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.

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Amy Ferguson Speaks to AAWA

Monday Night Program: Printmaking

Amy Ferguson Monday Night ProgramMon, Apr 15, 2018, 7pm
AAWA Headquarters, 4844 Jackson Road, Suite 100
Free and Open to the public

Amy Ferguson’s printmaking work “is based on her love for drawing and printing, as well as nature and all things fantasy.” Her work is inspired by methods of creating art that are rooted in the history of printmaking while embracing modern developments in creating imagery.

Drawing, however, is the most important part of each piece, taking hours of time to create each delicate line with pen or etching needle. It is about making art, from cards to etchings, that can be accessible to a wide variety of people; art that can take anyone to a new place or an old memory.