For Students

LOVE ART MORE: A Catalyst for Participation

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Play with your food by Kelsey Messina, History of Art 2016

If you could give any artwork in the world to someone else as a gift, what would it be? Who would you give it to? And what would you write in the card?

If you could have dinner with any artist, living or dead, who would it be? What would you eat? And what would you talk about?

What if you made a banner encouraging others to LOVE ART MORE?—Would it work? Would you be willing to give it a try?

These questions are just a few examples of the prompts created by members of UMMA’s Student Programming and Advisory Council (SPAC), inviting U-M students to explore, animate, and broaden their relationship to art as part of UMMA’s ongoing participatory project titled LOVE ART MORE. By taking time to complete an “assignment” outside of their schoolwork that drives them to look at their surroundings differently, students open themselves up to have interesting and challenging experiences that encourage creativity and personal growth. Launched in January 2014, LOVE ART MORE is inspired in part by Learning To Love You More, a collaborative online art project by artists Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher, on view at UMMA from May 3 to July 20, 2014 as part of the exhibition Appropriation / Collaboration: Christian Marclay / Harrell Fletcher & Miranda July.

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This program is made possible in part by the Katherine Tuck Enrichment Fund and the Doris Sloan Memorial Fund.