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Exhibition Closing Reception
Thursday, August 4 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Artist JB Wood will speak at 6:00 pm. Free to the public. Complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Current Exhibition

David Rubello: Color, Space, Continuum

September 8 - December 11


Picture of #107 Color Moves by David Rubello#107 Color Moves, David Rubello

This retrospective exhibition features works spanning six decades of Detroit artist David Rubello's remarkable career. Displayed works highlight his fascinating evolution of art discovery and transitions: from drawing to painting, photography to printmaking, reliefs to sculpture, representational to abstract, and continuing... a continuum.

The artist, born in Detroit in 1935, studied painting and drawing at Cass Technical High School and the Detroit Society of Arts and Crafts (now the College for Creative Studies), under revered local artists Guy Palazzola and Sarkis Sarkisian. He later earned his BFA from La Academia Delle Belli Arti in Rome in 1961, a Certificate of Attendance from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen in 1966, and an MFA from the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor in 1972.

Throughout his career, Rubello has experimented with line, shape, color, perspective, visual perception, and dimensionality. The linear grids and bold, saturated color of Rubello's geometric abstract paintings experiment with spatial relationships. Many of his remarkable mixed media works incorporate interactive elements that attempt to lessen distance and barriers between the viewer and the piece.

Opening Reception
Thursday, September 8, 2022, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Program begins at 5:00 p.m. with Star String Quartet followed by David Rubello speaking at 6:00 p.m. Reception is free to the public. Complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres provided.

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Past Exhibition

Conversations in Glass: Selected Works of JB Wood

April 28 - August 12, 2022


When have you last had a good, or even great, conversation? Was it with an old friend, colleague at work, or in a spirited debate with a stranger (soon perhaps, to be a friend) where you were challenged by someone or some idea that you had never considered?

Picture of Sun Touch glass sculpture by JB WoodSun Touch, JB Wood

For me, the best conversations - where the resulting insights "stick" - are those which have depth and humor. Those where at the end I have had to conclude that my way of looking at the world has changed - when some new learning, some new joy from the experience, or appreciation of the subject at hand, was the result.

Over the last (large!) number of years, my best and longest-lasting conversational partner has been with Glass, and the process of making sculpture.

---JB Wood

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Past Exhibition

Picturing Places and Spaces

January 20 - April 1, 2022


Picture of Jacob Lawrence's Builders No. 3 paintingBuilders No. 3, Jacob Lawrence

This exhibition is the culminating project of students enrolled in a UM-Dearborn Art History capstone seminar taught by Professor Susan Erickson

Drawing on the strengths of the permanent collection of the Stamelos Gallery Center made possible through donor contributions through the years, a selection of prints, paintings and glass explores the ways artists have interpreted places and spaces. Artworks range in approach from realistic to fantastic, and abstract to expressive. European, Mexican, and American artists, including many from Michigan, are featured. A generous loan from the University of Michigan Museum of Art allows expansion of the theme to include Chinese and Japanese artists.

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Guest Lecture

The Hidden Talents of Paper: Pop-Up Cameras, Planetariums and Other Work by Kelli Anderson

Kelli Anderson is an artist, designer, animator, and tinkerer who pushes the limits of ordinary materials by seeking out possibilities hidden in plain view. Her books and projects have included a pop-up paper planetarium, a book that transforms into a pinhole camera, and a working paper record. Intentionally lo-fi, she believes that humble materials can make the complexity and magic of our world accessible.

 

Past Exhibition

Innovation and Inspiration: The Art of Paper Engineering

Guest Curator: Karen Imarisio
September 9, 2021- December 15, 2021


Picture of page from popup book

Innovation and Inspiration: The Art of Paper Engineering was created to introduce the Valerio and Karen Imarisio Pop-Up Book Collection to students and the greater community and to inspire ideas through the innovative work of professional paper engineers and artists on display.

This exhibition features complex forms of paper engineering, origami and kirigami folding techniques through inspirational works found in pop-up books, the paper arts and commercial design. Several displays illustrate a direct connection between various applications and a similar pop-up book.

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Guest Lecture

The Human Cost of Frozen Conflict
by Kristin Anahit Cass

Faced with the use of violence to enforce geopolitical borders, people struggle to preserve culture and community. Within Armenia and the rest of the SWANA (Southwest Asia and North Africa) region, as well as across the world, the human cost is painfully high. This lecture considers the hope of many to end the bloody cycle of violence, learning to live together and embracing a better future for all.

 

Current Digital Exhibition

Kristin Anahit Cass


Kristin Anahit Cass is a Chicago-based artist working in photography, video, writing, sculpture and other media. Her art explores the intensely personal spaces where our lives intersect, considering underlying questions of social justice and human rights. As an artist of mixed ethnicity and a descendent of genocide survivors, Cass's work reflects her passion for amplifying diverse voices telling stories that inspire change. In addition to her arts education, her career as a lawyer gives her a unique perspective on the injustices that so many people and communities face every day. Cass is a graduate of the University of Chicago.

Picture of Ine and Mariam

The New Freedom Fighters: Women And Nonviolent Resistance project explores the often unrecognized role that women play in the survival and evolution of cultures and communities. The women profiled in this project live every day under military threat and use different types of nonviolent resistance to defend their human rights and mitigate the consequences of war in their communities. The lives of the women you meet here have been irrevocably shaped by war. Despite feeling the effects of the violence on their homes, families, career prospects, and communities, these women understand the need for creative nonviolence to break the cycle of war and intolerance.

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Picture of shoes on window sill

Borderlands Under Fire exposes the world of a frozen conflict and documents the effects of state-sponsored violence on daily life in the frontier villages of Armenia, a tiny country in the South Caucasus. Caught at the geopolitical crossroads of East and West, Armenian villagers find themselves used as pawns in a political power game, and ignored by international organizations like the OSCE and the UN. But they refuse to give up their agency, and they continue working to make change from within their communities. Even as the people of these border villages suffer violence and privation daily as a result of war, they hold fast to their homeland, preserving their language and culture as part of the world's heritage. The project explores the villagers' use of creative nonviolent resistance to defend their human rights and develop their communities.

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Current Digital Exhibition

Art In a Time of Pandemic

Stamelos Gallery Center Photo Competition

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And the
prize-winning
photos are...

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Upcoming Gallery Exhibitions

Christina Haylett mixed media works (title TBD)

January 19 - March 26

Reparations of the Heart: Recent Work by Kristin Anahit Cass

April 13- June 25

Michigan Water Color Society Signature Exhibition

July 13- September 24


The Stamelos Gallery Center is located on the first floor of the Mardigian Library at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. For more information, see below for contact information. Anyone requiring accommodations under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact (313)593-5087.

Bill and Electra Stamelos


Electra was a remarkably gifted painter and Bill was an avid photographer. The couple loved to travel, and they acquired artwork from all over the world for their collection. Bill and Electra contributed greatly to the university's art collection for decades including donating the majority of Electra's body of work and many other art pieces that they collected throughout their years together. The couple also contributed a sizeable, and very generous, gift which, along with the support of other donors, will allow for the creation of the new Stamelos Gallery.

Bill and Electra Stamelos

Featured University Art Collection Piece

Featured collection glass artwork

Taketori Tale, Kyohei Fujita (b. 1921), n.d., Mold blown glass with gold and silver foil inclusions
Gift of Richard and Louise Abrahams, Collection of UM-Dearborn (Adp39), Photograph by Kip Kriigel


World renowned artist Kyohei Fujita was born in Japan in 1921. He is known as the father of Japanese studio glass. Many of his works, including this one, were inspired by early Japanese boxes that were richly decorated with lacquerwork and mother-of-pearl inlays, and traditionally used to store Buddhist writings, jewelry, inkstones and brushes. Fujita's celebrated ornamental glass boxes revive conventional Japanese aesthetics in a contemporary form. This breathtaking piece was mold blown with gold and silver foil inclusions. Whenever asked by collectors what to keep in the boxes, the artist usually stated "You should put your dreams in them."

---Laura Cotton, Art Curator and Gallery Manager

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