Riverbank Arts
400 N Saginaw Street
Muscatawing

Riverbank Arts is a community-centered space for creatives, community members, and academics to develop and find support for artistic and cultural production in Flint.

We welcome all creators and supporters of art and culture to connect and collaborate.  


Riverbank Arts is an initiative of the Arts+Culture Research Cluster at The University of Michigan Flint, and is supported by the Office of Research and Economic Development.








Riverbank Arts is a community-centered space for creatives, community members, and academics to develop and find support for artistic and cultural production in Flint.

We welcome all creators and supporters of art and culture to connect and collaborate.


Riverbank Arts is an initiative of the Arts+Culture Research Cluster at The University of Michigan Flint, and is supported by the Office of Research and Economic Development.
The River
11 November - 11 January
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The River

Riverbank Arts
400 N Saginaw Street,
Flint, MI 48502

Reception:
Friday, 11 November, 4-8pm

Gallery hours Friday 12-4pm, or by appointment. Email gaydos@umich.edu or for more information.  
Contact
gaydos@umich.edu or
albanks@umich.edu
to schedule a visit.


Clean water and healthy waterways are vital to our community. Like blood flowing through a human body, our rivers keep each part of our community connected and alive. Through their work, the artists in The River engage with the health of our waterways and the communities and ecologies which rely on them. This exciting group of artists traverse varying disciplines – from sound art, performance, visual and video mediums – with each work challenging audiences to reflect on this flowing, vital lifeblood.

Participating artists in The River include a diverse roster of artists from the Great Lakes Region, including:

  • Ash Arder manipulates physical and virtual environments to explore mark making, mechanical portraiture and sound design as tools for complicating dynamics of power between humans, machines and the lands they occupy.

  • Julia Christensen is an artist and writer whose work explores systems of technology, time, change, and memory.

  • Giizhigad is an Anishinaabe artist, filmmaker, and cultural producer based in Detroit. Rooted in ancestral knowledge systems, she seeks to create art that opens and reignites neural pathways connected to indigeneity, interconnection, and imagination.

  • Kassie Hyde is an image maker who specializes in digital portrait work, but also analog and alternative forms of image-making.

  • Anne-Marie Ooman is author of Pulling Down the Barn and House of Fields--both Michigan Notable Books--and Uncoded Woman. She recently won AWP’s creative nonfiction award for AS LONG AS I KNOW YOU, a memoir. She serves as instructor at The Solstice MFA in Creative Writing at Lasell University and Interlochen's College of Creative Arts.

  • Dawn Roe's projects examine the role of the still and moving image in shaping personal and social understandings of our environment through site-responsive engagement.

  • John Sabraw’s paintings, drawings and collaborative installations are produced in an eco conscious manner, and he continually works toward a fully sustainable practice

  • Sterling Toles is an east-side-bred, Cass-Corridor-educated Detroiter who views himself as a healer using sound.

Flint × Safar
14 October - 4 November
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Flint × Safar

Riverbank Arts
400 N Saginaw Street,
Flint, MI 48502

Reception:
Friday, October 14, 6-8pm

Gallery hours Friday 12-4pm, or by appointment. Email gaydos@umich.edu or for more information. .
Contact
gaydos@umich.edu or albanks@umich.edu to schedule a visit.


Flint × Safar is a collaborative exhibition between Flint Magazine and Studio Safar, a design agency and publisher with offices in Beirut and Tiohtia:ke (Montréal). Since 2018, Studio Safar has been researching, curating, and designing Issue 3 (Wonder) for Flint Magazine, the multi-media magazine in a box. Flint × Safar collects these explorations of wonder: past, present, and future.


Studio Safar is a design agency and publisher founded in Beirut by Maya Moumné and Hatem Imam in 2012. The studio adopts an experimental approach to design. Evoked by its name, the studio is concerned with notions of communication across cultural and linguistic barriers. Projects span different media and design frameworks such as communication strategies, publications, visual identities, exhibitions and sets, and websites. Most of the work services the extended cultural sector, and is engaged in social and political discourse.

As opposed to having a signature style, Studio Safar is committed to creating singular design solutions for each collaboration. While drawing on a number of artistic and cultural influences and inspirations, research remains central to the design process. The studio collaborates with a network of creatives from a wide array of fields. The studio publishes the biannual and bilingual (Arabic/English) design and visual culture journal, Safar. The magazine answers to the lack of critical writings on design in the global south, and it works towards acknowledging designers as active agents of cultural production. The studio is also expanding into publishing books on design in the region.
Email gaydos@umich.edu for more information.


Rapture/Rhapsody
9 September - 7 October
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My Proulx
Rapture/Rhapsody


Riverbank Arts
400 N Saginaw Street,
Flint, MI 48502

Reception: 
Friday, 9 September, 6-8pm

Gallery hours Friday 12-4pm, or by appointment. Email gaydos@umich.edu or for more information. .
Contact gaydos@umich.edu or albanks@umich.edu to schedule a visit.

Rapture  ⁄  Rhapsody is a collection of candid and choreographed moments celebrating motion, tone, and space by artist My Proulx. Proulx is the inaugural Flint Emerging Artist Fellow, a collaborative fellowship initiated by Buckham Fine Arts Project and the Arts + Culture Research Cluster at the University of Michigan – Flint.


View from the Eleventh
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Chris Waters
View from the Eleventh


Riverbank Arts
400 N Saginaw Street,
Flint, MI 48502

Reception: 
Friday, 2 September, 6-8pm

Gallery hours Friday 12-4pm, or by appointment. Email gaydos@umich.edu or for more information. .
Contact gaydos@umich.edu or albanks@umich.edu to schedule a visit.

“The large paintings in this series are views of the City of Flint as seen from the 11th Floor of the University of Michigan-Flint’s Northbank Center. When I first looked through the windows on the 11th floor, I saw paintings. To me, looking down onto the river and downtown and communities and landmarks like the Weatherball and the Pavilion, I saw my Flint.” – CW


ash arder rock garden
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ash arder rock garden
Riverbank Arts
400 N Saginaw Street,
Flint, MI 48502

Gallery hoursby appointment.
Contact gaydos@umich.edu to schedule a visit.

Rock Garden is a presentation of in-progress physical forms and conceptual ideas exploring the relationship between Black musical performance and ecological belonging. Audience feedback and participation will inform the interactivity of Ash Arder's upcoming large-scale sculpture project, Whoop House. Rock Garden has been developed in collaboration with architectural designer Kapish Singh.
Birds of a Feather
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Birds of a Feather
Riverbank Arts
400 N Saginaw Street,
Flint, MI 48502

Gallery hours Friday 10am-5pm, or by appointment.
Contact gaydos@umich.edu to schedule a visit.

Birds of a Feather is a group exhibition of Michigan artists inspired by Dr. J. Drew Lanham's book The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature. This exhibition explores the *3 importance of home and the concept of leaving the nest, especially as it relates to African-Americans, and other indigenous and persons of color in the modern day.
ECHOES: Looking Back on Flint Amid COVID
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ECHOES: Looking Back on Flint Amid COVID
Riverbank Arts
400 N Saginaw Street,
Flint, MI 48502

Gallery hours Friday 10am-5pm, or by appointment.
Contact gaydos@umich.edu to schedule a visit.

ECHOES: Looking Back on Flint Amid COVID is a photographic collaboration between students of News Movement, Report for America fellow KT Kanazawich, Flint Beat, and Emerging Lens 2020 Fellow Brittany Greeson. veli.

PHOTOGRAPHERS:
Brittany Greeson
KT Kanazawich
Kimora Carr
Ty’a McQueen
Tierian Hall
Adrian Merriwether
Laila McDougal
Travis “Trey” Davis
Sima Gutierrez
Armoni Roland
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CURATOR:
Annalise Flynn | ART WORKS Projects
Benjamin Gaydos | Riverbank Arts 

PARTNERS:
News Movement | Flint Beat | Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village | UM-Flint Arts+Culture Research Cluster | Office of Research and Economic Develeopment at The University of Michigan - Flint






UMS / UMF Artist-in Residence



The University Musical Society and the Arts + Culture Research Cluster at the University of Michigan-Flint are delighted to announce Ash Arder, Flint native and transdisciplinary artist, as the selected 2021-22 Flint-area artist in residence. 

Arder’s artistry and research interrogate viewers’ own proximity to and participation in social and climate justice issues. Through highlighting moments of tension where she finds ruptures in empathy between living entities and the objects and space surrounding them, she hopes to shed insight on the conditions causing these “relational glitches.” Her work exposes, deconstructs, manipulates, or reconfigures physical and conceptual systems while intimately examining the relationship between humans and more-than-humans through sound, sculpture, installation, literary and moving-image works.

Ash Arder will develop a new body of work incorporating sound and sculpture, which explores relationships between music, storytelling and place. As the artist in residence, Arder will engage with the UM-Flint campus and community for the duration of the 2021-2022 academic year, facilitating and leading on-campus workshops, artist talks, and community engagement activities while collaborating and mentoring emerging artists.

Read an interview with Ash about their work here.

This residency, funded in part by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, seeks to bring artists to UM-Flint to center the creation of art in the campus experience. Through this residency, UMS and UMF seek to:

  • Support an artist in developing new work in Flint
  • Share the artistic creative practice with UM-Flint students, faculty, and staff
  • Forge interdisciplinary connections between the artist’s practice and various academic units on campus
  • Provide opportunities for interaction and exchange between UM-Flint and the wider community of Flint-area artists and residents

For more information and to apply, visit:


https://ums.org/education/university-programs/flint-artist-in-residence-program/
Emerging Artist Fellowship



The Emerging Artist Fellowship collaboration between the Arts + Culture Research Cluster at University of Michigan - Flint and Buckham Fine Arts Project provides a nourishing space for artists to grow and acquire essential professional development opportunities to succeed as they enter the art world. 

Submissions to the Fellowship were reviewed by a committee of UM-Flint faculty, students, as well as Buckham artists and leadership. The review committee interviewed a short list of the applicants and ultimately, My Proulx was selected for the fellowship.

“Proulx demonstrated connections to the community, enthusiasm for the project, and huge potential for growth within this mentorship,” explained Michele Leclaire, Executive Director of Buckham Fine Arts Project.

My Proulx produces lifestyle, street, and photojournalism-style images through active exploration of unique spaces and the people who navigate and interact within them.  As an emerging artist, she is exploring our biological and interpersonal relationships with light and the ways we communicate through physical and implied space.  Proulx’s background and experience is a culmination of Language Arts, Visual Communications, and Education, having practiced drawing and other artistic mediums including music and dance performance without discrimination at every stage of life.  She currently works as a freelance event and portrait photographer in the beautifully diverse and culture-rich communities in and around Flint, Michigan under the business name Plain Air Photography.

"My goal for the work I'll be developing through the UM-Flint/Buckham Gallery Fellowship is primarily to create art that resonates, almost as a beacon.  I want people to view my work and be attracted to the energy, moods, vibes, etc., translate that into curiosity within themselves, and then, hopefully into action.  I want people to wonder about the creative process (i.e. how we arrived at where we are now) then realize they can come join us so we can make art together.  And then I'll take pictures of that and it'll go full circle,” shared Proulx.


The Emerging Artist Fellowship offers mentoring, consulting, technical and promotion support to assist the fellow on their creative path. In addition to an honorarium, fellows are provided studio space, awarded for supplies, instruction, work-shops, or other uses specifically related to the growth and development of the artist’s artistic work.

Fellows receive professional development and growth opportunities through mentorship from the UMS/UMF Artist in Residence, Buckham artists, and A+C faculty. We help each fellow integrate into local and regional markets and access professional devel-opment through increased visibility, marketing, and networking. Submissions to the Fellowship were reviewed by a committee of UM-Flint faculty, students, as well as Buckham artists and leadership.

For more information and to apply, visit:


https://https://www.buckhamgallery.org/2022-2023-emerging-artist-fellowship-application

Application Deadline: 08.15.22
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