Applications open for Farmington Hills high school arts competition

All Farmington or Farmington Hills high school students who attend public, private, parochial or home schools are invited to submit works of art for the 34th Annual Farmington Area Arts Commission Competition.

2018 Best in Show - Sojourner Posch - The Sculptor
The 2018 Best in Show award went to Sojourner Posch for “The Sculptor”. (City of Farmington Hills)

To apply, visit farmingtonhills.art/highschool. Jurying will take place on Thursday, March 21, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Costick Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Road in Farmington Hills.

Art Awards Juror Ted Hadfield
Ted Lee Hadfield (contributed)

The 2019 juror is Ted Lee Hadfield, a graduate of the Cranbrook Academy of Arts and owner/CEO of Artpack Services, Inc., a Farmington Hills company that preserves, stores, and transports artwork for major museums and collectors across the United States.

A member of the Farmington Area Arts Commission (FAAC) and co-chair for ArtWorks Detroit, Hadfield has maintained an operating artist’s studio at his Farmington Hills home for more than 30 years and exhibits around the country.

New this year: artwork may be delivered to the Costick Center March 18-21. Students who participate in the competition are invited to a free pizza party and conversation with guest artist Sabrina Nelson on March 21, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Costick Center.

Guest Artist Sabrina Nelson
Guest Artist Sabrina Nelson (contributed)

Nelson has been a professional artist for more than 32 years and an educator for nearly as long. As a studio art teacher at the Detroit Institute of Arts, she lectures and preforms artist demonstrations. She is also on the staff for the College for Creative Studies where she works hard at motivating and preparing students to pursue an art degree in Detroit.

After the pizza party, artists will be invited back into the jury room to view all of the work submitted by their peers, see the award winning selections, and talk about their own artwork with juror Ted Hadfield and members of the Farmington Area Arts Commission.

A total of six $75 prizes will be awarded across all visual arts categories, as well as one Best in Show Award of $100. The Best in Show winner will have an opportunity to exhibit their work at Farmington Hills City Hall.

Awards will be presented on Friday, April 12 at a 6:30 p.m. reception and 7 p.m. ceremony honoring art award recipients. To learn more, call 248-473-1857.

– Press release