Art on Auburn Winners Announced

The City of Rochester Hills, in partnership with the Paint Creek Center for the Arts (PCCA), is pleased to announce the winners of the Art on Auburn Community Contest. 

Grades 10-12 
Katie Austin - Grade 11 
Sloane Barlow - Grade 11 
Bella Cirenese - Grade 11 
Sophia Donnellon - Grade 9 
Tatyanna Edwards - Grade 10 
Quinn Gordon - Grade 12 
Avery Miller - Grade 10 
Mena Nasiri - Grade 11 
Lily Pfeiffer - Grade 10 
Lilly Scheu - Grade 10 

Grades 7-9 
Leo Comfort - Grade 8 
Mia Gerstenschlager - Grade 9 
Sophia Karras - Grade 8 

Grades 4-6 
Madison Batson - Grade 5 
Anna Fike - Grade 5 
Kelsey Fisher - Grade 6 
Alina Ju - Grade 4 
Juniper Pierce - Grade 6 
Melinda Zhang - Grade 5 

Grades K-3 
Ashwin Ananth - Grade 2 
Asmi Dubey - Grade 1 
Nora Hamilton -Kindergarten 
Diya Menon - Grade 2 
Aarya Patel - Grade 2 
Chetan Prasad - Grade 2

Art on Auburn is an initiative that will highlight the artwork of Rochester Hills students ages K-12 that share what community means to them. These creative and thoughtful pieces will be placed directly on the asphalt surface of Auburn Road this summer and will last up to ten years. 

“Incorporating art into city design is a unique way to bring creative energy and new attention to this wonderful corner of our community,” states Mayor Bryan K. Barnett. “We are delighted to be able to unveil these beautiful pieces to the public this summer.”

The winning art submissions will be unveiled to visitors for the first time at the Open House scheduled for Thursday, June 3rd from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. For more information on the event, please visit www.rochesterhills.org/artonauburn.


Finalists Selected for the Art on Auburn Contest 
Community Invited to Vote Beginning March 22

ArtonAuburnLogoPaint Creek Center for the Arts (PCCA) recently unveiled the top 50 art submissions for the Art on Auburn Art Contest. These works of art were selected out of over 460 student entries by a jury of artists and art advocates.

The community will now be able to vote to help choose the 25 new pieces that will be applied directly to the surface of Auburn Road. The 50 finalists, representing every corner of the community and age range, created pieces inspired by the idea of what community means to them. 

“We’re so excited for the community to see these impressive pieces that show off the skills of some of our youngest residents,” states Mayor Bryan K. Barnett. “I would encourage everyone to visit the website and check out all the creativity that may soon have a spot on display for years to come.”

How to vote:
You can cast your vote online at rochesterhills.org/voteartonauburn. Votes are limited to one vote per person. Voting will be open from March 22, 2021 at noon till midnight on March 31, 2021. Winners will be announced and art will be on display at a celebration in May 2021.

Art on Auburn Finalists


Rochester Hills Launches Citywide Contest for Young Artists

Starting February 1st, Rochester Hills students are invited to submit their art to the "Art of Auburn" Contest. Multiple winners will get to see their artwork featured directly on the asphalt surface of Auburn Road.
To participate, artists grades K-12 will be able to submit artwork to illustrate the theme "What Community Means to Me."  Participants can visit https://www.pccart.org/exhibitions/art-on-auburn/ for official guidelines. Parents, teachers, and students can also join an informational webinar on Thursday, January 28th. This webinar will explain the guidelines, discuss scoring criteria, and answer student questions. Those that cannot attend will be able to view a recording on the PCCA website.

“This is such a great opportunity for Rochester Hills students to have their artwork included in this large-scale public art project. These big, bold works of art will be a lasting reminder of the artist’s community pride,” states Paint Creek Center for the Arts Executive Director Elizabeth Chilton.

Students can submit artwork online through the website portal during the month of February. A panel of artists and community members will select up to 50 works of art for public vote. The pieces will be placed into categories based on the age of the artist. Community members can vote for their favorite designs online.

The contest will award multiple winners the opportunity to have their art featured on Auburn Road. Artwork will be enlarged to fit 6 - 7’ diameter circles. Winners will be announced and artwork will be unveiled at a community-wide celebration later this year. “With families spending much of their free time at home, this program is a great opportunity to initiate the imagination of our youngest residents and provide them a creative way to engage in city design,” states Mayor Bryan K. Barnett. “We are excited to partner with the PCCA on this new initiative and look forward to adding some colorful public art to the corridor.”

About Paint Creek Center for the Arts The mission of Paint Creek Center for the Arts is to celebrate and support creativity in our community by providing opportunities for all to learn, create, experience, and appreciate the arts. Paint Creek Center for the Arts (PCCA) provides 300+ classes, workshops and camps annually; community-centered art exhibitions; and the Art & Apples Festival®. Located at 407 Pine Street in downtown Rochester, PCCA receives a portion of its funding from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. To learn more, call 248-651-4110 or visit www.pccart.org.

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Art on Auburn

On January 25, 2021, all Rochester Hills K-12 students (and students attending schools that primarily serve Rochester Hills) will be invited to submit artwork exemplifying the theme: “What Community Means to Me”.

Winning pieces will be enlarged and printed directly on the asphalt surface of Auburn Road.

This style of printing has an expected lifespan of up to 10 years!

ART ON AUBURN is a great way to engage  K-12 students in their Rochester Hills community through art!

Selected artwork will be printed in 6-7’ diameter circles on the surface of Auburn Road. Printed art has an expected lifespan of up to 10 years.

K-12 students attending Rochester and Avondale public schools, as well as other schools primarily serving Rochester Hills students, will be invited to create art that exemplifies “What Community Means to Me.”

  • On Monday, January 25 th , the Call for Art will be distributed to teachers and administrators through e-mailed flyers, a link to a video announcement and FAQ page, and a link to a live virtual workshop.
  • The virtual workshop will be held on Thursday, January 28 th to explain the guidelines, discuss scoring criteria, and answer student questions. After completion, the workshop will be recorded and posted online.
  • Students can submit artwork online through the pccart.org website portal during the month of February.
  • A jury of artists and community representatives will select 50 outstanding works of art by students in each age range for public vote.
  • Community members will vote for their favorite artworks to be printed online.
  • Winning works of art will be optimized for printing on asphalt.
  • Pieces will be unveiled at a community-wide celebration in the spring or summer of 2021!
ART ON AUBURN is a collaboration between the City of Rochester Hills, Paint Creek Center for the Arts, and Rochester Hills students.

Art on Auburn School Steering Committee Members include Dustin Coleman, Wendy Darga, Diane Freeman Heath, Amy King, Racheal Mainero, and Chairwoman Teckla Rhoads. For more information,  visit https://www.pccart.org/exhibitions/art-on-auburn/ .

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