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Shinique Smith: Arcadian Clusters

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Published: Feb 19, 2014

Visiting Artist Shinique Smith Displays Artwork With Students of REACH Studio Art Center

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Shinique Smith, our second artist-in-residence to visit the Greater Lansing area as part of the MSU Federal Credit Union Artist Studio Series Endowment, celebrated her opening reception on Friday, February 7, 2014, with the children of REACH Studio Art Center in Lansing. In preparation for her show, Shinique spent time educating and working with the students of REACH Studio Art Center, a nonprofit organization that provides art programs and workshops to at-risk youth, while focusing on strengthening our sense of community through art making.


The students of REACH Studio Art Center created their own pieces of art to display in Shinique’s exhibit. This was a unique experience for the children of REACH, who were invited to attend a private reception with Shinique to celebrate the art they made for the exhibit, Arcadian Clusters, which is currently on display at The Broad Art Museum through June 1, 2014.  


Through the MSU Federal Credit Union Artist Studio Series Endowment and our partnership with The Broad Art Museum, we are able to bring nationally and internationally known artists to spend time with MSU students and our local community, while giving people living in our community the opportunity to experience world-class exhibits and presentations. Through our visiting artist program, we are also able to give back to students by providing them with the unique opportunity to work with accomplished artists in their own hometown.


Shinique Smith, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, is known for her contemporary 3-D works, which utilize found objects, discarded materials, graffiti culture, and Japanese calligraphy and collage to explore consumerism and personal reflection.


Stay on the lookout for future MSUFCU member-exclusive events through the MSU Federal Credit Union Artist Studio Series.