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MCC student wins Best in Show in state competition


Dustin Hendershot earned Honorable Mention
Dustin Hendershot earned Honorable Mention
Melissa Ruboyianes earned Best of Show
Melissa Ruboyianes earned Best of Show

Mott Community College (MCC) Art and Design student Melissa Ruboyianes, of Flushing, earned Best of Show, and Dustin Hendershot, of Byron, earned an Honorable Mention, at the 2017 Annual Great Lakes Regional Community College Art Exhibition.

The exhibition was hosted by the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art & Art History at Wayne State University, and featured approximately 40 artworks created by students and instructors from four Michigan community colleges.

Ruboyianes, a Studio Arts major at MCC, created the Best of Show winning piece, titled "Peace" out of wheat and other natural materials. The award comes with a $5,000 scholarship to continue her studies at Wayne State University. She also entered an Altered Book project, titled "20,000 Leagues," which won the Dean's Choice award at the MCC Student Art Show, and a color pencil drawing titled "Reflections."

MCC Art & Design student Dustin Hendershot's three dimensional design project "Quadrefoil" earned him an Honorable Mention, which comes with a $2,000 scholarship to continue his studies at Wayne State University. Hendershot, a Graphic Design major at MCC, also entered a paper cast titled "Dragon Soul", which won the Best of Sculpture award in the MCC Student Art Show, and a sculpture titled "Connection."

"We are very proud of both Melissa and Dustin," said Mary Cusack, Dean of Fine Arts and Social Sciences at MCC. "This is the second year in a row that one of our students has earned Best of Show. It is well-deserved recognition of Melissa and Dustin's talent, and affirms the high quality Fine Arts education we offer at Mott Community College."

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