2019 West Michigan Area Show
May 17-August 25, 2019
The public is invited to vote for their favorite artwork during the course of the exhibition, with a final voting date of Thursday, August 8. The Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo's People's Choice Award will be announced Tuesday, August 13 at noon, during the the Tuesday noon weekly ARTBreak.
The work of West Michigan's talented community of visual artists is showcased in the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts' annual West Michigan Area Show. Since the 1960s, this juried exhibition has drawn hundreds of entries by established and emerging artists from a 14-county region.
Artists and award winners were selected by Ann-Arbor based curator Vera Grant. From more than 400 submissions, Ms. Grant chose 101 works of sculpture, painting, photography, ceramics, glass, prints, mixed media, and fiber, by 87 artists. The exhibition was organized by KIA Associate Curator Katherine Ransbottom.
The West Michigan Area Show is sponsored by Chemical Bank and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, with support by David Isaacson in memory of his wife, Helen Sheridan.
2019 Area Show Winners Gallery
Eclectic Glass Guild of SWMI Award for Glass: Ekin Aytac and Josh Davids, Cityscape 5, blown, cut and engraved glass
Kirk Newman Art School Metals and Jewelry Department Award: Mary Baggerman, Momento, cast silver and bronze with copper detail
West Michigan Potters Guild Award for Ceramics: William Becker, Flowers in the Crannied Wall, ceramic, mixed clay bodies, glazed fired cone six
Portage Community Art Award: June Belitz, Sitting on Top of the World, original block design, pieced and quilted on home sewing machine
SW Michigan Printmakers Excellence in Printmaking Award: Lee Ann Frame, Hike, multiple color woodblock print
Kalamazoo Knitting Guild Award: Sue Hale, Spore I " What s left behind, traditional wet felting, multiple resists and embellishment
Kalamazoo Book Arts Center Award: Ali Hansen, An Accordion Mystery Book 4 Gun and Garden , collage/letterset accordion book
Ninth Wave Studio Award for Ingenuity in Mixed Media or Intermedia: Douglas LaFerle, Kali s Wheel, motorized kinetic sculpture with found objects
Martin Maddox Prize for Imaginative Realism: John Leben, Welcome to the Tree Museum, limited edition print of a digital painting
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.