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DIA exterior at night
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Detroit Public Schools Art Show

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Contact:    Pamela Marcil         313-833-7899  

            Dave Priestly         313-833-9151  


Blossoming artists on display at the 70th Annual Detroit Public Schools Student Exhibition

Organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts


March 8, 2007 (Detroit)—Once again, the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) will showcase the imaginative works of Detroit Public Schools (DPS) students in the 70th Annual Detroit Public Schools Student Exhibition, on view from March 31 to May 5. 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.

      “The DIA has showcased the art of talented Detroit Public Schools students for 70 years, and we are happy to continue our support,” said Graham W. J. Beal, DIA director. “The students’ involvement, as well as that of their teachers and families, plants the seed of a long-term love of the arts.”

       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 Untitled by Dijon Diggs, 3rd Grade, Coolidge Elementary School, whose art teacher is Vernita Walker. The bookmark features: Untitled  by William Irby, 12th grade, Untitled by Jammie Young, 12th grade, both of Denby High School, Meagan Mormon, art teacher; Cool Brother by Sharrod Hayes, ninth grade at Detroit Central High School, Gloria Byers-art teacher; and a selection of ceramic work by students from Chadsey High School, Eileen Finnegan, art teacher.

       An opening reception for students and their families will be held on Saturday, March 31, 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 70th 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 Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that include 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 will present a dynamic schedule of programs and activities for all ages, even as the museum’s building is undergoing a major renovation. Visitors can enjoy some of the DIA’s “greatest hits” while the museum prepares for an entirely new installation when renovations are completed in November 2007.


Museum hours are 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For special exhibition hours during the Super Bowl weekend, please visit


Admission is a donation. We recommend $6 for adults and $3 for children. DIA members are admitted free. For membership information call 313-833-7971.


Programs are made possible with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the City of Detroit.