Exhibition opening reception: Thursday, September 12, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Program to begin at 6:30 p.m.
This exhibition honors the significant contributions to the university by William and Electra Stamelos over the last forty years. Electra Stamelos (1927-2007) was a beloved UM-Dearborn art lecturer from 1980 to 1994 and an accomplished artist. William Stamelos (1928-2017) was a devoted and generous university donor and gallery volunteer for many years, which included acting as honorary curator for a period of time. Electra and Bill 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 title of this exhibition refers to the fact that they were true, informal, warm and familiar friends to many people on this campus and they were simply thought of as "Electra and Bill" by many here for decades.
Michigan Watercolor Society exhibition
John Wood glass exhibition (title TBD)
2020 Open Competition
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 prior to August 29.
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.
Australian glass artist Scott Chaseling (b. 1962) attended the Australian National University's Canberra School of Art in 1995. In a collaborative project with fellow glass artist Klaus Moje, the two artists invented the Australian Roll-Up technique. Their process is quite similar to the traditional Venetian murrini cane pick-up method with one major difference. Chaseling and Moje's concept involves picking up pre-fused panels of glass. This innovative approach allows artists to create carefully controlled designs that are not possible with traditional glassblowing methods. The pre-fused sheets of glass allow varying interior and exterior imagery, precise color placement, and full cross-sections of color, all seen in the skillful craftsmanship of this piece. After picking up the pre-fused panels on a punty, a glass blowing pipe, the final steps to the Australian Roll-Up technique consist of blowing, rolling and manipulating the glass form into a finished standing vessel shape.
---Laura Cotton, Art Curator and Gallery Manager