1. The Art Show

    Founded in 1990 with a single theatre workshop, the Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP) is a program of U-M's Residential College. Courses serve as gateways for undergraduate participation in prison arts workshops and provide academic training in issues surrounding incarceration and practical skills in the arts. The program's Annual Exhibition of Artists in Michigan Prisons (“the art show”) is one of the largest exhibits of artwork by incarcerated artists in the world. The annual exhibition, free to the public, is presented with support from the Michigan Arts and Culture Council. It runs through April 2 at the Duderstadt Gallery. (Click on the images to enlarge. Images are courtesy of PCAP.) Learn more about PCAP.
    • Girl in bangs blows giant pink bubble until only her eyes are visible. Chartreuse background.
    • Two dogs dressed like merry old gentlemen wearing top hats, monocles, etc.
    • Dancers enjoy funky honky tonk.
    • Barren landscape with a single tree
    • Despondent man in profile hangs head
    • Inmate's view of dorm living.
  2. Every name has a story

    Historical records of African American students, their living situations, their organizations, and their overall experiences on the early U-M campus are sadly rare. So, in 2022, the Bentley Historical Library launched the African American Student Project, a long-term effort to build a comprehensive database that lists the names and years of attendance of every African American student who enrolled at the University between 1853-1956. University historians encourage users to explore the database and contribute relevant assets to this remarkable archive. This slideshow takes its name from the project's story archive; all images are courtesy of U-M's Bentley Historical Library. (Click on an image to enlarge.)    
    • Group of festive African American students dressed in formal wear for a a party on the porch of a house in Ann Arbor.
    • Sepia portrait of African American student Mary Henrietta Graham. She's serious and fierce with pulled back hair, earrings, and a high-necked blouse with a bow.
    • Construction workers climb the Ambassador Bridge over the Detroit River in the early 20th century. Sepia toned photo.
    • Small group of African American and white students represent the Negro Caucasian club.
    • A team of nine baseball players, circa 1882, sit casually for a team photo. One black player is included.
    • Trio of U-M co-eds circa 1949. In the center is Sopha Holley Ellis, a black woman with glasses and short hair.
  3. Trophy life

    Never a dull moment around here. After winning the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, 2024, the No. 1-ranked Wolverines captured the football program's 12th national championship and first since 1997 with a gritty 34-13 victory in the CFP National Championship Game on Jan. 8. Revisit all the highlights from this thrilling championship season at Even before the confetti had settled, several players announced their post-Michigan plans and Coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed he was moving to the NFL. Then, on Jan. 26, Michigan Athletics announced Sherrone Moore had been appointed the J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Head Football Coach. Moore is the 21st head football coach in school history; he is the first African American to lead the nation's winningest program in college football history. (Text and images via Michigan Athletics.)
    • Blake Corum at Jan 2024 National Championship game shows off giant ring.
    • JJ McCarthy, young caucasian man with face paint, holds national tropy, 2024. He's happy!
    • The back of a ball cap reads: 2023 National Champs with a Block M logo and the NRG stadium sign in the background.
    • Football player rejoices amid confetti, holding trophy, after national championship win.
    • Marching Band Members in maize and blue uniforms lay on the football field. 3 girls, laughing.
    • Happy football player holds trophy after winning national championship.
  4. Higher ed meets higher purpose

    Call it action-based learning, community engagement, applied academics, or any other catchy term you can conjure. Since the University's founding, its faculty experts, alumni, and enterprising students have combined research, fieldwork, and passion to impact the state's economy and its citizens. Projects and partnerships span the Mitten, impacting everything from children's health to the maritime industry. Learn more about how these Wolverines are using education and experience to create actual value -- in the real world -- every single day.
    • Group of creative looking characters in an art gallery surround its founder in a celebratory moment.
    • Man stands in front of a red ship in a small port.
    • Three girls pose on playground equipment with lots of green space around them.
    • Woman stands amid greenery with urban landscape, chain link fence.
    • A woman in glasses reviews architetcural designs spread on a table as two students look on.
    • Two caucasian men pose with Orbion logo and other scientific equipment.
  5. Sun, sun, sun, here it comes

    Powered by the Australian sun, the University of Michigan Solar Car Team's Astrum was the fourth challenger-class car to cross the finish line in the 2023 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. The five-day race (Oct. 22-26) spanned 1,800 miles from Darwin on the coast of Australia's Northern Territory to Adelaide in the south. Astrum is the 17th car made by the Michigan Solar Car Team since its founding in 1989. (Images and text are by Michigan Engineering's Levi Hutmacher and Derek Smith, respectively.)
    • Man in helmet and dark glasses sits in one-person cockpit of solar car, with open hatch.
    • Fans along the sidelines of the Solar Car racetrack.
    • Astrum advances along a road in the Australian outback. The sand surrounding the gray road is a red-brown color. Astrum is shaped like a yellow bullet. A round, white hood covers the driver's seat. A maroon chase car with an antenna on its hood follows Astrum.
    • Fourteen members of the U-M race crew stand together in a line while linking arms. Their backs are facing the viewer. Each team member is wearing a neon green vest with reflective safety markings. In front of the crew is the solar car, Astrum, which has a yellow body. The top panel of the car is opened so that the solar panels are facing the sun. With the panel opened, the inside of the car's black cockpit is visible.
    • : A driver is lifting Astrum's round, white hood so that he can lower himself into the driver's seat. He is wearing a helmet with an attached microphone and sunglasses. Astrum's body is yellow and bullet shaped and is covered in logos from the team's various sponsors.
    • Astrum is moving along a black-paved, Australian road. Astrum is shaped like a yellow bullet with a white cockpit.
  6. An earthly garden of artistic delights

    The Stamps School of Art & Design recently took an important step toward achieving campuswide carbon neutrality with the opening of its Sustainable Materials & Color Garden just steps from the Stamps building. The garden, conceived and built by Stamps faculty, staff, and students, allows creatives to source ingredients for making paper, creating dyes, and other artistic activities. Plants include muraski, hibiscus, flax, tango cosmos, marigold, Japanese indigo, chamomile, and more. (Text: Jamie Sherman. Images: Michigan Photography.) Read more.
    • Four people in a line, 2 women and 2 men of various ethnicities, cut a yellow ribbon to open a new garden at the Stamps School.
    • A bee alights on an orange blossom, which is featured in the Stamps School garden.
    • Man gives a speech to group gathered around a garden filled with green beds and flowers.
    • A bench made of repurposed wood, courtesy of the Tappan Oak, which had to be cut down due to disease.
    • A woman holds a microphone and speaks to a crowd from behind a series of raised garden beds filled with greens.
    • Man gestures to plants in a large raised bed.
  7. Let the games begin

    When construction crews broke ground on Michigan Stadium in September 1926, workers had to know they were on to something big. Literally. And now the gameday experience is about to get a lot more colorful, vivid, and immersive for fans in the stands as Michigan Athletics unveils two dazzling high-tech scoreboards. At 179 feet wide by 62 feet tall, the viewing area is 120 percent larger than before. On a much smaller scale, Michigan Today offers up this subdued analog version of the Big House's inception. These images are courtesy of U-M’s Bentley Historical Library. Captions were sourced from “The Michigan Stadium Story” at the Bentley website. Click on any image to enlarge.
    • Fielding Yost observes construction of Michigan Stadium with foreman. Black and white. Two men wearing white straw skimmers.
    • 1926 construction crews in black and white, with truck, stand at Michigan Stadium site. Looking northeast.
    • Earthmoving equipment at Michigan Stadium building site, 1926.
    • Bulldozer down inside the bowl that would become the Michigan gridiron. 1926-27.
    • Construction equipment at big hole where Big House now stand. Image is circa 1926.
    • Two men amid construction beams wearing straw skimmers circa 1926.
  8. The artist’s choice

    To photograph live action requires tremendous skill and dexterity. To photograph live-action sports also requires passion, quick reflexes, and creativity. The crew at Michigan Photography represents these qualities and more. Enjoy this window into each photographer's collection of favorite images -- and the stories they represent -- from the 2022-23 academic year. Click the links in each caption to see more from each artist.
    • Two hockey players approach an empty net as Michigan player scores.
    • A male swimmer wearing goggles and Michigan bathing cap emerges from the water while an amazing bubble encapuslates them.
    • U-M football players celebrate a victory in the Ohio State endzone.
    • Two wrestlers engage in battle, with heads on the ground and legs in the air.
    • Female tennis player shouts in excitement, clenching fists, mouth open.
    • A female gymnast performs a perfect flip on the balance beam.
  9. ‘Allow this place to be your haven’

    Since its founding in 1909, U-M's Biological Station in Pellston, Mich., has hosted students and researchers of all stripes, from natural scientists to future CEOs to aspiring poets. Immersive, magical, and fondly referred to as "Bug Camp," the site features 50 one-room cabins in the woods. And thanks to their graffiti-loving residents all these years, no two are the same. "A Cabin in the Woods" at details the cabins' fascinating history. Enjoy this preview of images by Daryl Marshke of Michigan Photography.
    • A tin cabin with colorful front door.
    • Graffiti reads: The year I stopped being scared.
    • Logo on a wooden stove inside a cabin at U-M Biological Station.
    • A lamp and desk inside a tin cabin at U-M Biostation.
    • Plaque on wooden wall with names and stars.