2017 West Michigan Area Show
March 4 - May 28, 2017
The work of West Michigan's talented community of visual artists is on display at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts' annual West Michigan Area Show. Since the 1960s, this annual juried exhibition has showcased exceptional work in all media, drawing hundreds of entries from a 14-county region. Each year, an experienced juror chooses the artists from more than 500 submitted entries, ranging from paintings, prints and photos to mosaics, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture and mixed-media works.
The public is invited to cast a vote for their favorite during the exhibition's run, and the People's Choice Award ($500), sponsored by the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, will be announced near the end of the exhibition. Organized by Karla J. Niehus, Interim Curator of Exhibitions, the exhibition will be on view through May 28.
- Feb 28 ARTbreak: Out of the Shadows: Light in Contemporary Art with Fiona Ragheb
- Out of the Shadows: Light in Contemporary Art with West Michigan Area Show juror Fiona Ragheb Light is a precondition for vision, and thus...
- Mar 3 Art Hop: West Michigan Area Show Opening Reception
- Free admission this evening as part of the monthly downtown arts extravaganza. The most art anywhere for art hop, in a spacious and...
- Apr 4 ARTbreak: Talk: West Michigan Area Show Artists
- Join us as two of the excellent artists in this year's juried West Michigan Area Show speak about their work.
- Apr 23 Sunday Tour: West Michigan Area Show, 2D
- This annual juried exhibition showcases the work of area artists from 14 Michigan counties. The exhibit is very eclectic and colorful with...
- Apr 25 ARTbreak: Talk: West Michigan Area Show Artists
- Join us as two more artists in this year's juried West Michigan Area Show speak about their work.
This year's juror, Fiona Ragheb, is a Detroit-based curator with more than 20 years experience. She holds advanced degrees in art history and architecture. Her career includes work at the Walker Art Center, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Broad Art Foundation.
Additional support provided by David Isaacson in memory of his wife, Helen Sheridan.
2016 Area Show Gallery
Nina Feirer, Patrick Whalen, Sometimes You're the Goat, Sometimes You're the Tiger, cotton, silk, and sateen
Sherie Presta, Cass County, Aspen Necklace, handmade ceramic beads on wire with black electroplate chain
Susan Sawyer, Equus Quagga-Raku Zebra, Raku-fired clay body, wire-wrapped horsehair mane and tail on metal stand