West Michigan Area Show

May 17 - August 17, 2014

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. Each year, the KIA staff selects a local juror to choose the artists from more than 500 submitted entries, ranging from paintings, prints and photos to mosaics, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture and mixed-media works.


wmas 2014 juror DohertyWMAS 2014 Juror Stephen Doherty served as editor-in-chief of American Artist magazine for 31 years and is now editor of PleinAir magazine, a publication for people who enjoy art based on direct observation of nature. He has written numerous books and articles, exhibited his paintings widely, and judged art exhibitions for museums and art societies. Doherty earned a MFA degree from Cornell University, taught art in public schools and colleges, and now offers workshops around the country.

Doherty will offer a plein air painting workshop through the KIA, May 15-18, for individuals who wish to expand their skills, while working in the beautiful SW Michigan landscape. All painting and pastels media are invited. Registration at 269.349.7775, x3101.


Lead Sponsor

Chemical Bank

Additional sponsorship support from 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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