West Michigan Area Show

May 21, 2022 - September 4, 2022
Save the date: The West Michigan Area Show awards ceremony and reception will be on Friday, May 20, 2022.

The work of West Michigan’s talented community of visual artists is on display at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts’ annual West Michigan Area Show. Since the 1960s, this annual juried exhibition has showcased exceptional work in all media, drawing hundreds of entries from a 14-county region. Each year, an experienced juror chooses the artists from more than 300 submitted entries, ranging from paintings, prints and photos to mosaics, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture and mixed-media works.

The 2022 juror is artist Ed Fraga. Fraga is a Detroit area artist who received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Wayne State University. Ed often blurs the line between painting and construction as image and object merge as one. As a painter he explores the human condition, touching on themes of loss and the cycles of birth and death. His distinguished awards and Fellowships include an Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Fellowship, Kresge Artist Fellowship, Bellagio Center Rockefeller Foundation Residency, and an Arts Midwest National Endowment for the Arts






Additional support provided by David Isaacson in memory of his wife, Helen Sheridan.

Katherine Bourdon, Composition in C, 2020, oil and cold wax. On loan from the artist.
Julia Haw, Rainbow in a Field of Daisies, 2021, punch rug (yarn), monks cloth, oil, and hand-cut oak. On loan from the artist.  Madeline Kaczmarczyk, Eastern Tea, 2022, clay, lister glazes, glass beads. On loan from the artist.   Sebastian Sandu, Maria and Hanna, 202, oil on canvas. On loan from the artist.   Betsey Vermeulen Young, Remove Before Flight, 2022, clay, glass, fiber. On loan from the artist.