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Winning local student artwork from Scholastic Art Awards competition presented at Lorenzo Cultural Center

– Tuesday, January 15, 2019 9:00AM

Regional Gold Key winners to advance to national competition

The Lorenzo Cultural Center will host the Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition Jan. 29 – Feb. 9, showcasing 549 individual pieces of winning artwork and 23 portfolios from the 2019 Scholastic Art and Writing Competition for the Michigan Thumb Region. Sponsored by Macomb Community College and the College for Creative Studies, students from 44 middle and high schools in Macomb, Huron, Lapeer, Sanilac and St. Clair counties participated.

The regional competition is held in conjunction with the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards scholarship program that recognizes artistic achievement by students nationwide. 2,432 works of art and 71 portfolios were submitted to the Michigan Thumb Region competition this year by 899 area students. Portfolios are collections of eight pieces of art that could only be submitted by high school seniors.

Regional awards include Honorable Mention, Ken Hoover Best of Show Art Portfolios, Silver and Gold Keys, American Vision & Voices nominations and Best in Category. Gold Key winning artwork and portfolios nominated from each region across the country are forwarded to New York for national judging. National winners may also receive scholarships and other prizes. Included in the exhibit are the 126 Gold Key winners and five Gold Key Portfolio winners from the Thumb Region.

Also in the exhibit will be the work of the five American Vision & Voices Medal nominees. Five works are selected from those earning Gold Keys in all judging categories as the region “Best-of-Show” and nominees for the national American Visions & Voices Medals. A panel of jurors in New York City selects one nominee from each region to receive an American Visions Medal, the highest regional honor.

The American Vision nominees are:

  • Anjelo Hana, L’Anse Creuse High School, Harrison Township
  • Sarah Kehoe, Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School, Marine City
  • Chaolei Lewis, Lake Shore High School, Saint Clair Shores
  • Wilson Lombard, Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School, Marine City
  • Tamara Sindy, Center Line High School, Center Line   

Judging was performed by 24 local artists, designers, filmmakers, photographers, retired art teachers and college faculty from the College for Creative Studies, Macomb Community College, Oakland Community College and Lawrence Technological University. The jurors evaluated the art work based on three criteria: originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.

The Lorenzo Cultural Center is located on the Macomb Community College’s Center Campus at 44575 Garfield Road in Clinton Township. The exhibit is open to the public free of charge Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., with extended hours on Tuesday and Wednesday until 8 p.m.

About the College for Creative Studies

The College for Creative Studies enrolls more than 1,400 students from 35 states and 37 countries, pursuing Master of Fine Arts degrees in Color and Materials Design, Integrated Design, Interaction Design and Transportation Design and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Advertising Design, Communication Design, Crafts, Entertainment Arts, Fashion Accessories Design, Fine Arts, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design and Transportation Design. A Visual Arts Teacher Certification is also available.  For more information visit:

About the Lorenzo Cultural Center

The Lorenzo Cultural Center provides interactive learning opportunities for all ages.  It extends student discovery beyond classroom walls as well as creating multi-faceted opportunities for community members to explore the influences and experiences that shape our heritage.  The cultural center is located on Macomb Community College’s Center Campus, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township. More information is available at

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 38,000 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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