University of Michigan Roman J. Witt Residency Program

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Founded 2015
Ann Arbor, United States


The Roman J. Witt Residency Program, developed with the support of alumna Penny W. Stamps and named in honor of her father, is an annual international competition that awards one residency per academic year to a visiting artist/designer who proposes to develop a new work in collaboration with students and faculty. The mission of the Roman J. Witt Residency Program is to support the production of new work in collaboration with the University of Michigan community. For the Stamps School community to witness and partake in the creation of a defined work from concept to completion is the centerpiece of the residency. This visibility of the creative process is intended as an exemplary teaching tool for the school as a whole. The residency is expected to culminate in the realization of the proposed work, as well as its presentation.

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Stamps School of Art & Design facilities are located in Ann Arbor, MI. The main facility is located on U‑M’s picturesque North Campus in the Art & Architecture Building. This facility has well-equipped media studios for drawing, painting, printmaking (lithography and intaglio), clay, wood, fiber arts (sewing, weaving, dye, and screen-printing), hot metals (welding, casting, brazing), cold metals (machine tools), video, and digital photography (large and small format printers). A state-of-the-art animation lab lets students explore multiple animation workflows with animation desks, multiplane cameras, a stop motion table, and Dragonframe workstations. The digital fabrication studios house 3D printers, laser cutters, and a CNC machine. There is also a digital work commons that encourages teamwork and digital creativity and includes a 2‑color Risograph and UV printer.

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