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Community Art Exhibitions are Back at The Box Factory for the Arts
Celebrating Visual Arts in Area Schools
St. Joseph, Michigan - The Elementary Art Exhibition and Middle & High Community Student Art Exhibitions are back! These exhibitions provide important opportunities for school children from Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren Counties to exhibit their artwork at The Box Factory for the Arts from March 5 - April 24, 2022. The community is invited to celebrate the creativity of the region’s young artists by attending these exhibitions and their supporting receptions. The 2022 Community Student Art Exhibitions are proudly presented by Krasl Art Center (KAC) in partnership with the Berrien Regional Education Services Agency (RESA) and the Box Factory for the Arts. All works will also be featured in the curated online gallery beginning March 5.
Virtual Award Ceremony available March 12
Virtual Award Ceremony available April 16
Virtual Award Ceremonies will be posted on Krasl Art Center's YouTube Page at this link, and made available on KAC's Facebook Page and
Each year, Berrien RESA, The Box Factory for the Arts, and KAC work together to present these two amazing student art shows. These exhibitions allow local students to display their artwork in a professional venue and have it viewed by hundreds of community members and visitors. For more information on these exhibitions, email
Multiple juried awards are presented during these exhibitions:
The Elementary Exhibition features awards in the following categories: 2D & 3D (1st and 2nd Place), a Collaborative Award (pizza party to the winning class), and the Jan Stevens Family Memory Award ($75 cash award in 2D, 3D, & Video).
The Middle & School Exhibition features awards in 1st , 2nd , & 3rd Place in 2D, 3D, & Video. Sponsor awards include the Sarah E. Cayo Award ($500 cash award), the Box Factory for the Arts Emerging Artist Award ($500 cash award), and the Berrien RESA Scholarship Awards ($50 art scholarships for 1 student per school).
All 2D Award-winning artworks in both exhibitions are professionally framed courtesy of Papachi International Custom Framing.

New this year! All participating educators are invited to exhibit their artwork with their students in the first Community Teacher Art Exhibition that will happen alongside the Community Student Art Exhibitions.

The 2022 Community Art Exhibition is sponsored by Stonegate Plastic Surgery of Lakeland, South Shore Women’s Health Care, and Paul & Dorothy Cayo in Memory of their Daughter Sarah. Additional exhibition support from Barrett & Driscoll Pediatrics. Framing provided by Papachi International Custom Framing. Program support provided in part by Michigan Council for the Arts & Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, and Frederick S. Upton Foundation.
Artwork: 2021 2D 1st Place 2D Award Winner:
Allison Mroczek, Walking Into The Light. Watercolor. 2021.
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 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
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.
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