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Posted on: May 15, 2023

2023 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Art Contest Winners Announced

5th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Art Contest Exhibition

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission of Mid Michigan (MLK Commission) has officially announced the winners of the 2023 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Art Contest.

This is the fifth year that the MLK Commission has hosted the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Art Contest, providing an opportunity for local artists to showcase their talents, while also honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

With this year’s contest, artists were tasked with creating a piece of art to accompany the theme, “Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.” --Martin Luther King Jr., along with a 250-word narrative explaining their piece’s relation to social injustice and inequity. 

Of the 14 entries submitted by local student and adult artists, one winner was selected in each of the following categories: 

  • middle school (grades 6-8)
  • high school (grades 9-12) 
  • adult (open) 

The winner in the middle school category is Luca Grace Lommatzsch. The winner in the high school category is Sarah Ann Sochay. The winner in the adult category is Travon Hoskins. Images of the winners’ artwork and narratives can be found online here:

“We wish to congratulate this year’s winners and thank everyone who participated in this year’s contest. The creativity in our local community never ceases to amaze us,” said MLK Commission Chairperson Elaine Hardy. 

Community members are invited to attend a public reception for the 2023 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Art Contest on Wednesday, June 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the Edge in East Lansing, 213 Ann St.

The artwork will be on display for public viewing at the NAMI Center City Art Display, 200 Albert Ave. beginning May 20. Community members are welcome to stop by to view the artwork.

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