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To honor the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan Class of 2021, 29 under­grad­u­ate stu­dents from the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design cre­ated a chalk paint mural on the street out­side of the Rack­ham Grad­u­ate School (915 E. Wash­ing­ton Street), between Thayer Street and Fletcher Street. The mural is on view from Mon­day, April 26-Sun­day, May 2, 2021 as part of the university’s com­mence­ment celebrations.

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The stu­dents were led by Stamps alum­nas Yen Azzaro (BFA 03) and Liz Guil­met (BFA 08), in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the President’s Office and Uni­ver­sity Devel­op­ment Events. 

Vis­i­tors to this out­door mural are expected to fol­low social dis­tanc­ing guide­lines and wear a face cov­er­ing over the nose and mouth, per U‑M COVID safety pro­to­cols.

The mural will com­mu­ni­cate feel­ings of appre­ci­a­tion, accom­plish­ment, and an unfor­get­table Michi­gan expe­ri­ence to our grad­u­at­ing class of 2021, broader cam­pus com­mu­nity, and Ann Arbor city residents.


Accord­ing to Azzaro, activist artist, illus­tra­tor and graphic recorder, the work came together as part of a col­lab­o­ra­tive process involv­ing stu­dents who assisted with mural design, instal­la­tion, or both. Stu­dents sub­mit­ted design con­cepts to Azzaro and Guil­met, who worked together to parse out the most viable ele­ments, trans­lat­ing the work into a final design schematic. The final design was dig­i­tally ren­dered into a grid and each sec­tion was led by a stu­dent who over­saw the mate­ri­als, paint­ing, and team communications.

Col­lab­o­rat­ing on this mural has been a tes­ta­ment to the tal­ent and inge­nu­ity of the stu­dents at Stamps,” Azzaro said. 

“Even during crunch time with finals nearing, students really stepped up to be team leads and offer a variety of concept possibilities.”

Stu­dent involved in the Stamps mural project include:

  • Abi­gail Rankin (BFA 22)
  • Alyssa Wilcome (BFA 24)
  • Ash­lee Free­man (BFA 24)
  • Bri­anna Man­zor (BFA 23)
  • Coco DelVec­chio (BFA 24)
  • Emily Holtz (BFA 23)
  • Erin Wal­ski (BFA 22)
  • Huanyuan Li (BFA 21)
  • Isabella Kehoe (BFA 23)
  • Jaymes Walker (BFA 22)
  • Kyra Koprowski (BFA 22)
  • Lee Hubbel (BFA 21)
  • Madisyn Hicks (BFA 22)
  • Michelle Ha (BFA 22)
  • Natalie Guisinger (BFA 21)
  • Nicole White (BFA 22)
  • Riley Par­rish (BFA 21)
  • Saima Sid­diqui (BFA 24)
  • Samuel Turner (BFA 23)
  • Sarah Det­tling (BFA 24)
  • Shiv­a­lika Kohli (BFA 23)
  • Sophia Schwartz (BFA 21)
  • Stephanie Li (BFA 21)
  • Valerie Le (BFA 21)
  • Vio­let Flo­res (BFA 23)
  • Vic­tor Gar­cia (BFA 24)
  • XiaoYu Che (BFA 21)
  • Yas­mine Elhage­has­san (BFA 23)
  • Younji (Jinny) Jin (BFA 23)
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