The Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art presents a broad range of artists from across the state when it hosts the 54th Annual Greater Michigan Art Exhibition, on display July 18 through September 11, at Midland Center for the Arts, 1801 W. St. Andrews Rd., Midland, Michigan. An opening reception and awards presentation ceremony will be held July 18, 7 to 9 p.m.
A tradition for over 50 years, the Greater Michigan Art Exhibition is one of the few remaining statewide visual arts competitions in Michigan. Organized by the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art at Midland Center for the Arts, it provides a forum for the most recent developments by Michigan artists. The gallery spaces at Midland Center for the Arts provide a dramatic stage for the display of contemporary work and are especially suited for the exhibition of large-scale works. Both established and emerging artists participate to bring to the Center examples of the broad range of visual possibilities in contemporary and experimental thinking.
“We extend our many thanks to all of the generous contributors who have made possible the cash awards for the artists and other expenses of the project, as well as the numerous institutions deserving of special recognition for their generous support,” says Museum Director Bruce Winslow. “This year 126 artists submitted applications for the exhibition, 71 artists were accepted in the preliminary jury and delivered their works for the final selection by the juror to comprise an exhibition of 112 works. Any artist accepted in the preliminary jury was guaranteed inclusion in the exhibition with at least one work.”
Also on display is “Burnt Offerings: Stephen Sebald Drawings.” Mr. Sebald was awarded a solo exhibition for excellence and innovation at the 2014 Greater Michigan Art Exhibition. His work of extremely detailed realist charcoal portrait drawings is recognized for excellence, precision and craftsmanship. This exhibition is supported by the Maxwell K. Pribil Memorial Trust administered by FirstMerit Bank.
Admission to the Museum is $9 Adults, $6 Children, FREE to Museum members. Summer Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday until 8 p.m. For information, visit http://www.mcfta.org.
Juror: Thomas S. Madden
Thomas S. Madden earned his Master of Fine Arts in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design at Bowling Green State University (1988) and his Bachelor of Fine Art in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design from Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS (1981).
Currently, he is Professor, Crafts Department Chairman, and Section Head for Metalsmithing and Jewelry at the College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI (1992-2014).
In 2007, he was awarded the distinction of “Master Metalsmith 2007” by the National Ornamental Metals Museum, Memphis, TN. He has taught at Eastern Michigan University, Colorado Mountain College and the Department of Art, Mississippi State University. He has exhibited extensively and his works are included in collections across America and abroad.