After having to cancel last year’s annual exhibition, this year’s student exhibition was highly anticipated and area students rose to the occasion. Oliver Art Center received over 270 works of art from Kindergarten to 12th grade.This year’s juror was Melissa Johnson who works for both Glen Arbor Art Center and ArtRapids. She is also the former director of Blackbird Arts in Traverse City. She selected ten Awards of Excellence as well as five Honorable Mentions. Award winners receive an award certificate, a one year membership to Oliver Art Center and a scholarship worth $12,000 to Olivet College.
“Cancelling last year’s exhibition, while necessary, was extremely disappointing. We are thrilled and impressed by the work that was submitted this year. We are lucky to have such a robust arts education program in the area schools and the students’ talent grows every year,” said Mercedes Michalowski, Executive Director for Oliver Art Center.
This year’s exhibition is enhanced with virtual versions of both the High School portion as well as the Elementary and Junior High schools. The exhibition runs from April 19 to May 7 during Oliver’s open hours (Monday – Friday, 10am-4pm; Saturday 10am-4pm).
Awards of Excellence:
Ethan Payne ‘Visitors from the Nightmare World’ Frankfort High School – 10th Grade
Elliott Hammon ‘Ocean Tree’ Frankfort High School – 9th Grade
Elyse Wejrowski ‘Untitled’ Traverse City Central High School – 12th Grade
Clover Roeters ‘Biggie Smalls’ Frankfort High School – 12th Grade
Hayley VanWagoner ‘Finding Complacence in Normality’ Benzie Central High School – 11th Grade
Caden Stuart ‘The Young King’ Benzie Central High School – 11th Grade
Nona Schultz ‘A Look in the Mirror’ Benzie Central High School – 11th Grade
Jordan Kreiger ‘Untitled’ Traverse City Central High School – 12th Grade
Tony West ‘Tony’ Frankfort High School – 10th Grade
Carter Felty ‘Abomination’ Frankfort High School – 12th Grade
Ellise Davidson, Frankfort High School
Zoe Lozowski, Benzie Central High School
Triana Bonilla, Frankfort High School
Evan Reister, Traverse City Central High School
Elyse Wejrowski, Traverse City Central High School