KCAD Faculty, Alumni Have Strong Showing in 2017 West Michigan Area Show

Posted April 6, 2017 in Master of Fine Arts, Printmaking, MFA Printmaking, Alumni, Illustration, Faculty, Drawing

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts has announced the winners of the 2017 West Michigan Area Show, and several Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) faculty and alumni are included.

Drawing Professor Deborah Rockman won the annual juried exhibition’s most prestigious award – the Helen Sheridan Memorial Grand Prize – with her low-tech digital drawing on photograph, “Companions 8.”

work by Deborah Rockman"Companions 8" by Deborah Rockman (image courtesy of the artist)

Alumna Cindi Ford (’06, MFA), who also teaches as an adjunct instructor in the Printmaking program, won Third Place with her piece “Vulnerable VII,” which combined a number of different printmaking techniques including etching, moku hanga, monotype, linocut, and collage.

work by Cindi Ford"Vulnerable VII" by Cindi Ford (image courtesy of the artist)

Alumnus Taylor Mazer (’12, BFA Illustration), who also teaches as an adjunct instructor in the Illustration program, was one of two entrants to receive the Ward H. and Cora E. Nay Director’s Purchase Prize with his pen and ink piece “And More Stairs.” The piece also appears in a book Mazer recently released, "More Work: Drawings in Ink by Taylor Mazer," that's currently available on taylormazer.com

work by Taylor Mazer"And More Stairs" by Taylor Mazer (image courtesy of the artist)

Alumni Eana Agopian (’16, MFA) and Deborah Mattson (’16, MFA) each took home one of the exhibition’s 10 sponsored awards.

Agopian won the Ninth Wave Studio Award for Ingenuity in Mixed Media or Intermedia with “Meiosis,” a piece combining collage, hand-colored image transfer, screenprinting, copperplate etching. acrylic paint, mica powder, glitter, and polyresin.

work by Eana Agopian"Meiosis" by Eana Agopian (image courtesy of the artist) 

Mattson won the Southwest Michigan Printmakers Excellence in Printmaking Award with “Shingebiss: an Ojibwe Folktale,” a piece incorporating etching and letterpress processes.

work by Deborah MattsonExcerpt from "Shingebiss: an Ojibwe Folktale" by Deborah Mattson (image courtesy of the artist)

The West Michigan Area Show solicits entries from established and emerging artists from 14 different counties in Michigan. 2017 juror Fiona Ragheb, a Detroit-based curator, choose 95 works by 68 artists to include in the exhibition out of 470 submissions by 270 artists.

The exhibition will remain on display at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts through May 28, 2017. Click here for more information.


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