Over $3,000 in Cash Prizes Awarded to Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair Artists

Posted: June 6, 2014

For Immediate Release -

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is pleased to announce the cash prize winners for their 63rd Annual Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair. Over $3,000 of cash prizes were awarded to Arts Fair artists on June 6 at 8 p.m. and the winners were selected by Jim Bridenstine, Executive Director of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. The awards include: a $1,000 first place prize, a $600 second place prize and a $300 third place prize. $150 prizes were also awarded to the best artwork in each of the twelve different mediums at the Fair.

2014 Grand Prize Winners
$1,000 Board of Directors' First Place Prize: Marie Lamothe - Interlochen, MI
$600 Second Place Prize: Rob Wiedmaier - Platte City, MO
$300 Third Place Prize, Sponsored by Cynthia and Kevin Kole: Michael Miller - Saline, MI

$150 Prizes for Best Artwork by Medium
Best in 2-D Mixed Media: Betsy Emrich - Detxer, MI
Best in 3-D Mixed Media: Len Puzewicz - Oscada, MI
Best in Ceramics: Scott & Jenny Martin - Matawan, MI
Best in Fiber/Leather: Barbara Rubright - Shelby Township, MI
Best in Glass: Peter Patterson - Mundelein, IL
Best in Jewelry, Sponsored by Nancy Troff and D. Michael Harrell: Thomas Turner - Kalamazoo, MI
Best in Metal: Todd Richter - Ann Arbor, MI
Best in Painting, Sponsored by Linda and John Dunn: Xiaoying Li - Kalamazoo, MI
Best in Photography: James Martin - Las Vegas, NV
Best in Drawing/Pastels/Prints: Jeff Condon - Grand Rapids, MI
Best in Sculpture: Lori Hough - Fremont, MI
Best in Wood: Donald Shurlow - Rhodes, MI

About Jim Bridenstine
Jim Bridenstine is the Executive Director of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. He is an art historian who earned a bachelor's degree in history from The College of Holy Cross and a master's degree in the History of Art (American Art) from George Washington University. He also completed Harvard University's Institute of Arts Administration program. Prior to the KIA, Bridenstine was the director of the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House. Raised in Detroit, he also worked at the Detroit Institute of Arts. With Bridenstine's retirement nearing, he was selected by the event committee to be the juror for his 25th Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair as Executive Director. Bridenstine helped build the KIA's permanent collection, which has developed into more than 4,200 pieces, 1,700 of them collected during his tenure.

Saturday Programming
The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair will continue on Saturday, June 7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Over 180 artists are on hand, showcasing a variety of colorful artwork in 13 different mediums. A full lineup of entertainment is scheduled for Saturday featuring performances by the Mall City Harmonizers, the Crescendo Fiddlers and more! For a full lineup of entertainment, visit here.

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