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“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” Those are the words of one of the world’s most famous artists, Pablo Picasso. When you visit the 71st Annual Detroit Public Schools Student Exhibition at the Detroit Public Library’s Main Branch, you’ll fully understand why he made the statement. Picasso saw and appreciated the freshness and purity of the works of art created by children and you can too.

Over 350 individual and group works including drawings, paintings, collages, videos, mosaics, photos, etchings, jewelry, ceramics and other works of art are on display now through May 17. They represent the collective works of k-12 students in 59 Detroit Public Schools.

Students submitted pieces to a panel of judges who chose the works that would be honored with a place in the exhibition. To give them a more personal feel for the world of art, students in the show and their families were honored with an opening day reception.

The Annual Student Exhibition is a collaborative effort by the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Public Library and the Detroit Public Schools. It is supported by the Ruth T. Cattell Education Endowment Fund, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the City of Detroit.

The exhibit is open during regular library hours, Tuesday and Wednesday, noon to 8 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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