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Creativity Rules at The 69th Annual Detroit Public Schools Student Exhibition at The Detroit Institute Of Arts

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Once again, the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) will showcase the outstanding talent of Detroit Public Schools (DPS) students in the 69th Annual Detroit Public Schools Student Exhibition, on view from April 8 to May 14. Because of renovations at the DIA, the exhibition will be held at the Detroit Public Library, Main Library, 5201 Woodward, across the street from the museum.

Hundreds of objects, including ceramics, paintings, drawings, sculptures, and videos will be on display, created by students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12. A jury of local artists and DPS officials determines which works are featured in the show.

 “We’re happy to provide this annual opportunity to showcase the creativity and talent of Detroit Public Schools students,” said Graham W. J. Beal, DIA director. “Students work hard on these art projects, and the exhibition is their chance to share their work with the public.”

Dozens of schools participate in the show, and student work is featured on a bookmark, invitation, and poster. The image on this year’s poster is Self Portrait created by Cristi Hernandez, a 10th-grade student at Chadsey High School. The bookmark features Lion’s Roar by Kristin Thomas and Haven of Trees by Diamond Clay, both fifth-grade students at Bates Academy.

An opening reception for students and their families will be held on Saturday, April 8, at 1 p.m. in the library’s Old Fine Arts Room. Library hours are Tuesday–Wednesday, noon–8 p.m. and Thursday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Admission to the Library is free.

This 69th Annual Student Exhibition was organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Detroit Public Schools and is made possible with the support of the Ruth T. Cattell Education Endowment Fund, the Michigan Council for Art and Cultural Affairs and the City of Detroit.