Apparel and Textile Design Students Winners in National Competition

Two Michigan State University Apparel and Textile Design students were winners in the International Textile Design Award Educational Foundation’s Virginia Jackson Design Competition (previously known as the International Textile Design Award), one of whom received first place and the other an honorable mention. The Virginia Jackson Design Competition recognizes the most talented students in the field of textile design and…

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Shakespearean Theatre Conference Offers Student Great Learning Experience

Sam Meade, Theatre and History double major.  For five days this past summer, Sam Meade, a Citizen Scholar and sophomore double majoring in Theatre and History, attended the Shakespearean Theatre Conference in Stratford, Ontario, and heard lectures on Shakespearean study, watched performances at the Stratford Festival, and even spoke with cast members and directors about what it’s like to work…

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Experience Architecture Student Shows Designs at Paris Fashion Week

For the past three years, Ashton Keys has worked on designing and building his own clothing brand, Ninety6, the name of which comes from the year he was born and from his love of fashion and entrepreneurial mindset. This passion recently led the Experience Architecture junior to travel across the Atlantic to showcase his work during Paris Fashion Week in…

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At the Forefront of a New Age in Theatre

Alison Dobbins, Associate Professor of Integrated Performance Media Design, is at the forefront of a new frontier in theatre – one that integrates digital media, lighting, and theatrical production to provide magical effects for the stage. A motion graphics artist, Dobbins designs special effects for theatre performances using digital media and state-of-the-art projections. “You are taking a field that is…

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Spartans at ArtPrize 2017

Michigan State University Art, Art History, and Design students are gaining real-world experience and exposure at ArtPrize 2017, an international art competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan, that is open to any artist and any medium. For 19 days straight, ArtPrize entries are exhibited throughout downtown Grand Rapids in museums, restaurants, hotels, offices, public parks, and everywhere in between. This year, ArtPrize…

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Students and Broadway Professionals Collaborate on New Musical

Anna Birmingham, a junior double majoring in Theatre and Social Relations and Policy with a minor in Musical Theatre, has spent the last two weeks working with Broadway professionals as part of the imáGen collaboration between MSU’s Department of Theatre and Wharton Center Institute for Arts & Creativity. Each year, since 2014, imáGen invites Broadway writers, actors, and dramaturges to…

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Comic Art and Graphic Novel Podcast Returns for a Second Year

The Michigan State University Comic Art and Graphic Novel Podcast is returning for its second year. The podcast is an interview program hosted by Art, Art History, and Design Assistant Professor and the owner, author, and artist of Elephant Eater Comics, Ryan Claytor. Each podcast will begin with updates on various comics-related events around MSU followed by a brief discussion with Michigan State University Special…

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From Student to VIP at New York Fashion Week

A dress inspired by Michigan State University’s alma mater song is senior Emily Bankes’ ticket to New York Fashion Week. Bankes is one of two Apparel and Textile Design students chosen by MSU to spend Saturday behind the scenes at the nation’s largest fashion event. In a contest created by two professors in the Apparel and Textile Design Program, Bankes and now-alumnus…

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Citizen Scholars Program Funds Study Abroad and New Research

With help from the Citizen Scholars program, sophomore Claire Gault spent this past summer traveling throughout China and studying at Harbin Institute of Technology, located in Northeastern China. She also received funding from Citizen Scholars to establish a composting program in her residence hall. A double major in Professional Writing and Chinese, Gault is a member of the Citizen Scholars…

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New Excel Network Bridges Experiential Learning and Career Services

Starting this fall, students in the College of Arts & Letters have a new network to tap into, one that will enhance their MSU education, accelerate their potential, and help them chart a successful path to a meaningful career. It's called The Excel Network, a central space within the College designed to prep students for their careers and post-college life, helping…

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