About UM-Flint's Annual Student Exhibition
Each spring the UM-Flint Annual Student Art Exhibition is held at the Greater Flint Arts Council Gallery in Flint, MI. The yearly exhibition receives well over 200 entries from art students of all levels, freshman to senior. The professionally juried show features pieces from a wide variety of mediums including drawing, painting, sculpture, design, photography, public art, and furniture pieces. The initial entries are selected by the faculty of the Art & Art History Department from a much wider pool of work.
Says Ben Gaydos, Associate Professor of Design, “This is a great opportunity for students to showcase their art, and a great opportunity for the public to see what the Visual Arts program at UM-Flint provides to students.”
Several of the exhibition's awards are related solely to the students’ work in the show: Best in Show, Exceptional Merit, Artist’s Voice, Art History Recreation, and the Patty Morello Award. The exhibition also allows for special recognition by the Chancellor, Provost, College of Arts & Sciences Dean, and a state official as they each select a work that will be displayed in their respective offices.
Additional department awards take into consideration a student's entire body of work and activities from the academic year. These include Outstanding Civic Engagement, Excellence in Design, Excellence in Painting/Drawing/Print Making, Excellence in Art History, Overall Achievement in Visual Arts, Excellence in Art Education, and Excellence in Photography.
Chris Waters, Department Chair & Professor of Art and former Associate Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies at UM-Flint says, "Having work selected for the exhibition, and then having an independent juror select awards helps students develop critical thinking skills about their own work and that of others while also preparing for what they will be asked to do in their professional careers in art.”