West Michigan Area Show
May 17 - August 17, 2014
West Michigan is home to a talented community of visual artists, and some of their finest recent work will be on display at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts in its annual West Michigan Area Show. Since the 1960s, this annual exhibition has showcased the exceptional work of area artists in all media.
A juried exhibition, the Area Show draws hundreds of entries from a 14-county region of West Michigan. Each year, the KIA staff selects a local juror to choose the artists from more than 500 submitted entries, ranging from paintings, prints and photos to mosaics, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture and mixed-media works.
WMAS 2014 Juror Stephen Doherty served as editor-in-chief of American Artist magazine for 31 years and is now editor of PleinAir magazine, a publication for people who enjoy art based on direct observation of nature. He has written numerous books and articles, exhibited his paintings widely, and judged art exhibitions for museums and art societies. Doherty earned a MFA degree from Cornell University, taught art in public schools and colleges, and now offers workshops around the country.
Doherty will offer a plein air painting workshop through the KIA, May 15-18, for individuals who wish to expand their skills, while working in the beautiful SW Michigan landscape. All painting and pastels media are invited. Registration at 269.349.7775, x3101.
Additional sponsorship support from Miller Canfield
Second Prize: Don Marek, Kalamazoo Downtown, transparent watercolor on 300# Arches rough pressed watercolor paper
Fifth Prize: Amelia M. Falk, "Being gay is not a Western invention. It is a human reality," archival aluminum inkjet print.
Kalamazoo Book Arts Center Award: Deborah Mattson, Influence, artist's book of color viscosity etchings
West Michigan Potters Guild Eleanore Smith Memorial Award for Ceramics: Catherine Stasevich, Pond Life Series: Fine Basket of Fish, wood-fired ceramic
Weavers Guild of Kalamazoo Award for Fiber: Gretchen Huggett, Blue #2, silk and wool; woven, dyed and handspun
Signature Artists Cooperative Award: Ladislav Hanka, Myself at Work, zinc etching plate and cast bronze, mounted on granite
Log Cabin Quilters' West Michigan Art Quilt Award: Nina Feirer, The Wonder of it All, cotton and flannel fabric, batting, metallic and cotton thread
Ward H. and Cora E. Nay Director's Purchase Prize: Sy Ellens, Nestled, watercolor on watercolor paper
People's Choice Award, sponsored by the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo: Jessica Bohus, Running on Air, steel
Back to Past Exhibitions