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Student Talent shines in 77th annual Detroit Public Schools Student Exhibition at Detroit Institute of Arts - Paintings, drawings, pottery, jewelry, photography and more by students in grades K–12

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Contact:  Larisa Zade 313-833-7962

(Detroit)—Hundreds of imaginative works created by Detroit Public Schools (DPS) students will be on display in the 77th annual Detroit Public Schools Student Exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). The exhibition, on view April 12 through June 8, is free with museum admission. An opening reception for students and their families will be held Saturday, April 12, from noon to 2 p.m. 

Students from 24 schools in grades K–12 submitted paintings, prints, drawings, photography, ceramics, videos, jewelry and other works to a jury of local artists, DPS officials and DIA representatives, which determined the works that will be in the show.

Every year entries are chosen to be featured on exhibition promotional materials. Here are this year’s selections:

Keepers of the Dreams, painting; Justin Coleman, Grade 12 Davis Aerospace High School 

Mommy with Her Babies, mixed media; Enrique Rocha, Grade 1 Academy of the Americas 
Squash, The Harvester, mixed media; Micah Ashford, Grade 7 George Washington Carver STEM Academy 
Tints and Shades, painting; Antoinette West, Grade 8 Earhart Elementary/Middle School 
Aretha, printmaking; Vivian Winfrey, Grade 8 Bates Academy 
Gloria Jones, printmaking; Ashley Primas, Grade 8 Bates Academy 
Self-Portrait, painting; Justin Coleman, Grade 12 Davis Aerospace High School 
Estar Contigo Es Todo Lo Que Pido (All I Ask Is to Be with You); printmaking, Stephanie Flores, Grade 12 Renaissance High School 

Apple Tree, painting; Navia Hughes, Grade 5 Ronald Brown Academy 
Butterfly, painting; Tierra Miller, Grade 3 Ronald Brown Academy 
Bro, painting; Michael Adams, Grade 4 Ronald Brown Academy 
The 77th Detroit Public Schools Student Exhibition was organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Detroit Public Schools and is made possible with support from the Ruth T. T. Cattell Education Endowment Fund.  Additional support was provided by the Detroit Public Schools Foundation.

Hours and Admission
Museum hours are 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesdays–Thursdays, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. General admission (excludes ticketed exhibitions) is free for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents and DIA members. For all others, $8 for adults, $6 for seniors ages 62+, $4 for ages 6–17. For membership information, call 313-833-7971.


The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self-Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA’s collection is known for its quality, range and depth. The DIA’s mission is to create opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art.

Programs are made possible with support from residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.