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Ann Arbor art gallery gets $80K grant from Andy Warhol Foundation

MLive Ann Arbor logo MLive Ann Arbor 1/18/2020 By Steve Marowski, mlive.com
a large empty room: The Stamps Gallery, operated by the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, is located at 201 S. Division Street. © Steve Marowski | smarowski@mlive.com/mlive.com/TNS The Stamps Gallery, operated by the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, is located at 201 S. Division Street.

ANN ARBOR, MI — The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts recently named the Stamps Gallery in downtown Ann Arbor the recipient of an $80,000 grant to support public exhibitions, programs and publications.

The Stamps Gallery, 201 S. Division St., part of the University of Michigan Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design, presents original exhibitions and public programs that focus largely on shining a spotlight on artists and designers who use creative work to catalyze social change.

Truly Render, a spokesperson for the Stamps School of Art and Design, said it was the first major grant received by Stamps Gallery since its opening in 2017.

“The award will allow Stamps Gallery to provide artists with better artist fees for exhibitions, public programs and publications,” Render said. “The funds support upcoming exhibitions at Stamps Gallery in 2020 and 2021.”

Render said the award is helping fund “Taking a Stand,” a group exhibit that opens Friday night, Jan. 17 at the gallery, as well as solo exhibitions from artists such as LaToya Ruby Frazier, Stephanie Dinkins and Dylan Miner.

The money will also support “Envision: The Michigan Artist Initiative,” a statewide art competition designed to support the development of contemporary artists living and working in Michigan.

“The grant is a testament to the Stamps Gallery’s exhibitions and programs, which foster vibrant and inclusive experiences for presentation, discussion and inquiry into the urgent questions and concerns of our time,” said Stamps Gallery Director Srimoyee Mitra.

A sneak peek at the exhibitions and schedules can be viewed here.

According to the Foundation’s recent grants website, upcoming exhibitions will address migration and statelessness; environmental justice and climate change; artificial intelligence and automation in contemporary art; and feminist cultural critiques.

The gallery, which opened in February 2017, is housed within the McKinley Town Centre on South Division Street and has almost 8,000 square feet of exhibition space. Designed to be flexible, the space can be arranged to meet the needs of the various exhibitions the art school hosts throughout the year.

In the past, the Foundation has given a $50,000 grant to Artrain in 2003, two grants totaling $120,000 to the Ann Arbor Film Festival and two grants totaling $65,000 to the UM Museum of Art.

Stamps Gallery is open from noon to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

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