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Shiawassee Arts Center seeking artists

OWOSSO — The Shiawassee Arts Center in Owosso is inviting artists in all media to submit artwork for 2019 exhibit consideration by June 15. One-person or group exhibits are possible. Mail or drop off up to six photographs or a CD of recent work along with a short bio for review to the Arts Center or email

The Shiawassee Arts Center, 206 Curwood Castle Dr., is open Monday-Friday, noon-5 p.m., weekends, noon-4 p.m.

The Arts Center features the artwork of local and statewide artists in eight galleries including the Frieseke Gallery and a specialty Gift Shop. The public is welcome, there is no admission charge and the facility is handicap accessible. SAC, which is celebrating its 46th anniversary in 2018, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage participation and appreciation of the arts. Details: Call 989-723- 8354 or visit — G.G.

ACEC of Michigan elects new president

LANSING — The American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan (ACEC/M) has announced Sean J. Kelley, PE, of The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc. as its 2018-2019 President.

Kelley has been employed in the Michigan engineering consulting industry his entire 32-year career. He is a senior vice president and principal with the 300-plus person firm The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc. and leads their downtown Detroit office.

He received his BSCE from Michigan Technological University and his MBA from Eastern Michigan University and is a registered professional engineer in Michigan and Ohio. Sean is the father of two children, a daughter, Morgan and a son, Aaron.

Kelley has served on the ACEC/M Board of Directors for eight years and has been actively involved in numerous initiatives – most notably ACEC/M’s partnering efforts with MDOT. Kelley resides in Detroit. He’s also an avid year-round runner on the streets of Detroit. — G.G.

Kerrytown Bookfest 2018 book cover design semi-finalists

GENESEE COUNTY — Five student creatives from the Visual Digital Communications Program at Genesee ISD’s Genesee Career Institute have been chosen as state semi-finalists for the 2018 Kerrytown Bookfest Book Cover Design Contest.

This annual state-wide design contest, in its 11th year, is judged in Ann Arbor by distinguished judges from the publishing industry and post-secondary design professors.

Of the 12 state semi-finalists announced this year, five were from GCI: Ameliah Conly, Nolan Horn, Abigail Novak, Mariah Parker, and Carleton Sharkey.

All submitted cover designs will be on display at the Ann Arbor Public Library through the upcoming fall, where the finalists will be celebrated at a student/parent reception on Sept. 7. — G.G.

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