High school artists win top festival awards

Nine Farmington area high school students have received top honors in the Farmington Area Arts Commission High School Student Art Competition.

Students will be honored at the Festival of the Arts Reception and Awards Ceremony held April 15 at the Costick Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Rd. in Farmington Hills. The reception starts at 6 p.m. with the ceremony following at 7 p.m. The event marks the 40th year of recognizing excellence in the arts in the Farmington community.

2D Winner Jinghan Hu
2D Winner Jinghan Hu (contributed photo)

These 2016 High School Student Art Competition winners were chosen by juror Ted Hadfield, an accomplished artist and graduate of the Cranbrook Institute of Arts, who owns Artpack Services, Inc. of Farmington Hills:


First Place: Jinghan Hu, Mercy High School

Second Place: Julia Rhode, North Farmington High School

Third Place: Bianca Seely, Mercy

Photo Winner Makayla Jennings
Photo Winner Makayla Jennings (contributed photo)

First Place: Hannah Pascual, Mercy

Second Place: Taylor Lombard, Mercy

Third Place: Haley Rashid, Farmington High School


First Place: Makayla Jennings, Mercy

Second Place: Cleopatra Weeks, Mercy

Third Place: Danna Matson, Farmington

3D Winner Hannah Pascual MHS
3D Winner Hannah Pascual (contributed photo)
Honorable Mentions

Maranda Stano, Mercy; Jenna Bratke, Mercy; Olivia Gibaratz, Mercy; Elizabeth Leonard, Harrison High School; Hannah Pascual, Mercy; and Elizabeth Bartels, Mercy

This year, participants in the High School Student Art Competition had the opportunity to nominate their art teacher for the Commission’s first-ever Arts Educator of the Year Award. The Commission selected Kimmi Dukes, who has been teaching art at Harrison High School since 1999.

“My job has afforded me the opportunity to get to know and work with so many amazing students over the years,” said Dukes. “I’ve loved art my whole life, but these kids have inspired me more than I could ever have imagined.”

The 2016 winners of the Farmington Art Foundation’s juried show will also be honored on April 15 and will be exhibited during the Festival of the Arts, April 14-16. The winners are: First Place – Kitty Weaver; Second Place – Sue Malleck; Third Place – Richard Adams; Fourth Place – Dean Racke; Honorable Mentions – Marci Baker, Daria Fileta, Jan Hall, Sue Malleck, Linda Pelowski, Elaine Silk, and Kitty Weaver.

The Awards Ceremony will include performances by the Farmington Hills Youth Theatre/Seussical cast, 2015 Artist in Residence winner and accomplished Armenian musician Ara Topouzian, Nadanta Indian Dance, Farmington Hills vocal groups TruNorth and Northern Lights, dance by FPS PTA Reflections award winner Nina Kobayashi, and Susie Lee, violinist and scholarship awardee from the Farmington Musicale.

Tickets are only $10 per person when purchased by April 7, or $15 per person beginning April 8. Purchase tickets online at recreg.fhgov.com or in person at the Costick Center. For more information, call 248-473-1848.

For more information, visit farmingtonarts.org.

Press release