Professor Emeritus Richard Wilt Featured in Detroit Partnership

Marianetta Porter: Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award

October 10, 2017

Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design Professor Marianetta Porter has been awarded a University of Michigan Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award in recognition of her pathbreaking creative work and research and her many contributions to the Stamps School and the University community.  Professor Porter was honored at a campus-wide award ceremony on Monday, October 10.

University of Michigan Distinguished Faculty Achievement Awards - among the highest faculty honors on campus - recognize senior faculty who consistently have demonstrated outstanding achievements in the areas of scholarly research or creative endeavors, teaching and mentoring of students and junior faculty, service and a variety of other activities. For a complete list of all faculty award recipients, see: http://record.umich.edu/articles/thirty-one-faculty-members-honored-scholarship-service

Marianetta Porter: Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award

Review: Christo at the Michigan Theater

October 10, 2017

Christo’s October 5, 2017 Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series presentation is featured in a review by Jenn McKee at the Ann Arbor District Library’s pulp blog.

Upon finishing this quick survey of his work, Christo stood on the Michigan Theater’s stage and alternated his attention between two microphones positioned at the head of two aisles, as audience members waited their turn to ask questions like, “How do you pay for your projects?” (by selling more portable and permanent works of art) and “What do you do with the materials after the installation ends?” (he sells what can be recycled).

“I have no stocks, no bonds, no inheritance,” said Christo, noting that he still works in a modest studio with no stool (“I stand 15, 16 hours a day) and no assistant. “I need to sell permanent things to build projects.”

All Wrapped Up: Christo at the Michigan Theater | pulp

Review: Christo at the Michigan Theater

Photo by Adrian Deva

Brenna K. Murphy: Sculpture X Sympoisum Exhibition

October 10, 2017

Work by Stamps MFA student Brenna K. Murphy is featured in the Sculpture X Symposium Student Exhibition, on view from October 13 - 29 at Annex Gallery at 333 Midland in Highland Park.  The student exhibition was curated by Indra Lacis, Director of Exhibitions at Western Michigan University’s Richmond Center for Visual Arts.

Sculpture X Symposium Student Exhibition
Opening Reception: Friday October 13th, 6 - 11 pm
Exhibition Dates: October 13th - October 29th

Annex Gallery at 333 Midland
333 Midland Street
Highland Park, MI 48203

Exhibition Hours:
12-4pm Saturdays and Sunday through October 29th or by appointment.

Brenna K. Murphy: Sculpture X Sympoisum Exhibition

Charlie Naebeck: Kinetic

October 10, 2017

Kinetic, a new book and album by Charlie Naebeck (BFA 2014) will be released on October 20.

The book is comprised of 109 sessions (69 images) with professional dancers in over 30 different styles of dance to visualize what dance looks like captured in motion.  The 17 track, instrumental album, released by the Ntertainment Group label, contains music based on Naebeck’s experiences with the dancers througout the project. 

To pre-order the book, please visit: http://www.charlienaebeck.com/kinetic/e979370d0. Visit Naebeck’s YouTube Channel to experience special behind the scenes moments from the project and preview work from Kinetic.  On October 20th, join Charlie LIVE on Instagram stories and Youtube live for a special online release party with special appearances and stories from the dancers and special guests.

Charlie Naebeck: Kinetic

Francesca Kielb: Design Book Published

October 10, 2017

Francesca Kielb’s (BFA 2017) book, “127 Years of Design: The Michigan Daily 1890-2017,” will be the first title created by an undergraduate to be published by Michigan Publishing as a Maize Book. The book, scheduled to be released in October 2017, is jointly sponsored by The Michigan Daily and the UM Bicentennial, and addresses how one of the oldest student-run print newspapers in the country has evolved with digitization and technological advancement.

Francesca Kielb: Design Book Published

Rob Kangas Presents Work at Two 2017 Exhibitions

October 10, 2017

Work by Rob Kangas (MFA 1985) was featured in two recent exhibitions.

Kangas was a featured artist in Detroit After Dark, a Detroit Institute of Arts photography exhibition celebrating Detroit’s night life with works from the DIA’s permanent collection on view from October 2016 to April 2017.

Kangas also exhibited 19 of his pieces at a one-person show at Oloman Cafe in Hamtramck, Michigan. This exhibition ran from May 20 to June 23, 2017.

For the past 30 years, Kangas has been the Program Coordinator of the Photography Department at Oakland Community College in Royal Oak, Michigan.

Rob Kangas Presents Work at Two 2017 Exhibitions

Mark Krecic: 89th Michigan Regional Exhibition

October 10, 2017

Work by Stamps Woodshop coordinator Mark Krecic is on view in the 89th Michigan Regional Exhibition, open through November 8, 2017 at the Muskegon Museum of Art.

The juried 89th Michigan Regional Exhibition, featuring 156 works from 145 artists, returns to showcase some of the best contemporary art in Michigan. Juried from a wide pool of entries, the Michigan Regional is comprised of representational and abstract painting, sculpture, drawing, textiles and fibers, ceramics, mixed media, and photography. Visitors will be engaged and challenged by objects both traditional and experimental, and can explore issues of technical skill, artistic inspiration, social and political discourse, and how others perceive the world around us. Many of the artworks on display are for sale, creating the opportunity for guests to collect original art and directly support a vital Michigan artist community.

89th Michigan Regional Exhibition
Exhibition Dates: September 28 through November 8, 2017
Muskegon Museum of Art
296 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon, MI 49440

 

Mark Krecic: 89th Michigan Regional Exhibition

Kathleen Balcer Messner Exhibits at ArtPrize

October 10, 2017

Kathleen Balcer Messner (BSDes 1965) presented her work at 2017’s ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan. ArtPrize is an annual art exhibition and competition in Grand Rapids open to any artist working in any medium. A key feature of ArtPrize every year is the public’s ability to vote for their favorite piece, a distinction which garners $200,000 for the winner. The ninth edition of ArtPrize ran this year from September 20th to October 8th.

Messner’s piece, American Beauty, is a 2-D watercolor painting of a vase of roses in water. Enclosed in a boxed frame covered with glass, the painting is lit from inside in order to provide subtle background lighting.

Kathleen Balcer Messner Exhibits at ArtPrize