College for Creative Studies student Mary McClain of Livonia is excited about this weekend’s Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix … not just because of the fast cars zooming around Belle Isle but because her work was chosen as the official poster of this year’s race.
The 22-year-old’s poster shows a father and son watching cars race around the iconic Scott Fountain with Belle Isle’s nature blending with the Detroit skyline.
“It’s really an honor to win this competition,” said McLain. “There were a lot of great entries and now I’m really excited to attend the Grand Prix and enjoy the experience on race weekend.”
The top five design entries were chosen by the CCS faculty. The winner was chosen by a five-member panel that included Bud Denker, chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix; Todd Parker, Chevrolet performance design styling director; Brad Galli, WXYZ-TV Channel 7 sports anchor and reporter; Ken Ross, Autoweek magazine creative director, and Ryan Ansel, a CCS instructor who leads the digital advertising curriculum at the school.
“It was a really tough decision for the judges this year as all the designs were unique and strong in their own way,” said Denker, who has served on the judging panel in each of the last three years of the competition. “The level of talent and design skill is remarkable at CCS and all the students should be proud of the work they produced. At the finish line, Mary’s design just seemed to tell a perfect story of the experience at the Grand Prix and it was a unanimous choice as the winning entry.”
McLain’s poster was produced, showcased and sold throughout the weeks leading up to the Grand Prix. It will be highlighted on race weekend and through the rest of the summer. It may also be included on merchandise items moving forward.
Future leaders in the design and illustration industry are educated at CCS, which has been working with the Grand Prix since 2013 to give its students the opportunity to create the signature piece of art associated with the annual racing event on Belle Isle.
The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is May 29-31 and is often considered the start to summer in Detroit.