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In Memory of Jason Polan (1982-2020)

January 28, 2020 • Alumni

Stamps alum Jason Polan, “one of the quirkiest and most prolific denizens of the New York art scene” (New York Times), lost his life to cancer on Monday, January 27, 2020. Read More >

Erin Arsenault: Making Masterpieces

January 20, 2020 • Student Voices, Undergraduate Student

Going into her junior year, Erin Arsenault (BA '20) knew she wanted to continue her education after graduation to become a certified art therapist. After a good experience volunteering with University of Michigan (U-M) Medical Center's therapeutic art program,… Read More >

Stamps Gallery Receives $80K in Andy Warhol Foundation Support

January 16, 2020 • Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts recently announced that Stamps Gallery in downtown Ann Arbor will be the recipient of an $80K grant to support public exhibitions, public programs, and publications dedicated to exploring inclusive, equitable… Read More >

Yen and Nick Azzaro Propose Interactive, Experimental Art Museum with Youth in Ypsilanti

December 23, 2019 • Social Engagement, Living a Creative Life: Alumni Stories, Alumni

Recipients of the 2018 Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation “In Our Neighborhood” grant, the husband and wife team Nick Azzaro (BFA '04) and Yen Azzaro (BFA '03) are creating meaningful connections through arts and culture for the residents of eastern Washtenaw… Read More >

Representing the Past, Changing the Present

December 19, 2019 • Living a Creative Life: Alumni Stories, Alumni, Faculty

Thoughts on the work of Ken Aptekar (BFA ’73) by Associate Professor Irina Aristarkhova Read More >

A Change in Leadership, A Commitment to Values

December 18, 2019 • Giving, Alumni

After twelve years of service to the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, Director of Development and Alumni Relations Mary Alice Bankert will be retiring from the University of Michigan on January 1, 2020. She passes the directorial torch to her trusted… Read More >

Faculty Spotlight: Ali Shapiro on Inclusive Teaching

December 17, 2019 • Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion, Cool Classes & Assignments, Focus on Faculty

For many artists and designers, visual language comes more naturally than the written word. Luckily, Stamps students have Ali Shapiro to help them develop their ability to write clearly, confidently, and captivatingly in a variety of genres. Read More >

Mindfulness from Scratch: Washi-making with Master Papermakers Tomomi and Hisashi Kano

December 17, 2019 • Visiting Artist, Research & Leadership, Cool Classes & Assignments

From September 20-October 23, 2019, the Stamps School of Art & Design hosted master artists, master papermakers, and senseis Tomomi and Hisashi Kano. Organized by Professor Endi Poskovic and 2D Media Studio Coordinator Nicholas Dowgwillo, the Kanos worked… Read More >

Stamps School Launches $25K “Big Idea” Award For One Stamps Senior

December 9, 2019 • Giving, Undergraduate Student

In her April 2018 commencement speech, Stamps alumna Penny W. Stamps (1944-2018) issued a call to action to Stamps students. “What’s your big idea?” She prompted. “What are you willing to spend your moral capital, your intellectual capital, your sweat equity in… Read More >

Alumni Spotlight: Masimba Hwati (MFA ‘19)

December 3, 2019 • Living a Creative Life: Alumni Stories, Alumni, Graduate Student

On Thursday, December 5th at 7 pm, Futumuka Fulangenge, a video performance by Masimba Hwati (MFA ‘19), will be shown as part of States of Flux: ZIM to DET, an evening of performance-based work at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD). Read More >