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PCCA supports arts in education with annual scholarship program

ROCHESTER — Paint Creek Center for the Arts is encouraging high school students to pursue their artistic creativity and discovery with a college education in the arts.

Every spring since the doors opened in 1982, the PCCA has awarded two $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who plan to enroll in a college fine arts program and major in the visual arts. Students must be a resident of Wayne, Oakland or Macomb counties, and be a graduating high school senior from the Class of 2013. They do not need to be enrolled at, or be a past student of, PCCA to apply.

“This is a great opportunity for them to continue their education and hopefully take it to the next level,” said PCCA art school manager Ed Duff. “The students are going off to potentially major in everything from fine arts such as painting, or they might be going into transportation design, illustration, animation, advertising design, fashion design or photography — just about anything related to the arts.”

Those interested in applying must provide two letters of recommendation and submit a description of their work, along with slides and support materials. Applications are available online at www.pccart.org under “The Art School,” and hard copies are available at PCCA. Entries are due at 5 p.m. May 13, and winners will be notified by May 24.

PCCA staff said they are always impressed by the caliber of work from the young artists applying to receive the scholarships.

“They are all really incredible artists that we get submissions from, so it’s really neat to see where the youth is coming from and where their art is going,” said Ellen Hughes, PCCA marketing director.

Around 50 applications typically come in a year, according to Duff, who said PCCA’s Education Committee selects scholarship recipients through a review of slides and support materials.

“It really is about the impact of the work, the quality of the work, the knowledge and ability to show proficiency with the media itself, and then the artist statement is there to help give a little background on what the student was going for with the work,” Duff explained.

Scholarships are nonrenewable and are applicable toward tuition for a fine arts program at the student’s school of choice, Hughes added.

“We’ve had a few of them go on to places like the Ringling College of Art and Design in Florida, as well as College for Creative Studies and Wayne State University here in Detroit, which are both really amazing local college art programs, and many other schools, as well,” she said. “We try to keep tabs on them and see what their progress has been.”

Scholarship recipients will be invited to exhibit one of their works in PCCA’s “Student & Faculty Show” June 7-21. Awards will be presented during the “Student & Faculty Show” opening reception 7-9 p.m. June 7. The opening reception is free to the public.

Applications are available online at www.pccart.org or by calling (248) 651-4110.