The creative talents blossoming from today’s young minds were honored recently in the 14th annual MSUFCU Student Art Exhibit.
The exhibit was held from Jan. 27 through Feb. 24 at the headquarters of Michigan State University Federal Credit Union in East Lansing. This year’s award winners were announced in a special television broadcast Sunday hosted by Tiffany Dowling, president and CEO of M3 Group as well as the publisher of 517 Magazine, and Whitney Anderson-Harrell, MSUFCU chief community development officer, on WILX-TV 10.
First place in the Juried Award Category went to Elena Potter of Okemos High School for her exhibit entry titled “Indigo.”
Second place was awarded to Landon Blixt of Fowlerville High School for “Can’t Breathe.” Blixt also received an honorable mention for a second submission in the Juried Award Category.
The third-place prize went to Esha Kumar of Okemos High School for “Sea Turtle.”
People’s Choice Award winners in this year’s event were Kaitlyn Dickey of Bath High School, first place; Kiele Ford of Lansing Christian High School, second place; and Kyra Dykes Owens of Lansing Christian High School, third place. In addition, Dickey received an honorable mention in the Juried Award Category.
The School Spirit Award went to Bath High School, and Gwenna Zanin of Fowlerville High School received the Social Media Award. Zanin also received an honorable mention in the Juried Award Category.
Other honorable mentions in the Juried Award Category were given to two pieces of artwork from Ava Yon of Fowlerville High School as well as submissions from Jenna Downs of Grand Ledge High School, Jessica Esquivel of Everett High School, Katherine Hawthorne of East Lansing High School, Kiele ford of Lansing Christian High School and Brenna Marshall of Mason High School.
In all roughly 100 submissions were displayed this year at MSUFCU from nearly a dozen mid-Michigan high schools. Votes were cast online as well as by those who stopped by the headquarters during regular business hours for the exhibit.
“As MSU Federal Credit Union’s chief community development officer, it’s such an honor to bring this exhibit to the community this year,” said Anderson-Harrel. “We are truly amazed by the students work.”
The Juried Awards were selected by a panel of three local art experts: Dane Porter, Brian Whitfield and Catherine Tonning-Popowich. The People’s Choice Awards were determined by votes from the public, cast both in person at the MSUFCU headquarters and online at the exhibit’s website.
First-place winners received $300, second-place artists received $200 and third-place honorees were given $100. Potter’s first-place artwork in the Juried Award Category will be displayed on an Arts Council of Greater Lansing billboard.
To view the artwork in this year’s exhibit or to watch the awards show, visit msufcuart.com.