This is what I hope to be my second year being involved in ArtPrize. This is one of the highlights of my artistic career! In 1984 I started Image Productions Photography Studio and continued his work there until 1998 when I relocated to Southwest Virginia and started Clisso Photography. Clisso Photography currently has two studios, one located and Wise, VA and the other in Bristol, TN. For the last 14 years, I has been a photography professor at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, teaching traditional darkroom photography, digital photography, Photoshop, hand-coloring of photographs, and hand-coated photography [Calliotype, Vandyke Brown and Cyanotype]. He also instructs lighting and Photoshop workshops at his studio.
By day Katy Batdorff is a Photojournalist, by night she changes into a roller derby girl. Rarely do these two personalities ever meet. This year they will clash. Only once. For ArtPrize.
Jeff lived in Central America for eight years and has traveled to over thirty countries, having witnessed first hand the impact of poverty, disease and armed conflict first-hand. He currently serves as the International Director for Set Free Ministries, based in Grand Rapids, MI. Jeff and his wife, Denise, currently live in Hudsonville, MI.
I am a painter, drawer, sand-sculptor, and graduate of the University of Michigan school of Art and Design. I like to hop from place to place, make new friends and see new things. I participated in the 2012 Art Prize as an assistant for Lucinda Wierenga's giant sand sculpture "A Garden of Unearthly Delights" (We made the top 50!), but this year am hoping to show my 2-D work. I think Art Prize is an amazing event and I look forward to participating once more and seeing the incredible work that it always pulls together.
Jennifer (Nasser) Miller spent many years living in Seoul, Korea and has travelled throughout Asia. The oriental aesthetic has a deep influence on her work and she continues to draw inspiration from traditional Korean landscapes and architecture and her photos, sketches and memories of the beauty of Korea. Jennifer also loves Japanese woodblock prints, and her painting style is influenced by the simplified perspectives, black outlines and idealized compositions of the shin hanga style of woodblock prints. She is a practicing attorney but has always painted avidly in her spare time.
In my art, I pull inspiration from nature and urban scenes. Rather than grandiose, large-scale landscapes, I prefer scenes from street level, capturing views from every day life. I want to draw out what strikes me as beautiful: choosing the details to include, the colors to sharpen or dull, finding a balance between realism and expression. In this way, I hope to turn the images into something more than what I began with.
Elisa R. Boughner was born in the United States, raised in Mexico and studied art in America and Europe. Her work reflects the influence of each of these cultures, and of a range of painting styles from the Impressionists, through the German Expressionists, and finally the Cubist. The result is a unique and highly personal style that brings extraordinary vibrancy to often ordinary subjects. Boughner uses the bright colors characteristic of Mexican painting, but employs them in the viscerally communicative fashion. She has been an artist all of her life. She has studied the works of masters in their own world and taken what she has learned to create her own style and substance. Since graduating from graduate school she has raised four children and opened her own studio. She has taken part in numerous exhibits, from one woman shows to collaborative museum exhibits. Her paintings hang in several public and private collections throughout the world.
My goal: To create magic with my artwork, be an engine of inspiration in the lives of my students, and find grace with my life. I received my undergraduate and graduate degrees from Northern Illinois University, with a BFA in Metals, 1970, and my MFA in Photography, 1976. During the past thirty years I've taught art/photography at NIU, Elgin Community College, Syracuse University, and currently Bowling Green State University. I am a writer of fiction, and my stories---– my photographs–––reflect the idea that frequently there is a better description of truth in fiction than you can find in documents of the phenomenal world; accordingly, my fantasies masquerade as reality with an emphasis on the existentially absurd and function as a bridge between the physical world, existential illusion and everyday life.
Jon Schmidt is a full time grandfather and a part time author. He holds degrees from GVSU and Davenport University, and his work has been featured in such diverse publications as The Grand Rapids Press, Easy Rider Magazine, Old Cars Weekly, and the Crimson Flash. Also, Jon and his father John co-authored a book of original poetry titled The Man Who Cannot Bend. Jon, his wife Laura, and Louie all reside in a pine woods south of Middleville, Mi.
For the past 20 years Diane exhibited her artworks in galleries & museums throughout the mid-west & abroad. Raised in the rolling hills of Grant Wood County of Eastern Iowa, Diane Naylor attended Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) & acquired her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD) & has attended the Maharishi University of Management in further studying & enhancing creativity. "My love for the planet inspires my artwork to communicate the importance of all beings great & small. My wish is to create compassion & to raise the consciousness of your atmosphere with my artwork." -Diane Naylor
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Colors, shapes, textures and feelings all come together to tell a story. Tales of mystery, romance, history and life. Spanning themes from abstract to classic in forms ranging from digital to physical. Images created by capturing light of things observed, created or manipulated by spontaneous inspiration and meticulous planning. Like music, some compositions are simple melodies while others are complex symphonies.
Photographer and Artist; Diane works as a Portrait Photographer and has her studio in her home on Wetmore Lake. Art provides an outlet for her creativity, which allows her to express views of the human condition. “Art is a driving passion, an expression of my individuality. Art is a way of life that can connect with everyone and everything”. She received a BFA in Graphic Design from Kendall College of Art and Design. Diane is a mother of 3 Tracy, Tommy Lee and Travis and Married to Tommy for 22 years.
I have been designing and making ceramic tile murals for public environments since 1978. The murals are large installations such as 230 feet in length to small framed ones. They are exterior as well as interior. The murals are composed of free form tiles, which fit together like a puzzle. They are in low bas-relief and colored with a variety of vibrant glazes. The murals are pictorial and often whimsical and focus on themes of childhood as well as cross-cultural exchange and community.
Art always fascinated me. From my earliest memories I remember being intrigued with two dimensional and three dimensional images. I always wanted to produce art and can remember copying drawings in mu youth. I really don't know what I'm doing when I do it but I do it because it comes from within and satisfies a hunger from within. Art Ican be anything from abstact to ultra realism and if it speaks to me I consider it art. Color, form, line, and image mean everything and I try to develop those in what I do. I hope you enjoy. Thank you!
Luis Antonio Uribegan – Co-Curator STALA Landing – as Lead Design Mind/CEO of Design Think Tank he has always worked to find new ways of using our automotive technologies in creative ways. STALA Landing showcases this approach and demonstrates innovative ways of accomplishing it.
I am from Grand Rapids, Michigan. I have a MFA from Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California. My BFA is from Michigan State University. I have been working professionally since 1992. I've illustrated coloring books and album covers. I worked for Sony Animation in Los Angeles for 7 years. I worked on many productions for Sony, including the animated versions of Jackie Chan Adventures, Adam Sandler's Eight Crazy Nights, Men in Black, Jumanji and others. I am currently an Assistant Professor of Illustration at Kendall College of Art and Design. I've exhibited regularly. Check out my blog: http://matthewkarlschenk.blogspot.com/. I have prints available at: http://society6.com/MatthewSchenk
I am self taught Emotional Artist Sculptor and my natural gift was noticed by the fourth grade. Throughout my childhood I developed an appreciation for my majestic surroundings. Years of artistic expression made it clear that my life would be centered upon a passion for art. I am a passtionate painter, and sculptor, driven by an incredible desire for self-expression and emotion through art. My works are often noted for their unique style and use of materials. I also like to recycle items and create interesting sculptures. I especially enjoy sharing with children creativity and inspiring them to explore all medias. I Love all paints especially watercolor and oils. I have been honored with multiple awards including 3 best in show, A State Fair gold ribbon, and best of show in the abstract category. I believe the true reward in art is the ability to share my God given gift. Cats are for sale $ 249.00 for three piece sculpture.
I have taught art for thirteen years at the middle school and elementary levels. I love how my students grow in their creativity and skill. I've also had the privelege of teaching classes at Evergreen Ministries Art Camp for the past four years. Creating with my students is a passion for me.
Although my career has been in the insurance field, my real passion has been wildlife. For years, as an amateur, I photographed wildlife around the world. My friends and those who saw my work encouraged me repeatedly to share and even sell my images. After retiring as an insurance company CEO, I decided to do just that! I love every minute I am in the African Bush or trekking other remote places in the world in search of those special images of elusive wildlife. My photographic images are taken exclusively with Canon equipment. I reside in Holt, Michigan with my wife and our three cats.
Jacob Pierzchala is a Michigan-based artist who's primary work is situated in the digital realm. He received his MFA in Studio Art from Bowling Green State University in 2012, and currently works with digital artist, Erwin Redl. Jacob's artwork aims to explore and criticize the often binary nature of worldviews. He sees art as the continuation of an ongoing dialogue, and in light of this, his most notable influences are the writings of C.S. Lewis, the photography of Paul Strand, the socio-technological theory of Ray Kurzweil, and hypermedia Poetry of Jason Nelson.
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 was once an image-based painter. About 8 years ago I abandoned the image and the multitude of crazy characters I had been struggling with for so many years. I have been making abstract paintings since. I used to draw and write, almost obsessively, but lost that, too, quite some time before I gave up on the image. 20 years ago, I helped an artist move out of Chicago. As payment, he gave me a beer, some Mexican food, and a very large roll of heavy weight paper. That blank roll has traveled around with me to many different addresses. On New Year's Day, 2013, I hauled it out of a closet and rolled a bit of it out on my studio floor. The imagery came back to me, and with a fine-tipped pen, on my hands and knees, I started again on drawing. I received my BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and my MFA from UIC. Some of my influences: abandoned buildings, things in poor repair, old signage, early advertising characters, postcards, dive bars, and hobo culture.
My body of work is a reflection of my surroundings, personal experiences, and my faith. It is an attempt to comprehend and preserve our material anatomy, our mental capacities, and our history. Every being has a beginning and an end; a continuous cycle which all living organisms share. Although more easily observed, our differences are fewer than our similarities. I view the body as a work of art in itself, carefully created by an intelligent designer. Through the use of wire, clay and watercolor, our anatomy changes from tissue and bones to working machines, functional vessels, and non-objective imagery. Our intricate anatomy is a remarkable existence, one that should be seen from all angles. Underneath our memories, thoughts, and histories, we all have the same physical make up and are only set apart by our intangible qualities.
Lavone (Lee) Payne, a West Michigan native, has used art and design in business to re-engineer processes, to devise strategy maps and to translate a person's or group's ideas into cohesive written or pictoral wholes. As a single mom, she fueled her love of design, creating not only homemade greeting cards but also originals from Christmas ornaments to interior decor frames and accent work. This led to novice paintings, re-purposing furniture and other wall art. Now, Lee has begun exploring her creative impulses more deeply and considering different paths to gain more experience and exposure.
I was raised on a Dairy Farm in rural Michigan. My first encounter was wood working, and carving for my own enjoyment, as well as profit. I entered the Army at age 18, and was stationed in Germany. After being honorably discharged, I attended Art School on my G.I. Bill. I graduated with degrees in Illustration, and Painting. I worked as a commercial artist in Grand Rapids for over 18 years, and went into portrait painting full time. I read quite a bit, usually History, and I appreciate reading about the various artists throughout time, and their techniques. I enjoy photography.
Keith McIntosh graduated from Grand Valley State University, majoring in Art and Sociology. While pursuing Sociology professionally, he continues to practice painting. His work explores the changing relations between culture and nature, using oil painting as his primary medium.
Joel Howell: Artist for the working man! I am a mostly self taught artist that has rediscovered his passion to create over the last few years. Having been awakened by my two daughters limitless imagination and the beauty that only a child may see, I try to show them how to be responsible in the world, as we take from and give back to it. I have exhibited all over Michigan, and have won Juror awards as well as mixed media awards in the Festival of the Arts Regional competition. I also try to attend both as a vender and as a customer as many, artist markets and art fairs that time allows. I draw inspiration from the many talented individuals and their unique take on art, music, written word and performance that I come across. Each day I try to take in and support as much as I may, and share these experiences in a positive way with my daughters and peers. I believe beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and strive for a positive influence within life and beyond.
Andrew McCoy is a practicing Fine Artist with an interest in Contemporary Queer theory, the abject non-heteronormal cultural experience, and craft-fine art integration in his work as well as an experienced Curator. He calls home Kansas City, MO, but currently resides and works out of Grand Rapids, MI. He began his higher education at the Kansas City Art Institute, and at Kendall College of Art and Design he finished and received his Bachelor’s Degree in the Fine Arts: Influence in Painting, with a minor in Photography. His work has been shown internationally, as well as in several venues in Michigan, many times in the beautiful city of Grand Rapids. McCoy’s work has been recently recognized with the Gallery Award from the KCAD Painting Department upon graduation and a first place award form the Regional Arts Competition held in the Grand Rapids Art Museum in 2011.
Born March 26, 1973 in Havana Cuba. Since childhood he excelled as a meritorious student in Fine art, achieving twice the best academic average grade of the year (1990-1991) at Institute San Alejandro. In those years, he learned a lot about the techniques of sculpture in stainless steel. Every generation has its philosopher - a writer or an artist who captures the imagination of a time says the artist, that's why his arts are not inspired by a vision optics, this allows to search and find inside each thing or person, the answers to each realization, leaving the door open to dreams and perspectives.
(Click on image to view entire painting entry). Some describe me as a narrative artist who tells stories with my paintings. It is not my intention to tell linear narratives, but to depict contexturalized social situations that may evoke wide-ranging, open-ended scenarios from viewers' imaginations. This open-endedness enables viewers to engage their encounters in personal ways and ensures that my paintings' meanings are pluralistically connotative and fluid. Originally from Lansing, Michigan, recieved my BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, more recently recieved a MFA from Montclair State University, and for the last six years have been with the Montclair Art Museum as Manager of Public Programs.
ART STATEMENT I am into beauty & concepts. I do figurative pieces like different yoga positions, orchids, trees, etc., anything that’s organic, sparks or evokes the delightful, splendid experience of seeing beauty. I also do statements in art that give a wholly different view of something, intrigue the mind, make one laugh or communicate something relevant. Enjoy my work! SARITO
In my den hangs a charcoal drawing of Ho Chi Minh I drew back in the seventies. That drawing has been a symbol of the creative spirit that lies within me. Now that I am in the second half of life I have time to nurture that spirit . I have been blessed to work as an apprentice with Dawn Soltysiak at The Khnemu Studio working in clay for several years now. I am just starting to find my voice. It is not enough to know you have a creative spirit, knowledge, skill and courage must be developed for that spirit to speak. I heard it said once, that we should not leave this Earth with the talent the creator gave you still in your pocket.