2012 West Michigan Area Show

March 17 - May 6, 2012

Posted: March 7, 2012
Source: Farrell Howe
Phone: (269) 349-7775 ext. 3112
Email: farrellh@kiarts.org

2012 WMAS - Dugan

Carol Dugan, Beyond Words, photography

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. The exhibition opens Saturday, March 17 and continues through Sunday, May 6.

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.

Learn more about our distinguished juror at Marlborough Gallery and the Newington-Cropsey Cultural Studies Center. Desiderio will also host an Artist Talk on March 12, at 6:30 p.m.

The KIA will announce winners of its 2012 West Michigan Area Show awards in a public reception on Friday, March 16, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. The awards ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. More than $5,000 will be awarded. 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.

$1,000 Grand Prize
$500 Second Prize
$400 Third Prize
$300 Fourth Prize
$200 Fifth Prize

$400 Daniel J. & S. Denise Fletcher Award for Exceptional Jewelry
$350 The Martin Maddox Prize for Imaginative Realism
$250 Weavers Guild Award for Fiber
$250 West Michigan Glass Art Center Award
$250 West Michigan Potters Guild Eleanore Smith Memorial Award for Ceramics
$250 Kalamazoo Book Arts Center Award (NEW)
$200 Signature Artists Cooperative Award
$200 The Kalamazoo Log Cabin Quilters' West Michigan Art Quilt Award
$100 Kalamazoo Knitting Guild Award for Fiber
The Ward H. and Cora E. Nay Director's Purchase Prize
$500 People's Choice Award sponsored by the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo

The 2012 West Michigan Area Show is sponsored by Chemical Bank and Miller Canfield. The exhibition is free of charge and open during normal gallery hours at the KIA: Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon-5 p.m.

(Digital images of selected works from the exhibition are available on request. Contact Farrell Howe at farrellh@kiarts.org)