My name is Eric Klien and I am a resident of Kalamazoo, MI. I have been painting for 8 years and was a participant in the ArtPrize 2011 event. I find great satisfaction in my paintings when the viewer finds it both relaxing and familiar. The inspiration for my work ranges from natures landscapes to everyday locations. Sometimes it's the subject I want to capture, othertimes the color. The world is full of these elements and I take pride in my work when I bring them to the viewer and they can be taken to another place, another time, perhaps a memory and they smile.
Aside from my interest in landscape painting, I have recently developed a serious interest in figurative painting. I find the fleeting expressions of the human face fascinating. Posture, clothing, and setting will all help to tell the stories in my new work. I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. From 2004 to present I have worked on a series of cloud paintings that focused on the moments just before a storm, where cloud formations are at their peak volume. My cloud and landscape paintings are currently represented by the Gruen Galleries, located in the North Gallery District of Chicago.
I’m a painter, one that’s excited by the chemical, physical, and emotive nature of paint itself. Especially in regards to its interplay with other materials I use in my work. What I paint is people, the human condition including all the subtle intangible psyche that surrounds all of us. The people I choose to paint are often very dear to me. I do this because I feel like I can capture something about them in my own work. This produces a meaningful experience for the viewer and me. I want the viewer to become immersed in the feeling, emotions and essence of my subject. This is what I want the viewer to walk away with. Ultimately, having a more intimate view of my work, rather than seeing a pretty painting, is my goal.
Jd Urban is a Brooklyn, NY-based professional photographer, multimedia artist and bacon lover who has spent the past three years interviewing hundreds of people for a web-based documentary experience entitled "Everyday People Project" : a candid video interview series offering a living, breathing archive of the human experience. (facebook.com/theeverydaypeopleproject). united.states is an installation of these conversations, created specifically for ArtPrize, scored with music by Casey Stratton and featuring a looped video stream that reveals a microcosm of the nation's thoughts on race, gender, gun control, politics, the media, sexuality, marriage, relationships, trust, kindness, regret, and hope. united.states will be projected at Calder Plaza, complemented by photography at Richard App Gallery and enhanced with additional online content. With united.states, Urban will invite viewers to take a closer look at the state of our union.
Eunjin Lee former dance teacher, received her BFA in ChoSun University, Korea. Currently she is a member of W.H.A.T(Women Heart-fully Art Together).
Sergio Gomez is a Chicago based visual artist, Owner/Director of 33 Contemporary Gallery, Curator/ Director of Exhibitions at the Zhou B. Art Center. Founder/Director of VisualArtToday.com, Creative Consultant for Idea Seat Marketing & Advertising, Contributor for Italia Arte Magazine, Co-founder and Creative Director of 3C Wear, curator of the National Wet Paint Exhibition and Chicago's Twelve, graphic designer and art/design faculty at South Suburban College.
Several years ago I began a habit of drawing the living things from gardens and fields around my home. This kept me engaged in careful looking, gave time and space for a contemplative task, and sharpened my consideration of pattern and ornament in even the most ordinary life forms. Field Studies are the outcome of this practice, developing ornamental form from these sketches into vessels of collection and ceremony. Ornament, unlike many other art forms, is almost solely concerned with giving pleasure. Incorporated into vessels that have been used throughout history as containers for grain and wine, as well as the bodies of our dead, these works are a reminder of the sensual world of making and using, and the cyclical nature of life. In works such as Field Study: Thicket, I have moved from a balanced order of pattern to show the beginnings of disorder. A reminder that no matter how carefully we construct and manage our daily experiences, life will not leave us alone or untouched.
Crystal was born and raised in Lansing, MI. She attended Michigan State University for her BA in Studio Art and in Advertising and DePaul for her Masters in Human Computer Interaction. Crystal now works in Chicago, IL as a User Experience Architect for an eCommerce company. She periodically shows her collage work at galleries and in shows in the Chicago area.
Marie Roy has chosen painting as her principal means of expression. Her abstract and lyrical landscapes are often monochromatic, dreamlike. Her representations of the cosmos are laid out in large formats that nonetheless allow the viewer to absorb them on a human scale. On wooden or canvas surfaces, Marie lays out textures using paper, sand, sawdust or modeling paste - whatever will result in something to be incorporated or rejected. She then goes to work with paint - acrylic, oil or gouache. She uses brushes, spatulas, rags, and scrapers to spread, alter, erase, or resurrect the desired tones and nuances. The paintings invite the viewer to explore these abstract places which are representations of our interior landscapes. There, color is found in all of its states, nuances, contrasts, movements, turbulence, subtlety and garishness. They are spaces where one can reflect on their own questions, and pursue the dance with their own emotions, without preconceived ideas regarding beauty.
I am a 60 something retired Ford Motor Co. skilled tradesman. Received my B.F.A. from College for Creative Studies 5/16/2013.
I started doing photography when I was in junior high and, even with my little Kodak Instamatic, I had some of my pictures published in my ninth-grade yearbook. The hobby has grown into what could almost be described as an obsession to the point where I take "senior pictures" for the Special Education program I'm in and my wife and I have dozens and dozens of photo albums filled with pictures of children, grandchildren and vacation destinations. I'm 61 years old and a lifelong resident of West Michigan. I like sports, especially baseball, as well as birds and fighter jets. My wife, Ileana, and I have three sons and seven grandchildren. This will be my second year in ArtPrize. It's sooooo much fun!!! Don't forget, since I live in the area and work downtown, I'll be on-site a lot more than many other artists!!
The concept of introspection plays a major role in my work. Charcoal allows me to create moody tonal values that are perfect to capture the nuances of the female in contemplation. Charcoal creates the feel of soft imagination, drawing the viewer into a three way interaction with the person, drawing and artist.
Mariangela Fremura, born and raised in Livorno, Italy, now lives in the East Village of NYC. Her studies have taken her to the American Academy in Florence (1999), The University of Rome (Masters Degree in Art History, 2000) and to the New York Studio School (2000-2002.) While a student in Italy, she was an assistant to the painter Paul Harbutt, and painted the set design for a production of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” at the Coliseum Theatre in Rome. Her shows in NYC include: Bowery Gallery Annual Juried Show, 2009 and In Spiritus RKL Gallery, Brooklyn, 2005. Chris Protas and the Firebarn Gallery sponsor this artist. www.firebarngallery.com
What makes me tick is to create. It is an amazing, magical journey where at times I lead, and at times I participate with something wanting to emerge. Often, time disappears when painting. At it's best, my skills and abilities collaborate with something outside of me, and what I am able to create expands beyond just me. I wish for my viewers to experience inner, powerful and notable sensations while engaged with my paintings. I desire that they stay engaged and feel their relationship with the painting. I believe living with great Art can be deeply Relational, and a Mind, Body,and Spirit enhancer.
Valerie received her BFA from University of Cincinnati. She is on the faculty at Alden B. Dow Museum of Art. As a certified working artist for Golden Artist Colors, she gives lectures in the Midwest on acrylic painting. Valerie has exhibited nationally in the Chicago Biennial, New American Drawing in Santa Fe, National Collage Society Exhibit at Montserrat College of Art, “Heart Rate-The Artistic Pulse of Post-Industrial Michigan” at Buckham Gallery,“From Margin to Center: Explorations in Mixed Media”at Central Michigan University. At the 47th Greater Michigan Art Exhibit, she received the Award of Merit from juror Karl Umlauf, of Baylor University. She was just selected into ArtFutura 2013 by James Rondeau, curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago. As a participant of Artprize since the beginning, she has shown at these Exhibition Centers or Showcase Venues: 2009-Amway Grand, 2010 and 2012 Cathedral Square, 2011 St. Cecilia Music Center, 2013 Fifth Third Center.
Vera Thornton is a realistic artist whose passions for life and art are reflected in her canvases. Painting in all media, she captures sunlight, shade and the elements to intensify her subject and the mind of the viewer. Self stylized and self improved, she has taken classes at the Flint Institute of Art and workshops from well-known artists, she feels her work is evolving all the time. Today she lives and works in Fenton, Michigan, where she was born and raised. And has retired after 34 years as a letter carrier for the Fenton Post Office. Finding enjoyment in her surroundings, she never had to look any farther then her own backyard for inspiration through the small treasures of life, a cat in a flower box, a inquisitive Chickadee, squirrel or a well used horse collar. Painting the many moods of nature and animals she evokes an emotional response. “People should really see what they’re looking at. They miss so much. I want them to stop and experience the life that’s around them."
Louise Rauh was born and raised in Endicott N.Y. where her art teachers strongly encouraged her to pursue a career in dentistry. Upon relocating to Iowa City she developed an interest in fine crafts. Inspired by the work produced by “local” artists Chunghi Choo and Mary Merckel-Hess she enrolled in the University of Iowa Fine Arts program where she studied under the guidance of Professor Choo. Louise took time off from graduate studies to open a fine art and craft gallery, “Studiolo”, in Iowa City, Iowa with partners John Rauh and Justine Zimmer. She received her MFA in the Spring of 2000, closed the gallery in the summer of 2002 and has been happily creating pieces and involved in exhibitions ever since. She has participated in many fine craft shows throughout the US including The Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington DC, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show and the American Craft Exposition in Evanston Illinois.
I am an Artist and Art Educator from Minnesota living in Ohio.
Born in Iowa, lived in Michigan most of my life. Professional photographer and illustrator living in Grand Rapids.
Romina has been painting ever since she was a child; leaving presents for her parents on the walls. …Now she works mostly on canvases. Her harmonious yet intricate realistic depictions are created with love for art and to tell a story. Her inspiration come from life and her exploration of human nature. Her goal is to capture in a canvas a beautiful message that enriches our existence as human beings. Her goal as an artist is to create work that is not only aesthetically admired but also that engages and reaches out to the audience. Her goal is to express unique visions of human nature explored though art. Her love and passion for art have lead her to explore and practice for over 14 years with drawing, painting and sculpting in different mediums. Romina received a B. F. A. in Fine Arts and Graphic Design from Wayne State University with honorable standing.
After graduating from The Art Institute of Chicago in 1962, Martha Hayden traveled to Europe on a fellowship and continued her studies at the Schule des Sehens in Salzburg, Austria with the renowned Expressionist painter Oskar Kokoschka. For her work there, she was honored with the school’s most prestigious award. Afterwards she continued to travel, paint, and study in museums throughout Europe, spending time in Austria, Italy, Spain and France before returning to the United States. Today Martha divides her painting time between New York City and southern Wisconsin, but also explores new perspectives by traveling and participating in artists’ residencies in other regions. Her work has been widely exhibited. She has participated in shows at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Milwaukee Museum of Art, The National Academy Museum in New York City, The Wustum Museum in Racine, Wisconsin, and many others. Chris Protas and the Firebarn Gallery sponsor this artist. www.firebarngallery.com
I recently received my BFA The University of Michigan's School of Art and Design, where I focused my studies on working with metals to make wearable art objects. I spent most of my time making large, wearable sculptures. Now I am translating my designs into smaller resort wear. Much of my inspiration comes from the ocean and nautical themes. I am fascinated with the pattern, shapes, and colors of coral, and the almost extraterrestrial forms of sea creatures.
I am a Freelance Graphic Designer and fine artist currently living in Grand Rapids Michigan. I love to see new things and try to extend art in directions never thought of before. I am a big fan of repurposing found objects and giving them new light. I am constantly jumping from one project to another in hopes to inspire others to open there ideas of art and extend the art world to further boundaries.
Since 1984 I have operated an art and sign studio in Saginaw Mi. I am one of the last old school sign painters specializing in gold leaf and window lettering, cartoons and logos. As a fine artist I paint nudes, automotive subjects,and puns on art history. I paint what moves me.
I started painting about ten years ago, just because. It relaxes me, and I try to get the pictures in my head out and onto the canvas. So... I paint when I can, and I sing when I want to.
A Michigan native, Jacqueline Gilmore returned after studying at the American College of Art & Design in London, England, the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and the Academia di Belle Arti in Perugia, Italy. She finished her B.F.A. at Kendall College of Art and Design with a major in sculpture. Today, Jacqueline’s paintings are held in numerous private collections internationally.
I have been a photographer for almost 30 years and am currently very interested in creating art using digital tools such as Photoshop and Corel Painter.
I have shown work all over West Michigan. (Purchase Award, Festival of the Arts in GR, 1st Place West Michigan Regional Art Show, 1st Place, Calvin Alumni Show). Last year's entry, "7,000 Loves" was at Park Congregational Church. I am an Art Teacher in the Forest Hills Public Schools
Fabric has become my new media of choice. After receiving a BFA and MA in painting, I have worked in oils, acrylics, pastel, collage, and clay over the past 30 years. All this exploration in different medias has lead me to a curiosity about color and the interplay of pattern. Fabric's preexisting motifs challenge the notion of creating new patterns, color combinations and meaningful stories. The viewer moves within each to create a personal narrative of their own. Sometimes observed as mandalas, my fiber pieces can be enjoyed for their hypnotic patterns alone while searching for a more meditative meaning. Please check out my site at www.louwolfv.com Or facebook - Lou Wolf Vallance LLC
Meticulously torn bits of hand-painted papers, delicately put together, form the exceptionally vibrant collages created by Artist Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson. Richard Colvin, curator for the Maitland Art Center says, “Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson’s artworks have a fresh quality that belies the way they are constructed.” Earning an Honorable Mention in the category of Animals/Wildlife for The Artist’s Magazine Annual Art Contest (2011) and a First Place Winner in the category of Collage/Mixed Media for The Artist’s Magazine All Media Contest (2010), St. Hilaire Nelson also received a Professional Development Grant from United Arts of Central Florida (her second) in 2010. Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson says speaks of her work, " I highlight the extraordinary within the ordinary, focusing on intense and vibrant colors combined with a sensibility of design. My collages invite the viewer to look, and having looked, to linger."
When I was in grade school my teacher always hung my created pictures on the wall in a day when all students pictures were not hung. I can only believe that my creative abilities were a gift. I have spent my life creating and studding art. I am a Graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. After a long career in commercial illustration I continued study and fine art pursuits. I founded art groups and currently teach at Evergreen Commons in Holland, MI. I do studio and Plein Air Paintings. My work has been shown since 1991 through commissions and shows, importantly a one person show at the Carnegie Museum. My home studio is at 555 Cherry Lane, Holland, MI. I am a member of the Plein Air Artists of West Michigan. My paintings reflect a since of place and time and are embellished in impressionistic style.
Abstract artist. I was born in La Plata, in Argentina. Today I live and create in two very different cities, La Plata and Chicago. I like to show what inspires my art, ranging from everyday experiences, simple observations, to deeper feelings. I believe that in my paintings you can see emotion such as love and anger, captured in different forms, by strong, vibrant colors, and by different movements and textures. I obtain different textures by using a variety of materials, some organic, such as sand and soil. I also used non-organic material, such as newspaper in collages, and mixed media in general. I like to explore different interpretation of the shapes, colors, and reflections of the light. Lately water and gelatinous substances have inspired me, by their movement, and by the lights and colors of the particles captured in them. I am working on canvas and oil, but I also find exciting to work on thick paper, acrylic, watercolor, and ink pigments.
I have always loved art and have always been very creative. I recently acquired a stained glass set from my husbands grandmother. I took a class and discovered that lead soldering is not my thing. However, glass has always intrigued me. So I discovered another type of administration of this beautiful work is glass on glass. So, it was born, my love for this artistic and creative way for me to express myself and the joy that stained glass brings me! This is my first year in Artprize. I am a rookie! I would like to have the experience and the delight of entering my piece in this awesome art show! Thank you. This piece is for sale as well. I have been married for 26 years and have 3 beautiful adult children and one wonderful son-in-law! I have been working at McLaren - Greater Lansing (formerly Ingham Regional Medical Center) for 31 years. I have been a resident of Michigan all my life.
Growing up in Pennsylvania, playing in those perfect little mud puddles after soft summer rain, forecast my life in clay. Smooth, textured and plastic, breakable and moldable, it provides the promise of form and function. A sculpture class during undergraduate study in medicine at Penn State University refreshed my love and passion for art. I earned my B.F.A in sculpture after Work/Travel in Europe, Mexico and senior study at the San Francisco Art Institute. Knowledge in the arts comes from experience as adjunct professor at William Paterson University, resident artist at Hunter College, master factory potter in New York City, studio assistant to Betty Woodman, juried artist, and motherhood; all giving life to being head ceramist at Black Sheep Pottery, master potter/artist Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation & my art. Good tile tells a story; good pottery delivers the content of the story. Both activate my creative works to express ideas through pottery, sculpture and the tile canvas.
I will be 78 years old this June and am a life long resident of the Belding/Greenville, Michigan area. My background is in commercial art, but I have been painting all of my life. This is my 3rd Art Prize. My previous venues are McFadden's and The Lyon Den. It would be an honor if you allow my piece in your venue for 2013 Artprize. This piece requires an indoor venue.
I am a professional Indiana artist and the owner of The Sketch Pad Art Studio in Avon, Indiana, a teaching studio for children, teens and adults. You can visit my website at www.sketchpadartstudio.com or visit the studio on FB.