First-ever DPS high school jewelry juried competition will showcase student creations in downtown Detroit storefront of Simmons and Clark Jewelers

Judges include WSU Fine Arts Dean, Comerica Charitable Foundation head, Jennifer Gilbert

Detroit Public Schools high school jewelry artists will have the unique opportunity to prominently display their works in a downtown Detroit jewelry store, earn scholarships and have their creations juried by a distinguished panel of corporate, academic, design and communications professionals, as part of Detroit’s First High School Jewelry Scholarship Competition.

Sponsored by Simmons and Clark Jewelers and The Comerica Charitable Foundation, the competition was open to 10th-12th graders and recent graduates who were able to submit up to two pieces of wearable jewelry, created within the past year. Pieces will be juried and available for public viewing and People’s Choice voting for 10 days beginning March 31. An Awards Presentation is scheduled for April 10.

“The students are exposed to many facets of jewelry making: drawing, designing, specialized techniques, and the use of various tools, metals, and exotic materials for engineering a unique work of art,” says Cass Technical High School art teacher Mindy Mitchell. “The jewelry program works to create future artists, designers, inventors, and doctors.”

Pieces will be judged on design, creativity and craftsmanship. Prizes for the top three juried winners are scholarships of $500, $250 and $100.  In addition, there will be honorable mention awards as well as the People’s Choice Award.

Judges include Matthew Seeger, Dean of the Wayne State University College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts; Linda Forte, senior vice president, business affairs, Comerica Bank; Jennifer Gilbert, interior designer and founder, Doodle Home; R.J. King, editor, dbusiness magazine; John Balardo, publisher, Hour Magazine; and Stacey Simmons, associate curator of education, The Henry Ford.

“The Simmons family is proud to continue our tradition of giving back to the community, and now being able to expand our contribution by promoting our industry as a viable career through this competition is a win-win for everyone.  These kids are talented and we are proud to highlight their designs.”

As part of the program, Simmons and Dean Seeger will visit Mitchell’s classroom to discuss the business and art of jewelry making.

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