West Michigan Art Competition
Annual juried exhibition that highlights outstanding artwork by Lower West Michigan artists who reside in a 25-county region
35th Annual LowellArts West Michigan Art Competition
February 13 – April 10, 2021
Tuesday through Friday, 10:00am-6:00pm
The 35th Annual LowellArts West Michigan Art Competition highlights outstanding artwork by Lower West Michigan artists who reside in a 25-county region. Five cash awards totaling $2500 were awarded. Artists could submit one piece for consideration by the juror. This year's distinguished juror is Richard Brinn, an accomplished artist and educator originally from Detroit, MI.
ABOUT THE JUROR
Richard Brinn is an accomplished artist and educator originally from Detroit, MI. He currently resides in rural Michigan near Muskegon. He earned his BFA, MA, and MFA degrees in painting from Wayne State University, and has exhibited his work throughout the Midwest. As Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, MI, he taught drawing and painting for 25 years, and taught fine art at Wayne County Community College for over a decade. In the early 1970’s, as one of the founding members of the Michigan Gallery, he helped develop the Michigan Avenue Art Group into a vital art institution for artists in the greater Detroit area. Richard Brinn’s approach to his art is varied and experimental, and includes abstract, figurative, still life, and landscape paintings. Over the last decade, depicting the landscapes of Michigan and Arizona have been his focus, along with the portraiture he has done throughout his career.
The juror selected the following 5 pieces to receive monetary awards. Listed in alphabetical order:
Neven Allan, Recharge the Spirit
Deborah Bergren, Indian Summer Paddle
Monica Johnstone, Archway
Cheryll Leo-Gwin, The Riceman Doth Not Cometh
Earl Stringer, The Carnival at Midnight
HONORABLE MENTION AWARDS
The juror selected the following 6 pieces to receive honorable mention awards. Listed in alphabetical order:
Larry Blovits, Watkins Glen
Lee Brown, Void Column
Anna Greidanus, Winged Visitation
Taylor Mazer, And More Air?
Mary Reusch, Fungi, Mushrooms, Trees & Forest Floor
Tom Sampson, Red Pagoda
I was very impressed with the overall quality of the entries for this exhibition. The jurors’ job today is much harder than in the past, when work was juried on-site. All entries look the same size on a computer screen. I carefully read all the information about each entry, in addition to looking at larger images of the entries, plus any close-ups, several times. Space was limited for this show, so many nice pieces didn’t make the cut. My work has been rejected for shows numerous times over the years. Be assured, rejection is not a statement about the quality but a reflection of the wonderful competition, as well as the juror’s judgements. It was a pleasure to review so much excellent artwork, and I would like to thank LowellArts for their part in the process, in addition to all the volunteers that helped hang the exhibition.
On a personal note, I repeat what I have told all my students: “One exhibition is not a destination, and developing a career in art is a journey with some ups and downs.”
About the Competition
The West Michigan Art Competition was open to all visual art media by artists 18 yrs. and older who reside in one of the eligible West Michigan counties. Eligible lower West Michigan counties include: Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Cass, Calhoun, Clare, Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Ionia, Isabella, Kalamazoo, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Muskegon, Montcalm, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola, Ottawa, Saint Joseph, and Van Buren.
Only original works completed in the last three years and not previously exhibited at LowellArts were eligible. Entries were accepted Nov 28, 2020 to Jan 15, 2021. Artists could submit one piece in any medium for consideration by the juror. All entries must be submitted digitally through the (CaFÉ) website. There was a $35 fee for entry, $25 for LowellArts Members and students. Entry fees help fund prizes for the competition, as well as programs and services provided by LowellArts.
Artist List A-L
Molly Alicki Corriveau
Jane E. Blacquiere
Grant M Brownlow
Mary Ann Challa
Kathy M. Forzley
Lee Ann Frame
Justin La Doux
Artist List L-Z
Kelly Vander Kley