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