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Student Talent on display in 75th annual Detroit Public Schools Student Exhibition at Detroit Institute of Arts - Paintings, drawings, pottery, photography and more by students in grades K–12

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

(Detroit)—Hundreds of imaginative works created by Detroit Public Schools (DPS) students will be on display in the 75th annual Detroit Public Schools Student Exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). The exhibition, on view April 28–June 3, is free with museum admission. An opening reception for students and their families will be held Saturday, April 28, from 1 to 3 p.m. The Charter One Foundation is supporting the special anniversary of the DPS show this year.

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

“This is our 75th year of showcasing art created by talented Detroit Public Schools students,” said Graham W.J. Beal, DIA director. “Students work hard on their art projects, and we’re happy to be able to share their talent with our visitors. The students’ involvement, as well as that of their teachers and families, plants the seeds of a long-term love of the arts.”

Some of the students’ artwork will be featured on an exhibition poster, invitation postcard, bookmark and checklist booklet. The poster features Line Designs, a painting by Christina Cervantes, a sixth-grader at Clippert Academy. The postcard shows art by Jacqueline Hunter, a senior at Renaissance High School; Alyssia Credit, a seventh-grader at Langston Hughes Academy; William Bouvier, an eighth-grader at Langston Hughes Academy; and Jermaine Tripp, a junior at Cass Technical High school. Three images by Blackwell Academy eighth-grade students Erica Carpenter, Krishana Castro and Terrin Ferris are displayed on the bookmark. A tempera painting by Joshua Cooper, an eighth-grader from Bates Academy, is on the cover of the checklist booklet.

“We’re thrilled to have Charter One be a part of this exciting exhibit,” said Sandy Pierce, president of Charter One and RBS Citizens, Michigan. “Through art, youth develop and increase their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. This is a wonderful program.”

The 75th 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 Charter One Foundation and the Ruth T. T. Cattell Education Endowment Fund. Additional support was provided by the City of Detroit.

Hours and Admission
Museum hours are 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors ages 62+, $4 for ages 6–17, and free for DIA members. For membership information call (313) 833-7971.

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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 the City of Detroit.

Contact:    Larisa Zade    (313) 833-7962    lzade@dia.org