Curator’s Clipboard: A Celebration of 50 Artists!

You are invited to 50 Artists of the Great Lakes Bay Region 2021

50 Artists of the Great Lakes Bay Region + Art Around the City 2021 showcases the works of 50 artists who live and/or work in the Michigan counties of Saginaw, Bay, Midland, Isabella, Gratiot, Clare, Gladwin, and Arenac. A panel of experts in the visual arts and community leaders from the region selected the artists from 108 entries. 50 original artworks are displayed in the Rowley Gallery at Studio 23/ The Arts Center from September 23 – November 13, 2021.  In addition, 50 images from the selected artists are being installed and displayed on weatherized metal plates as part of the Art Around the City project situated along the Bay City Riverwalk and in historic downtown Bay City for two years.

We are celebrating with a public reception on Thursday, September 30, 2021, 5–7 p.m. Meet the artists, view the artwork and enjoy an evening of camaraderie!

Here is the link to the Facebook Event.

The legacy of fine art in our region includes a rich history of artists that include international names such as architect Alden B. Dow, painter E. Irving Couse and contemporary artist, Jim Shaw. Studio 23 credits the presence of many art nonprofits, guilds and associations that promote visual arts in Mid-Michigan as important resources for the artist community. I am thrilled that the ongoing collaboration between artists and communities is encouraging connections that lead to conversations, inclusion and general well-being in our region. The power of art can bring hope, healing, happiness and so much more. This free public reception will be another example of how art brings us together.

Douglass Barron, Bridgeport   Sharon Berkan-Dent, Midland   Nancy Brooks-Siebert, Midland   Sharon Caldwell, Midland   DJ Carmody, Midland     Jeff Caverly, Essexville   Tamara Ebenhoeh, Frankenmuth   Michael Glowacki, University Center   Brian Goff, Bridgeport   Avram Golden, Bay City     Jason Graham, Saginaw   Emmy Heger, Midland   Phillip Hanson, Saginaw   Pamela Hart, Midland   Erin Houghtaling, Saginaw                              Michael Inman, Midland   Danielle Kato, Bay City   Bonnie Lalley, University Center   Debra LaRocque, Bay City   Matt Lewis, Saginaw                           Marti Liddle-Lameti, Sanford   Bruce Lipsitt, Midland    Jamie Long, Midland  Alan Maciag, Midland   Jim Matherne, Essexville                                      Jody McDonald Rider, Midland   Zizelda Moreira, Midland    Allise Noble, Saginaw   Priscilla Olson, Midland    Susan Pack, Hemlock                         Steven Parkhurst, Midland   Mark Piotrowski, Bay City   Katrina Rae, Frankenmuth   Roger Reichmann, Midland   Hermelinda Roof, Midland            Sally Rose, Mt. Pleasant   Stacie Rose, Birch Run   Laurie Russell-Parrent, Kawkawlin   Annie Stout, Midland   Janis Taylor, Mt. Pleasant           Kristianne Tefft, Midland   Suzanne Thomas, Midland   Julie Tyslicky, Coleman   Jan Wegner, Saginaw   Marilyn Whitworth Soules, Midland             Neal Wilcox, Midland   Vicki Winton, Saginaw   Carol Zahn, Midland   Rebecca Zeiss, Midland   Mike Zureich, Midland

The jurors for this year’s exhibit were selected for their art expertise as well as their locations in the region. Jurors from Bay City, Saginaw, Mt. Pleasant and Midland studied over 300 images to select the ultimate 50 Artists. The panel included Janet Danek of Janet Danek Design, Leeds Bird, nonprofit performing arts leader and art collector, Kathie Fuce-Hobohm of Space Inc., and Thor Rasmussen, Saginaw Art Museum and Temple Theater.

Read more about our jurors here on the exhibition page.

Become a 2021 Art Advocate today and celebrate artists!

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The first 50 Artists of the Great Lakes Bay Region was held in September 2017. This event has propelled over the past four years with help from businesses and community supporters. This biennial exhibit is alternated with an all-state exhibit for Michigan artists. Through Studio 23’s Art Advocate campaign, there has been over $10,000 in cash prizes awarded as well as a $12,500 investment in the Art Around the City Public Art Project. This specific art advocacy campaign also provides support for educational growth seminars for artists. Momentum continues as the number of 50 Art Advocates grows for 2021. Join today!

 

The public reception for 50 Artists will be held on Thursday, September 30, 2021, 5–7 p.m. The juror’s Best of Show award of $1000 will be awarded that evening as well as two juror’s cash awards of merit. The award ceremony will start at 6 p.m. There will be a popular vote cash award of $1000 and two honorable cash awards on the images displayed for the Art Around the City path. Those awards will be announced on closing day of the exhibit, November 13, 2021 at 1 p.m.

 Our hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 5 pm. Please stop and view the new exhibit.

Kind regards,

Val

Valerie Allen, curator of exhibits

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