2011 BILLBOARD ART CONTEST
The 2011 Billboard Art Contest will feature 10 artists' work on 10 billboards for one year of advertising. These billboards will rotate among 1,300 regional sites and will be viewed by thousands of patrons! Winners will be featured on the Billboard Art web page with a link to their individual websites. Winners will also be celebrated at a Kalamazoo Institute of Arts reception on Friday, October 21.
Out of more than 60 applicants, 20 finalists were selected and voted on by the public. Thank you to everyone who voted for your participation!
And the winners are....
- Jerry Harty
- Mary Brodbeck
- Sy Ellens
- Katherine Martin & Michelle Zorich
- Jean Stevens
- Kara Aubin & Daniel Juzwiak
- Scott Aldrich
- Meg Tang
- Randy Bronkema
- Wendy Vaughan
The billboards will be on display May 2011 - May 2012, and can change location at any given time.
The winners will also be feted at a KIA reception on Friday, October 21 during Art & All That Jazz, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.! Artists' works will be available for purchase.
Congratulations to our 10 finalists!
For more information, please contact Caroline DeNooyer at (269) 349-7775 ext. 3111 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
17. Sy Ellens
Statement: Having grown up on a farm, I developed a close relationship with the land. Now, having traveled extensively by plane, I have acquired a new perspective. I like to give the impression that my paintings have no boundaries and can, therefore, reach and touch many people.
14. Randy Bronkema
Statement: I consider myself an advanced amateur photographer. Born and raised in West Michigan, photography has been a hobby of mine since high school. Throughout the years, I have honed my craft, focusing on wildlife, nature, naturescapes and architecture. I enjoy capturing the moments that make us pause to appreciate the wonder that surrounds us.
6. Jerry Harty
Statement: My artwork has always followed a light and whimsical path. Each piece is created using various types of fusible glass...often incorporating recycled metals. The various types of glass and finishes bring an array of color and light to each piece, while adding dimension and playfulness to the artwork.
19. Wendy Vaughan
Statement: I have supposed, through my artwork, that certain human characteristics have been transferred to the animals so that they now have the ability to Create, Rationalize, Fear, Lead, Reason, Analyze, Love and so forth. Thus, they live in a parallel existence to our own, with their own stories to tell.
13. Meg Tang
Statement: I love the process of fabricating jewelry from beginning to end. Each piece is a unique design and crafted by hand. It is my hope that when worn, my jewelry will feel like an extension of the body.
5. Jean Stevens
Statement: Take a walk along the shore, or in the woods, anytime. Keep going until thought subsides. See what catches your eye. I paint these moments.
12. Mary Brodbeck
Statement: The Great Lakes are one of the most powerful identifying features of Michigan. I work to recognize distinguishing elements along Michigan's unique shorelines, and like how we identify with our iconoclastic mitten shape, I try to represent an iconic language of place...through shape, color, and composition.
8. Kara Aubin
Statement: kara / daniel JEWELRY emerges from the contrasting aesthetics of Kara Aubin & Daniel Juzwiak. Their technical approach originates with Daniel, an architect in jewelers clothing, while Kara - a dancer by training, brings an eye for color, movement and asymmetry. Stainless, raw diamonds and sapphires converge in modern & rustic designs.
9. Katherine Martin & Michelle Zorich
Statement: Michelle and Katherine, Things of Steel owners, have been fearlessly welding, grinding, and cutting incredible steel things for 14 years. They create awesome furniture, sculptures, accessories and signs for residential and commercial settings. Custom designs are produced for traditional, contemporary, and whimsical people.
16. Scott Aldrich
Statement: Scott Aldrich is an industrial microscopist, producing images of the micro-world using light passing through the material in different directions, producing vibrant colors and textures. My inspiration comes from the harmonization of art and science.