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Scholastic Art Awards Regional Exhibition to be held at Macomb Community College’s Lorenzo Cultural Center

– Thursday, January 22, 2015 12:00AM

More than 550 works by students in Huron, Lapeer, Macomb, Sanilac and St. Clair counties to be showcased through Feb. 17

Macomb Community College’s Lorenzo Cultural Center will feature 563 works from the Michigan Thumb Art Region of the Scholastic Art Awards competition Feb. 2 through Feb. 17. Macomb and the College for Creative Studies (CCS), Detroit, sponsor the regional competition.

The regional Scholastic art awards exhibit will feature the works of students in 7th through 12th grades from Huron, Lapeer, Macomb, Sanilac and St. Clair counties. The competition is part of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards scholarship program that honors creative achievements by students nationwide. The exhibit at the Lorenzo Cultural Center is free and open to the public.

Nearly 2,700 works of art were submitted by almost 1,100 students from 47 middle and high schools in the region. A full list of the students whose works will be on display is available here.

Of the works accepted into the exhibition, 130 works and 69 art portfolios (a collection of eight pieces that only high-school seniors can submit) are 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, 22 Best in Category Special Award winners were selected.

The American Vision winners are: Carlie Gibson, Utica High School, mixed media; Michael Kramer, Eisenhower High School, photography; Rhian Perry, Port Huron Northern High School, sculpture; Alec Rokicki, East Detroit High School, photography; and Emma Somers, Lapeer High School, drawing. 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 to the American Vision winners.

National award winners will be announced in March and honored June 11 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 CCS.

Exhibition information:

  • Dates: Feb. 2 – Feb. 17
  • Location: Lorenzo Cultural Center, 44575 Garfield Rd., 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
  • Awards Ceremony: Monday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m., Macomb Center for the Performing Arts; reception following at the Lorenzo Cultural Center

About the College for Creative Studies
The College for Creative Studies is an integrated learning community located in Detroit. A private, fully accredited college, CCS enrolls nearly 1,400 students pursuing master of fine arts and bachelor of fine arts degrees. CCS also offers visual art opportunities for learners of all ages through its Community Arts Partnerships and Continuing Educations programs. For more information, visit

About Macomb Community College
Macomb Community College ( 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. 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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