The juror for the University of Michigan Flint’s 2021-2022 Student Exhibition is Ash Arder, Flint native and transdisciplinary artist, and Flint’s first UMS/UMF Artist in Residence. Arder’s research-based approach works to expose, deconstruct or reconfigure physical and conceptual systems – especially those related to ecology and/or industry. Arder manipulates physical and virtual environments to explore mark making, mechanical portraiture and sound design as tools for complicating dynamics of power between humans, machines and the lands they occupy.

The following are the awards as decided by Ash Arder:

AwardTitle of WorkAwardee
Best of ShowSeascape TableEmily Borst
Overall Achievement in Visual Arts CupidMichaela Becker
Juror’s ChoiceRules for the Black Bird WatcherMadeline Bluthardt
SculptureSardinesMolly McLaughlin
CeramicsDionMolly McLaughlin
DrawingBlaustoiseKanzas Reagle
PaintingGlowEllen Moore
Martin Anderson PrintmakingThe Untold StoryAudrey Banks
Graphic DesignTranquil RetreatBrie Root
Photography RefractionMizahnyi Tipton Thomas
Media/Video DesignPhoenixErika C. Xavier de Melo
Interaction DesignLinda TruongFoodie Garden
Outstanding Civic EngagementBuilding a Sustainable UM FlintSamantha Gutierrez with Jacob Long, Gracy Hershey, Octavia Blackwell

The following awards are selected by their respective university officials:

Chancellor’s AwardWoodstockBrie Root
Provost’s Award
Dean’s AwardUntitledKylie Miller

Dr. Sarah Jordan Lippert Scholarship for Excellence

This memorial scholarship was established in 2019 by Art & Art History faculty member, Dr. Linda Johnson in honor of her beloved colleague and mentor, Dr. Sarah Jordan Lippert, who shared with her the passion, solemnity, and joy she felt in pursuing the field of Art History and Museum Studies. Dr. Lippert was a devoted teacher and scholar in the University of Michigan –Flint’s Department of Art and Art History.

The third annual recipient of the Dr. Sarah Jordan Lippert Scholarship Award is Masters of Arts Administration candidate, Nalani Duarte.

In reflecting on how art and art history impacts her life, Nalani states:

“I had known all my life that I loved fine arts and had wanted to concentrate in drawing and painting. Though, it was while I was enrolled here at UM-Flint that I discovered new passions for research and studying as I began to engage in the Art History courses. This ultimately led me to explore the possible opportunities to further my education and to learn about other careers in which I could apply both my technical skills in the arts and my strong research and study ethic. […] Once I complete the Arts Administration program, my short-term goal is to be able to work in the Flint area for as long as I can, hoping to bring a stronger sense of art appreciation to the community.  It is very important to me that I am able to stay within the community where I had studied for the past three years, as these years have truly shaped me to become who I am today. My long-term goal is to continue my education even further, either by working toward a Master of Fine Arts or a Doctor of Art History. It is thanks to the positive experiences that I have had during my education at UM-Flint that inspire me to continue studying, all while genuinely enjoying what I learn.

Nalani Duarte