It’s funny sometimes how things in life come full-circle. In the fall of 2013, I had one of those moments in that I was approached to manage the MSUFCU Student Art Exhibit. Although this is a typical project that I would take on here at M3 Group, this time it had a bit of a nostalgic feel. Not only am I a huge advocate for the arts in our community, and especially in our schools, I had won a prize in the MSUFCU Student Art Exhibit my senior year of high school. Now I have the pleasure of organizing this opportunity for other budding artists.
If you’ve never been to or heard of the event, here’s the deal: Every school from around the Greater Lansing region has the opportunity to submit student art work to be displayed at MSUFCU’s Headquarters throughout the month of February. The pieces are also displayed at msufcuart.com, so people can vote both in person and online.
There are several awards for student’s to win, all of which are decided by hand written votes (submitted at the exhibit) votes submitted via social media. The People’s Choice award is given to the top three pieces with the most votes from these venues. There is also a Social Media winner, designated by receiving the most ‘likes’ on Facebook, as well as a School Spirit award for the school with the most participating supporters. Then there is the Juried Choice award, given to three students who have been selected by our esteemed panel of judges.
Some of the past judges have included Debbie Mikula, Executive Director of Arts Council of Greater Lansing; Alice Brinkman, Director of Reach Studio Art Center; Leyna Lightman, Manager of Education at the Broad Art Museum; Jon Frey, Assistant Professor of Art History and Visual Culture at MSU; and Zahrah Resh, local artist.
Last year we received almost 10,000 votes from people visiting the headquarters and website. This year we hope to get even more. This year we are particularly focusing on making it possible for companies or individuals to purchase their favorite artwork.
We are lucky to live in a community that supports these types of programs for students. This exhibit gives them a chance to competitively share their pieces and strive to improve their skills. As viewers, we reap the benefit by getting to enjoy these amazing pieces. I hope you visit MSUFCU’s Headquarters to view the pieces, vote and encourage others to do the same. You can also stay updated on the viewing times and see the artwork by liking the MSUFCU Student Art Exhibit Facebook page.
Here are a few of last year’s winners: