Stamps School of Art & Design
Are you in or around NYC tomorrow? There is going to be a Stamps Reunion hosted by two recent Stamps alums! Sara Radin and Ellen Rosengard are inviting Stamps alumni to 260 W26th St (2nd floor) from 7-9pm tomorrow evening. RSVP to let them know you are coming: sararradin@gmail.com and/or ecrosengard@gmail.com 
Have a great time! Send us photos! 

Are you in or around NYC tomorrow? There is going to be a Stamps Reunion hosted by two recent Stamps alums! Sara Radin and Ellen Rosengard are inviting Stamps alumni to 260 W26th St (2nd floor) from 7-9pm tomorrow evening. RSVP to let them know you are coming: sararradin@gmail.com and/or ecrosengard@gmail.com 

Have a great time! Send us photos! 

This weekend Detroit lights up with DLECTRICITY — a nighttime art and light festival featuring over 35 artists from all over the world, including our very own Heidi Kumao and Osman Kahn!

There is a great map available on the DLECTRICITY website. Don’t miss exhibits #4 or #22.

Heidi is also giving an artist talk at 6pm on Saturday at the Detroit Artist Market (4719 Woodward Ave, Detroit MI 48201).

The weather is supposed to be beautiful and artist line-up looks incredible. A great weekend to head to Detroit!

Yes, it was a week ago that Pussy Riot took the Stamps community and the Michigan Theater by storm, but a visit like that really makes an impact and a week later it is still on our minds. So many people felt truly and deeply affected by the duo after their very open and candid on-stage discussion.

Stamps senior Matt Rosner (pictured above with Pussy Riot’s Nadya and Masha) gives this thoughtful reflection:

"As we sat in an audience of 1700+ local community members, fragmented messages that poured from the stage came in waves of Russian, then in English.  As Nadya and Masha took turns speaking in their native language, I felt as if I was no longer sitting in Ann Arbor, Michigan, but rather some high stakes press conference taking place in a small Moscow basement.  

The two seemed unfazed by the intentionally tough questions from Chrisstina.  As they began to answer the questions, whether about their personal lives or past performances, Nadya and Masha often veered into candidly talking about their current work and the issues that were on their minds.
It was a great opportunity, if only for a fleeting moment, to listen to the two members of Pussy Riot talk about their work and ideological convictions.  Their presence on stage as two internationally know celebrities struck many in the audience, but what fascinated me was how the two humble and driven young creatives were dealing with Russian political issues, international recognition, and being on the road, to come visit us and present their work in America.”

Last Friday our community gathered to honor our late dean, Bryan Rogers, and distribute two well-deserved faculty awards.

Assistant Professor Roland Graf received the inaugural award of The Rogers “Edge” Memorial Award recognizing “a Stamps faculty member whose creative practice moves beyond disciplinary boundaries and brings together different kinds of people and ideas.”

Professor Endi Poskovic was honored with the R.D. Richards Memorial Award for “outstanding contributions to the School during the past year in the areas of teaching, creative work, and service.”


Congratulations to both Endi and Roland. Thank you for the work you do!

Stamps student and Iraq war veteran Wes Chase is the subject of Jennifer Karady’s newest Soldiers’ Stories photograph — an internationally and critically acclaimed photo series exploring the impact of soldier experience in civilian life after war. Jennifer collaborated with Wes on the creation of this photograph, which takes place in the crowd at Michigan football game, during her Witt Residency at Stamps last fall.

This Thursday Jennifer opens a show at the Institute for Humanities  including the photograph of Wes, as well as another Soldiers’ Stories photo made in residence at Stamps too.

Jennifer’s photographs are known for their large-scale size, cinematic lighting, and surreal compositions of symbolic objects. This exhibition though will also feature an audio installation made from Jennifer’s recorded interviews with the soldier subjects of the photographs.

Opening reception this Thursday September 25th at 5:30pm at the Institute for Humanities, 202 S. Thayer St.

Check out the video above for a trailer and behind-the-scenes sneak-peak of Wes’s photo being made. You might notice several Stamps students working as production assistants too …

Today in New York City Stamps professor Holly Hughes hosts a symposium at NYU titled "Performing Species: What can animal studies and performance studies teach each other?"

This symposium explores the intersections of the two fields of study “and their potential to expand understandings of a range of subjects that are a focus of current work in the Humanities and Social Sciences, including labor, gender, the body, affect, and ecology.”

The symposium will include bits of performance by participating artists, including Stamps fave (& alum!) Joseph Keckler!

Look forward to Holly’s book event at Literati Bookstore in November for her book "Animal Acts: Performing Species Today"