2019 West Michigan Area Show
May 17-August 25, 2019
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 Katherine Ransbottom, Associate Curator.
ABOUT THE JUROR
Vera Grant is Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and Curator of Modern and Contemporary art at the The University of Michigan Museum of Art. She has previously served as director of the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art at the Hutchins Center, Harvard University; as executive director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard; and as associate director of the African and African American Studies Program at Stanford University.
The exhibition is sponsored by the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, Chemical Bank and Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. Additional support provided by David Isaacson in memory of his wife, Helen Sheridan.
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