Those who visit and work in Michigan’s halls of power this year will have the chance to view art created by two University of Michigan-Dearborn students.
Works by Tess Phaneuf and Jennifer Griffin are part of the Art in the House exhibit hanging in the Anderson House Office Building where the Michigan House of Representatives resides.
“I’m so glad that I was able to represent my school in the state’s capital,” said Phaneuf, a junior majoring in English, “and incredibly honored to have such a special, personal opportunity to have a presence — albeit a small one — in Lansing.”
The two pieces are among thirty-seven included in the annual exhibit. The pieces went on display on Sept. 1 and will hang through Sept. 1 of 2016.
“I’m completely honored that my artwork was chosen,” Phaneuf said. “I’m also really grateful for our professor for putting our pieces up for jury and opening the door for us.”
Both students created their pieces in UM-Dearborn art classes taught by Julie Lambert.
Phaneuf won for an acrylic painting in what she calls “a triad of colors.” The piece is titled “Imploding Garden.”
Griffin’s piece is a scanogram created by combining images in Photoshop. Exhibit organizers chose Griffin’s circus-themed composition as its official image, using it for program covers and invitations.
“This is my first digital photography course so this whole thing just took me by surprise,” Griffin said.
She said she’s honored to be representing UM-Dearborn and its arts program.
“UM-Dearborn has an amazing and progressive fine arts department,” Griffin said. “I am privileged not only to be a part of this event, but also to further promote our university.”
The competition is open to students of Michigan’s public universities. It is the product of a collaboration between the Michigan House and the Michigan Association of State Universities.
All student exhibitors were honored at a reception at the House building on Oct 8. State Representative Kathy Crawford and Daniel Hurley, CEO of the Michigan Association of State Universities, addressed student winners and their families.