For Immediate Release
Media Contact:
Emily McKenna
School & Community Programs Coordinator
2021 Community Student Art Exhibition Showcases Berrien, Cass and Van Buren Young Artists Online and In-Person
St. Joseph, Michigan, March 1, 2021 - The Community Student Art Exhibition is back! Each year, Berrien RESA, The Box Factory for the Arts, and Krasl Art Center (KAC) collaborate to present a professional, juried art exhibition featuring hundreds of artworks by local students. The Community Student Art Exhibition is viewed by thousands of community members and juried by regional art experts. This opportunity provides students in Berrien, Cass and Van Buren Counties professional gallery experience and recognition for their creativity and hard work. The 2021 Best In Show artworks will be on view at The Box Factory for the Arts Friday, March 19 - Sunday, April 25, 2021; all artists will be featured in a curated online gallery beginning March 1.

Celebrate the creativity of our young artists at the free virtual reception and awards ceremonies Thursday, March 25. Elementary ceremonies begin at 6 PM; Middle and High School at 6:30 PM. This event will be streamed through KAC’s YouTube channel at

Multiple juried awards are presented during these exhibitions: The Elementary Exhibition features awards in the following categories: 2D and 3D (1st Place and 2nd Place) and the Jan Stevens Family Memory Award ($75 cash award in 2D, 3D, & Video). The Middle and High School Exhibition features awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place in 2D, 3D, and Video. Sponsor awards include the Sarah E. Cayo Memorial Art Award ($500 cash award), the Box Factory for the Arts Emerging Artist Award ($500 cash award to a senior pursuing the arts in college). Both exhibitions award the Berrien RESA Scholarship Awards ($50 art scholarships for 1 student per school). All Award winners will be featured in the Best In Show exhibitions and all 2D artworks are professionally framed courtesy of Papachi International Custom Framing.

The 2021 Best In Show artworks will be on view in the Whitlow (Elementary) and Williams (Middle and High School) galleries at The Box Factory for the Arts Friday, March 19 - Sunday, April 25, 2021. The Box is open Friday - Sunday, 12 - 4 PM at 1101 Broad Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085. All artworks will be available virtually beginning Monday, March 1 at

Additional information will be posted at

The 2021 Community Art Exhibition is sponsored by Kruggel Lawton CPA's & Paul & Dorothy Cayo. Additional support provided by Janet & Thom Gourley in memory of Duane Donohue, and Pepsi Bottling Company. Framing provided by Papachi International Custom Framing.
Full Online 2021 Exhibition: Monday, March 1 -
2021 Best in Show Exhibition at the Box Factory Center for the Arts: Friday, March 19, 2021 - Sunday, April 25, 2021 -
1101 Broad Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085

Virtual Reception: Thursday, March 25, 6 PM, 
Free, Live on YouTube:
6 PM - Elementary Ceremony
6:30 PM - Middle and High School Ceremony
About Krasl Art Center:
Krasl Art Center is a nonprofit art museum and learning center that enriches the lives of people living in or visiting Southwest Michigan by delivering enlightening art experiences through diverse education opportunities, meaningful events, and high quality exhibits and collections. KAC’s mission is to inspire meaningful change and strengthen community through the visual arts. To learn more, visit
About Berrien RESA:
Regional Education Service Agencies (RESAs), sometimes called Intermediate School Districts (ISDs), exist to serve the common needs of their constituent local school districts. There are 56 RESAs/ISDs in Michigan, and every school district is part of one. Their primary mission is to foster efficiency and innovation while optimizing the use of public funds. By pooling resources and providing services regionally, RESAs provide cost-effective, high-quality assistance to local school districts.

Berrien Regional Education Service Agency (Berrien RESA) proudly offers educational services to Berrien County’s 15 public school districts, 24 parochial and private schools and four charter school academies.

In addition to responding to traditional customer needs, Berrien RESA is often called on to lead. Regional consultants work with experts across the state and nation to “bring home” best practices in teaching, state-of-the-art technology, the latest research and new ideas for system efficiency for Berrien County school districts. This proactive approach keeps local districts ahead of the learning curve and able to respond quickly to changes. Berrien RESA is a dynamic organization with an eye toward the future. As customer needs change, Berrien RESA rigorously explores new avenues for success.
About The Box Factory for the Arts:
The Box Factory for the Arts exists to support established and emerging artists and to enrich the surrounding community through a multi-disciplinary, collaborative and vibrant gathering place that nurtures, celebrates and promotes all creative arts. To learn more, visit
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