Incorporate the University’s Collections into your Teaching this Fall

Wave Field: students lying on grass-covered mounds

Guest post by Jamie Lausch Vander Broek, Librarian for Art & Design


The University’s rich holdings often serve as inspiration for course assignments and student work. The UpstART 200 project, part of the U-M Bicentennial, calls attention to this tradition through a curated archive of 200 works of art, design, or architecture designed to form the basis for new creative work.

Faculty are encouraged to incorporate projects based on these foundational works, which include campus icons like Maya Lin’s Wavefield, in their syllabi this fall. Student and alumni-generated response pieces will be collected and exhibited online as part of the UpstART 200 archive throughout the Bicentennial period as well as at events and in exhibition spaces. The best juried pieces will be added permanently to the archive.

For more about UpstART 200 and incorporating it into course curriculum, visit the project website.