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Two artists with Jackson roots were in the national spotlight on the same day; one winning a national reality show competition and the other announced as White House Fellows 50th Anniversary Artist.

Steampunk Eddie was selected as winner of the first season of GSN’s reality competition show, Steampunk’d, defeating  two co-finalists in a room-building competition.  Selected by a panel of judges, Thayer better demonstrated creativity, skill, functionality and personality in creating a family room from random and junkyard materials.  For his efforts, Steampunk Eddie wins the title of Steampunk’d Champion and $100,000.  A large crowd joined Eddie and his family at the Michigan Theatre to watch the finale, cheering throughout and erupting in a large ovation when the results were revealed.  Steampunk Eddie established himself as a premier steampunk artist with his work creating pieces for Grand River Brewery.

Dominic Pangborn was announced as the artist for the White House Fellows 50th Anniversary.  Pangborn, a world-renowned artist from Jackson, has created art to commemorate the anniversary of the White House Fellows Program, America’s most prestigious leadership program. His work will be unveiled at the White House Fellows 2015 Leadership Conference Oct. 22-23.

“I am very proud to design and contribute my work to honor the White House Fellows, who for 50 years have served presidents, Washington leaders, as well as provided leadership throughout the country in all fields,” Pangborn says.

The artwork will also be displayed at a gala dinner held at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 24. Pangborn, described as an evolutionist and Renaissance man, is known for his diverse art and design as well as his civic and philanthropic work.

Jane Robinson, creator of a group that fosters entrepreneurial artists said it is a great day for Jackson and the Jackson arts community.  Thayer was a student of the group at the start of his art career.

From the set of "Steampunk'd" after Steampunk Eddie is announced as winner.
From the set of “Steampunk’d” after Steampunk Eddie is announced as winner.
Eddie's winning family room.
Eddie’s winning family room.
Dominic Pangborn artwork created for the White House Fellows' 50th anniversary (Park West Gallery/Image courtesy of Carolyn Chin) (PRNewsFoto/Park West Gallery)
Dominic Pangborn artwork created for the White House Fellows’ 50th anniversary (Park West Gallery/Image courtesy of Carolyn Chin) 
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