U-M Stamps School of Art & Design celebrates work by 5 Michigan artists with ‘Envision’

U-M Stamps School of Art & Design celebrates work by 5 Michigan artists with ‘Envision’

Organized by the Stamps Gallery, the new exhibition "Envision: The Michigan Artist Initiative" is on view now. Work by Envision artist Nayda Collazo-Llorens.

ANN ARBOR—The Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan presents the exhibition “Envision: The Michigan Artist Initiative,” on view now until mid-January at the Stamps Gallery.

Orga­nized by the Stamps Gallery and curated by Srimoyee Mitra, Envision is a new awards pro­gram designed to celebrate contemporary artists living and working in Michigan. The exhibition continues through Jan. 22, 2022.

In early March 2020, the Stamps Gallery launched the project with a statewide call for work, resulting in 259 sub­mis­sions. Five finalists were selected to receive a group exhibition: inter­dis­ci­pli­nary artist Nayda Col­lazo-Llorens, painter Michael Dixon, fiber artist Car­ole Har­ris, inter­dis­ci­pli­nary artist Kylie Lockwood and photographer/digital artist Dar­ryl DeAngelo Ter­rell

Envision jurors included Carla Acevedo-Yates, cura­tor of MCA Chicago; artist and U-M alum Ken Aptekar; and U-M alum Lor­ing Ran­dolph, direc­tor of Frieze New York. On Dec. 10, the Stamps Gallery will announce the jury-selected recipient of the 2021  Envision Award, a $5,000 prize. 

Programs related to the exhibition include: 

About the Envision finalists 

Nayda Col­lazo-Llorens exam­ines the way in which we per­ceive and process infor­ma­tion, deal­ing with con­cepts of nav­i­ga­tion, mem­ory, lan­guage, hyper­con­nec­tiv­ity and noise through her inter­dis­ci­pli­nary cre­ative prac­tice.

Through oil paint­ing, Michael Dixon explores the per­sonal, soci­etal and aes­thetic strug­gles of belong­ing to both ​white and Black racial and cul­tural iden­ti­ties, yet simul­ta­ne­ously belong­ing fully to nei­ther.

Car­ole Har­ris is a fiber artist who extends the bound­aries of tra­di­tional quilt­ing by explor­ing other forms of stitch­ery, irreg­u­lar shapes, tex­tiles, mate­ri­als, and objects.

Kylie Lock­wood is an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary artist whose work rec­on­ciles the expe­ri­ence of liv­ing in a female body with the his­tory of sculp­ture.

Dar­ryl DeAngelo Ter­rell explores the dis­place­ment of black and brown peo­ple, femme iden­tity, and strength, the black fam­ily struc­ture, sex­u­al­ity, gen­der, safe spaces, and per­sonal sto­ries through pho­tog­ra­phy and dig­i­tal art.

The exhi­bi­tion is sup­ported by The Andy Warhol Foun­da­tion for the Visual Arts and the Michi­gan Coun­cil for Arts and Cul­tural Affairs. The Stamps Gallery (201 S. Division St., Ann Arbor) is free and open to the public Wednesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Thursday until 7 p.m. During the holidays, the gallery will be closed Nov. 25-28 and Dec. 20-Jan. 4.