LowellArts announces the 34th Annual West Michigan Art Competition highlighting outstanding artwork by Lower West Michigan artists. 226 artists submitted their work to be juried. 56 artists had their work selected to be on display at the LowellArts Gallery, 223 W Main St, Lowell, MI 49331 from February 29 to April 8. Gallery hours are: Tues-Fri 10am-6pm and Sat 10am-5pm.
A meet-the-artists reception and presentation of awards is scheduled for Thursday, March 5 from 6-8pm. The event is free, and open to the public. Cash awards totaling $2500 will be awarded. 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.
The competition was open to all visual art media by artists 18 yrs. and older. Artists could submit one piece to be juried. The artists also must reside in one of 25 eligible counties in West Michigan. Eligible West Michigan counties included: 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, Van Buren.
Award winners will be posted on the LowellArts website along with a full list of pieces included in the exhibition on March 6th.
LowellArts connects artists and audiences through the visual and performing arts. Located on Main Street in downtown Lowell, LowellArts is a vibrant arts organization that has served the greater Lowell community since 1977. Annual programming includes: rotating gallery exhibitions, art and theater classes, house concerts, community theater, the Showboat Sizzlin’ Summer Concert Series (featuring free evening concerts every Thursday June through August by the Flat River), and the Fallasburg Arts Festival (a two-day juried art fair with 100+ artists, live music, and craft demonstrations held at Fallasburg Park).