The city of Rochester Hills and the Paint Creek Center for the Arts have teamed up for the first “Art on Auburn” contest, which will bring K-12 art to the streets in the newly redesigned Auburn Road corridor. More than 20 pieces of art will be affixed to the various triangle areas on the road at the end of the parallel parking spaces where the sidewalk widens near the crosswalks, depicted by yellow dots in this photo.

The city of Rochester Hills and the Paint Creek Center for the Arts have teamed up for the first “Art on Auburn” contest, which will bring K-12 art to the streets in the newly redesigned Auburn Road corridor. More than 20 pieces of art will be affixed to the various triangle areas on the road at the end of the parallel parking spaces where the sidewalk widens near the crosswalks, depicted by yellow dots in this photo.

Photo provided by the city of Rochester Hills


Young artists invited to tap creativity for ‘Art on Auburn’ contest

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published February 9, 2021

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ROCHESTER HILLS — Students in the Rochester area can win a chance to have their art applied directly to the surface of Auburn Road in Rochester Hills for all to see this summer.

The city of Rochester Hills and the Paint Creek Center for the Arts have teamed up for the first “Art on Auburn” contest, which will bring K-12 art to the streets in the newly redesigned Auburn Road corridor.

The contest is open to all Rochester Hills K-12 students, including those who attend Rochester Community Schools or the Avondale School District, or any other school that primarily serves Rochester Hills students.

“With families spending much of their free time at home, this program is a great opportunity to initiate the imagination of our youngest residents and provide them a creative way to engage in city design,” Mayor Bryan Barnett said in a statement.

Paint Creek Center for the Arts Executive Director Elizabeth Chilton said this is a great opportunity for Rochester Hills students to have their artwork included in a large-scale public art project.

“These big, bold works of art will be a lasting reminder of the artist’s community pride,” she said.

To participate, artists in grades K-12 are invited to submit artwork to illustrate the theme “What Community Means to Me” by uploading a digital file  — PDF, JPG or PNG — of their creation to the entry form on PCCA’s website by Feb. 26.

Artists may only use up to five colors from a list of 37 acceptable colors in their design in any two-dimensional material they like. The approved colors can be found on the PCCA’s website.

The artwork — which officials said cannot include political statements, profanity, nudity, logos, copyrighted artwork or symbols, religious symbols, libel, slander, or social disrespect — will be applied in circles approximately 6-7 feet in diameter.

“The pieces that are going to be really competitive need to be really bold because of the nature of the materials that we are going to be using to adhere to the asphalt. They’ll print sections of color and then they will apply them, so you can’t have a lot of little tiny details. We need big, striking designs,” Chilton said.

A jury of artists and community representatives will select 50 works of art from various age categories to move on to community voting in March. The top 20-25 winners will be announced, printed, and unveiled during a special event this summer.

The cost of the project will depend on what colors the students choose.

“Once we have the designs, the designs will go to the person who wins the contract and then the city will have the exact number,” said Maria Willett, the chief assistant to the mayor of Rochester Hills.

“We are excited to partner with the PCCA on this new initiative and look forward to adding some colorful public art to the corridor,” Barnett said.

The printed artwork, officials said, has a life expectancy of up to 10 years..

For official guidelines, or to submit an entry, visit www.pccart.org/exhibitions/art-on-auburn.

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