2019 Fall Juried Exhibit Awards

The Fall Juried Exhibit

Oct 21 – Nov 29, 2019

Ann Arbor District Library
343 S 5th Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Library Open Hours:
Monday: 10am – 9pm
Tuesday-Friday: 9am – 9pm
Saturday: 9am – 6pm
Sunday: 12 – 6pm

Juror: Kenneth Freed

Kenneth Freed was born in Dayton, Ohio and moved to Battle Creek, Michigan at the age of 14. He started painting at 15 and was the youngest artist to have a one-person show at the Battle Creek Art Center. Before undergraduate school, Freed had produced nearly a hundred paintings andseveral hundred pastels and drawings. He attended Davidson College and received a B.A. Degree as one of the first art majors in the history of the school. During graduate school, Freed won purchase awards in several national painting, print and drawing exhibitions as well as grants. He received a MA from SUNY Oswego and anMFA from Western Michigan University. As a professional artist, Freed has had exhibitions in many parts of the country and has won over thirty purchase and cash awards in competitions. He has several hundred paintings in private collections throughout the United States.

At present, Freed remains an active full-time painter who treasures his independence and chooses his content in painting to please only himself. He has selected commissions that are of interest and has actively sold his work over the years.

His work is representational with an emphasis on the observation of abstract properties of form and color within the naturalistic orientation. Much of recent work is portraiture, figure paintings and self-portraiture. New work includes egg tempera, casein/oil emulsion as well as oil paintings.

Award Winners Summer 2019

The Summer Juried Exhibit

July 5 – 26, 2019

Riverside Arts Center
76 N Huron St
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Gallery Open Hours:
Thursdays:  3 – 8 pm
Fridays:  3 – 8 pm
Saturdays:  12 – 5 pm

Juror: Donn Angel Perez

Donn Angel Perez was born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. He moved to the USA when he was 19. He earned a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Michigan. For 15 years, he worked as a design/ architect and has spent 16 years as an educator of architecture, art, and design. Here is what he says about each of these aspects of his life.

Architect Designer:
I am still aiming to be a Renaissance Man and lead a revival of art and architecture for the humble, homeless and hopeful. I am passionately Inspired by designs that are sustainably respectful to Mother Nature, the unconditional love of animals and the global need for humanitarian architecture.

As an artist I work compositions that integrate natural landscapes, architectural perceived surroundings and elements that radiate spiritual energy and emotional vitality. Artistically compromised and architecturally charged, the art represents a resilient liveliness that exists in constant flux – The art is tectonic, thorny and visually alive. I find inspiration in the textures and languages of daily life, spirituality, mother nature, musicality and survival.

Design and Art Educator:
As a design and art educator I continue to develop new ways and techniques to teach visual communication and how to prepare students to face the global influx of digital technologies and demand for hybrid imagery. I believe strongly in the use of our hands and the connection between the eyes and heart to create meaningful and engaging work. As a professional abstract artist, I have worked for several years to find connections between art and architecture in order to evoke new languages of visual communication assured to bring excitement to the process of design.

Awards Presentations:

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