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Joe Levickas

PROGRAM DIRECTOR/ ARTS AT MICHIGAN
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR/ OFFICE OF NEW STUDENT PROGRAMS

levickas@umich.edu

Joe LevickasI am proud and excited to be in my ninth year at Arts at Michigan, and in my third as Program Director. My work with Arts at Michigan has offered great opportunities for me to support students in experiencing, understanding, and creating art. I stand proudly behind Arts at Michigan's philosophy 'that the arts are essential to shaping our individual and collective identities and understanding what it means to be a citizen of a diverse multi-cultural society.'

I earned my BFA from University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, and my MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, both in Painting. I helped coordinate programs and exhibitions at Pratt Institute and The Cooper Union in New York, and at Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild in Pittsburgh. As an artist, curator and arts professional, the arts have been a driving force in my career, and I’m really excited to be working in a position that gives me new opportunities each day to share that passion. I love going to all sorts of arts events with my wife and son and seeing offbeat film and theatre productions. I love art museums and mid century modern design. I have a unique fondness for music from 1993-1994, a love of tacos, French food, pizza, and all types of cheese. And I’m a serious New York Yankees fan.

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Rachel Parke

Program Specialist

rparke@umich.edu

Rachel Parke I am beginning my third year as the Program Specialist at Arts at Michigan. Through this position I've connected students to the arts through arts competitions, trips to arts experiences, discussions about and explorations of arts interests, and more! Building meaningful connections between the arts and my community is extremely important to me and I'm thrilled to be able to nurture that passion at the University of Michigan!

I earned by Bachelor’s Degree in arts education at Aquinas College and continued my education at Eastern Michigan University with a Master’s Degree in art administration and nonprofit management. Prior to my position at Arts at Michigan I served as the Program and Communications Manager at both The Arts Alliance and Artrain, Inc. In this role I developed a strong network of arts and cultural organizations in Washtenaw County.

Outside of U-M I am an organizer of DIYpsi, a biannual indie art fair in Ypsilanti. Through DIYpsi I have supported the businesses of a large number of independent artists in SE Michigan and beyond. If you attend an indie art fair in SE Michigan there's a good chance you will see me there working, volunteering, or shopping!

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Baxter Banghart

Website Designer

Claire Bartosic I am currently a sophomore double majoring in Computer Science and Data Science at the College of Engineering with my eyes set on a future in Artificial Intelliegence and Machine Learning. I also spent a good portion of time studying Computer Science at Western Michigan University prior to college proper.

In my free time I enjoy tinkering with computers, playing guitar, developing my cooking skills, and compulsively changing my computer wallpaper. I wholeheartedly believe that everyone should find a place for art somewhere in their life regardless of their other interests. Life would be kind of boring without it.

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Claire Bartosic

Graphic Designer

Claire BartosicI am a senior double majoring in History of Art and Anthropology with a minor in Graphic Design at the Art School. I love to both experience and create art and am very excited about how many amazing opportunities there are to do so on campus. I am especially interested in the creation of informed design in order to help individuals make sense of today’s increasingly global and visual world. In my spare time I sit in the front row of every Michigan Football game and play water polo for the Women’s Club team.

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Ahliyah Kim

Graphic Designer

Ahliyah KimI am an Ann Arbor native currently in my senior year with a major in art & design. I love to work in photo, video, animation, and graphic design, so it's pretty fun having the ability to communicate my thoughts and ideas across so many mediums and combine them at times. When I'm not creating, I can be found at Rick's American Café.

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Ariana Sauber

Web Developer

Ariana SauberI'm a junior at U-M majoring in Data Science, which is a combination of computer science, statistics, and mathematics. The arts have always been a continuous force in my life...I can't imagine existence without the meaning that it creates. Lately, I've been very interested in the melange of art and science. As modern society is becoming more infused with technology, so is art which has yielded new genres and possibilities.

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