Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series

INDIRA FREITAS JOHNSON: Ten Thousand Ripples. Special Event at Stamps Auditorium!

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Established with the generous support of alumna Penny W. Stamps, the Speaker Series brings respected emerging and established artists/designers from a broad spectrum of media to the School to conduct a public lecture and engage with students, faculty, and the larger University and Ann Arbor communities.

While she is based in Chicago, sculptor, cultural worker, peace activist and educator Indira Freitas Johnson has maintained close ties with India. Much of her inspiration comes from transitory, ritualistic Indian folk art practices which she uses to address issues of domestic violence, leprosy health education, labor, the environment, gender, peace, nonviolence and literacy. Dedicated to engaging local voices and communities in the creative process, Indira’s projects follow the “call and response” tradition that is prevalent in many cultures. She puts out a call and the community responds so that the final art -work is a hybrid that depends on and is completed by community interaction.
The recipient of numerous grants and awards, Indira’s work has exhibited internationally and is represented in numerous private and public collections including the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Mobile Museum of Art, State of Illinois Building, Chicago and the High Museum of Art.