The University of Michigan’s Africa Week brought together leaders in higher education, industry, and government for a series of inspiring virtual discussions, from February 15-19, 2021. The conference event addressed key opportunities and challenges that will shape Africa in the coming decades, and outlined several directions to expand and strengthen the collaborations between U-M and present and future African partners.
Lunar New Year Contest Entries
We are proud to present the winning submission of this year’s Lunar New Year design contest, created by current Stamps School of Art & Design student Katherine Lee. Check out all of this year’s submissions below!
This is the winning entry for the 2021 Lunar New Year Contest! Artist Statement: For my card, I emphasized the robust ox fearlessly galloping into 2021, turning its path into gold--a color that represents wealth and prosperity in many Asian countries that celebrate Lunar New Year including China, Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, and more. Since 2020 was such a turbulent year, I wanted to show that 2021 will be a year of hope and freedom by adding the effects of ripped paper as part of a frame as if the ox charged in. Additionally, I included Chinese traditional Shan Shui art in the inner background behind the ox to add to the traditional aspect of the design. — Katherine Lee, B.A. Art & Design, Class of 2023 Artist Statement: 2021 is the year of the ox--an animal characterized by hard work, honesty, and humility. The ox figure in the design stands in the mountains, signifying a year ahead of growth and authenticity. — Valerie Le, B.A. Art & Design, Class of 2021 Artist Statement: My piece is a digital illustration that highlights Chinese architecture and cultural elements associated with the New Year celebration. — Sierra Iverson, B.A. Art and Design, Class of 2023 Artist Statement: My design represents the Year of the Ox with a musk ox as the central highlight, surrounded by Chinese lanterns and other decorative elements in the traditional red and yellow colors. — Claire Smith, B.A. Art & Design, Class of 2021 Artist Statement: My work depicts a traditional family celebration of the Chinese Lunar new year. The image includes classic elements such as dumplings, lanterns and fireworks. — Sophia Chen, B.A. Art & Design, Class of 2021 — Lauren Lampar, B.A. Art & Design, Class of 2022 Artist Statement: I took inspiration from the art of Chinese paper cutting and used familiar icons of luck, festivity, and happiness to body the ox, a symbol of our charge towards 2021. — Shannon Zheng, B.A. Art & Design; B.A. Philosophy, Class of 2022 Artist Statement: My design is of an ox, representing the year of the ox, and is composed of various elements that represent different Chinese New Year traditions. The ox is hidden as a shadow. I did this because the oxen personality doesn’t want to be at the center of attention or seek praise. Instead, this ox is recognized and built up by what is around it. The year of the ox represents hard work, positivity and humility and I think we could all use more of these qualities in 2021. — Katherine Estey, B.A. Art & Design, Class of 2023 Artist Statement: My design incorporates the zodiac ox and a traditional Chinese Palace. I tried to incorporate some Chinese details into the artwork other than the ox alone. — Katie Shen, B.A. Art & Design; B.S. Computer Science, Class of 2023
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