Stamps School of Art & Design

Love the new work by MFA graduate, Siyang Ziui Chen, who studied industrial design here at Stamps but has recently turned to painting as a means of expression.

She explains:

"I had a feeling after returning from China at the end of my third year that I was unhappy in the way I was pursuing ideas, and something in that trip changed my feelings about design. I begin to feel that I wanted to be happier in what I pursued, and painting felt better as a medium for my ideas about issues in the world I was facing but did not agree with. 

I have not stopped design, but painting feels better for resolving many of my current emotions about things I could not talk about before, for example women, economic reforms and politics.  I am still designing things with my new husband, but I feel better about it now that I don’t feel I am trying to solve everything with design.”

Siyang Ziui will be showing downtown at ArtPrize this year, stay tuned!

Emoticons may become essential in explaining your creative practice.  Interarts student Willie Filkowski applies for a scholarship.

a brief (fewer than 500 words) explanation of your work and how the scholarship will help you continue to create

Emoticons may become essential in explaining your creative practice.  Interarts student Willie Filkowski applies for a scholarship.


a brief (fewer than 500 words) explanation of your work and how the scholarship will help you continue to create

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Stamps student Gina Garavalia has an awesome blog featuring sights and scenes while studying abroad in the beautiful Italian city of Florence. Check it out!

We are all, of course, wishing we were there.


Day Twenty One in Florence:

It was pouring rain this morning as a thunderstorm rolled through. I even caught sight of a few hailstones as I was walking to class today… my pants and socks took hours to dry off.

Today we drew at a little-known place called Chiostro dello Scalzo. On the walls of this small chapel is a grisaille fresco by Andrea del Sarto completed in 1508-09. What you see is essentially the drawing that would have gone underneath the finished fresco, and here the actual paint was never applied probably due to funding. The scenes depict the life of John the Baptist.

We all did figure studies. I had enough time to do three, hurrah!

Afternoon in painting class, we worked in the studio, finishing up pieces we already started. I worked on this one some more, finally added in my figure. Pretty happy with it, at this point I’m afraid of overworking it, so I might just stop.

I also prepared a bunch of canvases for our figure painting later this week as well as our final project.

Alum Levester Williams: The White Ladder (2013) Hand-picked cotton from a southern plantation, leather briefcase, cotton ties, thread 108″ x 20″ x 9″.

“Many of my artworks use materials with specific histories that I elicit to create an alternate narrative.”  

- An interview with Levester Williams about his new body of work exploring how economics and politics underpin the history of race in the US. Levester is currently pursuing his MFA at George Mason University’s School of Art.

Way to go Levester!

Tenuous Equilibrium (winter 2012) by Yvette Rock Ellen Wilt / Burghers
Graphite pencil with collage on extra heavy illustration board heading home via hampstead by Jack Zaloga
some things are better left unsaid. the old abandoned temperance hospital was my favorite buildings on the way home. pretty much a derelict full of ghosts.

"A teacher becomes the student; anger becomes acceptance; cancer research becomes a cure for baldness; a painting becomes a film. For good or bad, our lives, our work and our art are filled with Unintended Consequences."

Looking forward to our Annual Alumni Show opening next week, in conjunction (as always) with the (always hot) Ann Arbor Art Fair.

It’s a great show built around the theme of Unintended Consequences, and curated by DIA curator, Rebecca Hart. Hope to see you at the reception, July 18th, 6pm! It’s cool inside!

A recent article in Hyperallergic about recent research studying the positive effects of art making reminded us of Anne Mondro's work and research.

Anne teaches a class called “Retaining Identity: The Role of Creative Work in the Healthcare Setting” – a partnership with the UM Geriatric Center.

Last year, she received a MCUBED grant to pursue interdisciplinary research studying creativity’s effects on caregivers and care recipients.

Meanwhile, she explores the relationship between caregivers and patients with this amazing work: Anne uses thin 26-gauge tinned copper wire to crochet long sculptural forms that reference anatomical hearts.

 “This piece is very personal. I’ve been working with older adults with memory loss and their caregivers. It’s so intense to be a caregiver. When you care for a loved one, the two of you become intertwined.”