August 21st, 2014

Annual UMHS Employee Art Exhibition

Each year Gifts of Art presents an exhibition of artwork by U-M Health System faculty, staff, students, volunteers and family members. It showcases the exceptional talent, creativity and accomplishments of artists in the extensive (~26,000) UMHS community. The Artist Reception and Award Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 9 from 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the exhibit gallery. More info

August 21st, 2014


THROWBACK THURSDAY: It’s 1977 and Charles Ginnever’s ‘Daedalus’ is just being installed! Originally, the sculpture stood on UMMA’s front lawn facing the Michigan Union. Today, it stands on the south lawn.

Image courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library

August 20th, 2014

Re-Imaging Gender: Graduate Student Art Competition


U of M Institute for Research on Women and Gender to Award $1000 Top Prize, Plus $300 to Honorable Mentions

The University of Michigan’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender celebrates its 20th anniversary with a juried art competition that challenges artists to “re-image gender.”

The winning artist will receive $1000, with the work finding a permanent home at the Lane Hall Gallery on the U-M campus. Three honorable mentions will each be awarded $300.

The competition is open to all graduate students enrolled in colleges and universities in the State of Michigan, as well as graduate students at CIC colleges and universities (Big 10, plus the University of Chicago). 

We seek works on paper and other flat canvases that develop the following theme: Our understandings of gender have shifted dramatically in recent decades. No longer is gender a matter of an immutable binary, or a set of predetermined preferences and predilections. “Re-imaging Gender” - the first exhibition of its kind - both celebrates and interrogates the visual aspects of re-imaging gender.

The distinguished jury includes: Prof. Matthew Biro, chair, U-M History of Art Department; John Gutoskey, artist, designer, and recent U-M MFA; Amanda Krugliak, artist and curator, U-M Institute for the Humanities Gallery; Mark Nielsen (jury chair), director of exhibitions, UM Stamps School of Art & Design Slusser and Work galleries; and Greg Tom, gallery programs director, Art Department, Eastern Michigan University. 

Selected works will be displayed at the Lane Hall Gallery, a space shared by IRWG and the U-M Department of Women’s Studies, for a six month period, beginning Thursday, January 15, 2015, ending Friday, June 26, 2015. Submission deadline: October 1, 2014.

For more information on Re-imaging Gender:

To enter the Re-imaging Gender competition:

August 14th, 2014

Architects Imagine the Future, and It’s Pretty Great

"Commissions for Utopia" was created by Nick Bonner and, with the help of a North Korean architect, he imagines the future of cities like Pyongyang. The designs are surprisingly organic and create a city that aims to be the ultimate tourist destination. Read more here.

August 14th, 2014

Create Your Own Paramodel-Inspired Work at Artscapade!


If you’re loving the blue tracks that are filling the ‘Paramodel’ exhibit space and want to create your own, UMMA has you covered! And hurry, space is limited!

Paramodel is an art collaborative that creates immersive environments out of mass-produced toys and brilliant blue plastic train tracks with their meticulous design skills. For UMMA’s upcoming exhibition, Paramodel will create an installation derived from their most famous series, paramodelic-graffiti. We invite you to join one of the Paramodel artists Yasuhiko Hayashi to create your own site-specific installation of fantastical design with a team using vibrant blue track during UMMA’s Artscapade! event on Friday, August 29th from 8-11 pm.

The workshop can accommodate up to 25 participants. For more information, and to register for the workshop, send an e-mail to by Friday, August 22, 2014.

August 13th, 2014

Sandblasting Daedalus with Walnut Shells?

Ben and Corey from Venus Bronze Works are working to clean our beloved Charles Ginnever sculpture (Daedalus), located just outside of UMMA. They are “sandblasting” the sculpture using walnut shells instead of sand because it is less harsh on the surface of the work.

We’re sure the squirrels on campus are going nuts.

August 13th, 2014

SLICE Ann Arbor Interviews UMMA Exhibitions Manager Katie Derosier


SLICE Ann Arbor is a blog dedicated to providing interviews with people that leave creative marks on the city of Ann Arbor. This week’s interview is with our very own Katie Derosier! Learn about how Katie got her start, her current role at UMMA, and her favorite things in life. Read the full interview here.

August 13th, 2014

Happy Birthday to American Artist George Luks



“Art my slats! I can paint with a shoestring dipped in pitch and lard … Technique did you say? My slats! … it’s in you or it isn’t. Who taught Shakespeare technique? Guts! Life! Life! That’s my technique.” George Luks, quoted in O’Toole, George Luks: An American Artist, 1987

Happy birthday to American artist George Luks! Luks painted working-class subjects and scenes of urban life, the hallmarks of Ashcan realism.

Search the UMMA collections to find work by Luks and more!

August 12th, 2014

Math Camp Attendees Discover Math & Art in UMMA Quilts



On nine days this summer you could find thirty fifth graders from Ypsilanti Community Schools at UMMA touring the museum and making art inspired by objects in the galleries. The students were participating in the Elementary Mathematics Laboratory, an exciting teaching and professional development initiative offered by Teaching Works, UM School of Education. The students were so enthusiastic and creative that we look forward to working with ‘math camp’ next summer.

–Pam Reister, UMMA Curator for Museum Teaching and Learning

Learn more about the Elementary Mathematics Laboratory here.

August 12th, 2014

Advanced Screening of ‘James McNeill Whistler & The Case for Beauty’


On Sunday, September 7th at 2pm, an advanced screening of James McNeill Whistler & The Case for Beauty will be held at the Carriage House of the Hecker House in Detroit. UMMA Senior Curator of Western Art Carole McNamara will be a panel member in the following Q&A. James McNeill Whistler & The Case for Beauty will be airing nationally on PBS September 12th and 14th. RSVP is encouraged for the event (313-664-2509) and, if space is available, tickets will be sold at the door ($15 for DIA members, $20 for general public). Watch a trailer for the documentary here

August 12th, 2014

UMMA Max Beckmann Work Traveling to Germany


UMMA’s Still Life with Toys and Shell by Max Beckmann will be on view at the Hamburger Kunsthalle in Hamburg, Germany from September 5 to January 18, 2015 as part of Max Beckmann. The Still Lifes. The exhibition will focus on the still life work of the artist and is the first of its kind. Still Life with Toys and Shell, like most of Beckmann’s work, is figurative in nature but maintains a fantastical quality rooted in the imagery of medieval stained glass. Roughly eighty paintings and watercolors will be featured in the Hamburger Kunsthalle’s exhibition, ranging in creation from 1906–1949. 

August 11th, 2014


Part of creativity is picking the little bubbles that come up to your conscious mind, and picking which one to let grow and which one to give access to more of your mind … then have that translate into action.

Here’s what the neuroscientist who studies the science of genius found when she scanned the brains of 13 of today’s brightest creative minds.

Story originally found via umstampsschool

August 7th, 2014

Leaf Art

Artist Omid Asadi creates delicate leaf cuttings from actual fallen leaves. His materials include only a craft knife and a needle. Asadi does his best to create works that are not only beautiful but that carry messages. Learn more here

August 5th, 2014

Fred Tomaselli and Amie Siegel Visit U-M!

Artists Fred Tomaselli and Amie Siegel will be speaking at U-M as part of the Penny W. Stamps Speaker Series. On October 2nd, Tomaselli will explore his colorful and complex works with listeners. His series, ‘The Times’ will be featured in an UMMA exhibition, on display October 4, 2014–January 25, 2015. On October 17th, artist Amie Siegel and UMMA’s Adjunct Curator of Media Arts Kathleen Forde will discuss Siegel’s work ‘Provenance,’ on view at UMMA August 16–December 7, 2014.

August 5th, 2014

'Paramodel' in Progress

image'Paramodel' is in progress and UMMA will be documenting changes to the exhibit day by day! Visit the museum's Flickr album to track changes and see ‘Paramodel’ constructed before your eyes! 

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