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Ferris State shows off student work, museum donations

Replicas of some David Levinthal photographs were on display outside Bijou by the Bay on Saturday. The original Polaroid copies were donated to the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University in February.

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Ferris State University showed off some of what it has to offer on Saturday in Traverse City.

Short films made by FSU students were played on loop at Bijou by the Bay on Saturday afternoon as part of Ferris State's partnership with the Traverse City Film Festival.

In addition to the films, the university's digital animation and game design set up a virtual reality tent that allowed members of the public to put on the VR headset and kayak down the Grand River in Grand Rapids.

"It is so awesome just watch all this come to life," said digital animation and game design student Justin Evans. "It’s amazing just to finally see everyone enjoy what you made, get the laughs. It’s just an awesome feeling to finally see this in the light of day instead of a dark folder in your computer."

Right next to the VR tent, the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia displayed three replicas of photographs that were recently donated to the museum.

More than $2 million of renown photographer David Levinthal's work was donated to the museum in February.

The replicas of Levinthal's work on display featured images from his "Blackface," "Bad Barbie," and "Mein Kamph" series.

Ferris State's digital animation and game design program will be presenting at the film festival's film school next Friday and Saturday.

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