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Living a Creative Life: Alumni Stories

Philanthropist, Arts Advocate Penny W. Stamps Dies at 74

December 13, 2018 • Living a Creative Life: Alumni Stories, Other Stories, Faculty

Penny W. Stamps — a University of Michigan alumna, fierce advocate for the arts, community leader, philanthropist, design professional and former teacher — died Thursday at her home after a battle with leukemia. She was 74. Read More >

Creative Trajectories: Art & Design Alumni Discuss “Non-Linear” Career Success

November 15, 2018 • Living a Creative Life: Alumni Stories, Alumni

On Friday, November 2, 2018 approximately one hundred members of the University of Michigan community came together at UMMA’s Helmut Stern Auditorium for Creative Trajectories: A Different Stamp on the World. Read More >

Alumni Spotlight: Molly Dierks (MFA ‘14)

October 31, 2018 • Living a Creative Life: Alumni Stories, Graduate Student, MFA

Artist and educator Molly Dierks (MFA '14) is constantly thinking about her place in the world, both natural and constructed. It's a recurring theme in her mixed-media sculptures and inspiration for the meticulously collected and organized found objects that… Read More >

Internship Spotlight: Taylor Houlihan at the Smithsonian

September 26, 2018 • Research & Leadership, Cool Classes & Assignments, Living a Creative Life: Alumni Stories

Taylor Houlihan (BFA '18) reflects on her summer internship at the Smithsonian Museum's Digitization Programs Office. Read More >

Neil Zemba on Engaged Community Practice

June 25, 2018 • Social Engagement, Advice for Emerging Artists, Living a Creative Life: Alumni Stories

After winning a Nike sponsored athletic shoe design competition during his freshman year at the Stamps School, Neil Zemba's (BFA '13) career was off to a fast, promising start. But he wasn’t content to rise alone. Read More >

Internship Spotlight: Gabriella Meyer

June 19, 2018 • Advice for Emerging Artists, Living a Creative Life: Alumni Stories, Alumni

Recently, Gabriella Meyer (BFA '17) was interviewed in The New York Times for her limited-edition capsule line of #MeToo movement denim wear. Read More >

Startup Success: Tracy Buescher and Jordana Schrager on Fashion Brand-Building

April 25, 2018 • Living a Creative Life: Alumni Stories, Alumni

On April 13, 2018, Stamps alums Tracy Buescher (BFA ‘88) and Jordana Schrager (BA ‘16) served as guest speakers at the first annual Michigan Fashion Media Summit hosted at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business. Read More >

Alumni Spotlight: Nancy Lorenz (BFA ‘85)

April 11, 2018 • Living a Creative Life: Alumni Stories, Alumni

Nancy Lorenz: Moon Gold — on view at the San Diego Museum of Art April 27-September 3, 2018 — will be the first major solo museum exhibition to showcase the art and alchemy of New York-based Nancy Lorenz (BFA ‘85). Celebrated for her sophisticated technique and… Read More >

Chelsea Bay Dennis: Designing for Good

February 21, 2018 • Living a Creative Life: Alumni Stories, Making a Difference, Alumni

When Chelsea Bay Dennis (BFA ’04) was studying art and design at the University of Michigan in the early 2000s, she says there was no readymade client list of socially conscious companies to call on. Read More >

Future Former Alumni Panel & Celebration

February 5, 2018 • Living a Creative Life: Alumni Stories, Alumni

On view in the U-M Art & Architecture building through February 9, 2018, Future Former is an exhibition of alumni work curated by Stamps Professor Franc Nunoo-Quarcoo with alumna Emily Schumer (BFA 2017). On Monday, January 29, the Stamps School presented a… Read More >