2018 West Michigan Area Show
May 26-September 2, 2018
The work of West Michigan's talented community of visual artists is on display at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts' annual West Michigan Area Show. Since the 1960s, this annual juried exhibition has showcased exceptional work in all media, drawing hundreds of entries from a 14-county region. Each year, an experienced juror chooses the artists from more than 500 submitted entries, ranging from paintings, prints and photos to mosaics, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture and mixed-media works.
The exhibition is organized by Karla J. Niehus, Interim Curator of Exhibitions.
This year's juror, Dawoud Bey, is a Chicago-based photographer with more than 35 years experience. Born in Queens and a graduate of the Yale University School of Art, his career was launched in the late 1970s with his seminal series photographing the people and places of Harlem. Today, Dawoud Bey is an internationally recognized photographer of the African American experience, and professor at Columbia College, Chicago. He was recently named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow and awarded a "genius" grant. Rooted in traditions of portraiture and documentary photography, Bey has focused on picturing marginalized communities. His projects invite consideration of the individual within society and have drawn attention to neighborhood change.
The exhibition is sponsored by Chemical Bank and Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. Additional support provided by David Isaacson in memory of his wife, Helen Sheridan. Opening reception sponsored by the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo.
2017 Area Show Winners Gallery
Deborah Rockman, Companions 8, low-tech digital drawing on photograph. Helen Sheridan Memorial Grand Prize Winner
Cindi Ford, Vulnerable VII, etching, moku hanga, monotype, linocut, and collage. Third Place Winner.
Taylor Mazer, And More Stairs, pen and ink on paper. Ward H. and Cora E. Nay Director's Purchase Prize.
Kalamazoo Knitting Guild Award for Fiber: Linda Wolf, Nanuk of the North, commercial cotton fabric, pieced, appliquéd, painted, fused, and embroidered
Kalamazoo Log Cabin Quilters' Art Quilt Award: Jacqueline Skarritt, My Life in Circles: a Circle(s) a Day 2016, hand appliqued, pieced, and stitched; machine quilted by the artist
Ninth Wave Studio Award for Ingenuity in Mixed Media or Intermedia: Eana Agopian, Meiosis, collage, hand-colored image transfer, screenprinting, copperplate etching, acrylic paint, mica powder, glitter, polyresin
The Martin Maddox Prize for Imaginative Realism: Craig Bishop, Germanic Influence of Men & Women from Dürer to Barbie, oil on linen
Southwest Michigan Printmakers Excellence in Printmaking Award: Deborah Mattson, Shingebiss: an Ojibwe Folktale, artist's book, etchings and letterpress
Weavers Guild of Kalamazoo Award for Fiber: Alyssa Roach, Give the Sun Back to the Whales, ink, fabric, and thread
West Michigan Potters Guild Eleanore Smith Memorial Award for Ceramics: Betsy Vollmar, Underneath, stoneware, underglaze, borax, and shellac