The Center for the Arts is open in Gallery 194! Drop in during our new business hours, 12pm-6pm, Tuesday-Friday and 12-3pm Saturday.

MAEA 2021 Postcard


The Center for the Arts is excited to open the Michigan Art Education Association show in Gallery 194, showcasing the works of over 90 student artists. Drawing from Lapeer and Genesee Counties, art teachers select their best works of the year to submit for this annual competition. The show displays pieces from students ages kindergarten all the way up to 12th grade. Mediums used in the artwork include acrylic and tempera paints, graphite and colored pencil, marker, oil pastel, ceramics, and many more. These student works are some of the brightest and boldest pieces that will cover the gallery walls all year – creativity and color abounds!

The MAEA holds an annual statewide art competition for students K-12th grade. Art teachers are requested to select some of their best pieces and submit them for their local bi-county show. Pieces selected by the judges at the county level are sent to the regional competition. This year’s participating schools include Bentley Schools, Imlay City High School, Chatfield School, Lynch Elementary, Murphy Elementary, Almont Middle School, Almont High School, Ruth Fox Middle School, and North Branch High School.

The show opened on Tuesday, February 9th and will remain on display through February 20, 2021.  Students and visitors are encouraged to mask up and support our young artists. This year, a special thanks also goes to the art teachers who put in extra effort to bring their students’ works for this show. We appreciate their time, talents, and willingness to adapt to the unique challenges this year has thrown at them.