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.
Sofa Stories
11 January - 31 January
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Sofa Stories

Riverbank Arts
400 N Saginaw Street,
Flint, MI 48502

Reception:
With Live Performances!
Friday, 13 January, 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.


Sofa Stories uses live theatre and digital media to amplify the stories of young people impacted by housing insecurity or homelessness who may have resorted to couch-surfing as a means to survive. Featuring monologues created in collaboration with those who have experienced homelessness, housing activists, and community artists, the project aims to bring attention to an often invisible crisis and imagine a world without youth homelessness.

Sofa Stories is an ongoing project of Every Soul Arts, a collective of artists, care providers, and housing activists who believe every person should have access to safe and affordable housing and opportunities to explore and celebrate their own creativity.
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
Ania

Press Release


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