1. Painting the town

    Muralists in Ann Arbor love to spoil us with an ever-changing cityscape. Everywhere you look, beauty abounds. Prepare to behold.
    • Ouizi's Coneflowers at 200 S. Ashley
    • Pat Perry Mural near Grizzly Peak
    • Back exterior of Potbelly on State and Liberty
    • Ant Alley
    • Mural at Oxford/Magellan
    • Trees at Tomukun
  2. A breath of fresh awe

    Each spring, the University of Michigan Peony Garden on the Ann Arbor campus bursts into a stunning array of dazzling blooms. The blossoms' brief appearance in Nichols Arboretum is an annual reminder to celebrate nature's fleeting gifts with awe in your heart. (Images by Deb Holdship; text by Joseph Mooney.)
    • A bud
    • Longshot
  3. Let’s get real

    Though not a complete return to old-school commencement in Michigan Stadium, the Spring 2021 ceremony moved the most significant action off the screen and into the stands. As you can see, COVID-19 was no match for these graduates’ pride and joy. The images here are accompanied by quotes from past U-M commencement speakers. (Text was sourced by Rob Havey, communications specialist at U-M's Bentley Historical Library. All images are by Michigan Photography. Watch the 2021 commencement ceremony.)  
    • Michigan Stadium 2021
    • Guy celebrates graduation
    • Graduation cap celebrates faith
    • Women grads celebrate
    • Grads make M with their hands
  4. Hoop dreams and dreamers

    With head coaches Juwan Howard and Kim Barnes Arico as their leaders, talented Michigan athletes gave it their all this season to bring joy back to the fans of college basketball. All images can be found in galleries at
    • Coach Howard and Men's Basketball team, 2021 (against Rutgers)
    • Livers and Howard, 2021 (against Wisconsin)
    • Juwan Howard gets animated against Iowa
    • Howard celebrates BIG 10 Championship, 2021
    • Howard gives a thumbs-up at Wisconsin game
    • U-M beats MSU to take Big Ten Championship, 2021
  5. Power and picture-making

    ‘Framing identity: Representations of empowerment and resilience in the Black experience’ draws inspiration from Frederick Douglass’ views on the potential of photography as a tool for social change. Douglass connected photography to the evolution of community. Samantha Hill, 2019-21 Joyce Bonk Fellow and graduate student at the School of Information, developed the curatorial project at the Clements Library. Click any image to enlarge. View the full online exhibition.  
    • Douglass title page with portrait
    • Ballerina
    • Chapman
    • Older boys and girls via YMCA and YWCA
    • Soldier
    • Magazine cover
  6. The year in Michigan Medicine

    Though COVID-19 dominated headlines in 2020, countless other medical stories unfolded at Michigan Medicine last year. Enjoy these inspiring scenes from our health system. View the entire slideshow.
    • Basketball team
    • Augmented reality
    • Doc with pediatric patient
    • Mott Ultrasound
    • Girl in prosthetic lab
    • Nneka Mbah
  7. Life, death, and renewal

    As the gray of winter descends, let's embrace the breathtaking beauty of autumn in Ann Arbor. It sure beats reflecting on the heinous events of 2020! And really, there's no place prettier than the U-M campus in the fall. Enjoy these literary interpretations of the season, along with some gorgeous photos by Michigan Photography's Scott Soderberg.
    • Pretty leaves, fall 20
    • pretty fall colors, 2020
    • Pretty leaves, fall 20
    • pretty fall colors, 2020
    • pretty leaves, fall 2020
  8. ‘Behind the Walls’ installed outside UMMA

    Ann Arbor welcomes a monumental icon to State Street, thanks to long-time U-M supporters J. Ira and Nicki Harris. Spanish artist Jaume Plensa created this 25-foot-tall sculpture of an elongated human head with hands covering both eyes, now permanently installed at the museum’s entrance. Share your impressions. (Click on any image to enlarge.)
    • Crane with giant head
    • construction site
    • pieces on the ground
    • PIece comes down from above
    • Piecing together
    • Technician inside sculpture
  9. From museum space to polling place

    In September, professors at the Stamps School of Art & Design and the Ford School worked with local partners to transform the Stenn Gallery at the U-M Museum of Art (525 S. State St.) into the state’s first satellite city clerk’s office on a university campus. Nearly 4,000 students had registered by Oct. 23 and more than 4,000 ballots had been returned. (All photos by Michigan Photography's Eric Bronson unless otherwise noted.)
    • First-time voter Riley Freedman casts his vote at UMMA in October 2020.
    • UMMA 2020 vote
    • umma vote 2020
    • UMMA vote
    • UMMA vote 2020
    • City leaders at UMMA