COLLEGE FOR CREATIVE STUDIES STUDENT MIRIAM WONG WINS 2022 CHEVROLET DETROIT GRAND PRIX POSTER COMPETITION
The winning design entry in the 2022 Grand Prix Official Poster Competition was created by CCS student Miriam Wong.
With a design that represents a connection to family and the emotion of the final Grand Prix held at Belle Isle Park, College for Creative Studies (CCS) senior Miriam Wong won the 2022 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear Official Poster Competition on Wednesday afternoon, April 13. The final judging took place at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies (CCS) as a prestigious panel selected the design created by Wong. The final poster will be unveiled in early May and will be available for purchase online in advance of the upcoming Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear – June 3-5 on Belle Isle.
The 2022 design competition marks the 10th consecutive year that the Grand Prix and CCS have worked together to provide students at the well-respected Detroit art college the opportunity to create the official poster to represent the annual summer racing festival in the Motor City. For the fourth year in a row, fans were also included in the selection process as all five of the final poster entries were shared on the Grand Prix social media channels with followers encouraged to vote for their favorite design. The fan vote was factored into the final selection process, along with the choices of seven-person judging panel that evaluated each of the final designs.
“What these students at CCS are able to create each and every year as a part of the poster competition continues to amaze the judging panel,” said Bud Denker, Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear, who also served as a judge on Wednesday. “There was a lot of discussion among the judges on each of the designs, because the students all did a great job. It was a tough decision, but the emotion and celebration of the Grand Prix and it’s history on Belle Isle in Miriam’s design really connected with the judges and will connect with our Grand Prix fans around the world.”
With an eye toward the future and the Grand Prix’s return to its original home on the streets of Downtown Detroit in 2023, Wong’s design captured the fun and excitement of the event while also symbolizing the final race on Belle Isle. Honoring the cars that compete at the Grand Prix, the winning entry reflects both NTT INDYCAR SERIES and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship cars driving by the iconic Scott Fountain on Belle Isle as a family celebrates by waving the checkered flag to symbolize the end of an era for the event on Belle Isle.
“I really like drawing emotional scenes and heartfelt scenes and I really like inspiring people and making people happy,” said Wong, after her victory in the student competition. “That was a huge message behind (the design) and a big inspiration. I thought since this event revolves around those emotions specifically, it was a good opportunity to use that whole family and community aspect.”
A total of seven judges participated on site at CCS Wednesday as they intently watched all five finalists describe their vision and process behind each design. Judges included Denker, General Motors Design Manager of Performance and Motorsports Vladimir Kapitonov, Lear Corporation Global Design Director Nicola Ashley, WDIV-TV Channel 4 sports Reporter/Anchor Jamie Edmonds, Detroit News Presentation Editor James Hollar; Detroit Free Press Deputy Sports Editor Ryan Ford and CCS Dean of Undergraduate Studies and renowned Hollywood concept designer Tim Flattery.
The five finalists in the competition were students in the CCS Digital Illustration class led by instructor Brian Kotulis. Some of the top illustration and design students in the country study at CCS, a private art and design college in Midtown Detroit, and the Grand Prix proudly provides the opportunity each spring for the students’ talent to shine in the annual poster design competition, that is part of the actual class curriculum. The students gain real-world experience in working with an actual “client” to create a professional look and feel for the finished creation. The competition gives the students a chance to create a unique piece of art while keeping alive the Grand Prix tradition of commemorative posters dating back to the very first Detroit Grand Prix in 1982.
CCS student Bella Ignagni finished second in the competition while the design created by Lauren Pitylak was selected as the third-place entry.