Five students selected to have artwork displayed in the Michigan Legislature

November 3, 2021

"Art in the Legislature" is a partnership between the Michigan Association of State Universities and the Michigan Legislature to promote art in everyday life.

Five pieces of UM-Dearborn student artwork will hang in the Anderson House Office Building and the Michigan Senate Binsfield Building for the next year as part of an initiative to promote art in everyday life. The program, Art in the Legislature, is a joint partnership between the Michigan Association of State Universities and the Michigan Legislature. Thirty-six artists participated throughout the state of Michigan from a variety of universities.

According to the Art in the Legislature planning committee, "The addition of student artwork has added to the aesthetic quality of the interior to the legislative offices and has provided a venue to promote the creative talents of our state university students."

Participating students and artwork locations:
  • Keviyan Richardson (Urban & Regional Studies): 5th Floor, Anderson House Office Building
  • Renee Biggs (African & African-American Studies): 9th Floor, Anderson House Office Building
  • Paige Allen (Psychology): 12th Floor, Anderson House Office Building
  • Anh Tran (Accounting): 7th Floor, Michigan Senate Binsfeld Office Building
  • Zahra Alsaud (Psychology): 7th Floor, Michigan Senate Binsfeld Office Building

Sarah Nesbitt, lecturer III in applied art, who coordinated the gathering of student artwork submissions from the Applied Arts program shares, "Every year, my fellow applied art lecturers, Kevin Castile, Madeleine Barkey, and I get really excited when this opportunity comes up. However, in the past, it was very difficult to narrow down selections when we were limited to the number of submissions to turn in. When we were told that there were no limitations this year, we came up with about 32 works for the Michigan Association of State Universities to choose from. It's great to see so many students from the University of Michigan-Dearborn who are pursuing majors outside of art perform at the level of art majors from other institutions. It shows that their hard work and their talents are appreciated and seen at a high level. For us faculty, this is what we want for our students."

Each year, student artists and their families are invited to attend an opening reception to celebrate the new installation. Below you'll see the artwork from Keviyan, Paige and Renee, who were all able to attend the reception, hosted by members of the Legislative Arts Caucus.

And thank you to Sarah Nesbitt, who attended the reception with the students and their families, and who took photos of the event.

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