2020 West Michigan Area Show
Coming Spring 2020
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
Chicago-based artist William J. O'Brien works in drawing, painting, sculpture, and ceramics. His idiosyncratic and exuberant forms are born out of an improvised and intuitive studio practice, rich in material experimentation. He is Assistant Professor of Art in the Department of Ceramics at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Inspired by Modernism and the history of material usage of Outsider Art, O'Brien's multidisciplinary practice is a search for identity and genuine expression through material and process.
The West Michigan Area Show is sponsored by the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. Additional support provided 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