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.

Graham Beal photoWMAS 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.


Chemical Bank   Miller Canfield
AMANDA COLEMAN, Chris and Karen, acrylic on canvas
Grand Prize: Amanda Coleman, Chris and Karen, acrylic on canvas
AMANDA COLEMAN, Chris and Karen, acrylic on canvas
DON MAREK, Kalamazoo Downtown, transparent watercolor on 300# Arches rough pressed watercolor paper
JOSHUA ADAM RISNER, The Secret, oil on paper
CRAIG SPINK,  Sturgeon over Sticks, carved wood, mixed media paints

AMELIA M. FALK, “Being gay is not a Western invention. It is a human reality,” archival aluminum inkjet print.
JEANNE V. ZUMBURS, Point of View, fused glass and copper
DEBORAH MATTSON, Influence, artist's book of color viscosity etchings
CATHERINE STASEVICH, Pond Life Series: Fine Basket of Fish, wood-fired ceramic

GRETCHEN HUGGETT, Blue #2, silk and wool; woven, dyed and handspun
LADISLAV HANKA,  Myself at Work, zinc etching plate and cast bronze, mounted on granite
NINA FEIRER, The Wonder of it All, cotton and flannel fabric, batting, metallic and cotton thread
JUNE BELITZ, Winding Way, cotton fabric and batting

MARY FARRANCE, Go Fish, oil on canvas
SY ELLENS, Nestled, watercolor on watercolor paper

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