Looking for Young Artists for Art of Auburn Contest

Turning Auburn Road into their Canvas

Starting February 1, Rochester Hills students, as well as those attending Rochester and Avondale public schools, are invited to submit their art to the “Art of Auburn” Contest. Multiple winners will get to see their artwork featured directly on the asphalt surface of Auburn Road. 

To participate, artists grades K-12 will be able to submit artwork to illustrate the theme “What Community Means to Me.” Participants may visit the Paint Creek Center for the Arts (PCCA) website for official guidelines.

Parents, teachers, and students may also join an informational webinar on Thursday, January 28. This webinar will explain the guidelines, discuss scoring criteria, and answer student questions. Those who cannot attend will be able to view a recording on the PCCA website. 

“This is such a great opportunity for Rochester Hills students to have their artwork included in this large-scale public art project. These big, bold works of art will be a lasting reminder of the artist’s community pride,” said Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Executive Director, Elizabeth Chilton.

Students can submit artwork online through the website portal during the month of February. A panel of artists and community members will select up to 50 works of art for public vote. The pieces will be placed into categories based on the age of the artist. Community members can vote for their favorite designs online.

The contest will award multiple winners the opportunity to have their art featured on Auburn Road. Artwork will be enlarged to fit 6 – 7’ diameter circles. Winners will be announced and artwork will be unveiled at a community-wide celebration later this year.

“With families spending much of their free time at home, this program is a great opportunity to initiate the imagination of our youngest residents and provide them a creative way to engage in city design,” said Rochester Hills Mayor, Bryan K. Barnett. “We are excited to partner with the PCCA on this new initiative and look forward to adding some colorful public art to the corridor.” 

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