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.

Artist:
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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