Announcing the 2018 West Michigan Area Show

Posted: April 10, 2018

Deborah RockmanHelen Sheridan Memorial Grand Prize Winner Deborah Rockman's Companions 8, low-tech digital drawing on photograph.

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts has announced the juror and dates for its annual West Michigan Area Show for regional artists. ╗┐Organized by Karla J. Niehus, Interim Curator of Exhibitions, the exhibition will be on view May 26-September 2, 2018, with an awards reception for artists on Thursday, May 24.

Since the 1960s, this annual juried exhibition has showcased exceptional work in all media, drawing hundreds of entries from a 14-county region. This year, juror for the show will be award-winning photographer Dawoud Bey, whose work is currently on view at the KIA in Dawoud Bey: Harlem USA and Harlem Redux. Bey will review hundreds of submitted entries, ranging from paintings, prints and photos to glass, fiber, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture and mixed-media works, in order to choose roughly 100 works to hang in the show.

The KIA invites West Michigan's talented community of visual artists from Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Eaton, Ionia, Kalamazoo, Kent, Muskegon, Ottawa, St. Joseph, and Van Buren counties to enter the show by 11:59 pm on April 15, 2018. Artists can submit up to three works online, with an entry fee of $20 per artwork. Click for full submission information for artists.

Awards valued at more than $6,000 will be given, led by the Helen Sheridan Memorial Grand Prize of $1,000. Many awards are funded by partners including the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, Eclectic Glass Guild of SW Michigan, Log Cabin Quilters, Weavers Guild of Kalamazoo, and West Michigan Potters Guild. New this year is a $1,000 award for a Portage-based artist funded by the city of Portage, a $250 jewelry award from the Kirk Newman Metals & Jewelry Department.

The Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo will fund the $500 People s Choice Award; while other awards include the Martin Maddox Prize for Imaginative Realism, an Excellence in Printmaking Award from the Southwest Michigan Printmakers; an award from the Ninth Wave Studio for Ingenuity in Mixed Media or Intermedia; and awards from the Kalamazoo Knitting Guild and Signature Artists Cooperative. Finally, one or more works may be purchased for the KIA collection, selected by Executive Director Belinda Tate and funded by the Ward H. and Cora E. Nay Director s Purchase Prize.