2012 Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair Presented by Chase Bank

Winners Announced!

Posted: June 1, 2012
Source: Farrell Howe
Job Title: Marketing & PR Coordinator
Phone: (269) 349-7775 ext. 3112
Email: farrellh@kiarts.org

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The 2012 Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair Presented by Chase Bank kicked off on Friday, June 1 at three with fun programs and events for everyone. At the center of attention of course, were the 190 artists who displayed their very best in ceramics, wood, drawing, painting, jewelry and more!

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair is more than just an opportunity for artists to meet the public and sell their work. Of the hundreds of artists from across the country who applied, 190 were juried by a panel of qualified judges to have a booth at this year's fair. These finalists competed for cash prizes for overall acknowledgment, and individual recognition for the media they represent.

This year's guest juror is Executive Director of The Grand Rapids Art Museum Dana Friis-Hansen. Available cash prizes for this year's competition totaled $4,500

The winners were announced on Friday, June 1 at 8:45 pm and they are:

The KIA Board of Directors' First Place Award of Excellence ($1,200):

  • Michael Mikula - (Cleveland, OH) Glass/Booth E14

Second prizes ($600 each):

  • Helmut Goral - (Cedar, MI) Jewelry/Booth G12
  • David Smallcombe - (Kalamazoo, MI) Jewelry/Booth E19

Third Prizes ($300 each):

  • Donald Shurlow (Rhodes, MI) Wood/Booth F2122
  • Scott Hartley (Ann Arbor, MI) Painting/Booth J01
  • Todd Richter (Newaygo, MI) Metal/Booth G05

In addition, category awards are given to artists in each of the 12 media represented at the Art Fair ($100 each). Those winners are:

  • 2D Mixed Media: Brenda Klein - Ada, MI (Booth A11)
  • 3D Mixed Media: Richard Peterson - Rockford, MI (Booth D07)
  • Ceramics: Mary Kuilema - Grand Rapids, MI (Booth D04)
  • Fiber: Donna Mundschau - Manistee, MI (Booth C01)
  • Glass: Susan Van Dyke - Wauwatosa, WI (Booth L09)
  • Jewelry: Bonnie Blandford - Grand Rapids, MI (Booth K02)
  • Sculpture: Steve Anderson - Cedar Springs, MI (Booth G18) award sponsored by Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran and Olasope Oyelaran
  • Leather: Mike Barnes - Harbor Springs, MI (Booth I07)
  • Painting: Maria Pfropper - Dryden, MI (Booth D06)
  • Photography: JD Nolan - Fishers, IN (Booth F18)
  • Printmaking/Pastels/Drawing: Philip Thompson - Bangor, MI (Booth K03)
  • Metal: Scott & Victoria LaCosse: Sanford, MI (Booth G1011)
  • Wood: Peter Czuk - Kendall, MI (Booth A20)

Congratulation to our 2012 Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair winners!

Since 1951, The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair is an annual tradition in Kalamazoo. Held in Bronson Park on the first weekend of June, it is one of the oldest art fairs in the country and one of the oldest community events of its size in Kalamazoo. For more information, visit www.kiarts.org/artfair.

The 2012 Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair is sponsored by:

Presenting sponsor: Chase

Lead sponsor: Discover Kalamazoo

Co-sponsors: Bowers Manufacturing, Schupan & Sons, Gun Lake Casino, Harding's, River Street Flowerland, Kalamazoo Gazette, Bell's Brewery, Panera Bread, Coca Cola, AT&T and Michigan Radio