Howell High School Art Students Named Top 50 Semi- Finalist in Vans Custom Culture Art Competition

Howell High School Art Students Named Top 50 Semi- Finalist in Vans Custom Culture Art Competition
Posted on 04/26/2017
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4/26/17 - Howell High School has been named one of the top 50 semi-finalists in the 2017 Vans Custom Culture Art Competition. For the contest, students in the school’s advanced digital imaging class were tasked with creating four custom shoe designs based off the for themes of Vans’ “Off the Wall” lifestyle: action sports, arts, music and local flavor. The four designs created by Howell’s students were made by hand using a 3-D printer pen. As a top 50 semi-finalist, Howell’s custom designs are showcased with the other finalists at where the public can vote once per day for their favorite design between now and May 10. Howell is the only school in Michigan that was named a semi-finalist.

The competition culminates in a final event in June. The top five schools based on the public vote will be awarded an all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles to showcase their designs to a panel of celebrity judges. The winning school will receive $50,000 toward its art program and the potential of one of its designs sold in Vans retail location. The four-runner-up schools will be receiving $4,000 toward their art program.

“Being named a top 50 semi-finalist in the Vans Custom Culture Art Competition is a huge accomplishment for our students,” said John Mozdzierz, Howell High School digital imaging instructor. “The contest is open to 3,000 schools from across the country, so earning a spot in the top 50 designs truly speaks to the talent of our students. I hope that our community will take a few seconds to vote for our students’ designs and help Howell make it into the top 5.”

About the Vans Custom Culture Art Competition
The Vans Custom Culture Art Competition is a national high school customization competition using blank Vans shoes to be customized around specific themes. The competition was created to inspire and empower high school students to embrace their creativity through art and design and to bring attention to diminishing arts education budgets. Vans believes everyone should be empowered to express themselves creatively and should be given the tools to do so.

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