Op-Ed: Arts education is important

A year before he died, Charles Darwin wrote with regret that he seemed to have become “a kind of machine for grinding general laws out of large collections of facts.” Attributing his sorry state to the lack of poetry and music in his life, he went on to give the probable consequences of their absence as a “loss of happiness,” injury to “the intellect,” and, through an “enfeebling [of] the emotional part of our nature,” damage to our “moral character.”

His words should be heeded today by anyone who encourages or permits students to neglect the arts and humanities and to concentrate single-mindedly on the so-called STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and medicine. To read full article view here

Mott Warsh Art Collection

The Toussaint L’Ouverture Series

The silkscreen prints on exhibit are by the African-American artist Jacob Lawrence, from his acclaimed Toussaint L’Ouverture series. The complete series consists of fifteen prints, which may be seen in various locations on the University of Michigan-Flint campus. These artworks are on loan to the University of Michigan-Flint, courtesy of the Mott-Warsh Collection, a privately owned fine art collection that is publically shared throughout Flint, Michigan. To learn more about this collection and its author view here.

ART 366 Students Create Murals for the Flint Community

Associate Professor Michael Sevick's ART 366 class has completed a mural for the Genesee County Health Department and panels for the South Saginaw Corridor of Murals. Click "MORE" to read on and see pictures of their work.

2015 Student Art Exhibition Open Through June 5

2015 Student Art Exhibition Has a Grand Opening

UM-Flint's 2015 Annual Student Art Exhibit was a huge sucess with the opening night drawing huge crowds despite rainy weather. Click "MORE" to read about the student pieces, the history of the annual exhibit, and the winners of this year's prizes.

Poetry in Motion: Motion Graphics Class Takes Inspiration from UM-Flint Writers

A UM-Flint motion graphics class has gained inspiration from the student-run literary publication, Qua. Each student in the class created a 30- to 60-second video inspired by a line or sentence pulled from the publication's poetry or prose. Click "MORE" to read on and see a few of the videos!

Visual Arts Program

You look at the world through the eyes of an artist.
You know deep down inside that art is for you.
Now what do you do?

Postsecondary training is recommended for all artist specialties. Although formal training is not strictly required, it is very difficult to become skilled enough to make a career or a living without formal training. The University of Michigan-Flint offers programs leading to degrees in Art History & Criticism, Visual Communication, Studio Arts and Art Education along with minors in Art and Art History. There is also an Honor’s Program in Art available to those who are in the Honor’s Program. Our faculty consists of excellent artists and art historians who are committed to the development of the next generation of artists.

Artists generally fall into one of five categories. Art directors formulate design concepts and presentation approaches for visual communications media. Designers including Graphic Designers plan, analyze, and create visual solutions to communications problems. Craft artists create or reproduce handmade objects for sale or exhibition. Fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators create original artwork, using a variety of media and techniques. Multi-media artists and animators create special effects, animation, or other visual images on film, on video, or with computers or other electronic media. Those with a degree in Art History & Criticism have a variety of career options. At UM-Flint, we will help you determine where in the world of art you belong and help prepare you for your career choice.

Mission Statement
The Art Department offers a curriculum that emphasizes analytical processes and competency in art techniques. Students are trained as viewers, creators, communicators, theorists, and historians of art. In addition, the curriculum provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills to serve as artists in related fields, such as art education, exhibition coordinating/curating and criticism.