Student Art on Professional Display at the SCA

Two student-made exhibitions open September 14

Local student work is being celebrated at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts (SCA) this Fall with two exhibitions professionally hung in the Gallery and Corridor beginning September 14. Saugatuck Public School Students’ Art à Loan exhibition will be on display in the Gallery through October 18; CultureWorks Student Advisory Council and the I Am Academy’s Ubuntu: I Am Because We Are in the Corridor through January 27.

Celebrating its twenty-seventh year, the Art à Loan program is being welcomed back at the SCA with work from Saugatuck Public School Students. Featured pieces are selected by area art professionals and are comprised of student artists ranging from grades Kindergarten through 12th grade. Each piece is professionally matted, framed, and labeled with artist information.

The Art à Loan opening reception will take place on Wednesday, September 14 at the SCA from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Gallery doors will open at 6:45 pm with leasing beginning promptly at 7:00 pm. Student artwork can be leased for $150 per year for public display in offices, shops, restaurants, lobbies, and other community spaces in the greater Saugatuck area.

Upon closing of the Art à Loan exhibition on October 11, art will be relocated to the leasing organization/business to be on display for one year beginning October 18, 2022.

In addition, the Corridor at the SCA will display a collaborative series between CultureWorks Student Advisory Council and the I Am Academy of Holland called Ubuntu: I Am Because We Are. This series of work honors and reflects on black heroes through visual arts and the process of printmaking.

Beginning in September of 2021, students of I AM Academy borrowed cameras and learned from CultureWorks photography instructor and Board President Jack Burk on how to take photos that highlight their personal experience of Ubuntu in our communities. Inspired by this work, the Student Advisory Council at CultureWorks continued and expanded on this project, creating the series known as Ubuntu: I Am Because We Are, originally displayed at the Holland Area Arts Council and now moving to the Saugatuck Center for the Arts.

This exhibition is in partnership with NEA Big Read Lakeshore and Little Read. The 2022 theme explores the notion that anyone can be a hero. This year’s book selections include: Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña, Miles Morales: Spiderman by Jason Reynolds, Superman: Dawnbreaker by Matt de la Pena, Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke, and Circe by Madeline Miller.

These incredible exhibitions by local students can be visited during the SCA operating hours which includes Monday – Friday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm with extended hours on Thursday until 7:00 pm and select Saturdays. Admission is always free of charge. Call the box office at 269-857-2399 or visit for more information on hours of operation.

Those interested in leasing artwork from the Art à Loan exhibition but unable to attend the opening event can contact Danielle Hanna, Saugatuck High School’s art teacher, at 269-857-2133 or by email at

Thank you to our generous sponsors including Perrigo, Michigan Arts + Culture Council, and National Endowment for the Arts. A special thank you to Sarah Harris with The Nines Gallery and Framing Studio in Holland for making the framing of this year’s Art à Loan show a reality.


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