Nayda Collazo at the exhibition " Envision: The Michigan Artist Initiative

Nayda Collazo / Photo The Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan

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.

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.

 Exhibition view / Photo The Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan

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.

More information: Envision: The Michigan Artist Initiative