Student art focus of Anton exhibit

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published March 1, 2018

  This painting, titled “Mother of Space,” is the work of Warren Cousino High School senior Lauren Champlin.

This painting, titled “Mother of Space,” is the work of Warren Cousino High School senior Lauren Champlin.

Art provided by Phil Gilchrist

MOUNT CLEMENS — The Anton Art Center will present its 37th annual Macomb County Secondary Student Show later this month.

This year, the Art Center received 1,243 artwork submissions to be juried. Of those, 370 artworks by 228 students presented by 41 teachers from 27 schools were selected for the show.

Phil Gilchrist, executive director of the Anton Art Center, said he’s looking forward to this year’s show.

“Supporting children in creative endeavors is one of the most important things we can do for our community, and this show is no exception,” Gilchrist said. “Rarely do students at this level have an opportunity to show art they have created, and this show is an incredible opportunity for them to experience the pride and self-esteem that comes with showing off a job well done.”

An opening reception will be held at the Anton Art Center from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 10. Awards for students in grades 7-9 will be announced at 1:30 p.m., and awards for students in grades 10-12 will be announced at 2:30 p.m. Awards include Best of Grade, Best Portfolio, Best in Show, and certificates will be awarded to each exhibiting student.

The exhibit will be open to the public through April 13.

“The Anton Art Center’s 7-12 and K-6 student art shows are exciting community celebrations of the outstanding creativity offered by Macomb County’s schools, teachers and students,” said Exhibition Manager Stephanie Hazzard. “The students’ artwork fills our open gallery spaces with a special kind of energy unique to our county’s young people that inspires visitors of all ages.

“It’s an experience you don’t want to miss.”

The annual exhibition is open to all students in Macomb County currently enrolled in grades 7-12, who are either home-schooled or attend private, parochial or public schools.

For more information about the Anton Art Center, visit or call (586) 469-8666. The Anton Art Center is a registered nonprofit organization located at 125 Macomb Place in Mount Clemens.