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Downers Grove

South High School student wins national art and design contest

DOWNERS GROVE – South High School junior Michael Baer, of Woodridge, won the highest honor at a national competition sponsored by the Cleveland Institute of Art.

His digital photograph, “Psychosis,” won "Best in Show.”

His artwork also claimed “Best in Category/Integrated Media.”

His piece was selected by a panel of CIA faculty. More than 1,000 students from more than 450 high schools in 42 states submitted artwork for the competition.

Baer thanked his art teacher, Michelle Ross, for encouraging him to participate in the contest and helping him choose which pieces to submit, according to a press release.

“I have had the honor of teaching Michael digital photography since he was a freshman and I knew we had a great talent from the beginning,” Ross was quoted in a press release. “He is a master of image capture and editing and he is unusual because of his tremendous ability for making these conceptual images. I cannot think of someone more deserving of winning these artistic honors.”

As "Best in Show” winner, he will receive art supplies, cash prizes and a scholarship if he chooses to attend CIA.

Images of all of the winning artwork may be viewed at


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