2013 West Michigan Area Show
June 8 - August 31, 2013
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. This year's juror was Graham W. J. Beal, Director of the Detroit Institute of Arts, who selected the works and will award over $4,000 in cash prizes.
WMAS 2013 Juror Graham W. J. Beal has been the Director, President, and CEO of the Detroit Institute of Arts since 1999. The DIA has undergone a major renovation and expansion under Beal's leadership, in addition to a reinstallation of their world-renowned collection. Beal has published several books, exhibition catalogs, and articles including an exhibition catalogue on DIA's American paintings. Prior to his arrival in Detroit, he served as director at numerous institutions, including the L.A. County Museum of Art, the Joslyn Art Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Beal is a native of Great Britain, born in Stratford-on-Avon. He has degrees in English and Art History from the University of Manchester and the Courtauld Institute of Art.
Fourth Prize: Caroline Dunlap, Delaunay Revisited: First Flight Across the English Channel, Latch-hook rug, 100% acrylic fiber
West Michigan Potters Guild Eleanore Smith Memorial Award for Ceramics: Cynthia Krill, Ode to Crazy Horse, ceramic, horse hair, earthenware, feathers
Log Cabin Quilters' West Michigan Art Quilt Award: Hildegarde Montgomery, The Piano Lesson; Design in fabrics
Kalamazoo Knitting Guild Award for Fiber: June Belitz, Autumn Colors, Hand spun yarns; hand knitted, original pattern
Ward H. and Cora E. Nay Director's Purchase Prize: Stacey Korycki, Handstand, gum bichromate and cyanotype print
Ward H. and Cora E. Nay Director's Purchase Prize: Dave Jones, Arlington Row, palladium/platinum/gold leaf on vellum
Ward H. and Cora E. Nay Director's Purchase Prize: Mary Whalen, Kalamazoo River 2013, wet plate collodion, tintype
People's Choice Award, sponsored by the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo:
Rob Chamberlin, Jewelry Box, cherry, insects, walnut