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Lorenzo Cultural Center to host Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition

– Monday, January 23, 2017 9:00AM

Exhibit to showcase 539 works from area middle and high school students

Student artwork from 48 schools in Macomb, Huron, Lapeer, Sanilac and St. Clair counties will be featured at the Lorenzo Cultural Center’s Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition of the Michigan Thumb Region Feb. 1 - 14. Sponsored by Macomb Community College and the Center for Creative Studies, the exhibit will feature 539 works of art from area middle and high school students, including all the award-winning pieces from the competition.

The competition is part of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards scholarship program that honors creative achievements by students nationwide. More than 2,600 works of art were submitted to the regional competition this year.

Included in the exhibit will be the work of 124 Gold Key winners and 34 Art Portfolio winners, all of which will advance to the national competition held in New York in March. Art portfolios are a collection of eight pieces of art that could only be submitted by area high school seniors. Also in the exhibit will be the art work of the five American Vision Award winners. The American Vision Awards are presented to those students who achieved best in show in all judging categories. In addition, two Best of Show Art Portfolio winners and 19 Best in Category winners will also be included. Judging the submitted pieces this year were local artists and college faculty, including four faculty members from Macomb Community College. A full list of the students whose works will be on display is available here.

The American Vision winners are:  

  • Sean Beaupre, South Lake High School, St. Clair Shores
  • Kaley Brenizer, Utica High School, Shelby Township
  • Casey Bresso, Fraser High School, Fraser
  • Jessica Matthes, Eisenhower High School, Shelby Township
  • Shannon McCreay, Chippewa Valley High School, Clinton Township

The Ken Hoover Best of Show Art Portfolio awards went to:

  • Jacob Dzieszkowski, Almont High School, Almont
  • Myra Thomas, Chippewa Valley High School, Clinton Township

Each Best of Show Portfolio and American Vision winner will receive a $100 award.

Exhibition information:

  • Dates: Feb. 1 – Feb. 14
  • Location: Lorenzo Cultural Center, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township
  • Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; extended hours on Thursday until 8:00 p.m.

The exhibit is free to the public and does not require registration.

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 44,000 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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