Each year a work of art is selected for the official Tulip Time Festival Artwork Competition. Area artists create and submit their images which are then judged by a local art expert. This year’s submissions were reviewed by John Berry, Former Vice President of Corporate Communications at Herman Miller and first Executive Director of Design West Michigan. This year, a total of 103 submissions were received from 58 area artists. The artists and artwork listed below were selected as this year’s Top 20:
Janice Aalderink: Arlene
Cindy Bender: Beautiful Diversity
Cindy Bender: Primarily Tulips
Bob Bosgraaf: Delftly Divine
Tanner Bosma: Ablaze
Betsy Buurma Morton: Simple Elegance
Susan Day Martell: By the Bunch
Alla Dickson: Alice in Wonderland
Barbara Doss: Harlequin Tulips
Patricia Flynn: Checkerboard Tulips
Justin Foster: Shapes on Tulips
Michelle Fuller: To Kiss or not to Kiss
OiLin Jaeger: Love Connection
Karen Johnson: Lookin’ Sharp
Aron Lowe: Dutch Dance
Kate Moynihan: Dressed in Dutch Costume II
Todd Norman: Tulpenmanie
Robert Ortman: My Walk
Marguerite Riker: Bloom Where You’re Planted
Conni Schaftenaar: Three Pink Tulips
The winner of the 2020 Tulip Time Festival Artwork Competition will be selected by representatives from Tulip Time and the Holland Area Arts Council. The Top 20 artists and their works will be featured at First Bloem, a special reception celebrating Tulip Time’s Visual Arts Series. Held February 6, this event is open to the public and serves as both a preview of the Visual Arts Series and the announcement of Poster Artwork Competition winner. Tickets on sale on December 10 and are $70 per person and $130 per couple.
The remaining 19 finalists’ original works will be placed on display at the Holland Area Arts Council from May 2 through May 10, inviting the public to participate in the Viewers’ Choice Awards by voting for their favorite image. Cash prizes will be awarded on May 9 to the top three works of art with the most public votes.
Experience Tulip Time Festival, May 2-10, 2020. Detailed program and event information is available on www.tuliptime.com. Tickets for shows go on sale November 7, 2019. Tickets can be purchased online at www.tuliptime.com, in person at the Tulip Time Festival Box Office located at 42 West 8th Street, Holland, Michigan, or by phone at 800-822-2770.