See more than 200 student artworks online this Friday

The Department of Art & Art History’s annual Student Art Exhibition, which normally takes place at the Greater Flint Arts Council Gallery, is moving online for 2020. The virtual gallery featuring more than 200 student art pieces launches May 8 at http://go.umflint.edu/2020VirtualGallery.

The top five pieces from each art course offered throughout the 2019-20 academic year are selected for display in the exhibition. Ranging from ceramics, painting, photography, animation, printmaking and more, the selections represent the breadth of artistic disciplines students pursue at UM-Flint.

Selections are reviewed by an independent juror and are eligible for a number of awards, including overall recognition such as Best in Show and discipline-specific recognition. Additional awards consider students’ overall activities from the academic year, such as the Outstanding Civic Engagement and Overall Achievement in Visual Arts awards. The juror for 2020 is Tylonn J. Sawyer, an American figurative artist, educator, & curator living and working in Detroit, Michigan.

Associate Professor of Art & Design Ben Gaydos believes that continuing with the exhibition while remaining socially distanced is crucial for UM-Flint’s community of artists. While he will miss showing off his students’ work during a Friday Art Walk, moving the exhibition online provides an opportunity for even more people to see the creative work that occurs in Flint.

“This is one of very few opportunities that we have to really see the diversity and creative output of our students in one place. It’s an opportunity to be inspired by your student colleagues and to come together as a community.”

This Exhibition will also be the first in which the Dr. Sarah Jordan Lippert Memorial Scholarship will be awarded. Close to a year ago, Dr. Lippert, who was an associate professor of art history with UM-Flint, passed away unexpectedly. The scholarship was established by fellow faculty member Dr. Linda Johnson to memorialize Dr. Lippert and recognize the achievements of students studying art history.