Like many of you, I’m not an art critic. In fact, I have no formal art training — well, only if you count the two years of art that I struggled through in high school and the one class in college. You know, the class where your professor suggests that maybe painting isn’t for you and sends you down the hall to the pottery class … where I was also not the star student. But enough about me. Let me tell you about a group of high school students who have been blessed with a gift.
Michigan State University Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) hosted the Third Annual Student Art Exhibition at its beautiful new headquarters in East Lansing. What an outstanding evening. The artwork of students from 14 area high schools was on display: Charlotte, DeWitt, East Lansing, Everett, Grand Ledge, Haslett, Holt, Lansing Catholic, Lansing Christian, Leslie, Mason, Okemos, Waverly and Williamston.
These very talented students weren’t just showing off their artwork; each of them had the opportunity to compete to win the People’s Choice Award. This award was given to the student who received the most votes from community members who toured the Exhibition at the MSUFCU headquarters and through the Web site, www.msufcuart.com. In addition to the People’s Choice Award, a panel of local art experts judged the artwork, selecting the top three pieces and 10 Honorable Mentions for the Juried Awards.
As you can see by the photos, the pieces were just magnificent. These young artists are really talented. Their displayed works included samplings of still life, pottery, oil, watercolor, pencil, chalk and mixes of these and other media.
I spoke with a student from Waverly High School and asked her how she chose her project. She said the assignment was just to paint something, artist’s choice. Another school had clearly given their students the same project and materials then let them use their imaginations. Each participating school was allowed to enter up to 10 pieces of art. The decision of which pieces to enter was up to the independent schools.
Congratulations to all of the students who participated in this year’s Student Art Exhibition, you are all winners in my book.
I encourage all of you to plan on attending next year’s show and support our community’s young artists.