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2022 State of the State Art Contest Winner Announced

On Tuesday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the winner of the 2022 State of the State Art Contest.

7th Grader Grace Murtha of Hemlock Middle School has been selected by Governor Whitmer as the winner of the art contest, and her artwork will be featured on the 2022 State of the State Address program cover.

Murtha was selected by Governor Whitmer from five student finalists out of close to 800 student submissions from around the state.

“Michigan is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes on earth, but it’s also home to some incredibly talented students who turned those backdrops into amazing works of art,” said Governor Whitmer. “I want to thank every student who took the time to create these masterpieces and submit their interpretation of why they believe in Michigan. It’s inspiring to see the passion and potential in all of the gifted and creative students in this state.”

The other four finalists in the top five include:

  • Clara Bonnell, 10th Grade, of Mount Pleasant High School
  • Paige Pemble, 12th Grade, of Charlevoix Middle High School
  • Audrey Wieringa, 8th Grade, of Cross Creek Charter Academy and
  • Natalie Bolak, 6th Grade, of L’Anse Creuse Middle School North

All five finalist’s works can be found below: