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By Jared Wadley
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.
Jamie Sherman Blinder