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CCS Student Wins  Grand Prix Poster Contest

CCS Student Wins Grand Prix Poster Contest


DETROIT, Mich. (March 31, 2017) – For the fifth consecutive year, local students at the College for Creative Studies (CCS) in Detroit had an opportunity to showcase their creativity and design in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear official poster competition – and they did not disappoint.

On Thursday, 21-year-old Kaylin Mahoney, a junior at CCS, was selected as the winner of the annual competition following an afternoon of judging at the downtown Detroit college campus. Mahoney’s creative vision of the Grand Prix (image attached) featured a unique watercolor design with the cars of the Verizon IndyCar Series racing side-by-side beneath the picturesque Detroit skyline.

Mahoney’s poster was selected from among the top five finalists as each student presented their designs in front of a prestigious seven-judge panel Thursday afternoon. In all, 19 students from the CCS Digital Illustration class submitted entries for the competition. The artistic rendering created by Mahoney will be refined over the next several weeks and will be unveiled in its final poster form at a special Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear media lunch at the Lear Innovation Center in Detroit on April 26.

“We are very proud to continue the tradition of creative designs with the official Grand Prix poster and we thank all of the students at the College for Creative Studies for their hard work,” said Bud Denker, Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear, who also served as one of the judges Thursday. “We are amazed each year that we’ve partnered with CCS on this competition in the level of creativity and professionalism in the students’ designs. We had the most diverse selection of finalists that we’ve ever had to select from and we are excited to feature Kaylin’s design as our official event poster for 2017.”

Some of the best illustration and design students hone their craft at CCS, the Midtown Detroit institution, and the Grand Prix has provided an opportunity for the students’ talent to shine in the official poster contest since 2013. The annual competition gives the students a chance to create a unique piece of art and keep alive the Grand Prix tradition of commemorative posters that dates back to the very first Detroit Grand Prix in 1982.

The seven-person panel that judged the final entries on Thursday included Denker; Brad Galli, WXYZ-TV Channel 7 sports anchor and reporter; Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press sports section lead designer; Terri Tahnoose, Vice President of Global Product Marketing for Lear Corporation; Tim Flattery, Chair of Entertainment Arts at CCS; Henry Payne, Detroit News auto critic and editorial cartoonist and Paul Arnone, General Motors lead designer for Special Vehicles and Performance Parts.

CCS student Lexi Pape finished second in the competition while the design created by Dan Rees earned third place.

Located in the heart of Detroit, the College for Creative Studies (CCS) educates artists and designers to be leaders in the creative professions. A private, fully accredited college, CCS enrolls more than 1,400 students pursuing Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees.

Students in the BFA program can major in Advertising: Copywriting, Advertising Design, Communication Design, Crafts, Entertainment Arts, Fashion Accessories Design, Fine Arts, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design, and Transportation Design, in addition to a dual major Art Education program. Students in the MFA program can major in Color and Materials Design, Integrated Design, Interaction Design, and Transportation Design. The College also offers non-credit courses in the visual arts through its Continuing and Precollege Studies programs and opportunities for youth through its Community Arts Partnerships programs.

The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear is a 501(c)3 organization and a subsidiary of the Downtown Detroit Partnership. Scheduled for June 2-4, 2017, the event will include the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit featuring the cars of the Verizon IndyCar Series, the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic with the exotic sports cars of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the high-flying trucks of the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks and the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli in the Motor City 100. Partners for the 2017 Grand Prix include General Motors, Lear Corporation and MotorCity Casino Hotel. For more information, visit and follow our social media pages at, and