April 16 - May 1, 2010
Culminating projects by the School’s graduating seniors, including film, installation, traditional and new media. Encompassing all of the School’s exhibition venues, the show also features a number of off-site exhibition locations.
Click here to view a list of all exhibiting students, with links to their websites, information about their work and exhibition locations.
Check out our PLAY feature story that profiles four A&D Seniors working on their Integrative Projects in the weeks leading up to the end of the semester.
Robbins Gallery, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd.
Slusser Gallery, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd.
Work • Ann Arbor, 306 S. State St.
Work • Detroit, 3663 Woodward, Detroit
Images from exhibition openings over the April 16 - 17 weekend.
Work by Anna McAlpine, Katie Wahl, Meg Flood, Jonathan Yukman-Li, , Michelle Folkman, Mallory Burgess, Shannon Mash, Kelly Gallagher, Pat Connor , Alex Friend, Walter Lowe, Olivia Su, Victor Uhal, Amy Zhong.
Screening: April 15, 4 - 5:30 pm
Work by June Saito, Laura Pazuchowski and Kaitlin Shulman.
Duderstadt Video Performance Studio
Performance: April 16, 8:30 pm
April 2 - 8
Undergraduate Marie King exhibits photographs and collages that show women in a variety of settings with diverse interpretations.
Shaut Cabaret, 315 Braun Court, Ann Arbor
April 2 - April 8
Opening Reception: April 3, 8 pm
Thesis exhibition by Jeremy Daly and Doug Galante. Sculpture and installation work in which cyclical movement combines with space and time to show multi-faceted views into the past and present.
ART + WORK, 115 W. Liberty, Ann Arbor
April 15, 6 pm - 1 am
A reading of excerpts and projection of images from Dmytri Hryciw's book "Ukra'jina: A Dictionary for a Diaspora"
Michigan League, 3rd floor, Koessler Room
Reading: April 17, 8 pm
April 17 - May 1
With work by Jack Carder, Erica Fink, Christine Hucal, Emily Repp, Sarah Jones, Evan Mclaughlin, Kevin McKay, Chelsea Neman, Kelsey Schultis, Matt Sanger.
'forth from its hinges (warehouse), 3770 Airport Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor
April 17 – May 1 (by appointment)
Opening Reception: April 17, 7 - 10 pm
Bus will run as a shuttle to and from Work•Ann Arbor from 7:30 until 10:30 PM
April 17 - April 24
With work by Jenna Lyn Utter, Katie Shulman, and Ashley Elander.
Spare House, 213 E Kingsley Street, Ann Arbor
April 17 - April 24
April 17 - 24, Hours: 2 to 7pm or by appointment
Opening Reception: April 17, 5 - 9 pm
Imprisoned in the Land of the Free: with my artwork I am bringing the issues behind the ongoing cycle of crime and mass incarceration to the forefront. Through printmaking I appropriate the style of propaganda war posters to critique the prison system. Printmaking allows me to bring my point of view on this critical issue out of the studio and into the streets.
Origins of a Species is a board game based on the human origins debate.
My project is an exploration of bisexual, pagan, and women's issues, as well as a lampooning of mainstream comic books (such as Marvel or DC comics) via my own version of the typical super-hero comic.
Through ecologically sustainable public design, I am forging community connections and meaningful relationships with the environment and between people in order to reach my ultimate goals of cultural sustainability and happiness.
This jewelry series contains materials that show the interaction between the wearer and the jewelry over time and through movement.
Inspired by the objects in our lives, what we carry was created to help us each take a moment to pause and reflect on the meaning of our own objects and the ways in which they connect us to others.
Posters depicting my personal family history, from distinct locations and time periods, as an example of how cultures mix and how they differ.
My project is entitled "Progess." In it, I am explore the pure beauty of nature by creating an animation that simulates nature at work using digital compositing of video and 3D animation. The technique of compositing 3d vines with a real life urban environment has allowed me to capture a whimsical moment of my imagination in a temporary escape from the world.
Sentence: The Last Light is an entirely visual narrative told through a series of sequential, miniature dioramas. The story follows a young boy as he journeys through an allegorical "Otherworld."
Excavating hypnagogic architectures in an effort to yoke subject to object.
RAUS Collective is a collaborative focused on remixing and reusing any artwork, with a specific emphasis on visual works. We exist completely in the public domain, and everything is copyright free. Use it, abuse it, love it, fuck it.
I explored pastry through the creation of cakes and flowers to represent ideas of movement through growth and the cycle of seasons.
Some people can escape the madness they create or are submerged in. In Hollow Circus, I have constructed spaces that contain imaginary characters used to represent when I feel dictated, trapped, and swallowed by my own mess. It embodies my own obsessive and overly focused artistic process.
Joseph P. Connor
Recording a Gap: An experimental documentary about students who are able to overcome hardship.
Emily M. Cromwell
Fibers and textile techinques in precious metal jewelry, specifying this series on the necklace.
113.5 west liberty
April 15 Thursday
6pm - 1am
I'm a voyeur. I have filled books just describing people; their behavior, their physical attributes, and bits and pieces of their conversations. My artistic process begins with recontextualizing these moments by collaging with image, creating new characters and environments and with text, creating poem-like narratives.
My project depicts the struggle of fitting into everyday life through a series of situational drawings.
No OFFENSE...interpret this however you wish
The Chaos World Caper. A "choose your own path" graphic adventure exploring the superhero story. Can you save the world from Chaos?
Since the onset of the recession, homelessness has emerged as a social crisis in our country. My goal is to create awareness of the "new homeless" by sharing one individual's story through photography, design, and sound.
Lacuna is an animated examination of uncertainty. It is based on the short story "The Bath", by Raymond Carver.
The culmination of a year of exploration and discovery, this project is an amalgamation of so much that I hold dear. Join me for a cookie, sign the guest book, peruse my books, sit down and chat with me everyday at Work: Ann Arbor from April 16th - 31st
ArchFlux Technology is an adjustable arch support system for athletic shoes. It allows the arch support to range from low to high heights.
Through the use of a 3D scanner a static clay model has become an animated digital model.
A documentary on understanding and interpreting bipolar disorder and the effects of a mental illness within a family.
By attempting to reverse the roles of a traditional locket and make locket forms that are more personal and the contained something universal, I have developed lockets that evoke the use of the olfactory system and take on very personal forms. My lockets directly relate to my memories and contain corresponding scents- something that transports me back to the day of the memory.
A creative activity, website, and book intended to help early adolescent girls gain self-esteem.
I have created two paper-doll scenes that depict a different interior and historical period in my family's history. I have been had a unique opportunity to extensively research these periods of time, various countries and the specific socio-economic status that characterized my family in of each of these eras.
This is a visual identity proposal for The Roosevelt Institute, a student group formed in 2006 with the intent of giving students a space to research an issue, write a policy, and attempt to get it implemented through governmental and non-governmental channels.
Kristen Campbell Hansen
This project involved designing and building a collapsible armchair, without the use of glue or fasteners, that could be easily assembled and disassembled by one user. It is designed for a mobile consumer—someone who may need to easily transport his or her belongings from place to place. While this is a completely collapsible piece of furniture, if offers the user a high level of comfort and stability.
A guide through the United States family-based immigration process.
26.2 miles. Training for the Detroit Marathon from the inside out.
The project "u-kra-'ji-na" acts as a metaphoric dictionary about contemporary Ukraine for the American-Ukrainian diaspora. The final product takes the form of a book and a reading/exhibition. More information at: www.ukrajina.tk
Purposely mill around enthusiastically.
A visual investigation of interpersonal communication through typography and graphic image.
Through a series of illustrations, I am portraying my interpretation of hallucinations experienced by women with postpartum psychosis.
Milton's Paradise Lost serves as the spring board to my painting and expressing my own struggle with faith.
Preventing Medical Error through Patient Education: A Kidney Donation Case Study
The Preservation of Memory: A series of handcut paper illustrations depicting childhood memories gathered from interviews — because everyone has a story to tell.
A series of grocery totes inspired by Michael Pollan's Food Rules.
Forget Me Not documents the story of my grandma and her struggle with Alzheimer's disease through a series of paintings and voice recordings.
Andrea J. Lee
Changing perceptions of reality and allowing the viewers' imaginations to weave freely around various planes of dreamscapes.
Prunae Ellen Lee
An exploration of Korean traditional hair accessories with a modern take through the use of metals and rice paper.
"Faith in Type" is a series of students' narratives of faith represented through illustrative typography.
The Sad Panda Fellowship is an animation divided into three chapters. The story follows Velle as she tries to defy fate and discovers the mysteries behind her immortality.
Walter Lowe III
Protocol of Person and Social Syntax: Lesson 1 is an animated narrative exploring shifts in personality and the forces that shape our outward appearance. Are these changes in behavior indicative of, or destructive to our personality and sense of self?
The Two is an animation based on the poem by W.H. Auden. It is about obligation, guilt, and what happens if you avoid your commitments.
amidst the pane, knoll, and shore: a string of oil paintings and cassette recordings.
The Pioneer Furniture Series
The Pioneer Series of furniture explores the human experience of casual seating. The designs negotiate between traditional materials and modern manufacturing, between contemporary formal paradigms and future material preservation. My intention throughout is to articulate the intersection of utility, enduring aesthetics, and a pioneering fabrication.
My project seeks to explore artistic practice through drawing and painting as historical documentation of cultural trajectories. The work uses geometric form to approach topics of masculinity, the environment, and spirituality in interaction with one another using motifs of urban landscape, environmental landscape, technology, and human anatomy.
The narrator of this animation is Novellla Jones, a Detroit resident who has lived off Woodward Avenue for over thirty years. As she narrates about her aspirations for Detroit, the broken down and decaying buildings present start to rebuild themselves into new structures. This animation serves as a commentary on how particular residents of Detroit, like Novella Jones, are influencing their city economically, politically, and socially by living out their aspirations; the physical buildings serve as a metaphor for change. Living out her dreams, Novella gives away donated clothing and food, even though she has very little in terms of possessions. Her devotion to the residents of Detroit, along with her specific dream for a shelter building to house homeless residents in, shows her genuine care for her city. This project is not about creating a utopia Detroit, but is meant to showcase real life examples of people who are stirivng for positive change. In having Novella share her dream, this project will hopefully encourage listeners to take action in creating positive change in any place.
My work, "Everything must go somewhere", is a multi-media installation that incorporates plastic sculpture and digital underwater images.
In Bodies and Motion: A hand-bound exploration of the interactions between and among entities, finding their place in the world.
Porosity is defined as the state of being permeable by air, water, and light. This concept helped to create the holes and voids seen throughout this jewelry series and are designed to play with your eyes by casting shadows and creating reflections in each piece.
Nourishment: a collection of recipes and their stories
Project description: A graphic novel, titled "A New Storyteller", about the possibilities and tribulations of the fantasy genre.
This collection of illuminated photographs represents the significance of the individual moments that we experience daily and their visual existence in our memories.
I am interested in "language's impossibly intransitivity, or to [its] desire for meaning, for universality, that animates voices divided by the constraint of a language that is itself, in turn, only one of many."
This project is of a series of paintings about some of the relationships that we have developed with dogs and the emotion that comes with it.
Blink if you understand this.
The unsaid and what it means or doesn't.
Exploring the characteristics of how zoos are made up by embodying animals.
My goal is to design a dining chair that is durable in two senses; durable in terms of the objects relationship to the user, and structurally durable. I hope to achieve emotional durability by combining comfort, function, aesthetics, and environmentally responsible materials into the chair.
A series of wearable pieces focusing on dualities between two opposing ideals. Utilizing multimedia, these costumes focus on fashion constraints and fashion history in an engendered society.
This piece is a large kinetic installation that writes in cursive through mechanical means. It is an exploration of my childhood and how it has and continues to influence my work.
This work deals with the collective, or group, as an entity for thriving outside normative culture. Using an appropriated non-Western aesthetic to segue out of traditional civilization, this work also emphasizes the artist position in romanticizing and empathizing with the 'outsider' construction. To expand on the thematic idea of the collective within the work, the final installation for my piece is photography and film, along with the curation of four other artists work, including prints, collages, and film, into the installation space.
-Anna Schaap (curating in Jason Sudak, Autumn Wetli, Emma Repp, and Jeremy Daly)
My Integrative Project is a re-imagining of the 21st century's modern woman's "empty" uterus. In this project, modern women are defined as students in a higher educational setting, in their early twenties who are or have been sexually active. Through a multi-media project, which re-structures and re-images the female "vessel" or uterus within women's bodies. I use imagery, research and collective stories to analyze the female form.
Earch is a series of being-structures, of sculptural paintings that chronicle a search for strength and underlying structure in physical chaos.
My project represents the connection between undergarments and the sociological gender ideals of seven different eras. One must remember women's history to fully appreciate their strides of progression and celebrate their unmistakable strength.
Surreal places where childhood memories collide.
Urban Gardening Solutions: A design study that investigates potential solutions for urban residents to have vegetable gardens at home.
Allison Anderson Sturm
Cell phones, smart phones, and other gadgets alike create a perceived notion of social interaction. Allowing us to stay connected while remaining far apart, these technologies are increasing social isolation and depleting collective culture. My project is a comment on the increasing profusion of personal networking devices in today’s society, and the way that they manipulate our social behavior.
An unintentionally lugubrious interpretation of a long-standing personal fascination with bathroom stall graffiti.
Lave: A bath toy for couples
Get clean while getting dirty.
My Integrative Project is a short series of design-based pieces that portray the various dimensions of depression. Using simple geometric elements to convey a complex subject matter, my graphic compositions visualize the evolution of internal conflicts as ethereal landscapes.
My project is a visualization of the psychological journey of an individual who is undergoing a dissociative experience.
Jenna Lyn Utter
it's play time: an exploration of family values and middle America through cyanotype and silhouette.
Persian Mosquito nets..
containing my memories.. reflecting my identity...
I created two videos pertaining to the soul: one to investigate, one to inspire. The first, Soul Searching, was a four minute documentary on what I believed the soul was and the second video was a four minute trailer for Splitters, a potential film project that I hope to create with an actual crew and professional cast. This project is an exploration of the idea of a soul, and using the medium of video narrative I intend to convey the concepts of duality, humanism, fate versus free will, and the notion of choice.