• 86th Annual DPSCD Art Exhibition at the DIA


    This annual exhibition is the longest running partnership between DPSCD and the DIA. This is an amazing opportunity for our students to display their incredible works in a national treasure. 

    Please encourage students to participate! Last year we had EVERY school with a visual arts program submit student work. This year, we are expecting to have all schools, again, represented. Last year's exhibition had over 1,000 pieces submitted and nearly 300 represented in this exhibition. The submission process will be digital, giving greater access to all teachers and students. Please consider applying to be a judge for the show. Lastly, support each other in attending matting workshops to properly prepare accepted works for the show.  

    Submissions are limited to 20 pieces per program and no more than three per student. Only current DPSCD students with a media release on file are eligible to participate. A program is defined as all courses taught by one teacher. Multiple teachers in one building are considered individual programs. For example, the Academy of the Americas has two Visual Arts teachers—thus, two programs.

    History of the DPSCD Art Exhibition at the DIA

    The partnership with DPSCD is the longest standing continuous relationship the DIA has with an educational organization. Many of the students whose works have been featured in past exhibitions have gone on to pursue successful careers in the arts, including, among others, Mario Moore, a New York-based contemporary painter whose work has been exhibited nationally and is included in the DIA’s permanent collection.

    The 86th Annual DPSCD Student Exhibition is organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Detroit Public Schools Community District.


    Explore Past Exhibitions

    As each year shows the growth and resilience of our District and our partnership with the DIA, digital collections evolve to capture the incredible creativity and breadth of art produced by our students.

    Please enjoy some past samples of this historic exhibition below.