My name is Urban Jupena, and I am a full professor emeritus from the Department of Art and Art History at Wayne State University in Detroit. I received my BFA at the Philadelphia University of the Arts (1964-1968) and my MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (1968-1970). My work has been shown in many juried national and international shows including the International Triennial of Tapestry in Lodz, Poland, in 2007 and recently in the 10th Triennale International des Mini Textiles in Angres, France. Over the forty-five years of my career, I have created many public and private commissions. The private ones are my favorites because I get direct feedback from my clients. I feel like I have affected their lives. In fact, I have become part of their lives by my work being in their homes. In many cases, I am still in contact with these clients. Since I have retired from W.S.U., I live six months in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and six months in Savannah, Georgia. I am currently doing tapestry and other fiber work in both places, including a large fiber collaborative installation with the Savannah Fiber Arts Guild of the Lowlands at the Oatland Island Wildlife Preserve. If you are interested in seeing more of my work, go to my webpage at www.urbanjupena.com .
Urban's ArtPrize Entries
These are Urban's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Urban's Past Work
These are images of past work that Urban has done.