May 3, 2013
Each year, generous donors provide funding for awards for our talented seniors who participate in the year-long capstone Integrative Project (IP). This year, each Integrative Project Section was given a cash prize to award to its most deserving students by the following donors: Professor Emeritus and Mrs. Wendel Heers, Barb Richards Malloure, Wilfred Bychinsky, Professor Emeritus and Mrs. William Lewis, and Louise Palazzola. And, in what is now a highly anticipated Stamps tradition, one student each year receives the Gorman Award, established by Stephen and Debra Gorman.
These awards are the results of voting by Integrative Project students, faculty and GSI’s, and are intended to recognize achievement in the Integrative Project course.
Our thanks to the donors who made the awards possible and our congratulations to the award winners:
May 3, 2013
NCRC Arts Presents Inspired by Science
March 21 through June 21, 2013
Art and science share a long relationship. They are symbiotic. Art inspired by science celebrates the mysteries of life, the foundations of nature, hard factual views of the universe and our world, as well as predictions for the future. There is beauty and fascination with the how and why of our existence. The arts and sciences are sometimes described as separate entities, incompatible and conflicting, but in reality they are not so dissimilar. They both require careful observation, dedication and discipline, as well as intuition, inspiration and passion. Albert Einstein once wrote: The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. This is where art and science meet.
Sherri Smith, Bradley Smith, Michael Rodemer, Gary Eleinko, S. Kay Young and Sharon Que
March 21 through June 21, 2013
NCRC, Rotunda Gallery, Building 18
Monday through Friday, 9 am until 5:30 pm
NCRC, 2800 Plymouth Road, Building 18, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
May 3, 2013
On Sunday May 5th, join Associate Professor Nick Tobier at the Smitshonian Institution’s American Art Museum from 11:30-5 in the Kogod Courtyard for Music Box Marching Band, a rapid fire series of workshops and performances. This event is part of the museum’s Nam June Paik exhibition. Visitors will construct music boxes that will be orchestrated into on the spot loop bands. Smithsonian Institution/ American Art Museum (8th and F Streets, N.W.), Kogod Courtyard
May 2, 2013
Rose Jaffe‘s (BFA 2010) recent work is featured, along with DC-area emerging artists Decoy, Helen Warren and Superwaxx, in the exhibit Connect 4.
Opening reception for the show is Saturday, May 4, 5pm until 2:00 am.
Vera Cruz 2108 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, D.C.
May 1, 2013
SiTE:LAB Twenty Eleven, a documentary film by international photo-journalist and filmmaker Tom Wagner, features several artists including Meghan Reynard (MFA 2012). The film, which documents the eight artists that occupied and transformed the vacant Junior Achievement building in downtown Grand Rapids for ArtPrize 2011, is scheduled to be screened during ArtPrize 2013 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Curated by Paul Amenta and co-sponsored by SiTE:LAB and the Stamps School of Art & Design, the venue received the Best Venue prize in 2011.
To learn more, view the trailer, and support the film project, visit http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/site-lab-twenty-eleven
May 1, 2013
Students at Flint Northwestern High School collaborated with students in Roland Graf’s “public art and urban intervention” course this semester, producing personal video portraits showing 24 everyday life scenes through their eyes. Part of a filmmaking workshop led by Peter Leix, this project was developed in collaboration with James Andrews (Flint Public Art Project), Hubert Roberts (Black Men for Social Change), Kasie White (ReMix), and Mary Stewart (Northwestern College & Career Readiness Advisor). Special thanks to Joel Rash (Flint Local 432) and Ken Van Wagoner (Good Beans Cafe).
“24 Things About Me” will be shown at the Flint Free City Festival (May 3 – 5). You are warmly invited to join the film screening and release party on Saturday, May 4th at 3pm at the Good Beans Cafe 328 N Grand Traverse St.
April 30, 2013
On Tuesday, April 30, White Pine in the Windy City, the latest project by A&D Works Chicago, turns a cluster of white pine needles from Michigan’s State tree into a “flag” atop a flag pole at 404 S. Peoria in Chicago for thousands of motorists and El passengers to see. As the wind blows the “flag” releases white pine seeds to produce new trees.
White Pine in the Windy City is part of Temporary Allegiance, an exhibit project of Gallery 400 coordinated by artist and curator Phillip von Zweck.
Just about a year ago A&D Works Chicago wrote this manifesto:
“Work Chicago is raising the start flag.
Work Chicago is the ignition set to launch new spaces for art and design culture and creative enterprises piloted by A&D featuring mixologists, meet-ups, exhibits, tech shops, screenings, and exhibits.
Work Chicago inaugurates a national initiative of jump starts to charge creative communities.
A&D Work initiatives are coming your way.
Come raise our flag, and let’s create the culture together.”
Little did we know then, that our movement would have such momentum. Since that declaration, A&D Works Chicago has staged exhibitions, led workshops and mixed alums with Chicago artists, designers, curators and institutional leaders. It is fitting to offer a visual form to this rising collective at Temporary Allegiance, one of Chicago’s most visible sites for activating new creative rituals.
Breaking the flatness and the plane of the traditional rectangular form, White Pine for the Windy City is constructed of open volumes that create long individual needles.
When filled with air of the passing winds, the needles transform into cones. It’s through the cones that the White Pine disperses its Michigan seeds here in the Windy City. Working with archival images drawn from the Library of Congress image database, Tori Terizakis and Rebecca Straub (BFA ‘08) conceived of (with Brent Fogt, MFA ‘07) and constructed the flag with equal inspiration drawn from the tall slender form of the tree as well its creative survival and diffusion mechanisms.
The White Pine is fertilized by the wind, and its seeds develop wings, which stick out of the cone. When a breeze comes up, it blows some of the seeds down, helicoptering them away from the tree. The seeds do not generally travel all that far--most of them are eaten by animals. But those that survive can go on to produce new pine trees.
Watch A&D Works Chicago in the next year. A bumper crop of Michigan pine seeds are waiting, ready to begin growing.
— Nick Tobier, Director of National Engagement
April 30, 2013
Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design Commencement Celebration
2:00 pm, Saturday, May 4
Art and Architecture Building, 2nd floor courtyard
2000 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor
The 2013 Stamps School commencement speaker is Linda Holliday, founder and CEO of Citia.
Linda Holliday is a Detroit native, a Stamps School graduate (BFA ‘79) and a media, internet and marketing serial-entrepreneur. She credits her capacity to “work outside the box,” in part, to her education at the Stamps School of Art & design. “My industrial design courses taught me how to organize problems and solve them creatively,” says Holliday. “And thanks to the color classes I’ve never stopped seeing differently.”
Holliday also affirms the benefits of learning within a university context. “After 30 years as a professional, I’m so grateful for my well-rounded, world-class university education. Art college graduates just don’t have access to the same academic depth and breadth — or the infinitely diverse interpersonal experiences.”
After graduating from UM and getting her MBA from the Wharton School, Holliday’s career path focused on innovation in new industries where creativity and entrepreneurial thinking were essential, including her role as founder of Medical Broadcasting Company, now Digitas Health, a Publicis Company.
Recognizing patterns and cross fertilizing – one business to another, one relationship to another—is key. “Creative people aren’t afraid to take creativity to everything they do.”
Linda’s current engagements demonstrate this breadth. She is founder/CEO of Citia, a software start-up that has created an immersive, modular, 3D media platform for the new content creators: musicians, writers, artists, cross-media innovators. Citia has worked with partners as diverse as Penguin and Snoop Dogg and has been featured in The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Bloomberg and others. Linda is also a long-time TEDster, she teaches entrepreneurship to the masters students at The School of Visual Arts, and is a digital media advisor and angel investor with the New York Angels.
She now lives with her husband, Ali Naqvi, in New York.
Read a 2010 essay by Linda Holliday, Making the Case for Creative Thinking, on PLAY.