Festival of Arts panel for students to include Star Wars artist

An April 16 panel discussion for students interested in pursuing arts careers will feature a group of accomplished artists, including official Star Wars artist Chris Trevas.

Held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Wexford Hall at the Costick Center in Farmington Hills, “The Art of the Matter” is free, open to the public, and geared toward students in middle and high school. Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required, at surveymonkey.com/r/artofthematter.

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In addition to Trevas, panelists will include photographer Cybelle Codish, painter Kyle “RISE” Irving, classical Indian musician and dancer Vaidehi Dongre, sculptor Austen Brantley, and Vince Carducci, writer and Dean of Undergraduate Studies at College for Creative Studies in Detroit.

Trevas has been an official Star Wars artist since 1995 and has created Star Wars artwork for licensees including Random House, DK Publishing, Wizards of the Coast, Golden Books, Scholastic, and Topps. He graduated with honors from the Illustration Department at the College for Creative Studies.

“I consider myself extremely fortunate to be living that childhood dream today, making my own mark in the Star Wars universe,” he said in an event press release.

Carducci writes about arts and culture, with a special interest in Detroit. His essays and reviews have appeared in many publications, from academic press to alternative weeklies and webzines. Carducci is publisher of the blog “Motown Review of Art” and received a Kresge Arts in Detroit Literary Fellowship for art criticism in 2010. He holds a BFA in art practice from Michigan State University and an MA in liberal studies and a PhD in sociology from the New School for Social Research.

For more information, visit farmingtonarts.org and look under “Festival of the Arts,” or call the Farmington Hills Cultural Arts Division at 248-473-1859.

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