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VanVoorhis paintings find permanent home at UMBS

May 12, 2021

In May 2021, U-M’s Biological Station (UMBS) announced Stamps instructor and 2019 Biological Station Artist-in-Residence Cathy VanVoorhis donated paintings of her favorite bio-station field sites to the UMBS community.

Over the course of her residency, VanVoorhis led drawing workshops and created paintings. Her donated paintings are on view at the Biological Station and in this M-Box gallery.

The U-M Biological Station is located in Cheboygan County, Michigan and inhabits ~10,000 contiguous acres on and around Douglas Lake. The core mission of the University of Michigan Biological Station is to advance environmental field research, engage students in scientific discovery using ecosystems and their organismal constituents as objects of study, and provide information needed to better understand and sustain natural systems at local through global scales.

“I deeply cherish the time that I got to be at UMBS. The warm sense of community, interesting lectures and conversations, beautiful setting, earnest students, the fun of discovery—it all made it one of the best experiences of my life,” says VanVoorhis.

VanVoorhis paintings find permanent home at UMBS | LSA

VanVoorhis paintings find permanent home at UMBS

“Greenstar Meadow” by Cathy VanVoorhis. 2019, oil on canvas.

2021 Student Awards

May 6, 2021

The Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design is proud to announce the recipients of the 2021 Undergraduate Awards. All recipients participated in this year’s winter awards application, submitting work for faculty consideration. Thanks to the generous support of alumni and friends, the award winners receive merit-based and need-based scholarships for use in the subsequent academic year (McKinnell Award excepted). Congratulations to our 2021 Undergraduate Award Recipients!

Bershad Textile, Print & Pattern Design Prize

Grace Klein

Anna Bychinsky Award for Excellence in Visual Arts

Rachel Heibel

Irene Bychinsky Bendler Award in Design

Nicole Kim
Gabrielle Mechaber
Casey Rheault

Kristoffer M. Gillette Memorial Scholarship

Elizabeth Mizer

Riggs Hoenecke Scholarship for Design

Shalin Berman
Rachel Rettie

Matthew C. Hoffman Award in Jewelry Design

Chuxuan Ma

Kelly McKinnell Memorial Award

Christina Merrill

David Robert and Sylvia Jean Nelson Foundation for Arts and Letters Scholarship

Edward Shimborske

Lyn H. Silberman Scholarship

Erin Walski

Stamps Creative Work Awards

Jude Boudon
Jessica Burkle
  Hayden Erich
Moteniola Ogundipe
Kristina Rogers
Muriel Steinke

Emil Weddige Award

Kate Donoghue

2021 Student Awards

Stephanie O’Malley, Lizzy Albinson Featured for Citizen Kane Discovery

April 29, 2021

Wellesnet, the leading online source of information about the life, career and work of Orson Welles, recently published a discovery made by an interdisciplinary research team at the University of Michigan, home of the largest repository of Welles papers in the world.

For the past few years, a small team of programmers and artists at the university’s Duderstadt Center have  been working to re-create one of the Citizen Kane sets in virtual reality for use as a teaching and learning tool. The team includes Stephanie O’Malley a 3D artist in the university’s Emerging Technologies Group and instructor in the School of Art & Design and Center for Entrepreneurship — and recent Stamps alum Lizzy Albinson (BFA ‘ 20).

In the group’s efforts, there was one Citizen Kane set object that had stumped researchers for years: a large, strange, dark object built into the wall at the back of the set. 

Lizzy Albinson solved the decades-old mystery as part of her work on the research team: the bedroom set prop was a kachelofen — a tiled European-style stove used to heat a room.

“I’m actually newly acquainted with kachelofen,” Albinson said. “As I was pondering the mystery object, I thought the object was barrel-shaped and maybe held water and my dad suggested it was a water heater of some sort. I zeroed in on heat because that was a good reason to have this object fenced off in the corner.”

She added, “The kachelofen is a tiled stove intended to heat one or more rooms by capturing heat from fast-burning fuel (like wood) in the tiles and then slowly releasing the heat to the surrounding room. Tiled stoves seem to be fairly common but ones with such decorative tiles and ornate structure would only be found in very wealthy homes.”

‘Citizen Kane’ mystery solved 80 years later — and it’s not ‘Rosebud’ | Wellesnet

Stephanie O’Malley, Lizzy Albinson Featured for Citizen Kane Discovery

A Citizen Kane production still depicts the bedroom of Susan Alexander Kane at Xanadu. Assisting in the film’s look were art director Van Nest Polglase, set decorator Darrell Silvera and set dresser A. Roland Fields. The large, strange, dark object built into the wall at the back of the set has puzzled researchers for years.  (Courtesy of the University of Michigan Special Collections Library)

Stamps Commencement Mural Featured in Michigan Daily

April 29, 2021

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.

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

The Michigan Daily covered the mural installation on Sunday, April 25, interviewing Stamps student Natalie Guisinger about the experience.

“This signifies the effort us seniors have put into these past four years,” Guisinger said. “It is interesting because we are in a unique situation of knowing what college was like before a pandemic, and now we are emerging into the real world where things are very uncertain. But I suppose one certainty is being able to celebrate us graduating.”

Campus community paints mural honoring U-M graduating class of 2021 | Michigan Daily

Stamps Commencement Mural Featured in Michigan Daily

Stamps Students Featured in The Art of Queer Health Sciences Exhibition

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.”

Art of queer health sciences featured in new exhibition | University Record

Stamps Students Featured in The Art of Queer Health Sciences Exhibition

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)

Fred Conrad on documenting the history of the Tulsa Massacre

April 26, 2021

On Monday, May 17, 2021 at 4 pm, the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) brings together three thought-leaders to discuss the history of making the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre more visible and known utilizing the tools of historical research, journalism, and photography. Speakers include:

  • Stamps alum (BFA ‘73) and photojournalist Fred Conrad
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Brent Staples
  • Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS) professor and author Scott Ellsworth

In 1999, Fred Conrad visited Tulsa to make photographs of survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Brent Staples’ story about the survivors was published in the December 19, 1999 edition of the New York Times Magazine accompanied by Conrad’s photos.

Learn more about this virtual event.

Unearthing Tulsa |

Fred Conrad on documenting the history of the Tulsa Massacre

Francie Hester: Redefine

April 23, 2021

Susan Eley Fine Art is proud to present their first solo presentation at their Hudson gallery, Redefine, an exhibit of 3D sculptural objects made of aluminum and paper created by Francie Hester (BFA ‘82). The opening reception will be Saturday, April 24 from 5-7PM, and you can also preview the show here.

“This is a time that has forced us to redefine. Redefine how we live, how we interact, how we see, what we value. The Redefine series reflects on that process of redefinition. It is an exploration of our sense of space and the changing pathways of interaction and interconnection.”- Francie Hester

Francie Hester: Redefine
Susan Eley Fine Art Hudson
433 Warren St, Hudson, NY 12534
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Francie Hester: Redefine

David Chung Works With the World Monuments Fund

April 23, 2021

Stamps Professor David Chung shot and produced a short video for the World Monuments Fund at Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia. World Monuments Fund is a private nonprofit organization founded in 1965 by individuals concerned about the accelerating destruction of important artistic treasures throughout the world. Now, over 50 years later, World Monuments Fund has orchestrated over 600 projects in 90 countries. With affiliate organizations established in Britain, India, Peru, Portugal, and Spain, World Monuments Fund sponsors an ongoing program for the conservation of cultural heritage worldwide. Professor Chung’s video shot at the main temple at Angkor Wat highlights the recent renovation of wood ceilings. The renovation is at the site of the most significant bas-relief in the eyes of the Khmers, located in the Churning of the Ocean of Milk Gallery, portraying devas and asuras in a dramatically rendered tug of war, representing the eternal struggle of good and evil that churns amrit, the elixir of everlasting life, from the primordial ocean.

Churning of the Ocean of Milk Gallery Conservation Project | World Monuments Fund

David Chung Works With the World Monuments Fund

Stamps Team Presents “Solid States” at IMPACT-11 Conference

April 23, 2021

Co-curators Nicholas Dowgwillo (2D Media Studio Coordinator), Sally Clegg (Stamps Lecturer; MFA ‘20), and Ellie Schmidt’s (MFA ‘22) exhibition “Solid States: Image/Object in the Age of 3D Printing” will be presented at the online IMPACT-11 International Printmaking Conference, hosted by Hong Kong Open Print Shop April 20-25, 2021. The exhibition brings together the work of a diverse group of artist/printmakers with a wide range of approaches to the potentialities and poetics of 3D printing, broadly defined and explored within the technological contexts and traditions of the printmaking studio.

Miguel A. Aragon
Sally Clegg
Nicholas Dowgwillo
Jason J. Ferguson
Leah Mackin
Marilene Oliver
Ellie Schmidt
Imin Yeh

In conjunction with this exhibition, the curatorial team is supporting the conference attendance of 15 Stamps undergraduate fellows, sponsored by funding from the Stamps Office of Research. Student fellows will be gathering for a pre-conference accessibility and inclusion workshop, attending selected virtual conference events, and reporting on their experiences for a forthcoming feature on the Stamps website. Undergraduate student fellows are Kristina Rogers, Jessie Rice, Melanie Roza, Erin Ruark, Gabe Brower, Emily Tamulewicz, Zihao Zhou, Isabella Kehoe, Yasmine Elhagehassan, Elizabeth Hungerman, Anya Lebedeva, Jacob Napier, LaKyla Thomas, Maggie Wiebe, and Naomi Shand.

Special thanks to Hong Kong Open Print Shop, The Stamps Office of Research, Associate Dean Jane Prophet and the Stamps DE&I Committee for making this project possible.

Solid States: Image/Object in the Age of 3D Printing | IMPACT-11

Stamps Team Presents “Solid States” at IMPACT-11 Conference

Amber D. Harrison Designs App for the Chronically Ill During Pandemic

April 23, 2021

Amber D. Harrison (BFA ‘12) is excited to announce the release of Symptom Shark, a free symptom tracking app to help chronically ill patients.

Harrison, whose previous work focused on metalsmithing, applied her love of functional design to the world of technology. Due to her own experience with the healthcare system, she was inspired to help people who need a simple and accessible way to communicate accurate data to their health providers. Symptom Shark was created to help the patient be their own advocate - the power of efficient design allows a more accurate diagnosis or treatment plan.

The Symptom Shark app was built in partnership with CareEvolution, an Ann Arbor based healthcare technology company.

Please visit to learn more.

Amber D. Harrison Designs App for the Chronically Ill During Pandemic