Sharing Some Good News

Melinda Zacher Ronayne
February 6, 2015

We just received this press release from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids. It's full of lots of good news, so I thought I would share the whole thing. 


Grand Rapids, Mich. Feb. 4, 2015—When talking about talent in West Michigan, it’s easy to focus all of the attention on our region’s thriving community of creative professionals. In the 2015 West Central Michigan Region Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, however, it was the creative talents of tomorrow that were on full display.

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) once again played host for the Western Central Michigan Region of the storied national competition, which in its 90-year history has counted the likes of Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Ken Burns, and Richard Avedon among its award winners. Teens in grades 7-12 attending public, private, or home schools entered the competition in their region by submitting original work in a number of different mediums, including drawing, illustration, sculpture, and photography, among others.

This year, the Western Central Michigan Region drew participation from 1,067 students representing 101 schools. A total of 579 awards – 146 Gold Key Awards, 166 Silver Key Awards, and 267 Honorable Mentions – were given out. Those entries that received Gold Key awards at the regional level will advance to the national level to compete for sixteen $10,000 scholarships and a number of $1,000 scholarships.

Five Gold Key winning works from the regional competition were also nominated for an American Vision Award as the region’s “Best in Show.” One work from each regional competition will be given an American Visions and Voices Award at the national level. The Western Central Michigan Region nominees are as follows:

·       Addyson Ives, East Grand Rapids High School
·       Zhuoyi Chen, Interlochen Arts Academy
·       Eli Godchaux, Interlochen Arts Academy
·       Suwan Kim, Interlochen Arts Academy
·       Ryan Treadwell, Interlochen Arts Academy

To celebrate these students' tremendous accomplishments, an exhibition of the region’s award-winning work will be held in the Helen Miller Gallery inside KCAD’s 17 Fountain Street NW building from February 16-28. The exhibition will culminate in an awards ceremony for the winners, which will be held at 4pm on Saturday, February 28 at Fountain Street Church in Grand Rapids. Immediately following the ceremony, there will be a reception at KCAD. All events are free and open to the public.

For more information on the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, visit