CCS student exhibition: Every picture tells a story

Oscar Wilde said that art is surface and symbol. Artists showing at the 86th annual College for Creative Studies Student Exhibition have nailed both. Come look at the art and you’ll see their stories, too.

The top floors of the A. Alfred Taubman Center are filled with the students’ work, transforming education space into an epic gallery space. You’ll want to give yourself enough time to wander around… There are more than 3,500 pieces to mull over. “Every degree-granting major participates,” says Richard Rogers, president of CCS.

Work by Colin Turey

The exhibit will be up through Saturday, May 27. It’s open Saturday-Wednesday from 10 am to 4 pm, and Thursday/Friday from 10 am to 8 pm.

To help you navigate, here’s a brief run down on what’s where:

On Floor 11, you can find fine arts, crafts, art education, and transportation design.
Be sure to check out Angela Mihelich’s work. She’s a senior art education major, whose pieces are visually stunning and give you an interesting glimpse into the mind of a child creating art.

Interesting fact: 98% of children self identify as creative. By the time they graduate high school? A dismal 2%. I hope Angela and CCS’s other art education graduates can help turn this around.

On Floor 10, you’ll find illustration, photography, and product design.
Skeletons, hands, and other common still life subjects cover the walls, but it’s not just about the subject matter. The technical skill on this floor is palpable. It’s perhaps the best illustration (no pun intended) of the intensive training students go through at CCS. Look long enough and maybe you’ll see why students have used these same hands for hundreds of years.

Floor 8 features interior design, graphic design, entertainment arts and advertising.
Under the entertainment arts umbrella (animation, game, videography), I found work that was more than just frivolously entertaining. Underneath working in entertainment arts is the ability to tell a story. CCS artists, some indirectly and some head-on are telling Detroit’s story. Check out Eric Proulx’s Lemonade Detroit. After losing his job in advertising two years back, he decided to make a film. A nod to the old adage “when life gives you lemons,” he decided to focus on the story of how Detroit is reinventing itself.

Sarah Meyer, Loft Project

This post is hardly representative of the scores of work up at the Taubman Center right now. All I can say to that is you need to go check it out for yourself.

If you’re looking to purchase a piece of art, there are well-marked kiosks on every floor. Just make sure the one you’re lusting after doesn’t have a red dot placed on it. That means it’s already been sold. The annual exhibition was designed specifically to help jump start students’ careers as artists and designers, so you can feel good knowing that your money is going directly to local talent.

Remember the exhibition is only up through Saturday May 27.

Photo credit: Karpov the Wrecked Train.

For more photos of the CCS Annual Exhibit, visit our Flickr stream.

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