The work of West Michigan's talented community of visual artists is showcased in the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts' annual West Michigan Area Show. Since the 1960s, this juried exhibition has drawn hundreds of entries by established and emerging artists from a 14-county region.
Artists and award winners were selected by Ann-Arbor based curator Vera Grant. From more than 400 submissions, Ms. Grant chose 101 works of sculpture, painting, photography, ceramics, glass, prints, mixed media, and fiber, by 87 artists. The exhibition was organized by KIA Associate Curator Katherine Ransbottom.
The exhibition will be on view through August 25. Related exhibition events include a free talk by exhibiting artists at noon on Tuesday, May 21, and a tour of the exhibition on Sunday, June 23, at 2 pm (included with admission).
The public is invited to vote for their favorite artwork during the course of the exhibition, with a final voting date of August 4. The Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo's People's Choice Award ($765) will be announced Tuesday, August 13 at noon, during the KIA's weekly ARTBreak.
The West Michigan Area Show is sponsored by Chemical Bank and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, with support by David Isaacson in memory of his wife, Helen Sheridan.