Dillon and Payton Pringle, brothers from Mt. Pleasant and MMCC students, will have their original artwork featured at Art Reach in Mt. Pleasant from Feb. 10-March 5.
Both brothers already have had a number of successes with their art. During the Annual Great Lakes Regional Community College Art Exhibition, hosted by the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art & Art History at Wayne State University, Payton won first place and a $5,000 scholarship.
At this year’s Art Walk Central, the Mt. Pleasant art show that features works of more than 100 artists, both brothers received wide recognition. Not only did they receive second place for their collaborative painting “Bear Boy Goes to Space” during the Art Battle, but Dillon received first place in the People’s Choice category and 2nd place in the juried category. Payton earned second place in the People’s Choice category.
“It’s great to see people recognize our vision and appreciate what we do,” Dillon said. “While [Payton and I] both appreciate and enjoy traditional artwork, we tend to lean towards the surreal and fantastic, so it’s great that people also share our joy in curiosity and wonder.”
Both Dillon and Payton plan to pursue Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in illustration after they complete their Associates Degrees in visual art at MMCC. Dillon hopes to eventually teach college courses while showing his artwork and writing and illustrating children’s books. Payton plans to continue pursuing his musical endeavors while creating commercial posters and cover art.
“MMCC’s Art & Design Department and faculty are very proud of the Pringle brothers,” said Pat Block, MMCC art faculty. “We appreciate their willingness to represent the college. The unique vision of their paintings captivates viewers.”