Art and Design Events & News

Current Exhibition

Bachelor of Fine Arts & Bachelor of Applied Arts Fall 2022 Exhibition 

December 2 - December 17, 2022 at the University Art Gallery
Tuesday - Friday, 11 am to 6 pm, and Saturday, 11 am to 3 pm or by appointment (989-774-7457)

Artist Talk begins at 1:30pm, Reception is on Saturday, Dec 3rd at 2pm. 

This exhibition features work by BAA students Imani Cunningham & Isiah McCrae and BFA student Matthew Grimmer

Upcoming Exhibitions 

To Be Announced

Department Events

Julie Benda- Barstow Artist-in-Residence
For What It's Worth - Exhibition

December 2 - 17, 2022 - University Art Gallery - Reception, Dec 3rd @ 2pm

Julie Benda - Bio
Julie Reneé Benda is a printmaker, sculptor and public artist. Originally from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, she earned her MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and has since been the recipient of the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Next Step Grant, Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant and the Jerome/MCBA Mentorship. Her work has been featured by Make MN Magazine, MN Original and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency.

She grew up at the end of a road, at the edge of a cliff in the cartographically dismissible Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Her formative years were largely spent collecting firewood and attempting to gain a suitable audience amongst a lot of maples and pines. She now creates carves, writes, and draws for humans.

Faculty & Student News

Sculpture faculty Jeremy Davis was announced as a semi-finalist in the triennial Outwin Boochever National Competition held in the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. His sound portrait, Disambiguated, was one of 80 works chosen as semi-finalists out of more than 1700 entries. See (and hear) the work.

Lauren Black 2022

Lauren Blake (BFA '22) had her sculpture Dormant accepted into the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art's Emerging Artist Exhibition to be held in the Alluvium Gallery at Kendall College in Grand Rapids from June 10th - August 3rd. 

Rissa Martin (BFA Animation Student) had 2 of her printmaking works accepted into the Muskegon Museum of Art's 92nd Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition. This competitive show looks at the issues, themes, and materials inspiring today's Michigan artists. Juror: Karen Hampton is an internationally recognized conceptual artist whose work addresses issues of colorism and kinship within the African American community. 

Rissa Martin is also a 2021 RASA Scholarship AWARD WINNER!

Taro Takizawa (BFA 2D Studio 2018 - alum) – has been selected as an award finalist for the 2022 Southern Graphics International Emerging Printmaker Award. SGCI is a prominent professional organization for Printmakers.