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Art & Soul - The Vibrant Visual Arts Scene In Washtenaw County With Omari Rush & Srimoyee Mitra

Jan 11, 2018

Srimoyee Mitra (Left) and Omari Rush (Right).
Credit Lisa Barry

This week, Art and Soul is about the visual arts scene in Washtenaw County. 89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry is joined by CultureSource executive director and Chair of the Michigan Arts Council Omari Rush, and special guest Srimoyee Mitra director of the Stamps Gallery, part of the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design.


Mitra talks about how the gallery has been consolidated from three different locations to just one at 201 Division Street in downtown Ann Arbor.  Mitra has been director of the gallery for the past 9 months.  She explains the consolidation is intended to shift the focus of the new locations.  The Stamps Gallery director says there are many different artists participating in upcoming exhibitions.  She says they will be a nice balance of student artists as well as other well-known, already established artists.

Artwork by Amanda McKey
Credit Amanda McKey

There are several openings coming up this month including two brand new exhibitions.  One is with Suzy Lake, a pioneer in the feminist art movement showing her work of performance photography.

That opens at the Stamps Gallery on January 19th.

Another upcoming exhibit celebrates people's history with poster art in what Mitra calls a “fun, lively exhibition talking about everyday history."

Two other events are also being planned.

Omari Rush also mentioned an upcoming Ann Arbor Art Center monthly pop-up event known as Straight Up at the Alley Bar in downtown Ann Arbor on January 29th where you can buy art right off the wall.

It will feature the art of Amanda McKey, a former WEMU Art and Soul edition guest.

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu