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SVSU Art Department

Michael Crawford, SVSU Adjunct Professor in Graphic Design named 2023-2024 the winner of the Mary H. Anderson Adjunct Teaching Award.


J. Blake Johnson Professor of Art wins Award for Teaching Excellence from the NEA Foundation

NEA foundation award announcement

Four SVSU Art students won ADDY Awards in the student division 

Winners announced in the Art 260 Craft Beer Label Competition

 The Theodore Roethke Festival will be using the #1 design, by Austin Hlinka. But the judges also recognized #2 and #3 label designs presented as very close in caliber! 
The Judges for this competition were Carlos Ramet, Assistant Dean of ABS, and Cody Smith, partner owner of Oracle Beer in Old Town Saginaw, as well as Professor Josh Kirby.
#1 - Hlinka, Austin
#2 - Johnson, DeQuandre
#3 - Kasper, Karsyn

University Art Gallery Art Acquisitions


The Department of Art and University Art Gallery Collection were just gifted three photographic works of art from retiring Professor of Art Hideki Kihata. Panorama with Doll, Door, and Lily all represent the techniques Kihata was best known for in the classes he taught for 35 years; pin hole photography being his first love, silver dye bleach taken as a pin hole image, and photogram collage referencing his early background in abstract painting. Department Chairperson Shaun Bangert wrote: These works are “a wonderful addition to the collection!” They will be used both educationally and for upcoming exhibitions.


Gallery Coordinator Sara Clark & Art Dept Chair Shaun Bangert 
interviewed regarding Annual Art Student Exhibit. 



The Art Department at SVSU is dedicated to fostering creativity, innovation, and critical thinking in a diverse and inclusive environment. We are committed to providing a comprehensive education that nurtures artistic growth, promotes interdisciplinary collaboration, and prepares our students for professional success. Through our engagement with the communities of the Great Lakes Bay Region and state of Michigan, we strive to inspire positive change and contribute to the cultural enrichment of our campus and beyond.

Student Spotlight

Listed below are the three most recent entries for the Student Spotlight, featuring alumni and what they are doing since graduation. For the complete listing, please click here.

We Create Cover Design - the SVSU Art Department comic book written & designed by Emely D. Williamson
"About the Art Department"

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comic strippers picture designed by students in club

Art Student Clubs & Organizations
C•A•Re Community Arts Research in murals, public works

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Department Chair

Shaun Bangert


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