Celebrating eight decades of student artwork at the Detroit Institute of Arts

“Coney With Everything,” mixed media; Mohammed Saifur Rahman, Grade 12, Cass Technical High School

Hundreds of imaginative works created by DPSCD students will be on display in the 80th annual “Detroit Public Schools Community District Student Exhibition,” presented by the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA). The exhibition, on view April 29 through May 28, is free and will be held in the Special Exhibition Galleries South on the second floor near Farnsworth St. An opening reception for students and their families will take place Saturday, April 29, beginning at 4 p.m. in the DIA’s Detroit Film Theatre auditorium.

Special Media Preview
April 26 at 10 A.M. contact press secretary Chrystal Wilson at chrystal.wilson@detroitk12.org for more information.

The partnership between the DIA and the Detroit public schools is the longest standing continuous relationship the museum has with an educational organization. Many of the students whose works have been featured in the exhibition have gone on to pursue successful careers in the arts, including, among others, Tracy Reese, a New York-based fashion designer who has dressed the likes of former First Lady Michelle Obama, and Mario Moore, a New York-based contemporary painter whose works have been shown in exhibitions across the country.

“We are honored to continue to feature the talent and creativity of DPSCD students in our galleries,” said DIA Director Salvador Salort-Pons. “Together, the DIA and DPSCD have presented eight decades of student art to the community through this beautiful partnership. The exhibitions have impacted and inspired an immeasurable amount of people, from the students themselves, their families and the visitors who come to see the artwork.”

Students from 18 schools in grades K–12 submitted ceramics, collages, drawings, videos, textiles, jewelry, paintings, photography, prints, sculpture and other works to a jury of local artists, retired DPSCD educators and DIA staff, which selected the nearly 400 pieces included in the show. This year, eight videos were submitted and accepted, which is more than ever before.

Every year entries are featured on exhibition promotional materials. This year’s selections are:

Poster

“Coney With Everything,” mixed media; Mohammed Saifur Rahman, Grade 12, Cass Technical High School

Checklist Cover

“Brown Eyed Girl,” drawing; Kyra Williams-Davis, Grade 11, Renaissance High School

“In the Moment,” drawing; Dujuan Goulbourne, Grade 12, Renaissance High School

Bookmark

“Aptikal,” jewelry; Tai’Janae Harris, Grade 12, Cass Technical High School

“Blue Squid,” painting; Kara Collier, Grade 8, Carver STEM Academy

“Floetry,” jewelry; Le’La Barnes, Grade 11, Cass Technical High School

Postcard

“Sending Love,” photography; Seth Crosby, Grade 12, Renaissance High School

“Synthetic Confidence,” photography; Lauren Crymes, Grade 12, Renaissance High School

“Women in the Water,” photography; Seth Crosby, Grade 12, Renaissance High School

Banner

“A Busy Crowd at the Show,” painting; Joy Brown-Paymon, Grade 3, Carver STEM Academy

Program Cover

“A Couple,” painting; Sydney Smith, Grade 8, Bates Academy

DIA Website

“Redwood Boots,” painting; Jordyn Willis, Grade 11, Renaissance High School

Directional Signage

“Flying High with the Friendly Skies,” drawing; Tyleigh Wilkins, Grade 3, Carver STEM Academy

“Girl Robot,” drawing; Briana Davis, Grade 4, Carver STEM Academy

“Lesson of the Spider,” painting; JoAnne Hollis, Grade 12, Cass Technical High School
“Max’s Grill,” painting; Dezjaney Smith, Grade 12, Cass Technical High School

“Rooster,” drawing; Magdalene Sanchez Pryzgodski, Grade 3, Academy of the Americas

The 80th “Detroit Public Schools Community District Student Exhibition” was organized by the DIA and DPSCD and is made possible with support from the Ruth T. T. Cattell Education Endowment Fund.  Additional support was provided by the Detroit Public Schools Foundation.

Credit line for attached image: “Coney With Everything,” mixed media; Mohammed Saifur Rahman, Grade 12, Cass Technical High School

Museum Hours and Admission
9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesdays–Thursdays, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. General admission (excludes ticketed exhibitions) is free for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents and DIA members. For all others, $12.50 for adults, $8 for seniors ages 62+, $6 for ages 6–17. For membership information, call 313-833-7971.

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