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10 finalists announced in sixth annual SmartArt

The ten finalists will all be featured in ArtPrize, with the top winner receiving a $1000 scholarship from Consumers Energy.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - On Wednesday morning, representatives from Grand Rapids Public Schools, Consumers Energy, ArtPrize and the city of Grand Rapids announced the 10 finalists and their energy-related art work in the SmartArt competition. The finalists were selected by a panel of art professionals from Kendall College of Art & Design at Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University.

The announcement took place at the ArtPrize hub. This is the sixth year of the SmartArt competition, which stands for Students Making Art with a Renewable Theme. The Top 10 artworks will be displayed during the tenth annual ArtPrize, Sept. 19-Oct. 7 and will be featured outside a Consumers Energy electric substation wall at Fulton Street and Market Avenue.

The 10 finalists are, in alphabetical order:

Lana deGraaf, Solar Bus, 10th, City High Middle School;

Emanuel Galindo-Peralta, 60 %, 9th, CA Frost Environmental Science Academy;

Rose Gerson, Colors of the Wind, 10th, City High Middle School;

Jazmine Knight, Dream in Action, 11th, City High Middle School;

Lillian Kuipers, Polluted Night, 11th, City High Middle School;

Elena Mealing, Neglected Connection, 11th, City High Middle School;

Rukundo Nshimiyimana, Hope, 11th, Innovation Central;

Jenna Sherwin, Light Up The World, 11th, City High Middle School;

Alex Van Kuiken, Empire, 11th, City High Middle School;

Madison Younts, Our Planet In Bloom, 11th, City High Middle School

The top winner will receive a $1,000 college scholarship courtesy of Consumers Energy. Both the top winner and the winner of a “people’s choice” online contest are scheduled to be announced during the ArtPrize Final 20 announcement on Sept. 30 at Rosa Parks Circle.

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