Emergence Summer 2014

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Supporting Art and Design Education— W H Y N OW ?


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“You’ve got to be resourceful and you need to be a creative thinker, because what we’re doing today keeps changing.” Craig Kallman, Atlantic Records Group

Many people see artists as shamans, dreamers, outsiders, and rebels. In reality, the artist is a builder, an engineer, a research analyst, a human relations expert, a project manager, a communications specialist, and a salesman. Combined with the imagination of an inventor and the courage of an explorer. Not a bad set of talents for any business challenged to innovate in a world of volatility, uncertainty, and change.

Steven J. Tepper, Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy

“Design thinking harnesses the power of teams to work on a wide range of complex problems in health care, education, global poverty, government—you name it.” Tim Brown, IDEO 1  /  STAMPS


It’s About Time! Flexible thinking, curiosity, unconventional problem solving, risk-taking — these are the basics of an art and design education. And whether you graduated in the 1940s or just last year, these are the abilities that help to define your future.



The larger world is

embracing the values and expertise that artists and designers offer. Professional outcomes for our students are increasing. Demands for our skills are multiplying.

The mission of the Stamps School of Art & Design is simple and

profound—to prepare students to think in new ways, to educate them to become concerned world citizens, and to equip them with the skills for life-long accomplishment. This commitment requires rigorous training in the key principles of art and design, collaboration across disciplines and across continents, and teaching by a faculty who model the creative thinkers and problems solvers our students will become. Preparing a new generation to take on this role is no longer only a desired option—it is a mandate. Global warming, world health issues and our nation’s position in a global marketplace make a creative education essential. As the entire University begins the five-year Victors for Michigan campaign in support of our educational mission, we want to share with you our plans and progress in the three key areas of our campaign—student scholarships and global education, innovative teaching and learning, and creative work and inquiry.


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•   S C H O L A R S H I P S   •

Supporting Creative Choices Stamps students make a courageous commitment when they come here. Embracing creative practice is embracing a way of life. Unlike other fields of study, there is no single road map for this generation of problem-solvers, idea-generators, and game-changers. The financial burdens of a college education have become real barriers to success during college and afterwards. Scholarships are often the tipping point for students in deciding to come to Stamps rather than another school. In order to attract and retain the best students, we have made scholarships our highest priority.

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Education is not just any job. There’s a real human dimension to all we do.

Leading The Way



I like to keep the students and their

necessary, but we wanted to make it

from scholarship

needs at the forefront.”

more possible for people from diverse

students may be one of

Guna and his wife, Irina

socio-economic backgrounds to be

Aristarkhova, a faculty member

able to study here. It’s a value for us

dean, but it’s something Stamps Dean

in the Stamps School, Women’s

personally and also a value for our

Guna Nadarajan takes very seriously.

Studies and History of Art, made a


“It’s heartbreaking, really, the stories

decision to do something about those

some students tell,” says Guna. He

needs this past January. Working

a gift now, at a time when their

was so moved by the stories he was

with Mary Alice Bankert in Stamps’

scholarship endowment is eligible for

reading that he asked that the letters

development office, Guna and Irina

the Michigan Matching Initiative

be delivered to him in the morning so

set up an endowment for need-based

for Student Support (for more

he could read them first thing in the

scholarships. “We both come from

information see page 10) created by

day, to remind him why he’s doing

humble backgrounds. Irina got some

the University. “We are giving what

what he’s doing. “Education is not

scholarships, but I didn’t have any.

we can,” Guna confirms, “and it’s

just any job. There’s a real human

We both felt that this was something

being multiplied by the University’s

dimension to all we do. And as I make

we had to do—to give back and have

matching initiative. I have realized

decisions, meet with faculty, and

an impact on this problem,” he says.

how much every dollar counts. It’s a

strategize for the sake of the school,

“Merit scholarships are important and

cliché, but it’s true.”

the overlooked jobs of a

Guna and Irina are pleased to make


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in his high school art classes. But, as an orphan raised by his grandmother, he never dreamed he would ever be able to go to college. Shipman and Gates

Scholarships helped support his entire college career at Stamps.    “The scholarships make me feel that donors support my interests, my passion, and my school. I’m grateful that they gave some of their money for my education. Michigan has opened my mind and gotten me involved using my gifts as an artist in the community. I worked with the Trotter Multicultural Center, and with an organization that supports incoming black students.” Levester, who graduated in 2013, is now in an MFA program at VCUart.

Levester Williams

Artworks by Levester Williams (BFA ‘13)

Jordana Schrager



Jordana Schrager has been able to combine her drawing skills with her entrepreneurial interests to grow her highly successful custom sneaker business.

“Scholarship support was so important if I wanted to come to a school like U-M. And only a university like this one has the resources and courses I need. Students, faculty advisors and alumni have all given me great advice and feedback about my business dreams. Media marketing and business courses were also incredibly helpful. I’m so grateful.”

Shoe designs by Jordana Schrager (BFA ‘16)


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•   I N T E R N A T I O N A L

S T U D Y   •

Creating Global Citizens As artists and designers, we know that both our reach and our responsibility have become global. In response, the School continues to institute new ways that students, faculty and alumni can experience, participate in, and contribute to a larger geography. Stamps has made international study a requirement for all students. The Stamps International Initiative continues to establish new exchange programs with educational institutions from Australia to Norway, and from to Japan to Chile, offering students and faculty the life- and art-altering benefits of moving beyond the limits of any one culture.

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→  International Study: Changing Students Lives Italy

Valerie DiMilia The best way to experience any culture is to immerse yourself as much as possible, meet new people and understand their way of life which will be different from yours. You learn what makes people unique and different and incorporate what you learn into your design process.


Elise Beckman Staying at the Seinenryo Center for disabilities, having the opportunity to interact with the people who live and work there, was such a deeply human experience for me. It taught me so much about gratitude, about a generosity of spirit and a beauty that is beyond words.

Czech Republic

Callie Stewart I learned to pay close attention to everything that was happening in both the moment and what might happen in the future. Prague was already so beautiful that it was not about finding the “pretty” shot, but rather, the powerful moment. I am influenced by the current moment, but also patient to what may evolve in the art I create.


Cassidy Wasko

Working as an artist seems more accessible now. We met people who just loved what they did, whether it was operating a gallery or creating the work for it themselves. The love present in the scene we saw was undeniable and truly inspiring. Beyond just being a source of visual inspiration, it made me fear life after graduation a whole lot less.


Lynn Chen There are a million different reasons to study abroad. You learn things about another culture and language that you can’t pick up from watching movies or going to a class. You get the chance to eat new foods, meet new people, see amazing places. You’ll pick up a lot of social and problem-solving skills while you’re trying to figure out the public transportation system or ordering dinner at a local hole-in-the-wall.


Rachel Hefferan

The ways in which my experience will come through in my art are probably through my new view of the world and of myself as part of that world. Spending time in a different culture left me with a lot to think about as far as what it means to be beautiful, happy, successful, content and so much more. STAMPS E M E R G E N C E

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Jing Wang Remembers A Daughter

“My study abroad experience changed my life” is a sentiment often repeated by students who study internationally. Their experiences inform the way they



Studies in Art and Design will provide financial awards to five Stamps Students each year in recognition of exemplary work influenced by their

international experience. This new gift significantly builds on the generous support

see the world. Professor Jing Wang,

Professor Wang has already provided to the Stamps School.

mother of Candy R. Wei and

Following the death of her daughter Candy in 2001, she

Professor of Chinese Media and

established the Candy R. Wei International Travel Fund. Each

Cultural Studies at MIT, knows that this experience also changes the creative work that students make.

year, this endowed fund supports the international experiences of eight to ten Stamps students. “It was Candy’s dream to travel abroad to study art so the fund is a natural way to remember her and to help students fulfill their dreams of international study,” said Professor Wang about establishing the first fund.

Photo:  Professor Jing Wang (second from right)

As with all Stamps endowed funds, Professor Wang receives

with three of the many students who have benefitted

letters of appreciation from students, which she treasures.

from the Candy R. Wei International Travel Fund.

Some students even send artworks that reflect their

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I feel Candy’s spirit is alive and going strong.

Candy Wei / selections / Magazines

Candy Wei / selections / Magazines

Artwork by Candy R. Wei A permanent exhibition case at the Stamps School showcases the work of Professor Wang’s daughter, Candy R. Wei. Candy’s creative interests spanned drawing and painting, printmaking, photography, digital art, sculpture, graphic design, poetry, and short story writing. Candy’s work is also accessible on the web at  www.candywei.org.

Candy Wei / selections / Magazines

Candy Wei / selections / Magazines

adventures abroad. To create this new award, Professor Wang took advantage of the Michigan Matching Initiative for Student Support. In addition, Professor Wang added to an already established

Michigan Matching Initiative for Student Support The University of Michigan is offering a $25 million Michigan Matching Initiative for Student Support at the Ann Arbor campus. Gifts between $100,000 and $1 million will be

planned gift that will provide support

matched at a 1:4 ratio (that is, the University will contribute

for the Candy R. Wei International

$1 for every qualifying $4 donated).

Travel Fund and for the Candy R. Wei Prize in perpetuity. As a mother who lost a daughter at age 21, Professor Wang is comforted by the impact her contributions are making on students’ international experience. “I feel Candy’s spirit is alive and going strong.”

Gifts must meet the following criteria:

→  Direct student support for scholarships or fellowships (including undergraduate scholarships, graduate

fellowships, and student activities such as study abroad, internships, and student research projects).

→  Gifts applied to new or existing endowments. →  Size of gift between $100,000 and $1 million paid over five years.

For more information contact Mary Alice Bankert at mbankert@umich.edu STAMPS E M E R G E N C E

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•   T E A C H I N G


L E A R N I N G   •

Building Innovation Into Teaching & Learning Stamps recognizes its role in training the next generation of creative change agents. Engaged and experiential learning means connecting our creative work with communities around the world, giving our students the skills and experiences they need to make a difference. While foundational skills in art and design remain essential, our students will also need access to the latest technologies; studios and classrooms that encourage the intermingling of media and disciplines; and outstanding faculty, who are prepared to stretch boundaries, in their own work and in their teaching.

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Helping Kids Manage Diabetes with Video Games



It requires constant blood sugar monitoring, an insulin shot four to six times a day and strict eating habits. It’s

hard enough for adults to maintain the regimen, but getting young people to be disciplined about this kind of daily work is a job for, well, a video game. Dr. Joyce Lee, associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan Medical School, treats adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes and is co-director of Mott Mobile Technology for Enhancing Child Health

A new collaboration at U-M matches young video game designers from professor Matt Kenyon’s gaming course with medical experts

(M2TECH), which is dedicated to developing mobile apps that will help teens take better care of their health. “We realized it was important to come up with new ways to motivate young people in their own care, because we want them to avoid diabetes-related complications,” says Dr. Lee. “And we realized we needed collaborators. We have the

at the University hospital in order to

medical expertise, but what was missing was the creativity,

explore non-traditional, even fun,

the wonder, that artists and designers bring to a problem.”

approaches to a serious problem.

Dr. Lee approached the Stamps School of Art & Design to seek out collaborators. There she discovered Matt Kenyon, a faculty member who specializes in code-based art and design and teaches popular classes in video game art and the new realm of creative apps.

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Matt joined the Stamps faculty in

time when he didn’t have to check his

For Dr. Lee and Matt, this is just the

2011 to enhance the School’s program

blood sugar level and inject himself

beginning. “We’re now going to hire

in new media, as part of a university-

with insulin every time he wanted to

some of these students to develop

wide “cluster-hire” in computational

eat something.

the prototypes further,” says Dr. Lee.

media designed to strengthen the

While, for Josh, the daily regime is

Next semester, Matt will continue

University’s research in this growing

now more of “an annoyance” than

the collaboration with students in

area. Matt and Dr. Lee received a Third

anything else, he thinks the idea of

his app class. “For students who

Century Initiative grant to help launch

the video game is invaluable for kids

grew up playing games, it’s really

their collaboration.

who have been just diagnosed. He was

empowering to become a maker and

eager to see what the students came

an essential part of a problem-solving

happen if they gave the problem of

up with. “[At the judging party], I

team, whether it’s a healthcare

diabetes management to students

found multiple games that were fun,

issue, or other research areas here at

in Matt’s video game class. “These

but the ones that also had an ultimate

the University.” Matt says. “It’s an

students are digital natives,” says

functionality to them were incredible.

incredible opportunity and we’re just

Matt. “They grew up playing these

I can’t tell you how important these

getting started.”

games and are capable of rapid

types of game could be for young kids

To help students, designers, and

innovations.” Students spent the first

just diagnosed. I saw some games that

developers learn more about diabetes

part of the class learning the basics

could really thrive if they were released

in order to create better solutions,

of game art: programming, graphics,

into the market.”

Dr. Lee created Diabetes: A Guide for

The team decided to see what would

I set out to leverage the compulsive qualities that games can inspire, but to positive ends.

interaction design and critical theory.

Stamps student Sam Oliver, won

Designers, a primer on the disease. And

They ended the semester with the

first place for his game “Pixipal,” in

to help facilitate more of these kinds

diabetes assignment, using Stencyl, an

which children teach themselves how

of collaborations, Matt and Dr. Lee

intuitive design platform which allows

to manage Type 1 Diabetes by caring for

recently set up Health Design Cupid,

designers to quickly and easily create

a digital pet. Oliver describes himself

a “matchmaking” site for medical

games and apps without using code.

as a reformed video game addict,

professionals and designers.

Dr. Lee provided the class with a

“I designed my game with my old

Diabetes For Designers primer and

addictions in mind. I set out to leverage

visited the class to look at early pro-

the compulsive qualities that games can

totypes and guide the process. The

inspire, but to positive ends.”

semester culminated with a party

In Pixipal, the child must feed and

and game contest judged by Dr. Lee,

play with the pet to keep it happy, and

Matt, and most importantly, 16-year-

is rewarded for his or her efforts with

old Josh Luurtsema, who plays games

items and upgrades. In turn the pet

and has diabetes.

“takes care” of the child, refusing to

Diagnosed with diabetes when he was just ten, Josh can’t remember a

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play until the child checks his or her blood glucose levels.

Photos by Sarah Nesbitt

Make it Work Proctor & Gamble Fund Supports Innovative Product Design Course

What do a portable urban garden, stacking storage cubes, a disaster relief shelter, and a one-handed kitchen have in common?



course confirms its importance by offering knowledge that

the cross-disciplinary Integrated Product

can be transferred to any business, whether in a studio,

Development course (IPD). IPD brings

laboratory or office.

together students from the Stamps School

“IPD gave me confidence in my creative abilities and

of Art & Design, the College of Engineering, and the Ross

working with a team. It empowered me as a designer and

School of Business to design a consumer product and

problem-solver. I worked on the creative side and project

develop a supporting business plan and a website.

management for my IPD team, and now I work as a design

Now, drawn to IPD’s unique educational experience, the

and development project manager. I’d say IPD definitely

Proctor & Gamble Fund has given IPD a $10,000 grant for the

helped me prepare and work towards a goal in my early

fall 2014 semester.

career,” said Clio Goldsmith, BFA 2009. “I attribute this

“P&G is proud to support the Integrated Product

to the fact that during IPD I gained an understanding of

Development Course at the University of Michigan. We

how the product development process works and where I

recognize that this course prepares students for careers

wanted to fit into this process.”

in business by creating a learning environment that

Taught by Ross School Professor Bill Lovejoy and Stamps

encourages and enhances innovation and creativity,” said

School Assistant Professor John Marshall, IPD has attracted

Brian Sasson, P&G Fund/P&G Corporate Contributions

national media attention in Businessweek, CNN, The New York

Manager. “This is an important investment that we hope

Times, and the Wall Street Journal, among others.

benefits students for years to come.” IPD often marks the first time that students from Stamps, Engineering, and Ross work together. The blended teams mimic the real-world experience of collaboration with partners who have separate skills sets and expertise. This type of learning experience is at the core of the Stamps School’s goal to become the model for art and design education by expanding teaching and learning opportunities that foster collaboration. Feedback from alumni about their experience in the IPD STAMPS E M E R G E N C E

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Highlighting Our Creative Community Donors support PLAY: a website for creative work by and about the Stamps School Faculty, Students, and Alumni.



and its core mission—to provide visibility for the work of

immersed in creative work. Marc is

our students, alumni and faculty. PLAY now includes Penny

Senior Deputy Director and COO of the

Stamps lectures, a student image gallery with both still

Guggenheim Museum and Ilene is a

and time-based work, stories about alumni and students,

practicing artist. So it was no surprise that in searching for

interviews with visiting artists, feeds from all our social

ways to support Stamps, they found a particularly creative

media networks and more. Prospective undergraduate and

way to promote the education of the next generation of

graduate students cite it as one of the primary ways they

innovative thinkers, problem solvers and makers. In 2005,

come to know Stamps, its community, its culture, and its

Marc and Ilene, members of the School’s Dean’s Advisory

educational opportunities.

Council, championed an unusual experiment at Stamps—a

Recently, the Steglitzs have officially coalesced their

fledgling TV and online venue for the School called PLAY

yearly pledges of support by funding the Ilene and Marc

Gallery. The project provided an outlet for time-based

Steglitz Fund over the next five years. The fund will

work outside the traditional gallery system, on PBS and

help the School build on our efforts to showcase the

online, while providing valuable work experience for young

radical, thought-provoking work of our students, faculty

animators and producers involved in the PLAY production

and alumni, and provide professional development

office. While on the airwaves, the program went on to win

opportunities for our aspiring artists and designers.

four EMMY awards and numerous other EMMY nominations for the school and students. As PLAY evolved beyond the arena of time-based work, the Steglitzs remained actively engaged with the project

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We thank Ilene and Marc for their vision and their commitment to expanding the impact that creative work and ideas can have on the world.

Living a Creative Life A Sampling of Stories From PLAY Creative Careers

Mike Campau Back in the early 90s when Mike Campau (BFA ‘96) was in school at Stamps, Photoshop was an obscure software program that came free with your order of Barneyscan. Campau came to Stamps to study scientific illustration but he soon found he was spending his spare time soaking up everything he possibly could about the newly emerging field of digital imagery and manipulation. www.playgallery.org/stories/campau

Focus on Faculty

Jim Cogswell For an artist, scale matters. The size of a painter’s canvas can be as small as a postage stamp or as big as the wall of a room. But Stamps professor Jim Cogswell’s work for the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital may be the first time that a painter has been asked to use an eight-story window façade as a canvas. www.playgallery.org/stories/hospital

Student Stories

Sam Oliver

“Since coming to Stamps, I have designed a game for the medical school, developed sets for student productions, ‘performed’ a life drawing class at the Ross Business School, shown in the Engineering Design Expo, traveled around the country coding with Michigan Hackers, built Javanese musical instruments, and learned to weld, slip-cast, and pour bronze. Sure, some other art schools have open majors, but I don't think any other schools could have provided such a wealth of experience.” www.playgallery.org/stories/oliver

Stories From Abroad

MFA Students Report Peter Leix: Iceland I spent the last two days I had in Iceland at Jökulsárlón, which is a lagoon where 1,000 year old glaciers meet their final demise. I found this place visually arresting and stayed and shot 10+ hours of video each day. It was emotional to see the direct consequences of global climate change. Read about other MFA experiences here: www.playgallery.org/stories/mfa_international

Find more stories at www.playgallery.org/stories/main


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•   R E S E A R C H   •

Expanding the Role of Creative Work & Inquiry Research engagements lie at the heart of the University… and at the center of art and design practice. While artists and designers have always understood the powerful role that research plays in their work, the model of the artist/scholar is gaining more visibility. As it becomes increasingly clear that our skills in visual thinking and new forms of critical inquiry are essential to solving global challenges, artists and designers are now being recognized as researchers who work and innovate alongside colleagues in other fields. Stamps is continually working to expand these research initiatives, collaborating with areas as diverse as nanotechnology and business on projects that create new avenues to understanding. As with all university-based research, the reach and influence of art and design’s creative outcomes depend on the ways in which we disseminate our work, including exhibitions, public lectures, and workshops. Stamps is also actively investigating new ways to share our research outcomes, including funding support for a research center, symposia and publications.

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You often hear that you can get anything made in Detroit. We wanted to find out what and where. Photos courtesy Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning



and online resource created by Stamps faculty John Marshall and Seth Ellis and the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning,

sets out to answer the question: Can you really get ANYTHING made in Detroit? The answer, it turns out, is yes, but not without some good people skills. “When we asked the people featured in this project how to go about getting something made in Detroit, the most common response was ‘ask someone,’ says Seth. “Word of mouth, knocking on doors, physical conversations and personal networks: these are the things that make up Detroit’s manufacturing culture, historically and currently.” Through over 50 hours of personal interviews, this group of four researchers with backgrounds in design and data collection—(Heidi Beebe), mapping and web design (Seth Ellis), design/fabrication (John Marshall and Julia McMorrough)—

Mapping Detroit's PostIndustrial Present

have assembled both a much needed resource on two fronts. CONTINUED  →

photo left: John Marshall  right: Seth Ellis


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Detroit — and by that we mean heavy manufacturing — is not ‘coming back’ anytime soon. The world has moved beyond that model of production. The potential for the present is for Detroiters to remake their city in the image of the values its citizens hold dear. Then Detroit will be known not just for industrial collapse but for being the world’s first 21st Century city. John Marshall, Stamps School of Art & Design

As a reference, the handbook and online site bring visibility to the

designer enterprises. The book profiles people like

smaller runs, between 100 t0 500, with a staff of 12.

vibrant making scene in Detroit,

Veronika Scoot, a 22-year-old

suggesting various networks of

designer and entrepreneur who

into a viable 21st industry has been

people and fabrication shops in this

employs homeless women to sew

the subject of many news articles and

city and beyond.

and manufacture a convertible coat/

stories, so has the influx of young

sleeping bag for people on the streets.

artists and designers who flood the

both data and personal stories, it is a

It also highlights Charles Baer of

city drawn by the low rents and DIY

fascinating portrait of a post-industrial

Eutectic Engineering, a casting shop

culture. The Re-tool Kit Detroit

city of makers, caught between an old

that once had 120 people on staff to

researchers suggest: they are the

paradigm of mass manufacturing and

do runs of 100,000 parts for the auto

same story.

an emerging economy of handmade,

industry but now performs much

As a research document containing

I could be back in New York, but I would be a sketch monkey for somebody else for a very long time before I could ever get an opportunity to do something like this again. Detroit is the only place where I could, as a 22 year-old, do a business on my own... I can’t think of doing it in any other city. Veronika Scoot, participant in “Re-Tool Kit for Detroit”

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Converting Detroit’s know-how

Photos by Edward West

For the past decade, Stamps faculty Ed West has been engaged in a transnational research project on mixed-race identity. As a fine art photographer, much of Ed’s focus has been on the creation of a series of portraits of mixed/ multi-ethnic people. But his research also led him to significant work in other areas of

So Called Edward West


study, including history, sociology, critical race theory and anthropology. Here he talks about his project So Called, and the scope of the academic research that underpins it.


individuals and communities are defined. It refers to

itself with periods of transition or

the liminal state that is mixedness, and alludes to both

transformation, and my current work

who names and how naming shapes communities and

involves the imagining and imaging of

understandings of group identity. Which leads me to the

the browning/creolization of the world’s population. It is

other major, non-photographic, area of my work that centers

said that to know something you must stand in its presence.

on naming. Half blood, half breed, half caste, half and half,

And, in many ways, all of this study—whether in text or

halfrican, hapa, hybrid—all names for people of mixed

image—has been an attempt to stand in the presence of the

race. Naming is that moment of definition, when categories

histories and geographies of multi-ethnic people.

are solidified. The name given imposes its power on those

I’ve completed a series of portraits of the people who live

named. As V.S. Naipaul observed “Twenty million Africans

in mixed race communities in Havana, Cuba; Cape Town,

made the middle passage, and scarcely an African name

South Africa; and Honolulu, Hawaii. I chose these particular

remains in the New World.” This research involved the work

locations because I wanted “communities,” places where

of philosophers, historians, anthropologists, theorists, and

the majority of the population was multi ethnic. One of the

political activists. The project’s name So Called highlights the

charges that is frequently leveled against people of mixed

contested place of naming in studying the mixing of races.

race is that they are neither one thing nor another, neither this

This is truly an advocacy project. To date the project

nor that. These portraits confirm that people of mixed race are

has resulted in an exhibition and an artist’s book, and I’m

this AND that, and this and that across a global landscape.

hoping to use both to reach mixed race audiences around the

The title of the project, So Called, also addresses how

country and around the world.


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From a recent public presentation by Ed West on naming I BEL I EV E THAT P HOTOGR AP HS

this we cannot deny—came as Spanish,

have the power to displace

Portuguese, French, Dutch, Irish,

us from our usual ways of seeing

English, Italian, etc. And more than a

and provoke us into reflection and

few of us... have some Asian and Native

conversation about the meaning of race.

American roots.*

Clearly the mixing of the races globally occurred almost from the first

black americans who we are or where

moment that distinct populations

we come from has been largely erased.

came in contact with each other. When one says mixed race in

Above is an example of one of the outcomes of

The history of the names that tell

The name given imposes its power on those named. Naming is

America and encounters the literature,

that moment of definition, when

one encounters the principle

categories are solidified. The people

binary of black and white, and the

in these photographs aren’t named,

power formation of dominance and

their ethnicity isn’t named. I’ve

subordination. Color is meant to be

intentionally not named them.

telling in the American story.

So Called is about the problematizing

As black Americans, most of our

of that naming process. It’s a project

an A-Z lexicon poster. The words in caps are the

ancestors came to these shores not as

not only about our history, but about

global racial designations for people of mixed race.

“Africans,” but as Ibo, Yoruba, Hausa,

who we will be moving forward.

The individual names that sit on top are the names

Kongo, Bambara, Mende, Mandinga,

*From ColorLines “So, what are you?” –Robin Kelley

of well known mixed race individuals.

etc. And some of our ancestors—and

the naming research. This graphic is a detail of

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Photos by Edward West

Creative research is built into the Stamps

School’s curriculum, demonstrated through this sampling of undergraduate senior thesis projects.

Nina Pagalos   Much of face-to-face communication is conveyed through the body rather than the spoken word. These photographs focus on the ways that parts of the body can be “read,” while the audio piece provides the accompanying narration. Both the images and the audio are intended to provide a fuller storytelling experience.

Leah Backo   This piece explores both the positive and the negative mental states that result from being alone. It is an attempt to understand how we think, and how we process information when we are alone. The layering and tangling of different media alludes to the complexity of the mind and of our thought processes. Three separate pieces visualize: the negative thought process, the positive and negative interwoven together, and positive thought process.

Molly Lester   Beeware is an active outdoor game that takes on the complex idea of the disappearance of bees, and condenses it for ages six to eight. It's structure is derived from wellknown games, such as freeze tag and capture the flag, and extensive cognitive games like The World Peace Game. This kit describes the interaction between bees, conglomerate farmers, and our environment. It is my goal to educate and impose a sense of responsibility, while constructing a simulation that is enjoyable and interactive.

Allison Knoll   This project uses creative work and social experiments to critically examine my own, as well as my peers’, dependency on social media. As part of my research and process I deleted my Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat accounts. I created Organic Communicators to help people move through a 12-step process towards technological freedom and self discovery.  STAMPS E M E R G E N C E

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•   A N N U A L

G I V I N G   •

Every gift counts Annual Giving at the Stamps School Last year alumni, parents, friends, faculty, and staff gave more than 500 annual gifts to the School. This support has helped us enrich our programs as we strive to become the model of 21st century art and design education.

ANNUAL GIFTS ARE CRITICAL IN MEETING THE STAMPS SCHOOL’S DAILY NEEDS. They serve as a crucial bridge between tuition revenue and the true cost of a Stamps education. Participation in annual giving helps increase the School’s presence throughout Michigan, the nation, and internationally. Every gift is important and makes an impact. WHEN YOU GIVE to the Stamps School you can designate how your gift is used:

Opportunity Fund The Stamps School Opportunity

International Initiatives Fund

Alumni and Friends Scholarship Fund

Fund is the best way to support

The International Initiatives Fund

The Alumni and Friends Scholarship

the most pressing needs of the

helps defray the cost of international

Fund provides an opportunity

School. Funds are used to seed

travel for Stamps students. The

for donors to have an immediate

new programs, fund special student

Stamps School is the only unit at

impact on student support. Entering

projects, internship opportunities,

the University that requires students

students who have demonstrated

and support minor renovations. Each

to participate in an international

exceptional academic performance

year funds are marked for student

experience. In 2013, over 100

in high school or exceptional creative

enrichment opportunities that

students received international

potential as evidenced by their

include guest lecturers and artists in

scholarships. Scholarships are

portfolios can apply for scholarships

studio-related classes.

awarded in increments of $500

from the Alumni and Friends

(for a non-University of Michigan

Scholarship Fund.

experience), $1,000 (for an “other” University of Michigan experience), and $2,000 (for a Stamps School experience). Scholarships of $250 are also awarded for first-time travelers to apply for their passports.

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When I graduated I decided to pledge some small amount, but to continue every year. Thanks to good health, I’m 88, it’s grown to a reasonable sum.

Paul Hoogesteger Long Time Supporter


P A U L HOOG E S T E G E R (B . D E S . ‘ 5 1 ) D OESN ’T SHY

moved to Rochester N.Y. where he created and managed a

away from commitment. Married for 62 years to

corporate-wide industrial design service at Bausch & Lomb.

his wife, Joan, he’s been a faithful donor to the

The projects varied greatly: work stations for analysis of aerial

School for even longer.

photographs, contact lens cases and sterilizers, telescopes

For the past 64 years Paul has contributed $100 each

year to the Stamps School’s Opportunity Fund. “When I

for nature lovers and sports enthusiasts, devices for chemical labs—and more.

graduated I decided to pledge some small amount, but to

He also had an opportunity to hire a young industrial

continue every year. Thanks to good health, I’m 88, It’s

designer named Allen Samuels (long before Samuels came to

grown to a reasonable sum.”

Stamps as a faculty member and then dean). The two worked

Paul says he always knew he wanted to study industrial design. But it wasn’t until after Navy service in WWII that he was able to come to U-M. When he arrived he was an enthusiastic and dedicated student. “My first year I was taking 44 hours of class a week. I loved my experience at the art school because all the different art and design principals were under the same roof, and they all shared their work and

together on projects for many years, and

I worked on everything from Dairy Queen machines to gasoline pumps for gas stations.

experiences.” He looks back on his time in

much of the optometry equipment that is still produced by Bausch and Lomb was designed by Paul, Allen, or both. Allen Samuels remembers, “Paul and I got along from the moment we met. He was a thoughtful, intelligent, talented and creative designer and man. Always soft spoken, funny and able to provide sound advice and direction to a young designer who had a great deal to learn.


Ann Arbor fondly and feels that Michigan gave him the skills

Paul’s leadership I designed a line of academic microscopes

he needed to move into a design career.

that were produced and used for years. I often see these

And it has been a very successful career. Just a few years after graduation Paul was hired by a small 100-person R&D

scopes in museums and schools including the Stamps School of Art and Design.”

firm in Davenport, Iowa. The company provided industrial

Now retired for over 25 years, Paul and Joan still live in

design support for companies throughout the Midwest, giving

Rochester in a retirement home. Paul continues to draw, and

Paul the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects. “I

he now makes mosaics and has helped to start an art group in

worked on everything from Dairy Queen machines to gasoline

his community. He also continues to contribute each year to

pumps for gas stations.” After seven years Paul and his family

the Stamps Opportunity Fund.  STAMPS E M E R G E N C E

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Launch The 2014 Senior Show



projects by the School’s graduating seniors produced during their yearlong Integrative Project course,

including film, installation, traditional and new media. Encompassing all of the School’s exhibition venues, the show also featured offsite exhibitions, events, performances and film screenings at the Michigan Theater and Stamps Auditorium.

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Photos by Nicholas Williams (BFA ‘17)


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MFA Thesis Exhibitions 2014

Ann Bartges

Peter Leix

Katie St. Clair

Holding Still

Flint 2014


Working with the School of Music, Theater

Building on work with Screen Arts and

Katie's collages and temporal installations

and Dance, Holding Still uses video projection

Cultures, Peter’s feature length documentary

reveal the hidden nature of our closest

and live performance to explore relationships

film explores life in Flint, Michigan through

experiences. She worked with the School of

among memory, photography, time,

an intertwined series of portraits of people

Natural Resources and Creative Writing.

representation and self and image.

in a collapsed environment.

Mia Cinelli

Molly Dierks

Only an Inch Away

Reconstructing Recollection


Using research in American Culture, Social

Sociology and anthropology underpin

The sculptures in home/Body deal with the

Work and Public Health, Parisa uses video and

this series of sculptural representations of

mother-daughter bond, gendered role-play,

audio installation, prints and cinemagraphs, to

memories highlighting the discrepancies

and self and body, drawing on personal

speak about holding onto memories of people

between perceived and actual recollections.

experiences, memory, and feminist theory.

when they leave, momentarily or forever.

Parisa Ghaderi

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Photo by Nicholas Williams (BFA ‘17)




graduating MFA candidates presented their work in

exhibitions, installations and film screenings in Ann Arbor and Detroit. From the kaleidescopic intricacies of a queer pop-up shop and gallery, to an evocation of the memories of place and time held within an historic Detroit building...from 14-foot high paintings, to subverted domestic objects, Stamps MFA candidates demonstrated the depth and range of their conceptual and visual vocabularies, and the benefits of linking with the the rich resources of a research university.


John Gutoskey

Juliet Hinely

Shaman Johnny’s Pop-Up Shop & Gallery

Per Mr. Handy

LGBTQ studies, women’s studies and art

and performance installation in the Jam

history inform this project, featuring artist

Handy Building, now abandoned but once

and healer “Shaman Johnny.”

a prolific movie studio in Detroit’s heyday.

Per Mr. Handy is a site-specific audio-walk

Juliet’s research included work with Dance,

Rolando Palacio

Urban Planning, and Museum Studies, as

Una Vida Linda

well as an audio documentary course at

Anthropology and American Culture inform

Duke Center for Documentary Studies.

these photographic portraits of Southwest Detroit, aka Mexican Town. The images reflect “the way we speak to each other and the shared histories of our journey.”


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•   R E T I R E M E N T   •

His students recognize him as “an artist with a social conscience” and a teacher who “knows how to coax the finest from his students and support creative young minds.”


Sadashi Inuzuka Retires


Professor Inuzuka joined the School of Art & Design faculty

and caring humanist who regards each student

following distinguished service on the faculty at the Emily

and colleague as special and encourages each to

Carr College of Art and Design (British Columbia, Canada)

be a better human being, artist, and citizen.”

and the University College of the Fraser Valley (British Co-

Professor Sadashi Inuzuka has been a valued teacher and

lumbia, Canada). At the University of Michigan, Professor

colleague at Stamps since 1996. On June 1 he will retire. During

Inuzuka has been the recipient of a Thurnau professorship,

his time at the school, Inuzuka has developed an international

the highest award conferred for undergraduate teaching.

presence with sculptures and installations that integrate

He has also received a fellowship from the Institute for the

ceramics and digital media to explore the relationship

Humanities and the Michigan Arts Award. Nationally and

between humans and the natural world.

internationally, he has been acknowledged through grants

As an educator he has been a pioneer in the design and implementation of community engagement courses. He has provided life-changing experiences for students and

from the Pew Charitable Trust, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Puffin Foundation. When he retires Professor Inuzuka hopes to continue to

served as a model for his colleagues in understanding art and

educate a new generation to the wonders and challenges

design as powerful modes for social change, with particular

of our natural world. “I am hoping to open an artist-in-

attention to the role of creative processes in the lives of

residence/artist’s retreat in British Columbia. I have planned

differently-abled individuals. His seminars and workshops

for the past several years to move to Cortes Island where I

on “The Many Ways of Seeing and Touching the Spirit”

have some land. The island is very connected to the natural

have paired U-M students with visually impaired or blind

environment and has a well established community with

youth and adults to create ceramic pieces. His course on

ties to the arts, environmentalism and holistic practices.

“Considering the Future of the Great Lakes” encouraged

Cortes is in a beautiful spot in the world and unique for

students to use art to explore environmental issues.

many reasons. I have thought that maybe this would be of

Through each of these experiences, students developed new

interest to students looking for an alternative international

communication skills, a better understanding of the role of

experience, one that would offer studies in environmental

creative work in changing peoples’ lives, and an appreciation

stewardship, organic farming, exploration of ecologically

of alternate modes of perception.

sensitive areas, kayaking, sailing and so on.”

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•   I N

M E M O R I A M   •

Remembering Harvey K. Littleton Harvey K. Littleton (BSDes ‘47), the father of the American Studio Glass Movement, passed away on December 13, 2013, at the age of 91.



At that time, creative glassmaking required an artist, a factory

and inspired artists like Dale Chiluly and

and glassmakers. But Harvey wanted a simpler process. He

Robert Fritz. Interestingly, his story, like

searched across the world to find the tools and information he

many we’re hearing now from current

needed to melt glass beads in a backyard furnace and then to make

students, also confirms the catalytic, sometimes life-changing,

the work by himself. His friend Dominick Labino, an aspiring artist

impacts of bringing art together with other disciplines.

and research scientist at the Johns-Manville Corporation, designed

As a boy, Harvey literally grew up in his father’s labs at the

a small brick furnace for him to use and by 1962 Harvey was

Corning Glassworks in New York. His father wanted him to

heading the first American academic program in hot glass. Widely

become a scientist. Instead, Harvey would eventually use the

considered to have been the first college-level course offered

scientific skills he learned to start one of the most influential art

in the United States in glassblowing, Harvey’s classes included

movements of the 20th century. Harvey did try the science route

Dale Chilhuly, Marvin Lipofky and Robert Fritz. With their help,

at first, enrolling in Michigan as a physics major in 1939. But

word spread about Harvey’s techniques and similar programs and

he soon transferred to the then School of Art and Architecture

organizations began to appear across the globe.

to study industrial design and ceramics. He experimented with glass, but it would be some years before he focused on it. After graduation he married Bess Tamura (BSDes ‘48), teaming

Harvey called his glass pieces “frozen movement” and the techniques he developed were revolutionary — freeing glassblowing from the cumbersome processes of factory

up with art and design graduates, Bill Lewis (BSDes ‘48) and Ahde

production to make molten glass almost as easy to work with

Lahti (BDes ‘65, MFA ‘68), to open a small design company. He also

as clay. Harvey achieved equal renown as an artist. His own

began teaching ceramics in the evenings, starting a co-op that still

work is in the collections of major museums across the globe,

exists today—the Ann Arbor Potters Guild. With only a little money

including the first pieces of modern glasswork acquired by

coming in from either venture, Harvey went back to school for his

the Metropolitan Museum of Art: “Amber Crested Form” and

MFA so he could teach and continue his ceramic practice. In 1951,

“Amber Twist,” both purchased in 1977.

he was hired by the University of Wisconsin to teach ceramics. But

Harvey is survived by his two daughters, Carol and Maurine;

a trip to Italy and touring the small glass factories there inspired

two sons, Thomas and John; eight grandchildren; and four

him to think again about small-scale glass making. Once he came

great-grandchildren. His wife of 62 years, Bess Tamura

home, he started experimenting with glass in earnest.

Littleton, died in 2009.  STAMPS E M E R G E N C E

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and branching out into new, independent forms. The later Lexeme works were abstract and almost unrecognizable from the earlier pieces, and gave way to my current body of work, the DNA Series, which includes large oil paintings. While these abstract paintings may appear unrelated to the Lexeme Series they have, in fact, evolved from it. This evolution represents the human spirit’s

Anneli Arms

power of renewal. The series tells the

Frank Ettenberg

story of humanity’s relationship to

BSDes 1966

BSDes 1958

the towers: humans brought them

The first Santa Fe Armory Show (mounted

Anneli Arms exhibited Animalia:

into being, and humans will continue

in a former local regimental armoury)

Creatures in Print at itmarksthepost (508

to create, even after their destruction.

took place in 1977. It was the flagship

West 26th Street, studio 7f / New York,

Exhibiting my sculpture provides a way

exhibition by and for the burgeoning art

NY 10001) from April 5 to May 8.

for me to generate positive energy to the

community and was primarily guided and


area and to help renew our community.”

fed by diverse artists who came together

Please visit the 9/11 Memorial Museum

briefly to organize and exhibit collectively,

and arrange a visit to Bill’s Tribeca

outside the province of the better

studio, nearby.

organized, simultaneously running Santa


Fe Art Festival. Frank Ettenberg, a MA/


Painting graduate in 1966, arrived in Santa Fe after finishing graduate work at the


Department of Art at UNM/Albuquerque in 1971, and was on the steering committee that conceived of and brought off the funding for this special local event. The reprise of the original exhibition is at the CCA, 1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NM from April 11th to May 30th. www.frankettenberg.com

Bill Barrett BS 1958, MSDes 1959, MFA 1960 Bill Barrett’s LEXEME VII, a cast bronze model from the LEXEME Series, will be exhibited in the grand opening and dedication period of the 9/11 Memorial Museum Dedication, May 15 through 20th, 2014 in New York.

Stephanie Lovell

“I have lived in Tribeca for over 40

BS 1960, MS 1965

years and was devastated by the events

Sew Nanie Sew US is open for business!

of 9/11. I began working on the Lexeme

After several months of gathering

Series shortly after the Twin Towers

together some interesting patterns

were destroyed. As a way to process

and fabric, a few items are posted for

what happened, I went to work in my

sale. I’ve been sewing for myself first

studio. What emerged was an image

as a young teen, then for my children,

Steven Cole

of two geometric shapes (the Twin

then as a profession running a factory

BFA 1969

Towers), enveloped in organic, energetic

in Connecticut. Now I’m retired and

Do you remember the Ozone

forms—forms that suggested renewal

have discovered quilting, now that’s a

Homecoming Parade? That was in

and continuation rather than finality. For

big puzzle! I love putting together bags

1972. It replaced the traditional U of M

the next eight years, I continued working

and totes and quilts with color that

Homecoming Parade which was cancelled

on this idea. As the series progressed,

compliment each other.

that year. I won first prize for a float, in

the two tower-like shapes became more


my costume composed of plastic flowers,

abstract, moving away from one another

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I strolled around in this costume at the Ann Arbor Art Fair, too, during the


Press, 2009), written by Alumna Beverly K. Brandt, has been selected as

early seventies, as well as doing other

on of the “50 Must Have/ Must Read”

performance art at the Ann Arbor Film

books on architecture and design by

Festival. In 2012, the 50th anniversary

Canada’s International Federation of

of the Festival arrived. After a long

Interior Architects/ Designers. The

hiatus in my performing career, I felt

organization is celebrating its 50th

inspired to get involved with this event

anniversary and solicited contributions

by a revival of my costuming skills. The

to this list in honor of that occasion.

result is this outfit, in which I attended

A short description states: “This book

the Festival, and which has prompted

places emphasis upon the Arts & Crafts

some to call me Tie Guy. Wearing this,

Movement, stresses trans-disciplinary

I have returned to the Ann Arbor Street

collaboration, an important concept

Art Fair to again stroll around and to

in today’s practice and education

enjoy sharing with my audience this

while relating the quest for Usefulness

playful departure from the ordinary. www.youtube.com/ watch?v=Eumbyl0nLv8

Susan Hensel BFA 1972 Susan Hensel installed, Raising the Roof

and Beauty to timeless values, which continue to inspire architects, designers, students, and clients today.”

on Home, an architectural sized room

Sara Harwin

divider in the new offices of Habitat for Humanity of the Twin Cities. The artwork

BFA 1969

was funded through a partnership grant

When Sara Harwin’s exhibit, Illuminated

with the State Arts Board of Minnesota.

Letters: Threads of Connection, opened at

The program partners were the Textile

the Oregon Jewish Museum on February

Center of Minnesota and Habitat

5, 2014, it was the culmination of the

for Humanity. The goal of the grant

nearly seven-year project, built on a

was to bring arts programming to

foundation of Jewish experience. Sara

underserved populations. Clients of

created the exhibit “to be a visual entry

Habitat for Humanity earned work

point to Judaism.” The project presents

hours working on the fabric that was

18 core concepts of Judaism through

used to build the artwork.

an artistic lens. A Judaic artist whose

Susan Hensel was also recently

ceremonial and ritual artwork is used

awarded the Jerome Foundation

in synagogues and homes across the

Project Grant through the Textile

country and around the world, Sara

center of Minnesota. For this grant,

knows the impact art can have on

to be completed by Fall of 2014, Susan

understanding and emotions.

will develop digitized embroidery and

“This project is something I am

clothing with the goal of re-visiting old

Sam Viviano

presenting to the Jewish world at large

technologies using modern techniques.

BFA 1975

in the hope that people will find it


Sam Viviano was named VP—Art &

useful and inspirational and a way of

Design at DC Entertainment in February,

connecting,” she says. “I want to bring

after toiling anonymously (well, not

people to a deeper understanding and

really) for the last 15 years as Art Director

engagement in Judaism.”

of MAD Magazine. Sam, who gave the


School of Art commencement address in 2009 (he thinks — it may have been 2010; he’s very bad with dates), has been associated with MAD since 1980 (or was it 1981?), when he illustrated his first cover for the magazine. While his days are generally dominated by his AD duties, he does occasionally find time for a freelance illustration job: as part of DC Comics’ series of variant covers created by MAD

Beverly Brandt BFA 1973 The Craftsman and The Critic: Defining Usefulness and Beauty in Arts and CraftsEra Boston (University of Massachusetts

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artists for its April releases, Sam depicted Alfred E. Neuman as the arch-villain Mr. Freeze for the cover of Nightwing.

Jill Stefani Wagner BFA 1978 Jill Stefani Wagner exhibited paintings in Upend Art’s Terra Nova . . . Landscapes from April 1 to May 19, 2014 in the U-M Power Center for the Performing Arts. The exhibition charts the discoveries of 13 mid-career artists in 55 works, including drawings, fibers, paintings and photography. Barb Williams, Fran Wolok and Stamps lecturer Nora Venturelli curated “Terra Nova.”

Schroeder Cherry BFA 1976

The exhibition can also be viewed online at www.upendart.com/blog. Jill has also had work selected to

Schroeder Cherry and His Puppets

participate in the Great Lakes Pastel

performed at Detroit Institute of Art,

Society National Exhibition at the

Smithsonian Institution’s Hazy Museum

Dennos Museum Center in Traverse

in Virginia, and Piedmont College

City, MI from April 13 to May 25, 2014.

in North Carolina. “Can You Spell

Accomplished pastel artist Desmond

Harlem?” is a show designed for family

O’Hagan juried the exhibition. The

audiences that introduces visual artists,

exhibition will coincide with the Great

writers and songs from the Harlem

Lakes Pastel Society National Convention

Renaissance. University of Maryland

in Traverse City from May 16 to 18.

University College included Schroeder’s

Wagner presented the talk “Organizing

work in the Second Regional Biennial

Your Art Biz” during the conference.

art exhibition. He works in acrylic with


mixed media on wood. Scherry331@aol.com

Sue Finley BFA 1980 Sue Finley is a co-founding member of the Dancing Dog Gallery at 302 E. Liberty in the historic Herb David Guitar building in Ann Arbor. The gallery opened in September of 2013 with a rousing reception and has been a huge success and a positive addition to the art scene in Ann Arbor. We showcase the works of approximately 18 members and visiting artists, displaying paintings, photographs, prints, 3 -D sculpture, jewelry, etc. in our beautiful and lightfilled gallery. Please visit the gallery and join us for our featured artist openings, with shows changing every six weeks. Visit


our website at dancingdoggallery.biz for more information about hours and upcoming events. We are always looking for new visiting artists to join our group and show their work in our gallery. If interested, the application information is available on the website as well.

Douglas Beasley BFA 1980 Ambiguous Relationships: Sacred Body/

Dale H. Leach BFA 1977 How inspiring it was to have made a second photographic journey to Nova Scotia this past August. Being a dry-land Texan for the last 30 years, it is always a special treat to visit the history-filled, quaint fishing villages of Nova Scotia’s Southwestern Atlantic shore. To rise well before daylight, camera & tripod in hand, and venture out, through the quiet

Sacred Ground, is a solo exhibition of new photographs by Douglas Beasley, held at Vision Quest Contemporary Photography in Genoa, Italy from April 10th through May. The photographs are spiritual metaphors that explore the relationship between self, other and the sometimes vast space in between, which both contain them and set them free from one another. douglasbeasley.com/newsexhibits/

Leslie Nobler BFA 1980 Heirlooms, my solo exhibition, originated

mists, and wait patiently watching as as

at the metropolitan campus Art Gallery

mysterious nets and hulls of fishing boats

of Fairleigh Dickinsen University. A

slowing reveal themselves is an experience

site-specific version of Heirlooms was

close to sublime. Even after 40 years of

also shown through April 2014 at Lenox

photography, I am never disappointed in

Coffee in New York. This work delves

this wondrous maritime landscape!

into one’s heritage and/or faith, in mixed


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featuring collages, monoprints, and

including global retail build outs for

artists’ books. My newest works grow

numerous brands. “In today’s ever

out of a study of the Holocaust, gaining

changing business climate, it is essential

greater familiarity with its literature -

to build an emotional connection through

fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. And

user engagement. It begins with building

these pieces visualize some of the richest

a brand and defining a personality and

preserved images and relics.

may take shape in physical buildouts.

An exhibition I curated, The New Scroll,

Gensler has a long history of helping

was shown in April at the Hamilton

brands express themselves in new

Street Gallery in Bound Brook NJ. And an

ways and I am excited to expand these

expanded version of the exhibition is at

capabilities at such a pivotal time.”

the Arts Guild New Jersey - info@agnj. org - from April 27 - May 22. Featuring the work of 11 contemporary artists, The New Scroll highlights today’s scrolls and scroll-like artist’s books and prints inspired by the very idea of the scroll form. These works speak to the relevance

Gabriella Boros

of the scroll for present day artists in all media: book artists, painters,

BFA 1983

printmakers, digital media artists, fiber

Gabriella Boros’ work was at four venues

artists, even photographers.

simultaneously. Her paintings in acrylic


on wood panel were at the Rivendell Theater of Chicago in conjunction

Leisa Rich BFA 1982 Leisa Rich continues to creatively explore unusual new materials. Her recent heat applications to Wonderflex World’s Fosshape resulted in the teapot “Falling From the Nest” and wearable art work “Birds of A Feather” as well as

Jill (Snyder) Nickels BFA 1981 Gensler, the leading global design firm, announced that Jill Nickels has taken the Studio Director role acting as a senior manager in the company’s San Francisco office. Jill will lead the management efforts for projects in the Lifestyle studio, overseeing a wide range of practice areas such as retail, hospitality, and brand design. With more than 20 years of experience in strategy and brand building for brands such as Mountain Hardwear and Marmot, Jill brings her deep knowledge of outdoor industry marketing communications and business development to Gensler’s

the hundreds of sculptural birds that populate the installation. The costume is the recipient of the SDA's Award of Excellence. Leisa recently exhibited in “The Price Is Right” at Swan Coach House Art Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, and “Materials: Hard and Soft” at the

with the Babes With Blades Show of L'Imbecile. She has a painting hanging at the City Hall of Highland Park and a Ceramic Mask at the Arthur Feldman Gallery of Judaica. Additionally, her series of drawings about Chicago, which she made in a collaborative effort with poet Dina Elenbogen, were part of the Poetic Dialogue exhibit in the Anne Lloyd Gallery in Decatur, Illinois. She will have a solo exhibit in December at the Old Town Triangle Gallery, and be part of a show with poet Agnes Marton in Luxembourg in August. www.gabriellaboros.com

Greater Denton Arts Council gallery in Denton, Texas. Her stitched work, “Follow the Leader” was featured in the exhibition Flight Patterns at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport terminal T1. She was recently featured in the book Mastering the Art of Embroidery by Sophie Long. Leisa is an art educator currently residing in Atlanta, Georgia. www.monaleisa.com

lifestyle studio. Prior to joining Gensler Jill was Vice President of Strategy and Business Development with Hanson develop the brand experience through all

Susan (Weidenthal) Saltzman

communication channels of the active

BFA 1983

lifestyle consumer. She was instrumental

Susan Weidenthal Saltzman and her

in developing the integration of a brand’s

unique SToNZ Jewelry was featured in

personality in all physical environments

an article in The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Dodge Creative, and she led efforts to

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and at Cleveland.com in March, 2014. The interview highlighted Susan’s sterling silver creations and how she finds inspiration for her work. A former illustrator for American Greetings, and a freelance graphic designer, Susan has been selling her SToNZ Jewelry online via Etsy since 2007. www.stonz.etsy.com Her creations integrate authentic seaglass, Lake Erie beach stones, pearls and unusual vintage trinkets she has collected over the years, combined

Judy Enright

with oxidized sterling silver chains and

BFA 1985

handmade silver and copper accents.

I have two paintings in the exhibition Everywoman 50th Anniversary at the Center for the Education of Women

Amanda Krugliak BFA 1984 Performance artist Amanda Krugliak was recently interviewed regarding her

showing March 3rd - May 23rd 2014, Rackham Building, 4th floor 915 East Washington, Ann Arbor, MI. www.judyenright.com

Michelle Krievins-Newman BFA 1987 After a 26+ year career in graphic design, Michelle Krievins-Newman is now working as a full-time fine artist. Michelle is pleased to be represented by

longtime practice as a monologist for the

LaFontsee Galleries of Grand Rapids and

online publication SLICE, which highlights

Douglas, MI. In May the gallery opened

people in Ann Arbor and surrounding

its new building in Douglas with the

communities actively engaged in the arts

exhibition, HOP SKIP + A JUMP, LaFontsee

and other creative pursuits.

Galleries, 410 West Center Street Douglas,


MI, May 17-June 21, 2014. Visit the Grand Rapids location at 833 Lake Drive S.E., Grand Rapids, MI. www.lafontsee.us

Keith Ekstam MFA 1987 Keith Ekstam will serve as a Resident Visiting Artist at Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center, Skælskør, Denmark, during the month of June, 2014. This activity is assisted by a Summer Faculty Fellowship from Missouri State University where Keith

Carol Coates MFA 1985

is a member of the Art and Design

Linda Walsh Lapinski

Department faculty.

BFA 1987

Two recent 2013 exhibitions included the

As an artist I was no longer able to ignore

mixed media work of Carol Coates. The

the changes I was seeing in the landscape.

first, an exhibition of Nudes at Evoke

Tall reeds choking out the cattails of my

Contemporary Gallery in Santa Fe, New

precious wetlands. The loss of the Spring

Mexico, and the second, an exhibition of

ethereal flowers... the migrating birds

her signature mesh overlay work at Lois

were no longer in areas where they had

Lambert Gallery in LA. The work shown

been nesting for years. The turtles were

at Evoke, “Epilogue”, was featured in an

not returning to lay their eggs. What

article by John D. O'Hern in American Art

was going on? Invasives! As a nation we

Collector Magazine. Her figure studies

are being invaded by non-native plants,

and other portfolios can be seen on her

shrubs and trees! The public loves them,

site at carolcoates.com

I loved them, these plants have no enemies, they always look beautiful, they survive, but they are choking the life out of our native animals, plants, trees and shrubs that I love to...   C O N T I N U E D   → STAMPS E M E R G E N C E

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live with and photograph. I am now the President of a non-profit Oakland Phragmites & Invasive Species (OPIS) Task Force, started with my

cyclic process of the natural world, which gives rise to the use of materials such as dirt, wood, leaves, acorns and insects. In 2013, Schorn also received an

partner, Emily DuThinh. Our mission

Arts Education Grant from Arts Mid-

is to protect the quality of Oakland

Hudson and Netherwood Elementary

County’s lakes, streams and wetlands,

School in Hyde Park, NY. During the

preserving them for future generations

month of October, he worked with 200

from non-native invasive species.

third- through fifth-grade students to

Clinton River Watershed Council awarded

create a collaborative, environmental

OPIS the Johanna Roskopp Award for

installation on the school’s grounds.

outstanding contributions to protecting,

The installation began by observing the

enhancing and celebrating the Clinton

basic design elements in our natural

river, its watershed and Lake St. Clair. In

environment. Students then used the

just one year, OPIS has helped numerous

elements to design a painting on a

townships in Oakland County initiate

stone. Each stone was then placed in

invasive removal programs. Volunteers

a spiral form around a freshly planted

and dedicated elected officials are

tree. The project was finished with a

helping to restore this beautiful area to

group discussion and contemplative

its natural beauty.

walk around the installation.

My exhibition space is the wetlands


surrounding my home. The gallery I exhibit photos from is the lake and wetlands. OPIS convinced Clarkston and Independence Township to start a three-

Jill Ayers BFA 1994 I’m excited to step into my new role as President of the Society for Experiential Graphic Design and work with a wonderfully supportive Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, our talented staff, and our steadily growing SEGD membership. www.egd.org/blog/letter-jill-ayers-



the lake and stream from being overrun

Susan Holdaway-Heys

by Phragmites. Come see the space, open

BFA 1994

24/7. I would love to throw a reception....

In 2012 I was notified by the Art In The

year project to stop the invasives and save

Embassies program that the Ambassador requested one of my art quilts for loan in Maputo, Mozambique. The piece I chose was no. 1054, 53” x 58”, as he is from the west side of our state. It will return in 2015. I will also have new work on display at the University Hospital Main Lobby,

Valerie Doran Bashaw MFA 1992 I just completed a four-panel commission for a private residence. The work is created using Katagami, Japanese

floor 1, Ann Arbor, in Local Color, works that relate in some way to Ann Arbor. The show will run August 18-October 6 2014 viewing hours 8am-8pm. www.sueholdaway-heys.com

mulberry stencil paper and colored paste

Brian Schorn

resists. There are two layers of silk to this piece, the top is nearly transparent

MFA 1987

organza, both were printed together.

From April through October of 2013,

Each panel is 14” x 16”.

Brian Schorn exhibited new work in a


two-person exhibition, Lost and Found, at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. He seeks to discover unexpected connections in everyday objects and experiences. An overarching theme in the work is the “enso,” a Japanese word meaning “circle.” The enso is a common

Ryan Ringholz

subject of Japanese brush calligraphy

BFA 1997

and symbolizes enlightenment, the void

PLAE Inc. Founder & Chief Designer,

and “the present moment.” In Schorn’s

Ryan Ringholz, was recently awarded

work, the enso is also symbolic of the

the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2014

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for PLAE’s ‘roan’ style shoes. In the current competition, the international


40-member panel of experts discussed and evaluated 4,815 entries from 53 countries. With a kid-centered approach to design, PLAE shoes uniquely address the biometric needs of children while empowering creative expression. The

Gregory Steel

key feature, an interchangeable closure

MFA 2001

system, allows for a custom fit (inclusive

I have just been promoted to associate

of those who wear ankle-foot-orthotics)

professor with tenure at Indiana

with multiple length straps that also

University at Kokomo. In addition this

offer kids the chance to mix-it-up and

past summer I passed my oral exams

make it their own with different color,

for my PhD in philosophy from the

material and print options. To ensure a

Institute for Doctoral Studies in the

world worth playing in, PLAE shoes are

Visual Arts and I am working on writing

made with ISO 14001 certified leather,

my dissertation, working title, “The

recycled PET lining, water-based glue,

Sublime, a nexus of faith and reason in

and anti-microbial ECO-Ortholite insoles

contemporary video art and cinema.”

made from castor beans. www.goplae.com/red-dot

Also, I have three video works in a show in NYC this month around the Frieze festival, not at the festival but nearby in an alternative gallery space.

Jenny Schu BFA 2004 Last year Jenny Schu had her grantrelated exhibition, Creating a Nature. This led to seven of her pieces going on to internationally juried shows in four different states. She also took home three awards from the Michigan League of Handweavers Conference Exhibits including Best of Show and People’s Choice Awards for “She Can’t See the Forest through the Trees.” Jenny was also one of the recipients of her own billboard in the Lansing MI area. In 2014 she has already given talks about her work to two fiber arts guilds and is gearing up for a summer of teaching workshops and working on two

Yulia Hanansen

larger bodies of work. Jenny is offering

MA 1998

workshops through Interlochen College

Yulia Hanansen’s artwork is part of

of Creative Arts, the first on May 31, and

Shattering Expectations juried exhibition of contemporary mosaic arts. The exhibition opened in March at Philadelphia Magic Gardens and is the first exhibition in Philadelphia to showcase the artworks by mosaic artists living on the East Coast. Yulia’s artwork spans from cosmic views to satellite images of the hurricanes to futuristic visions where the distribution of water on the planet becomes ever so important for human survival. The show was curated by Nancie Mills Pipgras of Mosaic Art Now. www.mosaicsphere.com www.mosaicartnow.com/

Katie Halton BFA 2004 Katie Halton has been accepted into the MFA program in Painting and Drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago! Admission is incredibly competitive, so this is a great honor and privilege. Katie begins the program this fall. She is excited about this new chapter of her life and career. Katie was

the second on June 30. In August she is teaching a three-day beadweaving workshop with the Michigan League of Handweavers. In May Jenny was at Blueberry View Artist Retreat in Benton Harbor to focus on working on her Uprooted Series which includes beaded sculpture. There will be a reception at the end of her stay. More details at www.jennyschu.com

introduced to SAIC during her undergrad at U of M. She was awarded a fellowship to Ox-Bow, SAIC’s residency program and art school on Lake Michigan, the summer following her junior year. It was an incredible experience and turning point in her artistic development. Katie will be participating in some exhibitions and fundraising efforts before she leaves Michigan in August. For information about these exciting events, visit her website: www.katiehalton.com. Don't forgot to “follow by email” to receive the latest updates. STAMPS E M E R G E N C E

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a manufacturer of furnishings from

performance, Holwerda presented her

around the world. Their works are the

work at the Cleveland Institute of Art's

result of collaborations between in-

Feminism Now Symposium.

house designers and a variety of new


and seasoned international talents.


Keeping with the brand’s environmental sensitivity, Jason strives to utilize found and discarded materials and create product collections with an organic contemporary feel. These rings are cut from decommissioned 55-gallon oil drums found in Northern Thailand. He designed 22-inch diameter discs that were cut and fashioned into a successful line of wall decor. Still, remnants of the lids were left over, and Jason wasn’t satisfied.

Chris Bradley BFA 2005

From these rings, the Olympic Collection was born. Freestanding screens, tables, pedestals and seating

From March through April, Chris Bradley

were all designed and developed by Jason

participated in the exhibition Teen

and fabricated in the local communities

Paranormal Romance at the Renaissance

of Chiangmai, Thailand. The collection

Society, University of Chicago. Within

is currently being marketed to high end

popular culture, expression given to

furniture galleries and interior design

adolescent drives has only intensified

and architectural firms around the world.

as the genre of Teen Romance has


been distilled and repackaged as Teen

Megan Hildebrandt BFA 2006 Megan Hildebrandt and Sara Holwerda (BFA ‘06) are part of EyeSplice Collective, a group of international emerging artists founded in 2012. We put on exhibitions, screenings, performances and artist talks in institutions around the world. We are excited to announce two forthcoming exhibitions in 2014: Our exhibition Practical Feminism will be at Radiator

Paranormal Romance. Twilight, The Hunger

Gallery in Queens, NYC

Games, True Blood, and the Divergent

(www.radiatorarts.com) from May

Trilogy are also dystopic, psychosexual

2 - June 6 2014. Our exhibition Spatial

cyphers for the panoply of Obama-era

Disruption will be at the Morean Arts

ideological positions from revanchist

Center in St. Petersburg, FL from

religious, economic, and sexual politics to

Sept- Oct 2014.

Libertarian fever-dream apocalypticism.


This exhibition samples artistic production in the wake of a zeitgeist that has rendered the unconscious a derelict playground home to weeds of surrealism. Chrisbradley.org

Sara Holwerda BFA 2006

Tommy Kuntze

Sara Holwerda recently opened her

BFA 2009

solo exhibition And is Herself Created Ohio as part of the 2014 Window to

& Kristina Frost

Sculpture Emerging Artist Series. Featuring

BFA 2009

at The Sculpture Center in Cleveland,

Jason Phillips

printmaking, sculpture, and animation,

Kristina Frost and Tommy Kuntze, were,

BFA 2005

the exhibition opened with a live

and still are, the entire design team

Jason Phillips recently designed

performance of The Fall on March 20th,

for MoPub...the startup that was key

and fabricated his Olympic Screen.

and featured student performers from

to Twitters’ incredible IPO. Tommy

It stands at an impressive 10’ x 10’

the Cleveland Institute of Art. The Fall is

has been at MoPub since August ‘12

and was designed for his family’s

a Links Hall Fiscally Sponsored Project.

as their first Designer, focusing on

furniture company, Phillips Collection,

In conjunction with her exhibition and

User Experience and Interface Design.

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Kristina joined in September ‘13 as Visual

as the artworks will preserve what

show) www.woeskegallery.com/en.

Designer. MoPub is known for having

remains of the trails and document the

Resulting in a two page spread in the

one of the best UIs in the space and we

contemporary experience of navigating

magazine art.es.

continue to push ourselves to make life

them on foot. The artworks are a literal

easier on our users by building a faster

and figurative trace of the past. 2) I will

activities, soon after leaving Michigan

and more intuitive product. Together,

do short, site-specific performances for

I moved to New York where I attended

Kristina and Tommy tag-team the

the camera that are direct responses to

the New York Academy of Art Master’s

product design process at MoPub/Twitter.

the landscape I am in and my emotional

Program. I completed my Master’s

“MoPub is a one-stop ad serving

With regard to my most recent

response to it. These works will provide

program about nine months ago and

platform designed for mobile application

a welcome interlude while my body is

was hired on working for a hyper-realist

publishers to manage their ad inventory

resting between walks. (See my Intimate

sculptor, Carole Feuerman as one of her

on iOS and Android. MoPub enables

Frustrations Series for examples of this

head fabricators. But I was not satisfied

app publishers to optimize multiple

kind of work.)

working as a technician. Now, I live in

sources of advertising in a single

Punta Arenas, Chile (South Patagonia)

product – including direct ads, house

with my fiancé, a painter, Daniela

ads, ad network, and real-time bidding

Kovacic. I have been here for just over

through MoPub Marketplace. MoPub was

three months and my Spanish has

founded by former AdMob and Google

improved everyday. I am getting married

team members and is backed by Accel

this coming August. I have a studio here

Partners, Harrison Metal Capital, and

and am continuing my thesis work.

Jafco Ventures. We have offices in San Francisco and New York City.” www.usatoday.com/story/tech/ columnist/shinal/2013/11/07/twitteripo-mopub/3468473/

2010s Lucy Engelman BFA 2011

Sam Detch

Sarah Berkeley MFA 2011

The Society of Publication Designers announced the medal finalists for their

BFA 2011

4th Annual Awards late last month and

As a part of my Stamps thesis work I

several projects Lucy Engelman worked

completed a large bronze sculpture of

on have been mentioned. Lucy has had

my father and me to commemorate

the opportunity to work with various

his fight against cancer. In March 2015

publications, but it is her work with

the sculpture will be installed in its

Bon Appetit that has gained recognition

permanent public home, the cancer ward

in the following categories: Design:

of Advocate Health Care’s Christ Medical

Feature, Lifestyle/Travel/Food/Shelter

Center. The piece can be viewed on my

(Single/Spread); Illustration Spots:

website, www.samdetchsculpture.com

Series, Tablet: Best Use Of Illustration;

and is entitled “Goodbye.”

and Tablet: Typography.

After my father died my work

The pieces that have been recognized

I have been awarded a residency at Cedar

shifted to the politics of art and the art

include a redesign of the magazines spines

Point Biological Station in the inaugural

market. From Google images, I sculpted

for all 2013-2014 issues, creating a single

year of the residency, which was founded

portrait busts of iconic players: Robert

image of seasonal ingredients as well as an

by Karen Kunc. I will be working on two

Hughes (ex New York Times art critic), Eli

illustrated spread from the May 2013 issue.

projects. 1) Walking historical trails

Broad (billionaire collector and museum

at and near Cedar Point to generate

director), and Marian Goodman (dealer

publication celebrating travel,

2-dimensional artworks from my GPS

NYC and Paris). Marian Goodman

exploration and lifestyle called The

tracks. This is a continuation of my

actually became the happy owner of

Collective Quarterly was recently released

Walking Still series. So far, the longest

her own bust. I was offered to show my

with Lucy Engelman as the publications

walk I have completed was 21 miles. This

thesis work at the Woeske Gallery in

illustrator. The issue takes a new

chapter of the series expands my practice

Berlin (my first show and international

aesthetic approach...   C O N T I N U E D   →

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to advertising and is an overall great start

adaptation uses the bodyweight method to

to guide curriculum recommendations

to what will be a beautiful collection of

tighten the strings of a harp. Users will be

for RISD and like-minded institutions

stories, markers, and adventures.

invited to sit in the sling harp and play it.

interested in physical making skills



(including cross-overs into tangible computing, open source hardware, etc.) and identify a potential for relationship building between the university and these grass-roots spaces. TeshiaTreuhaft.com

Lyz Luidens  BFA 2013 Jessica Krcmarik  BFA 2012

Collin McRae  MFA 2012 Reed Esslinger  MFA 2012

Dylan Box  BFA 2012 Alex Kaufman  BFA 2013

Did you know that 19th century Jaquard

Ellen Rutt  BFA 2012

Loom technology led to the system that drives a Player Piano, which led to the

James Reich  BA 2013

first punched-hole cards used in early

Teshia Treuhaft

computing? Drawing from this shared

BFA 2012

Krcmarik, Dylan Box, Alex Kaufman,

lineage, Collin McRae, Reed Esslinger,

I have been awarded a grant to travel

Ellen Rutt, and James Reich, and artist

and Esthir Lemi are collaborating

to NYC, Berlin and Vienna from June to

Matthew Jenkens, have been building out

to create a hybrid object that can

September 2014 through the RISD 2050

and renovating a collective studio space

simultaneously weave a tapestry and

Fund, created to support research into

in Eastern Market.

create music. The taut strings of the

imagining our future and stimulate the

loom's warp are also the strings of the

landscape of possibilities for art and

street, is located at 1492 Gratiot Ave in

instrument, which we will bow with a

design education.

Detroit, spans two floors and several

rosined cello bow. As the tapestry grows

For my 2050 project I will be looking

Since January, Lyz Luidens, Jessica

‘Riopelle,’ named after an adjacent

thousand square feet, and is next to

between these strings, the pitch shifts.

at alternative educational spaces that

Inner State Gallery and Trinosophes. The

Reed Esslinger is an experienced weaver,

facilitate the development of similar

first floor has a breakroom, a restroom,

and Collin McRae is an experimental

skill sets to that of traditional design

and two workrooms—a main room with

musician. Their collaborator, Esthir Lemi,

programs in Higher Education. These

individual work desks and one large

is a composer / visual artist currently

spaces typically are considered ‘Hacker’ or

common work table; and a print room

visiting from Athens, Greece on a

‘Maker’ spaces many of which are started

with letterpress & combination presses

Fulbright studying with Sile O’Modhrain

by groups of members that pool together

for lithography, relief and etching. The

in Performing Arts and Technology.

resources to make spaces in which

print room, currently being built out by

We will be using a MaKey MaKey, a

they can do creative projects. My initial

Lyz and James, may eventually be used

computer / real-world interface created

interest came about as a result of working

for retail & gallery shows as well. The

in collaboration with Eric Rosenbaum at

as the “emerging artist-in-residence”

basement has been partially rebuilt for

the MIT Media Lab.

at Maker Works in Ann Arbor, Michigan

a more open plan layout, and currently

immediately following my completion of

houses a woodshop and a work area, a

my BFA at the Stamps School.

sink for post-work paint cleanup, and an

The LoomPianola and SlingHarp are on exhibit in the Duderstadt Center Gallery starting on May 9th. The LoomPianola

The goal of the research is to accumulate

extra worktable. Eventually, they hope to

will share the gallery with its sister

data and a series of interviews with

hybrid object, the SlingHarp. Inspired

founders and members of these hacker

by the Guatemalan tradition of using a

and makers spaces. Because of the

of their space and a group exhibition of

loom in which the user sits, using her/

striking similarity of skill sets­—the

recent works in late spring/early summer.

his own bodyweight to create tension, our

eventual plan will be to allow the findings


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add a spray booth and extra ventilation. Riopelle plans to hold a grand opening


Bruno Andrade

Hope E. Lull

Gordon H. Morrow

MFA 1977

BDes 1937

DSDes 1959

Katharine T. Hahn

Paul C. Marince

Annabel D. Peckinpaugh

BFA 1978

BDes 1949

BDes 1940

Nils A. Lou

George A. Moak

BSDes 1954

BDes 1951

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