Chicken McNuggets? Not so much this time. Detroit-area McDonald’s owners and operators wanted different nuggets from high school students entering the “McDonald’s Celebrates Black History Moments on Canvas.”
The art competition encourages southeast Michigan teens to research and think about African-American contributions to American and world history. You can click here for a little background on the contest.
Contestants submitted an entry form and photo of their artwork that captures an event or figure in black history. A panel of judges selected the semi-finalists, who attend public, private and charter schools in Wayne, Oakland and Washtenaw counties. The semifinalists delivered their works to the N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art for the final round of judging by gallery owner George N’Namdi, KISS 105.9 FM radio personality Angie Star, College for Creative Studies admissions counselor Sabrina Nelson, and McDonald’s restaurant owner Deborah Virgiles.
“The caliber of submissions for this year’s McDonald’s Celebrates Black History Moments on Canvas art contest is a testament to the many creative and gifted students living in metro Detroit,” said N’Namdi. “It is commendable that McDonald’s remains committed to providing opportunities that promote the importance of education among our youth. I am proud to host this exhibit showcasing our community’s young talent.”
You can see their work during the free public art exhibit from May 2-30 at the N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, 52 E. Forest Ave.
On May 1, parents, educators, community and business leaders, and the 18 finalists joined Detroit-area McDonald’s restaurant owners for a private reception at the Center to unveil the winning works and award prizes.
“We are so proud of these tremendously talented student artists whose artwork is featured in the exhibit,” said McDonald’s restaurant owner Jon Campbell. “We applaud how they used art as a tool to highlight the history, heritage and accomplishments of black people.”
First place winner Justin Coleman, 16, Davis Aerospace Technical High School, took home $2,000. Second place winner Yazmon Ector, 17, Cass Technical High School received $1,000 and third place winner Hope Bobbitt, 16, Rochester Adams High School, got $500. Nine fourth-place winners each received a $125 bankcard. The six honorable mentions each were awarded a $50 bankcard.
Other winners included:
- Fourth Place:
- Tyler Ciechanowski, 17, Grosse Pointe North High School
- Naomi Cook, 14, Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies
- Kiah Feagin, 17, Davis Aerospace Technical High School
- Matthew Massey, 17, Cass Technical High School
- Hannah McLauchlan, 17, Clawson High School
- Samuel Trotter, 17, Cass Technical High School
- Bryanna Williams, 18, Clawson High School
- Joshua Williams, 17, Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies
- Hanna Wink, 17, Detroit Country Day High School
- Honorable Mention:
- Chantel Booker, 18, Cass Technical High School
- Eden Harrison, 15, Detroit Country Day High School
- Jade Isby, 16, Home School Study Program
- Makaila Jackson, 16, Cass Technical High School
- Veronica Peterson, 17, William D. Ford Career Technical Center
- Ackeem Salmon, 16, Detroit School of Arts
Winning Teacher, Patrick Burton from Davis Aerospace Technical High School, was awarded $375. Cash prizes for the winning student artists and winning teacher totaled more than $5,000.