Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Announces the West Michigan Area Show People's Choice Award Winner

Posted: August 13, 2013

For Immediate Release -


Rob Chamberlin's 'Jewelry Box'

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is pleased to announce that Kalamazoo artist Rob Chamberlin is the winner of the 2013 People's Choice Award for the West Michigan Area Show exhibition. Chamberlin's artwork, entitled Jewelry Box, beat out 106 other works in the exhibition, receiving the most votes by gallery visitors in a contest that has been staged since the exhibition opened in May. The Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo is the sponsor of the $500 People's Choice Award. The award will be announced at the KIA's ARTbreak program on August 13, at noon. The West Michigan Area Show will be on view at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts through Saturday, August 31.

About Rob Chamberlin
Rob Chamberlin is a Kalamazoo woodworker who has been designing, making, installing, and restoring architecture and furniture for 17 years. His winning piece Jewelry Box is made of cherry and walnut woods. His artwork is inspired by teachers and influential woodworkers, who convinced him that it is still possible to thrive as a professional craftsman if one has passion and focus. Visitors to the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts may remember Chamberlin's Musical Chairs and Chamberlin Pale Ale bottle (made of wood) from the 2011 West Michigan Area Show. His projects have ranged from a 30 foot curved bar top for Bell's Brewery to a coffin made from salvaged wood for a WWII veteran who is buried in a national cemetery. More of his work can be seen at www.rchamberlin.com.

About the West Michigan Area Show
West Michigan is home to a talented community of visual artists, and some of their finest recent work will be on display at the KIA in the annual West Michigan Area Show. Since the 1960s, this juried exhibition has drawn hundreds of entries from a 14-county region of Michigan.