Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center offers College Day for aspiring artists

High school students interested in studying art and design for a career might be wondering if they are ready to apply to art schools. At the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center’s College Day, on Saturday, March 15, teens are welcome to bring their portfolio for review and meet with faculty and admissions staff from (mostly) Michigan schools. This event runs from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., and no reservation is required.

Aspiring artists line up to have their portfolios looked at during BBAC's College Day.

Aspiring artists line up to have their portfolios looked at during BBAC’s College Day.

BBAC College Day Participating Schools:

  • College for Creative Studies
  • Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
  • Grand Valley State University, the Department of Art and Design (Allendale MI)
  • Center for Design at Lawrence Technological University
  • Michigan State University, Department of Art, Art History & Design
  • Oakland Community College
  • Savannah College of Art & Design (Georgia)
  • Siena Heights University, Art Department
  • The Art Institutes
  • Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, University of Michigan
  • James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History, Wayne State University
  • Gwen Frostic School of Art, Western Michigan University

New Exhibit Opening Set for Friday, March 14, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., featuring 64 works of art by extraordinarily talented teens in the Regional High School Competition

The BBAC kicks off its next exhibits on Friday, March 14, at 6:00 p.m., running through Friday, May 2. These spring shows include Field Work by Larry Cressman; The Students of Timothy Widener; and the biannual Regional High School Competition, juried this year by Kristin Beaver—a 2009 Kresge Artist Fellow in the visual arts.

Nearly $135,000 in scholarships will be awarded to Regional High School Competition student artists from these schools: College for Creative Studies (Detroit MI); Kendall College of Art & Design at Ferris State University (Big Rapids MI); Lawrence Technological University (Southfield MI); and Savannah College of Art & Design (Savannah GA).

Joshua Rainer, Grade 12, Henry Ford Academy School for Creative Studies Title: Sen. Cory Booker (oil)

Joshua Rainer, Grade 12, Henry Ford Academy School for Creative Studies
Title: Sen. Cory Booker (oil)

This year’s Regional High School Competition includes works from

students in the following cities and schools.

Beverly Hills – Detroit Country Day

Birmingham – The Roeper School

Bloomfield Hills – Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School; Bloomfield Hills High School

Clinton Township – L’Anse Creuse High School

Detroit – Cass Technical High School; Henry Ford Academy-School for Creative Studies

Grosse Pointe Farms – Grosse Pointe South High School

Grace Martinez, Grade 12, Grosse Pointe South High School Ceramic Finhead

Grace Martinez, Grade 12, Grosse Pointe South High School
Ceramic Finhead

Macomb – Dakota High School

Rochester – Stoney Creek High School

Royal Oak – Shrine Catholic High School

Troy – Athens High School; Troy High School

Walled Lake – Walled Lake Central High School

West Bloomfield – Frankel Jewish Academy



Registration is now open! Visit or phone 248.644.0866.

About the BBAC

The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center has been providing “art for all” since 1957 and is a regional non-profit art center committed to promoting visual arts experiences. Each year more than 500 classes are offered for all skill levels and ages preschool to senior citizens. Throughout the year, nearly 5,000 individuals are served by classes, workshops, art camps, outreach programs, special events and exhibitions that are free and open to the public (with an additional 75,000 impacted by Art Birmingham, the BBAC’s annual fine art fair). The BBAC also supports hundreds of artists each year, with opportunities to teach, exhibit, and sell their work. The BBAC is a 25,000-square foot facility, with nine classroom studios, four exhibition galleries, and retail Gallery Shop. The BBAC and Gallery Shop are open Mon.-Thurs., 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The BBAC is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit the BBAC at, phone 248-644-0866 or visit our Facebook page. The BBAC is located at 1516 S. Cranbrook Rd., Birmingham MI 48009 between 14 and 15 Mile Rds.

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