The 58th annual Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff (KAB) is accepting artist applications! It is, once again, ranked as one of the top 20 art fairs in the United States by Sunshine Artist Magazine, and one of the top 50 for artist sales by Art Fair SourceBook. The KAB is a great opportunity for working artists to connect with passionate buyers in the heart of southwest Michigan. Artists may submit their application until January 31, 2019 thru ZAPP (https://www.zapplication.org/event-info.php?ID=7045) For more information about the KAB visit krasl.org/art-fair/artist-information. 200 artists will be selected to participate in the 2019 Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff on July 13 & 14 in Lake Bluff Park in St. Joseph, Michigan.
For those who cannot wait until art fair weekend, Krasl Art Center (KAC) is excited to invite community members and prospective artists to observe the 2019 jury process at Art Fair Jury Day, held for the first time on the Mendel Center Mainstage at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Be a part of the audience on Wednesday, February 27 between 9 AM – 5 PM as jurors review artist applications.
Jurors play an important role in selecting works that elevate KAB to such heights. KAC is excited to announce the professional panel of jurors who will score applicant submissions. With over 900 applicants for 2018’s fair, this process is no easy task! The panel reviews four images of each artists’ work and one of their booth. They score the grouping as a whole to select the final 200 invited artists. KAB 2019 jurors are Israel Davis, Professor of Fundamental Formative Arts, Central Michigan University; Randall Higdon, fine art painter; Judith A. Hayner, Project Director of the newly formed Muskegon City Public Art Initiative and Muskegon Museum of Art Executive Director (Retired); Marilyn Schanze, art collector, public arts advocate and former gallery owner specializing in Caribbean art; and Michael Hill, writer/researcher/ artist at the Jane Addams Research Center in St. Joseph, and docent for Krasl Art Center’s K-12 Understanding Art Program.
2019 Kral Art Fair on the Bluff Juror Biographies
Israel “Izzy” Davis
Israel “Izzy” Davis is an artist, educator, musician, BMX biker, and skateboarding enthusiast from Grand Rapids, MI. Izzy has taught more than 40 workshops on his techniques both nationally and internationally. He has been included in over 100 exhibitions at such venues as the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA and The Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA. In addition to making his own artwork, Izzy’s creative endeavors include managing his emerging brand www.funfalife.com with a mission to “promote the pursuit of an active and creative lifestyle through art, culture, skateboarding, and BMX biking.”
Randall Higdon’s full-time occupation for the past 40 years has been as a painter of fine art, in both a representational and non-objective manner. Higdon has shown his work at fine art galleries, art representatives, and street art fairs. Prior to a career as a painter, Higdon worked as a graphic designer for two advertising agencies after attending Kendall College of Art and Design. Higdon is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society and the American Society of Marine Artists. He was commissioned recently by Point O’ Woods Golf & Country Club in Benton Harbor, Michigan, to create a piece promoting the 2019 Western Amateur Golf Tournament.
Judith A. Hayner
Judith Hayner was Executive Director for the Muskegon Museum of Art (MMA) from 2003 through 2017. Her tenure at the MMA focused on developing and increasing the public awareness of and support for the institution. She also worked to expand its capacity to create significant temporary exhibitions while at the same time growing and adding to the nationally-recognized permanent collection of American and European paintings, sculpture, prints, and studio glass. Hayner currently oversees and manages the Muskegon city Public Art Initiative. In 2018 Hayner was the project developer for the commission and installation of All My Relations, a monumental sculpture by award-winning Native American artist and Grand Rapids native, Jason Quigno.
Marilyn Schanze works as an Art Laison and enjoys bringing artists and their work into the public consciousness. She is an avid art collector and public arts advocate. Schanze volunteers to work with curators and others to promote the visual arts, artists, and the creative process. She has worked with various museums and cultural departments to help advance awareness of scholarly research of Caribbean arts. This work has led to exhibitions in top galleries, museums, and art centers in France, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Palm Beach, New York, Chicago and Curaçao. She currently serves on the board of the Prak-sis Contemporary Art Association in Chicago.
Michael R. Hill holds two doctorates from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and for ten years tutored in the UNL Department of Athletics. His specialties include photography, archival research, and the theories, methods, and histories of the social sciences. Hill is currently a writer/researcher/ artist at the Jane Addams Research Center in St. Joseph, Michigan. He is also a docent in the Krasl Art Center’s K-12 Understanding Art Program. Recently, Hill was awarded The Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award for his work.