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January 8, 2021

“Draw a line that represents progress.” That was the first prompt for students when Cameron Gibelyou’s Applied Liberal Arts class Predicting the Future met with UMMA this fall. Curator for University Learning and Programs David Choberka introduced this simple art-making prompt as a way to start students thinking about how progress and the future can be visually represented.

December 17, 2020

The latest UMMA quiz will help you select the perfect museum movie for a cold winter’s night.

December 2, 2020

Many local artisan holiday markets featuring hand-made gifts have gone online this year in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, so we’ve rounded up the virtual bazaars from our local community organizations and partners and organized the vendors here.

November 9, 2020

The University of Michigan Museum of art is permanently installing a 25-foot-tall sculpture by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa of an elongated human head with hands covering both eyes, a monumental piece signifying deep reflection.

The sculpture, Behind the Walls, was acquired through a gift from J. Ira and Nicki Harris, long-time University supporters. Ira is a 1959 U-M alumnus; he received an honorary doctor of laws degree in 2012.

September 21, 2020

All moved into your new place and faced with blank white walls?

September 17, 2020

If you’ve ever spent time around elementary school students, then you know they often have wildly active imaginations. 

July 22, 2020

This is a response to UMMA's collection of Danny Lyon's documentary photographs taken during the Civil Rights movement protests in the 1960s. UMMA’s May 29 edition of Art In Your Inbox included a photograph from the collection showing a protester being violently pulled from a peaceful crowd by law enforcement. 

June 24, 2020

With a lot of free time during the social distancing and lock down era of the Covid-19 pandemic, young children across the country have been hard at work on artistic masterpieces.

May 27, 2020

The month of May is Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month.

May 21, 2020

Our visitors aren’t the only ones missing the galleries and experience of walking the halls of UMMA. After 10+ weeks of working from home during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, the mood of the UMMA staff can best be described as: “we miss the art.”

April 13, 2020

While stay at home orders are in effect for many U.S. states (through April 30 in Michigan at the time of this posting), one of the few reasons people are allowed to leave their homes during the global pandemic are outdoor activities and exercise. 

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