Student artwork recognized

The Michigan Art Education Association Region 9 Annual Art Competition was held on Saturday, Feb. 19. Five pieces of artwork are accepted from each member of the Professional Association for Art Teachers, and pieces are judged by professional artist/educators in elementary, middle and high school divisions.

Art pieces are chosen for regional show which, this year, will be held at the Grand Rapids Art Museum from February 23 through March 11. Qualifying pieces will then move on to state adjudication and will be part of the statewide Michigan Youth Arts Festival held in the spring at Western Michigan University.

Two students from the Rockford Freshman Center and three students from Rockford High School have pieces submitted for the competition:

Rockford Freshman Center art teacher Christopher Bruce submitted two works of art done in blind contour crayon sgraffitto that were created by Austin Gridley and Frances Mapes-Pearson.

Rockford High School pieces were submitted by art teacher Cindy Len. Megan Bishop placed in regional and will move on to state for a fabricated metal pin. Bethany Joseph also placed in the regional and will go on to state for a fabricated metal necklace. Both girls worked with copper, nickel silver, brass, solder and cold joins to make their pieces. Kurt Plaggemars has two pieces of wheel-thrown pottery that are a study of technique and glazing using red and white clays.

It is an honor to be chosen and even more exciting to be exhibited at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. For further information, please contact art teacher Cyndi Len at Rockford High School at (616) 863-6030 or by e-mail at


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