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The Lookout | April 13, 2021

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‘Zimmerman Arts Fund’ seeks entries

‘Zimmerman Arts Fund’ seeks entries

By Sarah Barney
A&E Editor

With the aim of encouraging art students, the annual “Eric H. Zimmerman Arts Fund Competition” will be accepting submissions on Wednesday, April 18.

Submitted artwork should be brought to the LCC Foundation office in Washington Court Place, Suite 201, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the day of submission.

The competition honors Eric Hardy Zimmerman, who graduated from East Lansing High School in 1967 and later attended the University of Michigan as a fine arts major.

David Siwik is currently the coordinator of the competition, which started in 2001.

“The goal of the Zimmerman Fund is to enable student artists to submit their work to an adjudicated competition wherein, if awarded, winners will have their art purchased through the fund by the college,” Siwik explained. “This gives winning artists the beginning of a career in the arts.”

Typically, four winners are chosen every year. However, the committee reserves the right to not select any entries. Selected artwork is bought for $400 and displayed around LCC.

“All Zimmerman Fund art is on display in public places,” Siwik said. “In fact, we have pieces of Zimmerman Fund art in nearly all of our instructional buildings in both (the downtown and West campuses).”

The competition is open to students enrolled in a credit-earning courses during the summer of 2017, fall of 2017 and spring of 2018 semesters. Students are allowed one entry, with series counting as one.

Mediums that are accepted include printmaking, drawings, computer graphics, painting, textiles, mixed media, photography and sculpture.

For more information on entry rules and to get the submission form, go to