Undergraduate Juried Exhibition Features Work Across Disciplines

The Undergraduate Juried Exhibition, featuring work by students enrolled in Department of Art, Art History, and Design (AAHD) classes, opened April 5 and runs through Sunday, April 28, at (SCENE) Metrospace, 110 Charles St. in East Lansing. During the exhibition, (SCENE) Metrospace will be open Thursdays, 3-7 p.m.; Fridays, 1-7 p.m.; Saturdays, 12-5 p.m., and Sundays 12-5 p.m.

An opening reception and awards ceremony was held on April 5 with awards presented in the following categories: Apparel & Textile Design, Ceramics, Comics Art & Graphic Novels, Drawing, Electronic Art + Intermedia, Graphic Design, Photography, Painting, Printmaking, and Sculpture.

Student work was critiqued by guest juror, Alison Wong, an artist, curator, and educator based in Detroit. Wong received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. Primarily working in the field of painting and drawing, Wong takes inspiration from her personal histories and her professional practice as a Director and Curator of Wasserman Projects, founder of Butter Projects, and Adjunct Faculty at the College for Creative Studies.

“Every single piece in this show tells a larger story,” Wong said. “It’s a huge achievement for those who even submitted work into the exhibition and I commend them for submitting.”

2019 AAHD Undergraduate Department Awards & Scholarship Recipients:


Best of Show:
Nicholas Werner, Studio Art senior, ARCHSCAN 027 

Best of Show 2nd Place:
Hannah Miller, Graphic Design junior, Inquisitive Friends

Best of Show 3rd Place:
Chad Mead, Studio Art senior, French Landscape           

Honorable Mentions:

  • Charles Benoit, Studio Art junior, Push & Pull
  • Rose Deneau, Graphic Design senior, How to escape your life and begin again
  • Ayza Moore, Studio Art senior, Based on “Science”
Department Awards and Scholarships


Joe and Shirley Kuszai Endowed Scholarship
Awarded by Graphic Design faculty, the Joe and Shirley Kuszai Endowed Scholarship is presented to an outstanding undergraduate student at the junior level majoring in Graphic Design.

​2019 Recipients:

  • Molly Killingbeck, Graphic Design junior
  • Alex Renninger, Graphic Design junior
  • Aspen Smit, Graphic Design junior

Calder Scholarship
Named for Ralph Calder, architect of the Kresge Art Center, which houses the Department of Art, Art History, and Design, the Calder Scholarship is awarded annually to a junior in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design who has demonstrated excellence in completed course work and exhibits potential for performing superbly in the senior year. The scholarship is awarded by the AAHD Undergraduate Awards Committee.

2019 Recipient:

  • Ellie Anderson, Arts and Humanities junior

Ralf Henricksen Award
The Ralf Henricksen Award is given annually to a graduating senior majoring in Painting in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design whose work is deemed by the faculty to be the most successful in the final year of study.

2019 Recipients:

  • Carmen James, Studio Art senior
  • Mckenzie Suarez, Studio Art senior

Jens Plum Award
The Jens Plum Award, established by Nancy Plum in memory of her husband, Jens Plum, is presented to a junior or senior Studio Art major whose work reveals special artistic insight through the act or process of drawing.

2019 Recipient:

  • Richard Tanner, Studio Art senior

​​​​Gretel Geist Rutledge Award ​
The Gretel Geist Rutledge Award recognizes students who are doing outstanding work in the area of printmaking. It is the donor’s hope that by being recognized for their work, students will be encouraged to continue to pursue their passion in the medium of printmaking.

2019 Recipients:

  • Raechel Ogne, Studio Art senior
  • Lauren Rodriguez, Apparel and Textile Design senior

Carolyn J. Hook Scholarship
The Carolyn J. Hook Scholarship recognizes those students who are doing outstanding work in the area of ceramics.

2019 Recipients:

  • Zherong Hu, Studio Art senior
  • Kim Staples, Studio Art senior

Anna Bayha Award
Awarded by ATD faculty, the Anna Bayha Award is presented to a student who, at the close of his or her junior year, has shown unusual ability in the field of clothing, has a high scholastic standing, and is partially or wholly self-supporting.

2019 Recipient:

  • Maddy Eischer, Apparel and Textile Design junior

Anna Creekmore Award
The Anna Creekmore Award is given to a graduating senior in Apparel and Textile Design who has demonstrated creativity, outstanding scholastic achievement, and professional potential.

​​​​2019 Recipient:

  • Allison Steffen, Apparel and Textile Design senior

Ellen Judson Award
The Ellen Judson Award is given to the student in Apparel and Textile Design attaining the highest and best standing in clothing courses at the close of the sophomore year.

2019 Recipient:

  • Katty Genson, Apparel and Textile Design sophomore