April 29, 2021
Four Stamps students were featured in the University Record for their participation in The Art of Queer Health Sciences, an exhibition organized by Tanaka Chavanduka, project manager at the University of Michigan Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities (CSHD), as part of the U-M Arts Initiative:
Installed in the windows of businesses in downtown Ann Arbor, the exhibition can be viewed from the sidewalk through May 5, 2021. Locations include Cahoots, Abracadabra, Vault of Midnight, Vinology, Thrive Juicery, Avalon Cafe, Bløm Meadworks, and Zingerman’s Greyline.
The student work in the exhibition aims to communicate research findings and themes from the Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities, whose mission is to improve sexual and reproductive health, and reduce health disparities in marginalized communities, with a specific focus on sexual and gender minorities. The artists were challenged to create artwork based on four research projects chosen by CSHD faculty. As part of the project, CSHD facilitated several workshops in which the students and researchers came together to learn more about each other’s work and practices.
“The highlight for me has really been in seeing how others interpret my research. I’m very focused on practical results, but I don’t always have the opportunity to talk with others about how they understand and see my work,” Munro-Kramer said. “Working with artists allowed me to really see this and encouraged me to be more creative in the way I disseminate my work so that it is accessible to different populations and learners.”
Coyne Gatto, a Stamps School of Art & Design student, poses in front of his work at Zingerman’s Greyline. (Photo by Eric Bronson, Michigan Photography)