Quick Click … From the William Davidson Digital Archive of Jewish Detroit History, April 28, 2016

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djn-1998-05-08-0-026 croppedWhen cruising through the William Davidson Digital Archives, one sees all kinds of articles, reports and advertisements, and lots of photos and, at times, images of works of art.

This prize-winning visual — “The Land of Milk and Honey” — caught my eye this week. It was the work of a fourth-grader at Hillel Day School, 10-year old Michael Rubyan. He created his art for a New York ORT “My Israel” competition in 1998.

There were more than 1,000 entries, and his was the winner. It should be noted that honorable mentions went to his classmates: Barak Lebovitz, Erin Lifton and Alexa Lipman Cool. Not a bad showing from young Metro Detroit Jews that year!

It should also be noted that all of the art was computer-generated. While, generally, computer art was considered a new phenomenon in the 1960s, it was the advent of ink-jet printers in 1976 to supplement home computers that was the catalyst for the rapid spread of computer art.

The Digital Age was just beginning. So, Rubyan and his friends were progressive, to say the least, using the latest in technology to create their works of art.

By Mike Smith, DJN Archivist

Want to learn more? Go to the DJN Foundation archives, available for free at www.djnfoundation.org.

 

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