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Greater Michigan Art Exhibition

I have two photographs in this show that opened over the weekend in Midland, Michigan at the Midland Center for the Performing arts.


Press Release: Greater Michigan Art Exhibition

opens 7/18

July 14, 2015

Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and ArtThe 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

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.

Art Prize 2014 Entry


I have entered Art Prize in Grand Rapids, Michigan this year. Here is the link to my entry for those interested.

“Present Exposure” exhibited at The Upper Hall Gallery at Liberty Street Brewing Company

Upper Hall Gallery
At Liberty Street Brew Pub
149 W. Liberty St., Plymouth, MI
For Immediate Release:

Amy Lockard’s photojournalistic eye shall be on view at the Upper Hall Gallery at
Liberty Street Brew Pub starting 30 Sept. through 7 December 2013.
“This exhibit is of photos from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula,” Lockard explained. “Through my
photography I try to convey the importance of being present in the moment in order to fully
absorb the beauty and healing powers of nature. I believe that when you are present in the
moment you can let go of pain from the past, and fear of the future. It is my goal to share these
beautiful experiences through my camera to bring peace and healing through art. My
photography is primarily of landscapes in nature, with an emphasis on locations in Michigan.
Water and light are major themes in my images.”
Lockard added, “Photography as always been both a form or artistic expression and a personal
therapy for me, the photos in this exhibit exemplify my journey through the lens back to myself.”
She started studying photography in high school, and earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism
from Oakland University in 2003.
She began her photojournalism career as the staff photographer for the Spinal Column
Newsweekly in 2003 (the same year she graduated from OU). “I have spent the last decade
photographing local news events, and sports in west Oakland County,” she said.
Lockard also has served as staff photographer for The Paper in Birmingham and Bloomfield
and Lakefront Magazine.
“I began to focus more on my fine art photography after participating in a landscape
photography workshop to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula under the direction of photographer
Monte Nagler in fall 2011,” she added. “This workshop reawakened my passion for outdoor landscape photography and led to the creation of this show.” It also led her to be named “Artist of the Month” by the City of Sterling Heights Cultural Commission in June 2013, and her works have been featured in the Northville Art House “west of Center” exhibit, the Anton Art Center’s Michigan Annual XL exhibit, and the Livonia Fine Arts Commission’s annual exhibit. Amy says of her work, “I call my current collection of photographs “Present Exposure,”referring to the importance of being present in the moment, and the art of photography to share that moment.”

An artist reception shall be held Saturday 12 October 2013, 5­9pm. Refreshments
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For further information on contact Liberty Street Brew Pub at 734.207.9600