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Two LOHS art students featured in governor's traveling show

Two LOHS art students featured in governor's traveling show

June 12, 2019


Presented by the Michigan Youth Arts Festival and the Michigan Art Education Association, the Governor’s Top 30 Traveling Student Show showcases 30 selected artworks produced by high school art students from across the state of Michigan, including two from Lake Orion High School.

Pieces from LOHS students Mary Eisbrenner ("Horns = Money" ) and Emma Mackela, ("Growth") earned them a spot in the show.

Mary's work was done with a marker and a dollar and Emma's was produced with watercolor.

Art teacher Melissa Wilson told show organizers that this exhibit “highlights the positive role the arts play in Michigan high schools. Art has the ability to make people see different viewpoints and brings understanding to issues we all face,” and that “much of the work (in this exhibit) deals with social justice issues and creative problem-solving.”

Nearly 500 works are submitted annually and are adjudicated in a series of regional and state level exhibits down to a group of 100 artworks. These pieces are featured in the Visual Art Exhibit at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival held each spring at Western Michigan Universality in Kalamazoo.

Of the 100 finalists, jurors choose 30 of the most outstanding works to produce the traveling collection. This show tours several different venues across the state for a year, until finally going on display in the Governor’s Executive Office in the state capitol in Lansing.

This year’s collection includes artworks from counties across the Lower Peninsula, including Lenawee, Hillsdale, St. Joseph, Macomb, Oakland, Livingston, Ottawa, Mason, Newaygo, Washtenaw, St. Clair, Clinton, Kent, Lapeer, and Saginaw.

The exhibit is open Saturday, July 13 through Tuesday, August 23, in the Anton Art Center’s Petitpren Community Gallery located on the second floor. A free public reception will be held on Saturday, July 13th from 2-4 p.m. with light refreshments provided. Admission is always free, and metered parking is free on the weekends.

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