University of Michigan Penny Stamps Speaker Series


Respected artists, designers, and innovators from a broad spectrum of fields conduct public lectures and engage with the community.

The Penny Stamps Speaker Series is a plat­form for cre­ators: artists, design­ers, inno­va­tors and vision­ar­ies work­ing in all vari­eties of media and medi­ums, to share their work, cre­ative process, per­spec­tives and wisdom.

This sea­son we con­tinue to present a vir­tual series as we work to pivot back to an in per­son the­atri­cal expe­ri­ence while fac­tor­ing in all vari­ety of considerations.

Through the dig­i­tal space we con­tinue to meet artists where they are, while also look­ing to pro­vide our local audi­ence with many in per­son oppor­tu­ni­ties to expe­ri­ence the work of our guests first hand. We will also present some very spe­cial archival first ever releases, tak­ing us back into the the­ater with a live audience.

While we con­tinue to gather around ideas, seek­ing knowl­edge and devel­op­ing our under­stand­ing of each other, we hope you will join us for an upcom­ing event, spend some time explor­ing our archive, and find new ways to stay cre­atively con­nected and engaged.

Estab­lished with the gen­er­ous sup­port of alumna Penny W. Stamps (19442018), the Penny Stamps Speaker Series brings respected lead­ers and inno­va­tors from a broad spec­trum of cre­ative fields to Ann Arbor to con­duct weekly pub­lic lec­tures and engagements.

Design pro­fes­sional, arts advo­cate, phil­an­thropist, and friend Penny W. Stamps ded­i­cated her­self to ele­vat­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties for the cul­ture-mak­ers of tomor­row. In 2012, the U‑M Board of Regents named the School of Art & Design in her honor, cre­at­ing the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design at the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan. The Stamps Gallery and Stamps Cre­ative Work Awards are also named in her honor.

His­tor­i­cally, Penny Stamps Speaker Series pro­grams took place on Thurs­days at 5:10 pm at the his­toric Michi­gan The­ater, locat­ed at 603 E. Lib­er­ty Street in down­town Ann Arbor. Dur­ing the pan­demic, weekly events are streamed in part­ner­ship with Detroit Pub­lic Television.

Penny Stamps Speaker Series events are free and open to the public.

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Live speaker events that were previously postponed in 2022 will be rescheduled and announced later this year. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Postponed to a Later Date TBA – Monument Lab | Public Art and History Studio

March 25 – Lydia Lunch | Hysterian, Journalist, Provocateur

April 1 – Pamela Z. | Composer, Performer, Media Artist

April 8 – David Droga | Creative Director, Advertising Executive

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