Anton Art Center shines spotlight on young artists – Macomb Daily

A heron standing in the snow and a child’s face filled with joy are among selected artworks displayed at the opening of the annual Macomb County High School Student Show on March 12.

“The Anton Art Center is a big advocate for encouraging creative endeavors through the arts for children of all ages,” said Phil Gilchrist, Executive Director of the Anton Art Center. “Every child should have the opportunity to experience the arts, and high school student performance is just one of the many ways we promote the arts in Macomb County.”

Presented by Extra Credit Union and Anton Art Center, the annual exhibit features artwork by county students in grades 7 through 12, who attend public, private, and parochial schools or are homeschooled.

This year’s show had 737 submissions to be judged. Of these, 290 works by 161 students presented by 32 teachers representing 21 schools were selected for the exhibition, with 97 works shortlisted for prizes. The works collected will be exhibited at the Art Center. Students in grades 7-12 will be at level one and higher portfolios at level two. The artworks will also be featured in a virtual photo album posted on the Anton Art Center Facebook page during the exhibition.

Heron of Michigan by Emma Ridings, Grade 12, Romeo High School, Instructor Sherri Stough

Anton Art Center will hold a virtual presentation of the winners on March 12 at 2 p.m. The event will be streamed live on the Anton Art Center Facebook page.

Rewards to be returned include:

  • Best of Grade Ribbon Awards for three outstanding works (1st, 2nd, and 3rd) in each grade plus art supply gift cards for Du-All Art & Drafting Supply, a local art supply store in Mount Clemens.
  • Honorable Mention Ribbons Awarded to selected works of art in each class.
  • Best Portfolio Ribbon & Cash Award Awarded to a selected senior portfolio.
  • Best In Show Ribbon & Cash Award Awarded to a selected exhibited artwork.
  • Art certificates will be awarded to each student exhibitor.
Hands Face by Jordyn Freeman, Grade 11, L’Anse Creuse High School North, Instructor Nick Battaglia

“The student art exhibits at Anton Art Center bring a special energy to the space,” said Stephanie Hazzard, Anton Art Center Exhibitions Manager, “Seeing the creativity of our local students is an experience that inspires visitors of all ages, and having artwork on display in a real art gallery is especially impactful for budding artists.This program emphasizes the importance of art education and what it offers students: opportunities to develop knowledge, improve time management, expand worldview, focus on artistic practice, create connections, inspire participation and encourage goal setting Art is interdisciplinary.

The annual Macomb County High School Student Show will be performed at the Anton Art Center, 125 Macomb Place in Mount Clemens from March 12 through April 12.

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