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Commencement Street Mural

HONORING THE CLASS OF 2021

Beginning April 25, Yen Azzaro and Liz Guilmet will co-lead the creation of a celebratory public art display honoring the class of 2021 in conjunction with students from the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design. The street mural painting will be located on E. Washington Street between N. Thayer and Fletcher. Spray-chalk installation will begin April 25 at 10:00 a.m. with the mural on display until May 2. *Be advised the road will be closed to traffic during this time frame.

Yen Azzaro (BFA ’03)

is an activist artist, illustrator, and graphic recorder. She draws and writes text in real time while people talk, for clients like Fair Food Network, John R. Oishei Foundation, and University of Michigan. Over the last six years she has obtained over $75,000 in art grant projects including YFi, the student art movement out of Ypsilanti Community High School made possible by Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation; the sidewalk mural Zip "Code" in Kerrytown; and Traveling Feet, a glowing illustration installation for ypsiGLOW. In 2021, Yen launched her online course platform, spreading her trademark-pending technique to teach people how to retain more information through drawing. Yen is an alumna of Stamps School of Art & Design and lives in Ypsilanti with her husband and son, who is more prolific than she is.

Liz Guilmet (BFA ’08)

U-M alumna and Undergraduate Stamps Instructor Liz Guilmet received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Stamps in 2008. She earned her Master's of Fine Arts from Washington University in Saint Louis in 2014. Guilmet is a dedicated educator and artist. She has exhibited work locally and internationally, including Greece and Italy.

Students participating in the effort include:

XiaoYu Che

BFA 2021

Coco DelVecchio

BFA 2024

Sarah Dettling

BFA 2024

Yasmine Elhagehassan

BFA 2023

Ashlee Freeman

BFA 2024

Victor Garcia

BFA 2024

Natalie Guisinger

BFA 2021

Michelle Ha

BFA 2022

Madisyn Hicks

BFA 2022

Emily Holtz

BFA 2023

Lee Hubbel

BFA 2021

Younji (Jinny) Jin

BFA 2023

Isabella Kehoe

BFA 2023

Shivalika Kohli

BFA 2023

Kyra Koprowski

BFA 2022

Valerie Le

BFA 2021

Huanyuan Li

BFA 2021

Stephanie Li

BFA 2021

Brianna Manzor

BFA 2023

Abigail Rankin

BFA 2022

Samuel Turner

BFA 2023

Jaymes Walker

BFA 2022

Alyssa Wilcome

BFA 2024