Long before the term Creative Economy was coined, College for Creative Studies (CCS) had been preparing generations of artists and designers. On Friday, May 13, CCS will showcase the work of the next generation of artists and designers while turning the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education into the ultimate art gallery boasting over 3,500 pieces of artwork from every degree-granting major. More than 2,000 guests are expected to attend this event, the 86th Annual Student Exhibition Opening.

“It has been thrilling to watch the international attention being paid to Detroit’s creative community. But while the city’s vast pool of art and design talent may be news to the rest of the world, CCS has been around for over 100 years,” says CCS Dean of Academic Affairs Imre Molnar. “Our student exhibition has an 86 year history. We are happy to see that the rest of the world has rediscovered Detroit as the center for art and design excellence. Art and design have always been alive in this city and our students have benefitted greatly from that legacy directly and indirectly.”

The Student Exhibition Opening consists of four separate events: the Collectors’ Preview and Private Reception, the Art Educator’s Reception, the Alumni Reception and the General Exhibition and Opening. Tickets for the Collectors’ Preview and Private Reception from 5:30 until 10:00 p.m. are $350. The Art Educator’s Reception is an invitation-only event and the General Admission Opening tickets are $50 and provide admission from 7:00 until 10:00 p.m. There is also a special reception for Alumni from 7:00 until 10:00 p.m. Tickets are two for $60 and must be purchased in advance.

All proceeds from sale of artwork at the Student Exhibition go directly to the students to help jump-start their art and design careers.

After Opening Night, the Student Exhibition continues from May 14 until May 27 for public viewing and sales. 

In addition to featuring CCS student work, the event will also feature work from students at Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies (HFA:SCS).

Hours are Saturday through Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and Thursday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

All Student Exhibition events will be held at The A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education located at 406 West Baltimore in Detroit’s Midtown.

The public viewing days are free and open to the public.

To purchase tickets for an Opening Event, visit www.collegeforcreativestudies.edu/seo or call 313/664-7464.


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