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The Art of the Everyday: Objects from Ancient Daily Life

April 26 - July 5

Exhibition opening reception: Friday, April 26, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Featured Speaker: Elaine K. Gazda, Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology, Curator of Hellenistic and Roman Collections, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, 6:00 p.m.

This exhibition explores the society, culture, religion, and technology of the ancient Mediterranean by examining the things used by ordinary people in their daily lives such as coins, ceramics, figurines, and glass vessels.

Exhibition lenders:

    Don Miller, Lecturer IV of Biological Sciences, UM-Dearborn


  • Cooking pot; Roman, Late Imperial to Late Antique period (3rd to 5th century CE); Clay, palm fiber, slip; Karanis, Egypt (University of Michigan Excavations); Kelsey Museum of Archaeology 7329, University of Michigan
  • Black Vase, by Richard Ritter; American (ca. 1975); Glass, free blown with applied details. Gift of Dr. and Ms. Patrick Daoust. UM-Dearborn Collection 1991.523. Photography by Sarah Nesbitt.
  • Juglet; Roman, Late Republican or Early Imperial (1st century BCE); Clay, slip. Gift of Peter Ruthven. Kelsey Museum of Archaeology 6542, University of Michigan


Reception is free to the public. Complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres provided.
This exhibition will be the first one presented in the new Stamelos Gallery Center located on the first floor of the Mardigian Library. This exciting new exhibition space was made possible by the immense generosity of the Stamelos family.

The Stamelos Gallery Center is located on the first floor of the Mardigian Library at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. For further 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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