Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Announces the West Michigan Area Show People's Choice Award Winner

Posted: August 12, 2014
Source: Joe Bower
Phone: (269) 585-9278
Email: joeb@kiarts.org

For Immediate Release -

wmas14bohusj1aThe Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is pleased to announce that artist Jessica Bohus is the winner of the 2014 People's Choice Award for the West Michigan Area Show exhibition. Bohus's sculpture, entitled Running on Air, beat out 96 other works in the exhibition, receiving the most votes by gallery visitors in a contest that has been staged since the exhibition opened in May. The Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo is the sponsor of the $500 People's Choice Award. The West Michigan Area Show will be on view at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts through Sunday, August 17.

About Jessica Bohus

"My work is about enjoying creativity. I do it because it is satisfying and I want people to have fun appreciating the things I make. These creatures are my minions marching out to combat the mundane blandness of modern life. I wind them up and turn them loose to change the world one chuckle at a time." Jessica Bohus's work can be seen at her Blue Roan Studio, Fennville, and online.

About the work on view

"I think of these steel sculptures as carved air. The line of steel captures a volume that exists in the eye of the viewer. The mass is all air. I make horses because they are full of contradictions--powerful and skittish- dancing with muscle. Also, they have great hair. Each horse is an individual but when I hang them they become part of the larger whole that is the herd. The whole process is like working with a three-dimensional drawing; if I don't like a line I don't erase--I can bend it. If I don't like the placement of a horse I cut him down and rearrange him, suspending and tying him to the other horses until they all fit in a flowing 3-D drawing of air."

About the West Michigan Area Show

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.