Congrats to Symposium Presenters!

Students, faculty and public visitors came together at the Flint Institute of Arts on April 13th for an evening of scholarly presentations about Art History and Arts Administration.  The goal of this symposium is to showcase student research and to generate public awareness about the rich art collection at the Flint Institute of Arts.  The presenters were both undergraduate and graduate students who participated for the love of learning and to gain professional experience for graduate studies and their careers.  The evening’s program consisted of four presentations, each offering quite different topics.  The audience was given a chance to ask questions and our scholars shined with their poise and knowledgeable responses.

This annual event has become a mainstay for student opportunities.  In its 6th year, students answer a Call for Papers by submitting an abstract of their research.  It may be a paper or project they have completed for a class or a new paper they may wish to research specifically for the symposium.  If accepted as a presenter, the student receives support from faculty to refine their work and produce an accompanying powerpoint presentation.  Conciseness is key when editing a research paper to work within a time-frame of 15 or 20 minutes, it’s hard work, but the experience is well worth it.

  • Bryley DeFriez, “Rousseauian Ideology and the Antithesis in 18th-Century French Art”
  • Kerry Bellinger, “Observations on Didactic Interaction: An Experiment at the Detroit Institute of Arts”
  • Janice McCoy, “A Character Peculiar to America Alone: The North-American Landscape and its Role in 19th and 20th Century Art”
  • Anna Schuller, “The Importance of Art Education”



Sponsors of the event:

Flint Institute of Arts

Department of Art & Art History, UM-Flint

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program

University of Michigan-Flint

Symposium Organizers:

Sarah Lippert, UM-Flint

Linda Johnson, UM-Flint

Logo & Press Materials

Amanda Hyde

Heidi Hals

Mary Kelly




2017 Student Art & Art History Symposium

6th Annual UM-Flint Art & Art History Student Symposium 

being hosted at the Flint Institute of Arts

on Thursday, April 13th from 5-7:30.

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments served. Presenters will talk about the history of landscape art in North America, the portrayal of women and gender in 18th-century France, the role of art in public education, and experiments in museum studies. This year’s presenters come from the MA in Arts Administration program, the Bachelor of Science in Art Education, as well as the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Arts.  


For questions contact Dr. Lippert at sarlipp@umflint.edu.





Student Awards!

The University of Michigan-Flint’s Annual Student Art Exhibition presented the following awards on May 13, 2016: 

  • Janice McCoy – Outstanding Achievement in Visual Arts – The recipient of this award is an extraordinary student who not only is a master in one medium, but also demonstrates excellence in other media; or, a student who demonstrates excellence in a combination of art and art historical acheivement.  Recipients of this award have also exhibited a passion for the visual arts.
  • Lena Gayar and Mary Kelly – Excellence in Civic Engagement – The recipients of this award balance academic performance with significant contributions to local or regional communities.  Helping non-profit organizations, collaborating with charities, might be examples of this kind of achievement.



 AWARDS IN ARTISTIC DISCIPLINES – Visual Arts achievement awards celebrate students of high academic achievement who have demonstrated creative / academic excellence in an award category. These artists are exemplary in their field.

  • Heidi Hals – Excellence in Design
  • Alexander Theodoroff – Excellence in Media Design
  • Alicia Music Shaver – Excellence in Photography
  • Ashley Thornton – Excellence in Painting
  • Kerry Ann Morey – Excellence in Drawing
  • Symantha Foreman – Excellence in Ceramics
  • Rachel Pappas – Excellence in Sculpture
  • Emily Legleitner – The Martin Anderson Excellence in Printmaking


aaa STRIPAWARDS IN FIELDS OF STUDY – Recipients of the awards in art history and art education are leaders in their fields both academically and in terms of overall achievement in the discipline.  Such students demonstrate a love of learning for the discipline, and a talent for its study. *Academic awards are based on recommendations from faculty in art and art history.

  • Cheyenne Serrato – Excellence in Art Education
  • Taylor Fritz – Excellence in Art History



ACHIEVEMENT IN RESEARCH –  In recognition for their successful presentation at this year’s symposium.  Each presented undergraduate or graduate research of the highest caliber to the Flint community at the Flint Institute of Arts.

  • Angela WhitlockTony Shafrazi and Guernica:  How Museums Can Benefit from Acts of Vandalism and Prevent Future Incidents
  • Mary KellyOverlooked Ornamentation:  Italian Devotional Paintings as Images of Power
  • Leon CollinsModern Day Renaissance Men
  • Marta WattersChardin:  An Innovative Mind


aaa STRIPJURIED AWARDS – Juried awards are selected by representatives from the academic offices, or by this year’s external juror Donovan Entrekin, Director of the Art School at the Flint Institute of Arts.


  • BEST IN SHOW – Sarah Coulter, “Map,” Cast Glass.
  • EXCEPTIONAL MERIT – Janice McCoy, “Carousel in Motion,” diptych, Oil on Canvas
  • ARTIST’S VOICE – Emily Legleitner
  • PATTY MORELLO MEMORIAL AWARD – Nicole Fenech, “Octavia,” Mixed Media Sculpture
  • BEST ART-HISTORICAL RECREATION AWARD – Kerry Ann Morey, “Cleopatra Recreated,” Oil on Canvas
  • ARTS IN LEGISLATURE Award – Breanna Kerrison, “Bits and Pieces,” Digital Print
  • CHANCELLOR’S CHOICE Award – Rachel Pappas, “Magical Forest,” Stained Glass and Wood
  • PROVOST’S CHOICE Award – Wendy Brown, “Imagine, Believe, Achieve,” Digital Print Collage
  • DEAN’S CHOICE Award – Linsey Cummings, “Lego Logan,” Digital Print
  • LIBRARY COLLECTION CHOICE Award – Sarah Coulter, “Map,” Cast Glass


aaa STRIPACKNOWLEDGEMENTS – Certificates of Appreciation for Community Partners


  • Greg Fiedler, President of the Greater Flint Arts Council
  • Buckham Art Gallery
  • Flint Institute of Arts
  • Flint Public Art Project
  • Megan McAdow of the Applewood Estate
  • Mary Black, Jacob Blumner, and Mona Younis at UM-Flint University Outreach
  • Neighborhood Engagement Hub & Friends of Max Brandon Park
  • Ryan Kelsey of Davison Community Schools
  • Thumb Correctional Facility Program Director Wendy Conner



Exhibition Poster DesignHeidi Hals

Exhibition Program Design – Emily Legleitner in collaboration with Heidi Hals


Exhibition Organizers

  • Cristen Velliky, Associate Professor of Art;
  • Jessica Schatko, Master of Arts Administration Graduate Assistant



An Extraordinary Evening

Tim and Dr. L_4It was no ordinary, windy evening in Flint.  Downtown, ArtWalk had drawn people out for numerous events, restaurants were poised for hungry customers, signs had appeared on sidewalks and buildings. a wedding party had just stepped outside of a church for photos and a band was setting up at the GFAC Gallery.  It was here, that UM-Flint students, faculty, guests, friends, family and ArtWalk enthusiasts gathered to get a look at what the art, design, and art history students have been working on throughout the year. It was one event on a long list among others.  Looking down Saginaw street, people passed along the sidewalks, some dressed in their everyday clothes, others dressed in formal attire, all with places to go and things to see.  The wind blew them about, persuading them toward the gallery where something special was taking place.

Inside, people stood nearly shoulder to shoulder admiring the work, balancing their refreshments on small plates and hoping not to spill their drinks as they nudged their way through.  Their conversations merged and the space brimmed with a hum that increased in volume and movement as faculty members formed a line alongside of the lucky few who had claimed seats facing the stage.  It was no small feat to gain the attention of the crowd.  Many ArtWalk enthusiasts were unaware of this special night.  The faculty-formed border surrounding that space carved out for the Awards Ceremony to recognize Student Achievements and Juried Awards for the exhibition.  Those in the crowd who understood the significance of these Artshow-Posterapplauded and cheered as each award and name was announced.  Cellphones were raised from every angle to capture the elated smiles of the students who came forward.  The crowd was urged several times to quiet and the hum lowered to some degree, as the program continued, but among them, embedded in this throng, were students….students who had been sworn to secrecy!

“Why” you ask?  (Don’t deny it, I heard you.)  What happened next was something that had never happened before at the Annual Student Art Exhibition.  It’s purpose is to recognize students after all. But, this year was different.  This year a group of students and alumni got together, on their own, and decided it was time to recognize two faculty for continually going above and beyond to benefit the students.  It took numerous discussions, the tossing of numerous ideas back and forth until, they came up with something that expressed the heart-felt gratitude they have for these faculty members, Tim Kranz and Dr. Sarah Lippert.

Tim Krantz_Awards  Each of them were presented with a Certificate of Award, in appreciation for their selfless dedication and commitment to the art students at the University of Michigan-Flint, given by the students of the Visual Arts Program.  In addition to this, Tim Kranz and Dr. Sarah Lippert now have Stars named after them.  Yes, there are now stars in the actual sky that now bear their names!  They were both presented with star certificates which bear the ‘coordinates’ of their stars in space, complete with their registry number and a star-chart for locating them.  These two faculty were then presented with journals in which students signed their names and wrote personal messages to describe the impact that Tim and Sarah have made indelibly upon their lives.

The evening of May 13th was a most memorable evening, filled with excitement, anticipation, and a blustery sensation that something different was in the air.  It was the annual high-point for students to showcase the best of their work and be recognized, but more than that, it was an opportunity for them to come together in one voice, to give something back….and what they said in that one voice was loud and clear.

They said, “Thank you, Tim Kranz and Dr. Lippert, for giving us your best.”









Our Biggest Art Event!

It’s finally here!  Our biggest art event of the year, The 2016 Annual Student Art Exhibition takes place May 13th at the GFAC Gallery. It is the culmination of our student’s best work spanning the courses of the Visual Arts & Communications program here at the University of Michigan-Flint.  Student work was chosen from each class by faculty and then once installed at the Greater Flint Art Council’s Gallery at 816 S. Saginaw St. in downtown Flint, by faculty, the exhibition was subject to a jurying process by Donovan Entrekin, Director of the Flint Institute of Arts – Art School.

The show begins at 6:00pm, and the Awards Ceremony will take place at 6:30pm, where awards will be presented to outstanding students in a number of categories.  It will be a night to remember!  Congratulations!!!

*Photo Credit: Darryl Baird.



Alumnus Sarah Austin – MFA Thesis Exhibition

Congratulations to Sarah Ann Austin on her MFA Thesis Exhibition!
The University of Alabama Department of Art and Art History is pleased to announce Sarah Ann Austin’s MFA thesis exhibition, After Eighteen Forty Two – Works by Sarah Ann Austin, May 6-30, 2016, at Harrison Galleries in downtown Tuscaloosa. There will be a reception on First Friday, May 6, 6-9 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend. Read this online: http://art.ua.edu/news/sarah-ann-austin-mfa-thesis-exhibition/
The exhibition will highlight Austin’s most recent investigations with cyanotype photograms, handmade paper and other alternative image-making practices.
Sarah Ann Austin teaches beginning darkroom photography, intermediate photography and advanced photography as a graduate assistant in the UA Department of Art and Art History. She received her BFA in photography from the University of Michigan. Two of Austin’s photographs were accepted into the 2015 SPE Combined Caucus Juried Exhibition at the Society of Photographic Education Conference, Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, in March of 2015, juried by Deborah Willis and Carol McCusker. Austin received an SPESC Student Scholarship Award at the Regional Conference of the Society for Photographic Education in October 2014, where her photograph strung was also exhibited at the members’ exhibition. Her work was chosen for the 2015 Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition at Texas Woman’s University juried by April Watson, curator of photography at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. More of her work is here.
Harrison Galleries is located at 2315 University Boulevard in downtown Tuscaloosa and is open Monday through Friday, 12 noon to 5:00 pm, and by appointment: (205) 464-0054.
The thesis exhibition is in partial fulfillment of the Master of Fine Arts degree in the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Alabama. For more information on our graduate programs, visit this link: http://art.ua.edu/academics/graduate-programs/art-requirements/.
 Exhibition:   After Eighteen Forty Two – Works by Sarah Ann Austin MFA Thesis Exhibition
Dates:            May 6-30, 2016
Where:          Harrison Galleries, 2315 University Boulevard, Tuscaloosa
Reception:   Friday, May 6, 6-9 p.m., Harrison Galleries (First Friday)

Congratulations 2016 Grads!

It has been a long tough climb to the top, to finally graduate!  You have come so far since you took your first course at the University of Michigan-Flint.  You have grown so much and now you are ready to step out into the world and make your mark! We wish you all of the Best in your future endeavors!





Student Artists & Scholars Present

FIA facadeThe 5th Annual Student Art & Art History Symposium is a showcase for student artists and scholars who have developed topics on art or art historical subject matter.  This event helps students to prepare for graduate programs, teaching occupations and professional activities requiring public speaking.

The symposium takes place at the Flint Institute of Arts as a public event where guests may participate in asking questions about the topics after each presentation.  It is a unique opportunity to learn something new about the different aspects of art and to see what kinds of work and research are happening at the University of Michigan-Flint.

As part of the process for participating in the symposium, students answered a Call for Papers and submitted proposals in the form of Abstracts. Once chosen, the students are guided by faculty to develop presentations based on on scholarly research.

The students chosen for this year’s symposium are:

Emily Legleitner – Moku Hanga:  A Lost Art and Its Revival

Angela Whitlock – Tony Shafrazi and Guernica: How Museums Can Benefit From Acts of Vandalism and Prevent Future Incidents

Mary Kelly – Overlooked Ornamentation:  Italian Devotional Paintings as Images of Power

Leon Collins – Modern Day Renaissance Men

Marta Watters – Cardin: An Innovative Mind


Please Join Us!

Sun. April 10, 2016 at the Flint Institute of Arts 1-3:30pm

Free and open to the public, light refreshments and door prizes. Bring your friends and family!






Joe Reinsel: Artist-in-Residence Update!

Joe Reinsel_1Assistant Professor of Media Art, Joe Reinsel is busy working on his Artist-in-Residence project and has sent us mockups as a sneak peek.  He says:

Here is an update on my current project. I am working on a projection-mapped video work for the Little Italy Neighborhood in downtown Baltimore. I was chosen as one of the 5 artists in residence for the inaugural Light City Baltimore International Light Festival.

My project, Il Tartufo Lucente, will illuminate the facade of St. Leo the Great Church(Little Italy) with modern projection mapping software, incorporating photos, drawings and imagery inspired by the neighborhood. (See Press Release and scroll to ‘Little Italy’)

I will be making more updates as this project develops on my Facebook page:   Joe Reinsel


Please “like”, share and come to the event. When you do, tell me! It would be great to see you. -Joe

Follow on Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/jreinsel

Follow Joe Reinsel’s Blog:  http://www.joereinsel.org/blog



Alumni’s 2nd Book!

Alumni, Gale Glover has published her second book, “Activity & Coloring Book, a 3-in-1 story, activity and coloring book which works alongside her recently published book, “Reach Higher Ed.”  This supplement was beautifully illustrated by our own Rebecca Zeiss, instructor in photography, printmaking and painting.  The Activities portion of the book were designed by student, Sarah Clark, a senior in Visual Communications/Graphic Design.

Spread the word and let’s get these into classrooms to help young students to reach higher education!
Gale Glover_Reach Higher EdGet the books now at:

Reach Higher Ed: https://www.createspace.com/5707196 

Reach Higher Ed Activity & Coloring Book: https://www.createspace.com/6038978


Get the latest information and updates at:

Reach Higher Ed