2016 West Michigan Area Show
April 9 - July 10, 2016
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 300 submitted entries, ranging from paintings, prints and photos to mosaics, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture and mixed-media works. The 2016 juror was Ron Platt, Chief Curator, Grand Rapids Museum of Art.
The exhibition was organized by Karla J. Niehus, Associate Curator of Exhibitions, and is on view through July 10.
The KIA announced 14 award winners sharing more than $4,500 in awards - including a $1,000 grand prize - on April 8, in an opening reception for the exhibition.
The public is invited to cast a vote for their favorite now through July 6, for the People's Choice Award ($500), sponsored by the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazo, which be announced during at the July 8 Art Hop.
Click here for a full list of award winners and images.
Additional support provided by David Isaacson in memory of his wife, Helen Sheridan.
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Nina Feirer, Patrick Whalen, Sometimes You're the Goat, Sometimes You're the Tiger, cotton, silk, and sateen
Sherie Presta, Cass County, Aspen Necklace, handmade ceramic beads on wire with black electroplate chain
Susan Sawyer, Equus Quagga-Raku Zebra, Raku-fired clay body, wire-wrapped horsehair mane and tail on metal stand