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.
Second Prize: Don Marek, Kalamazoo Downtown, transparent watercolor on 300# Arches rough pressed watercolor paper
Fifth Prize: Amelia M. Falk, "Being gay is not a Western invention. It is a human reality," archival aluminum inkjet print.
Kalamazoo Book Arts Center Award: Deborah Mattson, Influence, artist's book of color viscosity etchings
West Michigan Potters Guild Eleanore Smith Memorial Award for Ceramics: Catherine Stasevich, Pond Life Series: Fine Basket of Fish, wood-fired ceramic
Weavers Guild of Kalamazoo Award for Fiber: Gretchen Huggett, Blue #2, silk and wool; woven, dyed and handspun
Signature Artists Cooperative Award: Ladislav Hanka, Myself at Work, zinc etching plate and cast bronze, mounted on granite
Log Cabin Quilters' West Michigan Art Quilt Award: Nina Feirer, The Wonder of it All, cotton and flannel fabric, batting, metallic and cotton thread
Ward H. and Cora E. Nay Director's Purchase Prize: Sy Ellens, Nestled, watercolor on watercolor paper
People's Choice Award, sponsored by the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo: The winner will be determined by public vote through August 10 (vote once only) and the prize will be announced at ArtBreak on August 12.