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

– Wednesday, January 27, 2016 12:00AM

575 works by students in Macomb, Huron, Lapeer, Sanilac and St. Clair counties to be showcased through Feb. 16

Macomb Community College’s Lorenzo Cultural Center will feature 575 works from the Michigan Thumb Art Region of the Scholastic Art Awards competition Feb. 2 through Feb. 16. 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 Macomb, Huron, Lapeer, 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 2,600 works of art were submitted by roughly 1,100 students from 56 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, 129 works and 28 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, 17 Best in Category Special Award winners were selected.

The American Vision winners are:  Francesca Atkins, East Detroit High School, photography; Calum Clow, Utica High School, painting; Jackson Hintz, Utica High School, film and animation; Moshammad Khadiza, Center Line High School, photography; and Kathryn Seib, Utica 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 to the American Vision winners.

National award winners will be announced in March and awardees above the Silver Award level will honored June 2 at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. CCS offers scholarships of $1,000 per year for seniors who win a National Silver Medal and $2,000 per year for each National Gold Medal if they are accepted and attend CCS.

Exhibition information:

  • Dates: Feb. 2 – Feb. 16
  • Location: Lorenzo Cultural Center, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township
  • Hours: Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Monday and Tuesday by appointment

 About College for Creative Studies
Located in the heart of Detroit, the College for Creative Studies educates artists and designers to be leaders in the 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. Students in the BFA program can major in advertising: copywriting, advertising design, crafts, entertainment arts, fashion accessories design, fine arts, graphic design, illustration, interior design, photography, product design, and transportation design, in addition to a dual major Art Education program. Students in the MFA program can major in color and materials design, interaction design, integrated design, and transportation design. The College also offers non-credit courses in the visual arts through its Continuing and Precollege Studies programs and opportunities for youth through its Community Arts Partnerships programs.

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 and is 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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