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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Award Winners – Spring Exhibit

Voluminousity by Katherine Frajbis
1st Place | Voluminousity by Katherine Frajbis | Etching | 6 x 26″

The Spring Juried Exhibit:     March 17 – April 5, 2019

Malletts Creek Branch Library
3090 E. Eisenhower Pkwy
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Juror: Jan Brown

A life-long resident of Michigan, Brown began early to show a spark of art talent.She continued throughout her school days furthering this and eventually received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Michigan State University with an emphasis in printmaking. Teaching art in the Wayne-Westland School District was a joy, but due to constant layoffs in the art program, she eventually went into the elementary classroom and enjoyed being artistic in the way she taught.

In 2010 Jan retired after 35 years of teaching and began to explore abstract expressionism. She found she loved creating paintings where she wasn’t limited to just “reproducing” a likeness. Abstraction freed her up to really begin to enjoy expressing emotion through paint.

However, Jan has always found the human figure beautiful and has begun trying to bring the figure and the abstract together. Since February 2015, she has been drawing the figure from live modeling sessions using ink wash on raw canvas. These “drawings” later become the basis of a painting where she uses paint, ink, and raveled string to further work the piece. That journey continues for her.