April 29, 2013
At Detroit’s Bennet Elementary School, artist in residence Colin McRae (MFA 2012) has collaborated with 5th grade students to compose an original score to complete Gustav Holst’s Planetary Suite
In a series of workshops as part of the Stamps School’s Detroit Connections program, Bennett students responded to music by drawing their own favorite parts of the Earth. The students then talked through ideas of different senses and expressions, giving direction on how to translate these drawings into sound and notated music. A specially assembled orchestra of 18 U of M School of Music students will perform the score on Monday, April 29, at 2pm, accompanied by a video projection of the drawings. Bennett Elementary is located at 2111 Mulane Street, Detroit.
April 29, 2013
In January of 2013, Doug Hesseltine, graphic designer, fine artist and teacher, retired, following nearly 40 years of service to the School and the University.
Hesseltine began his academic career at UM with his 1970 BFA from the then School of Art & Architecture. He joined the School’s faculty in 1977, holding a joint appointment as assistant professor and director of design for what is now the Office of University Development. From 1978 to 1979, he was the de facto Director of Design for the whole of the University of Michigan. Hesseltine was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 1979.
In addition to his academic role, Hesseltine maintained an active career as a designer. He co-founded Quorum Communications and later Hesseltine & Demason Design Inc., both firms focusing on the design and planning of communications and the development of Identity systems for health care and technology based organizations and companies. His client list included Herman Miller Inc., ACM Siggraph, Schlumberger Technologies, Libbey Glass, General Motors, Henry Ford Health System, University of Michigan Health System and numerous other units of the University of Michigan.
In 1985 Hesseltine left the University to pursue these professional commitments, but he also continued to teach at the School, sharing his many gifts with generations of artists and designers. Most recently he served as Lecturer III in the Stamps School.
Students have called him “my absolute favorite professor at A&D.” They praise him for his dedication. “He stayed after class on a weekly basis to help me with projects in OTHER classes than his” and his commitment to excellence. “He is very good at what he does and I learned the absolute most from him. He wants his students to succeed which makes him brutally honest.” “You have to earn your grade in this class. But if you actually care about graphic design, you would go to every class and put effort into your work.”
In addition to his talent as a teacher, Hesseltine’s fine art work - which often encompasses painting and collage - has been represented by several of Michigan’s premier galleries. His work is also included in the collections of the Detroit Institute of Art, the University of Michigan Medical Center and the Detroit Medical Center.
Hesseltine is the recipient of dozens of design awards and has been awarded exceptional achievement and grand awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. He has juried many exhibitions and shows, most recently as a juror for the International Theater Poster Art exhibition in Canada. He has also been an external reviewer for the University of Wisconsin Graphic Design Program and panel chair for the Siggraph Conference session, Graphic Design in the Nineties: New Roles, Options, and Definitions.
April 26, 2013
On April 16th, the School welcomed General Brent Scowcroft (ret.) to deliver remarks at the installation of a scale model of the statue of President Ford from the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, created by J Brett Gill (BFA 2001).
Speakers included Mike Ford, son of Gerald and Betty Ford, and Susan Collins, Joan and Sanford Weill Dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.
April 25, 2013
The Tappan Collective is a go-to site for discovering and collecting original artwork and limited edition prints by emerging artists at an affordable price. The online shop is enhanced by a myriad of engaging digital content, as well as a physical presence at art fairs and pop-up exhibitions—like their much-loved event at the Standard LA—and significant collaborations with some of art, fashion and music’s finest up-and-comers. It all started when Chelsea Neman (BFA 2010), an aspiring artist, and Jordan Klein, an art historian and graphic designer, met at the University of Michigan where they studied together in Michigan’s Tappan Fine Arts Library. Upon returning to their native LA, the enterprising duo began working in traditional art gallery environments which reinforced their quest to create a fresh and unconventional online platform. After graduating in 2010, Chelsea followed her passion as an artist and Jordan pursued a career at an art gallery. They quickly realized the lack of opportunity for emerging artists. Many of their talented friends fresh out of art school were struggling to exhibit and sell their artwork. Jordan and Chelsea saw great opportunity for an online platform that would connect emerging artists to the many aspiring art collectors seeking contemporary artwork at affordable prices. They’ve tapped into local art scenes across the world to curate a collection of cutting-edge work by the next generation of artists.
Visit the Tappan Collective in NYC at American Two Shot, 135 Grand Street, NYC through May 7.
April 25, 2013
Cathy VanVoorhis’ (MFA 1986) oil painting, Shalda Creek at Lake Michigan, will be published in the book “Art of The Sleeping Bear Dunes”, out this fall from Leelanau Press. The painting will also be in an exhibition at the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City. The exhibit features the paintings that were selected for publication in the book. The exhibit at Dennos Museum Center will be held from Oct. 13, 2013 through Jan. 5, 2014. The opening reception will be held Saturday, Oct. 12th from 7-9 p.m.
April 24, 2013
On April 26-27 the Stamps School co-sponsors the University of Michigan’s Cell and Self Conference at 4447 East Hall. The conference explores the theoretical and methodological implications of mobile phones to conduct social science research in a variety of domains, social and cultural contexts. An interdisciplinary team of researchers from a variety of disciplines and technology industries will convene to discuss how mobile devices impact issues such as: gender, health, education, and social change.
On April 27, Stamps Professor Matt Kenyon participates in the panel “Mobile Apps”. Matt will present his new media work, which focuses on mining and visualizing socially critical data as well as using computer gaming, custom built electronics and sensor technology to explore the intersections between artificial and biological life.
April 23, 2013
Sculptor Kimberly Callas’ (née Ewald, BFA 1995) work “The Beekeeper’s Wife” is featured in Pollination: Evolving Miracles, opening April 19 at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College Atrium Art Gallery.
Paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture, poetry and video by 29 artists and scientists explore the lively intersection between flowering plants and their pollinators - bees, wasps, flies, moths, butterflies, beetles and others - in this exhibition.
Callas’ artwork focuses on the ‘ecological self’:
In my view, nature speaks to us in relationships and symbols, the very language of art. My ﬁgurative work explores these relationships and symbols and the ways they work through us to connect the physical world and the realm of the sacred. These symbols, images, archetypes and patterns guide what artwork I create. I often work on one large life-size sculpture, while also creating several smaller satellite pieces. In this way, the relationships between the different artworks carry as much meaning, if not more, than the individual pieces.
Kimberly Callas, The Beekeeper’s Wife, wasp paper, plaster, gouache
April 19, 2013
Matt Kenyon will be presenting recent work as part of the Integrated Bioscience Seminar at The University of Akron.
Artist Lecture: Matt Kenyon
Friday, April 19, 2013
Folk Hall Auditorium, Myers School of Art
This lecture is part of the Integrated Bioscience Seminar at The University of Akron
SWAMP (Studies of Work Atmosphere and Mass Production) was founded in 1999 by artists Douglas Easterly and Matt Kenyon. SWAMP focuses on critical themes addressing the effects of global corporate operations, mass media and communication, military-industrial complexes, and general meditations on the liminal area between life and artificial life. SWAMP has been making work in this vein since 1999 using a wide range of media, including custom software, electronics, mechanical devices, and often times working with living organisms.
SWAMP was founded in 1999 by artists Douglas Easterly and Matt Kenyon. Easterly is a Senior Lecturer and Program Director of Digital Media Design at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. Kenyon is an Associate Professor in the School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan in the United States.
April 18, 2013
Stamps School of Art & Design Dean’s Advisory Council member Gary Halby’s new book, Face to Face, is a collection of portraits of the people of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Face to Face is a book of the faces of the people of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. These portraits not only reveal emotions but a sense of what has come before, ancestral links and the ways in which time wears on people. The one thing I knew is that I wanted to capture the soul of the place and of the people. There was a story to be told through the portraits of the patients. It is said that the eyes are the window to the soul. My intention was to peak through that window with my camera. I feel I accomplished my goal with the images in this book.
April 18, 2013
Please join Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design alum Martin Bernstein (BFA 1971) for an open house at his studio on Friday, April 19, 2013 from 7-10 pm.
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