2018 West Michigan Area Show
May 26-September 2, 2018
Jacqueline Skarritt, On the Line (detail), contemporary and vintage fabrics
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.
Chicago-based photographer Dawoud Bey juried this year's show. 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.
The exhibition was organized by Karla J. Niehus, Interim Curator of Exhibitions, and 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.
2018 Area Show Winners Gallery
West Michigan Potters Guild Award for Ceramics: William Becker, Me and My Shadow; Totem in Toto; Embrace; ceramic
3rd Prize: Heather Briggs, Excerpt from A Stupid Brilliance series--My Journey Overcoming Dyslexia, archival digital prints
Ward H. and Cora E. Nay Director's Purchase Prize and Southwest Michigan Printmakers Excellence in Printmaking Award: Beibei Chen and Leilei Chen, Gaia I, hand screenprint
Helen Sheridan Memorial Grand Prize: Franklin Delgado, The Dour Desire to Endure, graphite and charcoal on paper
Kalamazoo Log Cabin Quilters' Art Quilt Award: Nina Feirer, Dead Celebrity Quilt #1: Musicians "How Long Will they Mourn Me?"
Weavers Guild of Kalamazoo Award for Fiber: Sue Hale, Nest, traditional wet felting with resists and embellishment
Ward H. and Cora E. Nay Director's Purchase Prize: Nichole Maury, Failures of Communication: #1, intaglio print
4th Prize: Stephan Roll, Ned Kelly with The Kid Featuring Solid Steel Croquet Balls, mixed media assemblage
Eclectic Glass Guild of SWMI Award for Glass: Tammy Schrock, Blue Lotus, glass (new and recycled) and copper wire
Kalamazoo Book Arts Center Award: Rachel Stickney, /=/, archival book materials, ribbon, and resin cast bug remains
Ninth Wave Studio Award for Ingenuity in Mixed Media or Intermedia: Vicki VanAmeyden, Hells Bells, relief print on 47 used tea bags, cord
Additional support provided by David Isaacson in memory of his wife, Helen Sheridan