An exhibit featuring 557 works from the Michigan Thumb Art Region of the long-running Scholastic Art Awards competition will be held Jan. 28 through Feb. 9 at Macomb Community College’s Lorenzo Cultural Center, 44575 Garfield Road in Clinton Township. Macomb Community College and the College for Creative Studies (CCS), Detroit, sponsor the regional competition.
The exhibit will feature art created by students in 7th through 12th grades from Huron, Lapeer, Macomb, Sanilac and St. Clair counties. The regional art competition is part of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, a 90-year-old art recognition and scholarship program that honors creative achievements by students nationwide. This exhibit is free and open to the public.
The keynote speaker at the regional awards ceremony will be former Gold Key winner and Henry Ford II High School graduate Colin Tury, 26, a Sterling Heights native and partner in Detroit-based TAKD Design. Tury graduated from CCS in 2011 with a bachelor of fine arts degree. He currently is finishing a master of fine arts degree at Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis. Before attending CCS, Tury graduated from Henry Ford II High School in Sterling Heights and studied liberal arts at Macomb.
“Winning a Scholastic Award is proof that what you are doing as an artist is valuable, and someone recognizes it,” said Tury. Tury said he wants award winners to know that “following your dream” is not just an empty cliché and that there are good opportunities available for those who pursue creative careers.
Tury said he helped start TAKD “because I really like designing things,” but intends to continue to work as an artist while also building the design firm and possibly also teaching. He said he sees those vocations as interconnected parts of what he hopes will be a flexible, multi-disciplinary career.
Thumb Region Award Winners
Of the works accepted into the exhibition, 121 works and 35 art portfolios (a collection of eight pieces that only high-school seniors can submit) were regional Gold Key winners, which will move forward to the national competition. Two portfolios received Best of Show awards and five were selected for American Vision Awards, the highest regional honor. In addition, 19 Best in Category Special Award winners were selected.
The American Vision winners were: Kevin Anderson, Algonquin Middle School, digital art; Deserae Diciesare, Utica Community Schools, photography ; Rachel Smith, L’Anse Creuse High School - North, painting; Cassidy Walters, L’Anse Creuse High School, drawing; and Lyndsey Yarger, Port Huron Northern High School, sculpture. These five young artists will represent the region on the national level as American Vision nominees.
Among the local prizes offered, $200 is awarded to each best of show portfolio winner and $100 is awarded each to the American Vision winner. A complete list of Thumb Area winners is available at this link.
National award winners will be honored June 6 at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. CCS offers scholarships of $1,000 per year for seniors who win a National Silver Medal and an additional $2,000 per year for each National Gold Medal if they are accepted and attend the college.
• Dates: Jan. 28 - Feb. 9
• Location: Lorenzo Cultural Center, 44575 Garfield, Clinton Township
• Hours: Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sunday, 1 - 4 p.m.; Monday and Tuesday by appointment
About the College for Creative Studies
Located in the heart of Detroit, the College for Creative Studies (CCS) educates artists and designers to be leaders in creative professions. A private, fully accredited college, CCS enrolls more than 1,400 students pursuing bachelor of fine arts and master of fine arts) degrees. The college also offers non-credit courses in the visual arts through its Continuing Education programs and opportunities for youth through its Community Arts Partnerships programs. For more information, visit www.collegeforcreativestudies.edu/about.
About Macomb Community College
Macomb Community College (www.macomb.edu) is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and as the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.
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