The University of Michigan School of Art & Design is pleased to
announce, that in recognition of the ongoing and continuing support of
donors Penny and E. Roe Stamps, the school will be renamed the Penny W.
Stamps School of Art and Design.
The Stamps' total
commitment to the School—where Penny Stamps is an alumna (BS, Design
'66) —is 40 million USD, 32.5 million USD from the Stamps family
foundations, and a 7.5 million USD match from the university. The
transformative support makes the Stamps the most generous donors in the
School of Art and Design's history and among the most charitable
benefactors to an art and design school in the United States.
The Stamps funding addresses an urgent need for universities to be
affordable while fostering creativity and global citizenship in college
students. The funding further adds to the Stamps' support for programs and
facilities on campus while adding Stamps Creative Work Scholarships to
provide merit scholarships for a significant number of art-and-design
students, allowing the school to attract and retain the best
Penny and her husband, Roe Stamps, have been
involved with this school philanthropically since 1998, providing initial
funding for a then-fledgling lecture series. Subsequently Penny Stamps
became involved with the school strategically, as chair of the Dean's
Advisory Council, providing key financial support as the school sought to
re-envision art/design education in the 21st century.
been very rewarding for us to be a part of A&D's growth and development
during these past 15 years," said Penny Stamps. "We are enormously proud of
the programs we support and want to ensure that they continue to benefit
students for generations."
During the last ten years, under the
leadership of Dean Bryan Rogers, (who stepped down on July 1) the school
has been engaged in an ongoing effort to rethink and restructure as an
educational institution; to ensure that the work of creative makers is
positioned not outside of but within the intellectual fabric of university
life; and to create a post-disciplinary art/design education that is
responsive and relevant within a national and global context.
"This is a radical vote of confidence for the current direction of the
school and the progress it has made in reinventing art/design education
within a university context," says current Dean Gunalan Nadarajan, who
replaced Bryan Rogers in July 2012.
The Stamps, who reside in
Miami, Fla., are committed to continuing to play an integral role in the
School of Art and Design's ongoing transformation.
At the School
of Art and Design, the Stamps will continue to fund programs that bring
renowned creative thinkers to campus, including The Penny Stamps
Distinguished Speaker Series, a world-class lecture.
Stamps' funding has also increased the visibility and reach of art/design
work within the university culture through Work•Ann Arbor, a gallery
space near central campus that provides undergraduate students with greater
In addition to their exceptional
support for the School of Art and Design, the Stamps will continue to
contribute generously to a university-wide Stamps Scholars Program that
supports approximately 72 students per year in the university's
undergraduate schools, making it one of the largest of its kind at the
University of Michigan and the most selective.
coincides with U-M's recent efforts to recognize the vital role of the arts
within the university. In the past eight years, the university has
committed 84 million USD to the arts.
The gift and the
naming of the school mark a point of arrival. We will need the best
creative minds to solve the global problems of today and tomorrow. The
Stamps School at the University of Michigan is in the unique position to
provide students with the education they need to meet these challenges.
For more details on the Stamps' gift, click here.
Watch videos from the Penny Stamps Speaker Series here.