21st Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners

image of an elephant walking a tightrope over cresting waves

"Elephant on a Tightrope," by Free Ray Gray

Despite limited resources, these artists create work in a rich range of styles, mediums and themes. The exhibit sheds light on the talents found behind prison walls and encourages the public to take a second look, inspiring dialogue and awareness.

Event Information

March 23rd through April 6th
Duderstadt Center Gallery
Location Information
Prison Creative Arts Project 2016
Event Type

Video Studio

Room 1356, Duderstadt Center
2281 Bonisteel Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(734) 764-5319 (p)
The Video Studio is a performance and studio space that suppports and extends the capabilities of the labs and studios throughout the Digital Media Commons.
The space can be used for filming green screen squences, recording motion capture data or experimenting with projection mapping — to name just a fraction of the possibilities.
As a performance space, it can seat up to 90 people (depending on the size of the stage, set pieces, etc.).
Video Studio projects are typically experimental or academic, representing learning, research or teaching across the disciplines. They explore new media tools and strategies, new roles for technology in the performing arts, and new ways of combining elements from disparate fields.


Digital Media Commons staff members often assist in projects as technicians, tutors, consultants or even collaborators. Expertise is available in a wide range of areas, including instructional design, audio or video production, sound or lighting design, technical directing, stage directing, and stage managing.

Work with Us

Interested in using the Video Studio? The studio may be reserved by members of the university community who have filled out an application.

Samples of productions developed and performed in the Video Studio can be seen on the DMC's YouTube channel.

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GroundWorks Media Lab

GroundWorks Media Lab
2281 Bonisteel Boulevard
Room 1315, Duderstadt Center
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(734) 647-5739 (p)

GroundWorks Media Lab is a collaborative facility that supports the production, conversion, and editing of digital and analog media. Aside from first-come, first-served editing stations, the Lab also includes several other resources, including The Poster Shop and the reservable Recording Booth and Multimedia Rooms.

Student Consultants are available to provide support with new or ongoing projects in the lab. There are consultants on staff from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, and noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

GroundWorks Media Lab features:

  • iMac Editing Stations with Mac and Windows Operating Systems
  • Audio and Video Conversion Equipment [Supported Media Formats]
  • Wacom Cintiq Tablets
  • CD and DVD duplicators
  • Scanners (various sizes and capabilities, including document, photo, negative, large format, and automatic feeding scanners)
  • Video dubbing equipment
  • Hardware and software for audio and video production and editing [Available Software]
  • Access to Lynda.com on some machines throughout the Lab

Please note, the Lab may be used to work on personal projects, but users are asked to give priority to those working on academic projects.

The Poster Shop

The Poster Shop, located at the Consultant Desk within GroundWorks, is a first-come, first-served printing facility that offers high-quality, large-format color posters, with an emphasis on conference or academic poster printing. It is open for printing 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Please refer to the Poster Shop webpage for more details on printing and pricing.

The Recording Booth

The Recording Booth is a self-contained, reservable digital audio and video recording booth, perfect for recording video voice-overs and  solo vocal or instrumental performances. The Recording Booth is available by-appointment whenever the Duderstadt Center is open. [Digital Media Commons Orientation Required]

Multimedia Editing Rooms

There are three high-powered, reservable Multimedia Editing Rooms available through GroundWorks whenever the Duderstadt Center is open. Beyond providing a quiet environment for working, the rooms have  a number of extra features, including Mac Pros with substantial RAM and processing power, high fidelity audio monitors, two HD displays, a 4K reference monitor, Blu-Ray burners, and keyboards labeled with Final Cut Pro shortcuts for easier editing. The Multimedia Rooms are available by-appointment whenever the Duderstadt Center is open. [Digital Media Commons Orientation Required]

Podcasting Room

The Advanced Podcasting Room is a space for creating professional podcasts with ease. The room includes professional lighting, changeable backdrops, camera and mic equipment, as well as two desktop computers for recording and displaying scripts and other media. Orientations are required and available on request through DC-scheduling@umich.edu.

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Emerging Technologies Group


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The Emerging Technologies Group enables the development and integration of leading-edge technologies into U-M Library’s Specialized Labs and the unique spaces at the Duderstadt Center. The responsibilities of the group include advancing and supporting the systems and infrastructure of the DMC and helping develop the programs needed to support faculty and students.

The group consists of both full-time staff and numerous specially skilled students that are practitioners and experts and support faculty, staff and students by:
  • Consulting on the development and manipulation of animations and projection mapping systems.
  • Developing high throughput systems for storage and delivery.
  • Assisting faculty with content development for new instruction delivery systems like MOOCS and eBooks.
  • Assisting in the building and maintaining connected learning environments like Design Labs and Studios.
  • Developing workshops on various tools and methodologies.
  • Consulting on programming languages and development tools.
  • Working closely with other campus units to leverage shared resources.
  • Tracking and testing game changing technologies on the horizon.
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Electronic Music Studios

Room 1376, Duderstadt Center
2281 Bonisteel Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2094



The Electronic Music Studios include two state-of-the art recording laboratories that facilitate a broad range of activities and research including: electronic music composition, recording experimentation, mixing audio to motion picture, scientific investigation and acoustics studies.

Studios A and B may be used separately or combined for expanded capabilities — allowing one to function as a control room while the other acts as a tracking space.

The studios may be reserved by U-M students, faculty and staff who have completed the requisite training courses.

Our training sessions are intended to ensure that all users have the same knowledge base and expectations of the rooms in the Duderstadt Center. Everyone, regardless of depth of recording experience, is required to complete the training sessions for each room. The training workshops are not-for-credit, orientation sessions offered by the Digital Media Commons; this is different from the sound recording course offered as part of a degree program by the School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

Studio A

EMS A has an API 1608 console in addition to Euphonix control surfaces that allow users to mix, match and adopt any combination of analog and digital workflow that suits their needs. Moreover, the studio is equipped with various analog and digital outboard gear as well as software plug-ins to aid users with their research.

EMS A is not only good for musical endeavors, but it is also arranged in a manner that easily facilitates mixing audio to motion picture.

The room has a centrally located 46-inch display, in addition to two 24-inch computer monitors — that put the digital audio workstation and motion picture controls within easy reach.

Following technological trends in audio and video, the studio is set up in 5.1 surround sound allowing users to experiment in both stereo and surround domains when working on audio or video projects.

Studio B

EMS B is a one-of-a-kind studio boasting the world's first 7.1/8.0 analog console.

The centerpiece of the room is a 32-channel API Vision console that is set up for stereo, 5.1, 7.1 and 8.0 surround sound.

With just the push of a few buttons, users can hone their skills using traditional formats, as well keep up with the latest trends such 7.1 Blu-ray standard audio and cutting edge 8.0 electronic music composition.

Users will also find that the studio is a great room for editing, mixing and mastering audio because of the dual fader console, onboard and outboard gear, software plug-ins and multiple sets of speakers.

The console has:

  • two layers, each with 32 faders
  • eight graphic equalizers
  • 24 parametric equalizers
  • 32 compressors

Furthermore, the studio contains a host of outboard analog and digital gear, including an Eventide H8000fw and a TC Electronic System 6000 II with mastering and surround packages that features a 8.0 reverb program.

Studio Help

For help with studio issues, please contact dmcaudiohelp@umich.edu.

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Design Labs


The Design Labs are a network of peer-learning environments dedicated to creative and interdisciplinary projects. With locations and student staff on North and Central Campus, the Design Labs foster communities for hands-on experimentation with new ideas and tools at every stage of a project, while capturing and sharing the creative process with others to inspire future work.

As part of the larger Library, the Labs serve as an entry point for the Library’s programs, facilitating connections and collaborations across the room and across campus. Emphasizing conversation over consultation, our staff strives for accessibility and approachability in helping you achieve your learning goals. With a focus on community participation and ownership of our spaces and programs, the Labs evolve with everyone who enters. Come say hello!

Visit Our Labs

Shapiro Lab

  • Central Campus
  • Shapiro Library
  • 1st Floor

Design Lab 1

  • North Campus
  • Duderstadt Center
  • 1st Floor

Design Lab 3

  • North Campus
  • Duderstadt Center
  • 3rd Floor

Schedule a Consultation with Our Staff

Our staff has expertise in a variety of areas and would be happy to help you with a project. Click on the link below to schedule a consultation

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Audio Studio

Room 1335, Duderstadt Center
2281 Bonisteel Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2094

The Audio Studio is an audio laboratory set up in the style of a recording studio. The resources are intended to encourage experimentation and research, and develop skills and techniques in audio production.


The studio consists of five rooms: the control room, main tracking room, two isolation booths, and an amp room. It has been set up with the resources to explore stereo recording, surround recording and surround recording with height.


The studio is equipped with an API Vision console and set up for full 5.1 surround sound mixing as well as listening.

It includes:

  • 48 channels
  • 96 faders
  • 32 microphone pre-amps
  • 32 parametric qualizers
  • 16 graphic equalizers
  • 24 compressors
  • surround buss compressor

The studio is also equipped with a large selection of outboard gear including compressors, equalizers, and reverberation units. 

Get Trained

Certification to use the Audio Studio is the fourth and final step in the audio software and facilities training sequence.

To be certified to use the Audio Studio, you must first be trained to use the Electronic Music Studios and take a multi-session training course for the Audio Studio.
Our training sessions are intended to ensure that all users have the same knowledge base and expectations of the rooms in the Duderstadt Center. Everyone, regardless of depth of recording experience, is required to complete the training sessions for each room. The training workshops are not-for-credit, orientation sessions offered by the Digital Media Commons; this is different from the sound recording course offered as part of a degree program by the School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

Reserve the Studio

Certified users can reserve the room through our online reservation system.

Collaborate with a Certified Student Audio Engineer

If you are a musician looking for a certified studio engineer to collaborate with, you may send a request to audio.studio@umich.edu. This email address reaches all certified users in the studios.

Work with Us

Faculty and graduate students who would like to work on a recording project with one of the DMC's professional audio engineers, are requested to submit an Audio Recording Project Support Request Form.

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Digital Media Commons Computer Training Labs

Third Floor, Duderstadt Center
2281 Bonisteel Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2094
(734) 763-3266 (p)

The DMC has two computer training labs that are open to all U-M students, faculty and staff — though reservations are required.

Both labs can be combined to make larger rooms with 44 work stations.

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Personal Studio

Room 1122, Duderstadt Center
2281 Bonisteel Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2094
(734) 763-3266 (p)

The Personal Studio enables users to create dynamic, publication-ready videos at the push of a button. This all-in-one, easy-to-use video production resource offers a teleprompter, backdrops, cameras, microphones, and preconfigured professional lighting.  

An intuitive touchscreen interface enables users to capture, stream, and edit videos in real-time. This system uses the powerful Wirecast software, which provides features such as shot selection, title overlays, picture-in picture, chroma keying, annotation, and multiple inputs.


Get Trained

Personal studio orientations are offered at 2:30 pm on Mondays and Tuesdays and 10:30 am on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Class orientations are available by request, and inquiries can be sent to dc-scheduling@umich.edu.  

Reserve the Room

Trained users can reserve the room through our online reservation system.


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UM3D Lab

Room 1365, Duderstadt Center
2281 Bonisteel Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2094
(734) 615-9699 (p)
The UM3D Lab provides students, facutly and staff with access to technologies, expertise and education in cutting-eduge computer modeling and visualization, including:
  • Advanced 3-D modeling, animation and simulation
  • Open access 3-D printing
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Motion capture
  • Scanning and virtualization of physical objects
  • Application development
  • Support and consultation through every stage of a project's life cycle 

Curious? Come See Us

The lab has an open door policy and welcomes visitors Monday through Friday, 9 a..m to 6 p.m.
A formal open house is held the second Friday of every semester.

More About Our Offerings

Photo of 3-D printed material.3-D Printing and Rapid Prototyping

The lab offers a wide range of additive manufacturing and 3-D printing technologies to help you create physical versions of your digital creations. We provide you with the technology and support needed to do what you do best — bring great ideas into reality: medical devices, mechanical parts, architectural designs, art work, etc.
If you have a design you want printed, you can learn more about the process and submit your model at the UM3D Lab website. We will take care of the dirty work, allowing you to pick up your creation when it's ready.
However, if you want to get your hands dirty and print yourself, we have a new collection of 3-D printers that are open-access, easy to operate, and free to use. More information on getting started can be found on the UM3D Lab website.
Photo of 3-D visualization.Advanced Visualization

Perhaps you have volumetric data of solar winds, an architectural space that needs to be experienced before being built, or even the desire to simulate mass casualty scenarios for training first responders. We can help you take a wide range of data and display it in ways that allow for easier exploration, communication, and discovery — whether for research, education, or creative activities.
The lab offers a wide range of services related to visualization including training and workshops, consultation and planning, image and animation generation, interactive experiences, and custom tool development. To learn more about advanced visualization at the lab, visit the UM3D Lab website.
Photo of motion capture session.Motion Capture

Tracking precise movements in three-dimensional space can be a challenging process. The lab offers several options for capturing accurate movements of objects or people through space. Whether you’re interested in capturing differences in movement patterns, identifying stress on an architectural form, or controlling autonomous robots, data from the system can be used for analysis, applied to digital characters or objects, used to control devices, preserved for posterity, or help you obtain greater insights into the object of your investigation. To learn more about motion capture, visit the UM3D Lab website.
Photo of 3-D scanning in progress.3-D Scanning

Working with digital tools, there are times when you need to reference real world objects, or sometimes it’s better to start with a digital version of what you want to create in order to modify it. Our scanners allow you to scan a physical object and generate a 3-D model — which can then be sculpted, measured, archived, or duplicated. Whether you have interest in engines, faces, potatoes, or insects, our scanners can quickly get your objects into digital form. To learn more about 3-D scanning, visit the UM3D Lab website.
Illustration of toolbox.Project Development

Not sure where to start? Do you have an idea but are looking for expert advice? The lab provides a wide range of support services including training, workshops and course integration. We can consult with you at any stage in a project's life cycle, and assist with the development of visually rich applications and tools for multiple platforms — mobile, web, virtual reality. One of our greatest joys is seeing your project succeed whether we’re directly involved or not. You can explore some of our past projects at UM3D Lab website. Let us know how we can help with your next project.
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