West Michigan Art Competition

Annual juried exhibition that highlights outstanding artwork by Lower West Michigan artists who reside in a 25-county region

34th Annual LowellArts

West Michigan Art Competition

February 29 April 8

The 34th Annual West Michigan Art Competition highlights outstanding artwork by artists from 25 Lower West Michigan counties. This year’s distinguished juror is Jim Nawara, a Professor Emeritus of Painting & Drawing in the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History at Wayne State University in Detroit.


Five cash awards totalling $2500 will be awarded at an Artists Reception on Thursday, March 5 from 6:00–8:00pm.

Gallery Hours:

Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm

Saturday 10am-5pm

Artist Reception:

Thursday, March 5 from 6:00–8:00pm

Join us! The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.


Juror - Jim Nawara

Jim Nawara earned a BFA degree from the Art Institute of Chicago and his MFA degree in painting at the University of Illinois, Champaign. Nawara is a Professor Emeritus of Painting & Drawing in the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History at Wayne State University in Detroit, where he taught for forty-six years. His paintings, drawings and prints have been exhibited in more than 250 international, national, and regional group exhibitions as well as nine solo exhibitions. Nawara has received substantial research grant support for his work from Wayne State University and three Creative Artist Grants from the Michigan Council for the Arts. His work is represented in numerous museums, corporate, university and private collections.

Jim Nawara’s work emanates from a continuum of ideas and observations about landscape that have intrigued him since he was a very young artist. While his compositions involve the creation of illusions and allusions concerning particular places and things in the world, Nawara has said, “I am interested in natural and unnatural visual events in landscape. These events may be grand, unimportant, profound or quirky. While an image usually evolves from an actual place, the paintings are essentially abstract configurations of shape, space, color and light that I perceive or imagine within a subject from the beginning. Ultimately the work is about interpretation, invention, and memory, as well as the physical process of painting. I consider subject matter a vehicle to express something that is ineffable, yet guided by acute observation, history, and by the inspirational works of a wide variety of fine artists, past and present.”


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Lowell, MI 49331




Gallery Hours:

Tuesday - Friday 10am-6pm

Saturday 10am-5pm

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Tuesday - Friday 10am-6pm

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LowellArts is supported in part by:

LowellArts is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.