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Riding in style: Student art displayed on local buses

Art works by eight U-M students have been selected for the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority's (AATA) ArtRide project. A collaboration involving Arts at Michigan, Pfizer and the Ann Arbor Arts Alliance, ArtRide is designed to build a wider community audience for the visual arts through the exhibition of original works formatted to poster size for display on AATA buses.

Posters depicting four of the works will be displayed on AATA buses through March 22. These will be followed March 24-May 5 by the other four winning selections. Ryan Babbitt, a graphic artist at Union Graphics, designed the logo for the program (pictured here).

"The ArtRide project provides U-M students with a unique opportunity to learn how their work as students fits into a larger context of community building through public art," says Lisa Herbert, director of Arts at Michigan.

"It is a chance for students to showcase their artistic talents to their peers and the public at large, and to benefit from the educational experience of participating in a professionally administered, juried arts competition.

These opportunities are particularly important for non-art majors at the University, who often don't have the occasion to have their work exhibited, Herbert says.

The current winners are in a variety of media, ranging from photographs to oil painting and acrylic/fabrics by students from the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, LSA and the Residential College.

The deadline for students wishing to submit works for later judging is March 15.

Detailed information is available at

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