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DEPARTMENT OF Art & Art History ALUMNI

Once you graduate from the Department of Art & Art History, you are part of a community wherever you go! Our alumni work as professional artists, graphic designers, high school teachers and much more. Staying connected is important to us, so be sure to update your contact information and read these alumni stories below. 

Alumni Updates

Shekinah Tapplin

Shekinah Tapplin, Graphic Design '15

"I chose to study at UM-Flint because it was a more affordable university that I was able to commute to because I still lived at home. I also had family members who attended, so it felt familiar to me. I value the diversity of students that attended and thoroughly enjoyed seeing and participating in various clubs on campus. I worked on Qua for a number of years and it gave me the skills to work with multiple departments and individuals to create a final piece each semester. UM-Flint had an excellent Design program and each of my professors offered a different push on how we could strengthen our work. I also felt that the availability of the professors to answer questions or concerns we had was a big help. I especially loved my time in the Theatre department, and I know it has taught me lessons about how to interact with people respectfully and with empathy."

JaniceMcCoy

Janice McCoy, Art Education '18

“The Art & Art History Department is like a second family to me, nearly all of my good friends and close colleagues have been a result of my classes and experiences in the studio and art history setting. My time at UM-Flint has made me a great deal more confident in myself and my own abilities.The opportunities that I have had to participate in academic research, develop artistically in multiple fields of study, work as a designer for several projects, and gain experience in the field of education have provided me with a wide variety of skills and lessons that I maybe wouldn’t have been able to do in a larger school with more competition.”

NIck Looney, Graphic Design '15

"My time in the Graphic Design program was very valuable because it not only taught me a wide range of skills directly related to design but also much more. I learned a great deal about working with and managing teams as well as the ability to facilitate ideation and conduct research. At multiple points throughout the program, I was given opportunities to work in my community and take on real-life projects which prepared me for life after college."

Recent graduates create pop-up t-shirt shop

Recent graduates like Stephanie Streeter (Art & Design '20) created a pop-up t-shirt shop on Flint's MLK Avenue. Read how she benefitted from the hands-on experience.

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