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2022 - 2023 Faculty and Lecturers Creative and Scholarly Endeavors

Fellowships and Residencies

Associate Professor Hannah Smotrich was invited by University of Michigan President Santa Ono to join the newest cohort of senior fellows of the Michigan Society of Fellows. Smotrich will serve a four-year term from 2023 – 2027.

Assistant Professor Emilia Yang received the Arts Gender Equality Fellowship organized by CARE USA and the Rockefeller Foundation, which aims to harness the power of the arts to spark dialogues, commitments, and social change toward gender justice. She was also named a 2023 Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Resident. 

Professor Nick Tobier was the first international artist in residence at Nomadic Red Corner, Mongolia, in June, where he completed a Bus Art Studio. 

Lecturer Laura Napier was named a University of Michigan Public Engagement Faculty Fellow for 2023. Napier is among 15 faculty members selected from across U‑M for the program. 

Awards and Recognitions

Jessica Frelinghuysen and Quinn Alexandria Hunter are recipients of the Kresge Awards and Gilda Awards. Quinn Alexandria Hunter received a Gilda Award in Visual Arts. Jessica Frelinghuysen is a Visual Arts Fellow for Performance Art. 

AMA Constructing Memory — Interactive Art Book,” a project by Assistant Professor Emilia Yang, was selected as the Immersive Impact Award Winner, Creative Advocacy Jury Prize Winner, and Journalistic Achievement Jury Prize Winner in XR (EXTENDED REALITY + INTERACTIVE) category in the 11th Annual International Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA2023).

Deepa Butoliya was a recipient of the 2023 North Campus Deans’ Martin Luther King Spirit Awards. 

Professor John Marshall received a Creative Capitol award in the technology category in 2023

Books and Publications

Cooper Holoweski published the book, Nothing Everything Nothing.” 

Professor Heidi Kumao published the book, Heidi Kumao: Real and Imagined.”

Janie Paul, Emeritus Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, published the book, Making Art in Prison: Survival and Resistance.”

Professor Endi Poskovic’s work is the focus of Dreams Towards Home.” 

Professor Rebekah Modrak contributed a chapter to the book, Art-Based Research in the Context of a Global Pandemic.” 

Assistant Professor Emilia Yang was published in Sites of Reckoning,” a June 2023 special issue of Memory Studies.” 

Media Features and Interviews

Professor Holly Hughes and their wife, Professor Emerita Dr. Esther Newton, were interviewed by journalist Laura Flanders on their long involvement in queer activism for The Nation. 

The Creative Campus Voting Project, led by Stephanie Rowden and Hannah Smotrich, was recognized at the Ann Arbor Council Meeting on February 62023.

Professor Joe Trumpey was interviewed in an article from Fast Company, where he discussed his straw bale home and construction projects. 

Professor Janie Paul was interviewed by Michigan Radio, where she discussed Making Art in Prison: Survival and Resistance.” 

Installations, Exhibitions, Events, Projects, and Presentations

The inclusive augmented reality system and early-stage startup iGYM, co-founded by Associate Professor Roland Graf, was featured at the annual Celebrate Invention event at the Michigan Union on Sep 142023.

Professor Jim Cogswell’s installation, Vinyl Euripides,was installed at the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation in Athens, Greece. 

Work by Distinguished University Professor Emerita Joanne Leonard is featured in Medium and Memory,” an exhibition at HackelBury Fine Art in London, England. 

Teaching Professor and Janie Paul Collegiate Lecturer Melanie Manos performed at the historic Sears Department Store building in Memphis, Tennessee. The performance was a part of Visualizing Women’s Work,” a larger project Manos is spearheading. Her photo-based digital print work was on exhibition at haus-a-rest Issue #32, Pattern Power.” In addition, Manos’ photographic work was featured in Get Together,” on view at Reyes|Finn Gallery in Detroit. 

Professor Irina Aristarkhova gave a gallery talk at the Australian Center for Contemporary Art in April. 

Work by Lecturer Emilia White was featured in Maternal Interior,” an exhibition at the Ann Arbor Art Center last spring. 

Lecturer Cathy Barry’s exhibition Connatural” was on view at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Cathy discussed the exhibition in an article with the Ann Arbor District Library’s Pulp magazine.

Professor Rebekah Modrak and curator Marialaura Ghidini launched UnProductive Solutions after three years of collaboration. The project was in part funded by Stamps. 

Work by Stamps Professor Rebekah Modrak was featured in ART AS SOCIAL PRACTICE: Technologies for Change,” an exhibition on view at SP/N Gallery in Dallas, Texas. 

Untold Stories,” an exhibition at the Stamps Gallery, features work by Jim Cogswell, Carlos F. Jackson, Heidi Kumao, Franc Nunoo-Quarcoo, and Emilia Yang.