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- Create and foster a community for art and design students at SVSU.

- Help students socially, creatively, academically, and professionally.

- A place where students, alumni, faculty, and outside art members can come and learn from one another.                    


Faculty: Phillip Hanson,



Join our AIGA Student Group

Be part of a global community of designers.  AIGA is an international community of more than 23,000 dedicated colleagues, all working to advance design.

Joining AIGA can provide you with new knowledge, leadership skills, personal connections, and the opportunity to change your community for the better.

Our group also participates in conferences, student portfolio reviews, workshops, and studio tours. Be the new member that ensures this practice continues!

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Faculty Advisor:

Professor J. Blake Johnson,



Cards Trading Cards is a club where the SVSU community can trade Artist Trading Cards (ATC's) on a monthly basis.  Every month a prompt is given for members to follow when making their cards. The resulting one-of-a-kind handmade cards are then traded among members. It is a great way introduce new art styles into one’s repertoire and have fun while doing it.  Join and start trading today; before you know it you'll have a great collection of original works of art. CTC's meets once a month to trade in the cards and reveal the prompt for the next month.
What are Artist Trading Cards (ATC’s):
ATC's are 2.5" x 3.5" works of art. In this club, cards can be created with any wet or dry medium,
and they must original works, specifically created to be freely traded.Cards Trading Cards Logo

For more information:

Instagram and Facebook: @cardstradingcardsrso  
SVSU Engage: @Cards Trading Cards


Student: Joanna Senger,

Faculty: Phillip Hanson,



comic strippers picture designed by students in club

The Comic Strippers:

- Advocate comics in the art world
- Volunteer in the community, offering free educational services
- Teach & challenge each other to be better artists
- Offer opportunities to share work, including access to campus gallery space

All students are welcome regardless of writing or drawing experience.

Comic Strippers Club- photo 1 Comic Strippers Club - Photo 2

Check us out on Facebook:

SVSU Comic Strippers teach Saginaw kids to draw Comics!

ART 390 - Comics & Cartoon Illustration 11 

ART 390 - Comics & Cartoon Illustration 15

ART 390 - Comics & Cartoon Illustration, & Visual Narrative 16

ART 390 - Comics & Cartoon Illustration 17

ART 499 - SVSU Art Department Art Comic Book Compilation, 2017 "We Create"



Photo Club Logo  Photo Club - collage 

The Cardinal Photography Student Association was created for students at Saginaw Valley State University to learn, shoot, and share photography together.  All students, from those just starting out, to pro photographers, are welcome to join!   Last year they took a trip to Chicago.   For more information visit their webpage and Facebook page.

Photo Club - group picture Club - Chicago trip 2014



Valley Arts Organization - group picture Valley Arts Organization W 2018‌‌‌‌

"The Valley Arts Organization was started in Fall 2014.   This organization is a place for art students to cultivate and promote their creative expressions on campus and throughout the community.  We have great creative talent at our University and we aim to unite VAO members with our community members to create an enriched and unique opportunity only experienced with Valley Arts Organization. Although we are mostly comprised of art students; all students, of all majors at SVSU are welcome to join.  Being involved in our VAO will get you hands-on experience in the art field, and it is a great way to make personal, and professional connections. If you are interested, please contact one of our board members for more information!

"Our organization was asked to assist with a Walk to End Alzheimer's the Saginaw Chapter, creating an art activity for all the participants last Fall.  We also collaborated with the history department in the Fall to create a memorial of the Berlin Wall for the ceremony of the anniversary of the deconstruction.  Currently, VAO is sponsoring BFA student, Garret Weslock, with his upcoming show in University Art Gallery. We have been working to help with his installation of ceramic pieces."    Devereaux Beauchaine, Founder/President, Valley Arts Organization

For more information visit their Facebook,  mlive article.


Contact Us
989-964-4893 989-964-4893

Department Chair

Shaun Bangert


Arbury Fine Arts Center 153