2023 Undergraduate Juried Exhibition on Display at (SCENE) Metrospace

The 2023 Undergraduate Juried Exhibition presented by the Department of Art, Art History, and Design (AAHD) at Michigan State University features the work of 53 students completed as part of AAHD courses during the 2022-2023 academic year. The exhibition runs through Friday, April 28, at (SCENE) Metrospace, 110 Charles Street, East Lansing, Michigan. Hours are Wednesday-Sunday noon-5 p.m.

Some of the art on display at the 2023 Undergraduate Juried Exhibition presented by the Department of Art, Art History, and Design at Michigan State University. The exhibit runs through Friday, April 28, at (SCENE) Metrospace.

All Michigan State University undergraduate students, regardless of their major, were invited to submit works created in any Apparel and Textile Design, Graphic Design, or Studio Art courses during the academic terms beginning in late Spring 2022 through Spring 2023. Students could submit up to three works in each of the following areas: Apparel and Textile Design, Ceramics, Comics and Graphic Novels, Drawing, Electronic Art and Intermedia, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture.

A picture of a painting, abstract with faces in a blurry background.
The Best in Show winner — “Familial Gathering” painting by Rachael Grain, a Studio Art junior.

The student work was critiqued by guest juror Matthew Kolodziej, who is a Professor of Art at the University of Akron, Myers School of Art, where he teaches painting and drawing. His work has been shown in galleries and museums around the country and abroad. A Fulbright Scholar in 1995, Kolodziej traveled extensively in England. He also is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner grant, three Ohio Arts Council grants, and a Rhode Island Council for the Arts grant. He has an MFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago.

A collage of various comic panels.
Part of the “Sorry Dad” comic book by Cam Carmichael, Art Education junior, which won 2nd Best in Show.

The student work selected to be in this year’s Undergraduate Juried Exhibition was created by Esra Ali, Jesse Amburgey, Anna Babayan, Abbey Behan, Kelli Boling, Jasmine Brocks-Matthew, P. Christopher Capp, Cam Carmichael, Ana Chave, Zoe Chen, Anne Choi, Paige Cramton, Miriam Deeb, Leo Delisi, Madison Dell, Maddie Dibley, Ryan Freund, Alyssa Gauthier, Nahom Ghebredngl, Jessie Gott, Rachael Grain, Yannick Gueye, Dana Holt, Madison Imperio, Hannah Kerchen-Famatiga, Kaitlyn Kwon, Nicole Landerschier, Alyssa Mcclelland, Allison Miller, Valentino Orlando, Cierra Paluszak, Angela Petterson, Phoenix Poole, Donna Proctor, Courtney Robinson, Lauria Rodea, Ashley Romps, Marissa Rubaiai, Emelia Rushm, Phoebe Schorer, Mackenzie Sheehan-D’Arrigo, Joey Siep, Emma Sietsema, Jenna Smith, Ellie Stanislav, Reese’samone Tatum, Rageon Thomas, Sydney Tomlinson, Emily Tremewan, Alex Vonhof, Hadara Willis, Madison Winkelpleck, and Kendall Wynn.

A graphic showing a melting Earth and a sad polar bear.
The 3rd Best in Show winner — “Save Our Ecosystem” graphic design by Kaitlin Kwon, Graphic Design senior.

An opening reception for the 2023 Undergraduate Juried Exhibition was held on March 31 during which the Best in Show and Honorable Mention awards were presented. The winners of those awards are as follows:

Best in Show

  • Rachael Grain, Studio Art junior, “Familial Gathering” painting

2nd Best in Show

  • Cam Carmichael, Art Education junior, “Sorry Dad” comic book

3rd Best in Show

  • Kaitlin Kwon, Graphic Design senior, “Save Our Ecosystem” graphic design

Honorable Mentions

  • Abbey Behan, Packaging senior, “Hiding in Places that Don’t Exist Anymore (Come Find Me)” painting
  • Nahom Ghebredngl, Computer Science senior, “Tilted Vase” ceramics
  • Alex Vonhof, Studio Art senior, “Green Bottle” electronic art & intermedia
  • Madison Winkelpleck, Art Education senior, “Morphea” sculpture
A collage of pictures of various art displays in including sculptures, paintings, and Polaroids.
The Honorable Mention recipients — Top left: “Tilted Vase” by Nahom Ghebredngl, Computer Science senior. Top right: “Hiding in Places that Don’t Exist Anymore (Come Find Me)” by Abbey Behan, Packaging senior. Bottom left: “Morphea” sculpture by Madison Winkelpleck, Art Education senior. Bottom right: “Green Bottle” by Alex Vonhof, Studio Art senior.