2012 West Michigan Area Show
March 17 - May 6, 2012
West Michigan is home to a talented community of visual artists, and some of their finest recent work will be on display at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts in its annual West Michigan Area Show. Since the 1960s, this annual exhibition has showcased the exceptional work of area artists in all media.
A juried exhibition, the Area Show draws hundreds of entries from a 14-county region of West Michigan. This year, 520 works were submitted from 240 artists, in media ranging from paintings, prints and photos to mosaics, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture and mixed-media works. From these, 106 works by 93 artists were chosen to be included in the exhibition.
This year's guest juror is artist Vincent Desiderio. Desiderio is acclaimed for his meticulously detailed images that express both intelligence and depth of emotion. His figural and allegorical paintings reference art historical traditions while addressing issues relevant to our own time. Among numerous other honors, Desiderio is a recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Grants, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and spent two years in residence a P.S. 1, New York. He teaches at the New York Academy of Art and his work can be found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Walker Art Center and Guggenheim Museum, among others.
Cash prizes are awarded to the juror's selection of the top five works and seven community-sponsored works in designated media. Three additional cash prizes are awarded for a work purchased for the KIA collection, a work representing the magical realism style, and the "People's Choice"--the work receiving the most votes by April 29. The People's Choice winner will be announced at ARTbreak, 12 p.m., Tuesday, May 1.
Fifth Prize: Sheila Genteman, Dreamer Dreaming of the Four Seasons II, mixed media and acrylic on canvas
The Daniel J. and S. Denise Fletcher Award for Exceptional Jewelry: Lauren Tripp, Endless Summer, blue tourmaline and silver
Weavers Guild of Kalamazoo Award for Fiber: June Taylor Belitz, Structure, art quilt: hand-dyed cottons; pieced, appliqued, and quilted
West Michigan Potters Guild Eleanore Smith Memorial for Ceramics: Cynthia L. Krill, Horse Feathers, earthenware
Kalamazoo Book Arts Center Award: Lindsey Naylor, Planet Time, paint, spraypaint, and printed ink on paper
Signature Artists Cooperative Award: Amelia M. Falk, "Hearing, which, by the motion of the air, informs us of the motion of sounding or vibrating bodies." Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, archival inkjet print
Log Cabin Quilter's West Michigan Art Quilt Award: Jacqueline Skarritt, Transitions, hand-dyed fabric
Kalamazoo Knitting Guild Award for Fiber: Susan Caulfield, Veil Between the Worlds, screenprint and fabric
People's Choice Award sponsored by the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo: Kim Maguire-Gualtieri, Studio Dog Sleeping, plaster, wire, and burlap on board
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