Society: Student art in spotlight at CCS fundraiser

Chuck Bennett
Special to The Detroit News

It's easily the biggest art party in Detroit. For the 90th year, the College for Creative Studies presented its annual Student Exhibition on May 15, celebrating the hard work and talent of its students from every department throughout the academic year. With five specific floors in the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education designated to show the artwork, nearly $74,000 worth was sold on opening night alone.

CCS' Nina Holden, left, with major supporter Nicole Eisenberg

"This is always such an important event for us," said Nina Holden, VP for Institutional Advancement at CCS. "All proceeds for art sales go directly to the student artists to jump-start their art and design careers."

In addition to displays of every medium of art imaginable, the opening evening also included lots of food and entertainment. More than 3,000 people were there to enjoy food from places like Treat Dreams, Northern Lights Lounge, Zumba Mexican Grille, Canape Cart, Buddy's Pizza and Anchor Bar. The evening's entertainment came from the Dayna Davis Show: DYNAMIX, Whiskey Choir, DJ Ratboy and Oblique Noir.

CCS donors Barry and Stephanie Zekelman at the Collector’s Preview.

Forte Belanger perfectly catered to the collectors in a VIP room tucked away in a far corner on the 11th floor with wonderful food and beverage offerings. VIP tickets were $350, and general admission was $50. Lear was the lead sponsor. Proceeds from sponsorship and ticket sales support undergraduate student scholarships and free art programs for Detroit kids.

The exhibition is now open to the public and runs through May 29.

Wally Prechter, left, and Alphonse Lucarelli in the VIP Collector's room.

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