Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Thursday, June 17, 2010

School of Art & Design video series wins
Emmy Award

The School of Art & Design’s ongoing video series “PLAY” received an Emmy Award as a top program in the arts and entertainment category.

The award from the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences was presented at the annual Emmy Awards ceremony this month at the Royal Oak Music Theater in Royal Oak.

Since the closing last April of WFUM, the Ann Arbor-Flint PBS station, the “PLAY” series has run on cable television on the Michigan Channel. The award marks the fourth Emmy in three years for the series.

“Our unique paired websites — one primarily for administrative and news purposes, the other (“PLAY”) for showcasing the creative work of the A&D community — allows us to effectively transmit to the public the dynamic and diverse character of the school and enter successfully into the media culture represented by the Emmys,” said Bryan Rogers, dean of A&D.

The “PLAY” series features short pieces by and about the A&D community. The series is produced by Katherine Weider-Roos, who, before coming to U-M in 2005, specialized in arts programming at PBS.

In addition to the Emmy Award, the “PLAY” production graphics team received an Emmy nomination for the work of U-M students Shannon Kohlitz, Kavita Lokchander and Carolyn Sommes.

Go to the “PLAY” website at