Becoming Familiar through the Splendors of Shiga

Written by Kerri VanderHoff | Sunday, 01 February 2015 16:50 |

Sisters share a unique bond. From childhood through adult years, the relationship develops as we come to a deeper appreciation of both our similarities and our differences. We can learn a lot from each other, and at times help broaden each other’s perspectives, especially when in the context of that trusted familial environment.

It’s no secret that we have a love affair with water in West Michigan. We choose to live in a state that, while the four seasons are beautiful, the winters can make less-hardy people question our sanity. But we know how much sweeter that makes the sunsets at Lake Michigan in the summer, how clear blue is the water and how soft the sand that makes zipping noises as you walk barefoot through it.

Global Conversations: East Meets West in Michigan

Written by Kerri VanderHoff | Friday, 21 November 2014 10:27 |

Contemporary art at its best surprises you. It offers you something you haven’t seen before and often alters your perspective. Wired & Wrapped: Sculpture by Seungmo Park, opening Dec. 20 at Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (KIA), promises to do just that.

ArtPrize revisited: Producer Joe's Best and Worst

Written by Joe Gasmann | Thursday, 13 November 2014 10:15 |

ignoring most venues and social graces for two straight days, my trusty photographer and I excitedly combined our favorite annual art contest with our favorite not-so-annual contest of drinking too much. We accomplished very little of our original intents, but saw anything worth seeing — according to us.

Artful Exploration of the Practical Mind

Written by Kerri VanderHoff | Friday, 24 October 2014 13:17 |

Artful Exploration of the Practical MindA cultural study of the Midwest reveals an interesting trajectory. InThe Middle West: Its Meaning in American Culture, geographer James R. Shortridge notes around the turn of the last century, the Midwest enjoyed a prosperous time and was revered in the national consciousness as the most “American” part of the nation. The self-reliance of the inhabitants secured the region’s identity as the ideal America. There was a strong commitment to progressivism, with an emphasis on education, women’s rights and temperance.

Muskegon Lake Project: Art & Environment

Written by Kerri VanderHoff | Tuesday, 23 September 2014 15:49 |

Artists often take inspiration from their environment. Georgia O’Keeffe moved to New Mexico for the light and landscape. Andy Warhol thrived on the constant buzz of New York’s social scene. Many a muse was found at the ballet for Edgar Degas.

Double Take: Q&A with Vicki Wright, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

Written by Anya Zentmeyer | Monday, 25 August 2014 15:23 |

Q&A with Vicki Wright from the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts on its 90th anniversary and exhibition celebrating both KIA’s collection and local artists it inspires.

Con Artist Crew Develops ArtLustr to Make Art More Accessible

Written by Carlie Soule | Monday, 25 August 2014 13:55 |

Con Artist Crew, an eclectic group of West Michigan artists, is giving audiences universal accessibility to shows. The group has developed ArtLustr, an interactive electronic still program that can be used anywhere with a Wi-Fi connection.

The Art of Curating: Context Matters

Written by Kerri VanderHoff | Monday, 25 August 2014 12:59 |

Picture this: you just bought the latest release from your favorite band. You can’t wait to listen to it from start to finish, to really let it unfold, to go back and give it another go after the first run through. Now imagine, would you do this on your tiny little laptop in a crowded space with lots of noise all around?

ArtPrize By the Years: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Written by Cathryn Smits | Monday, 25 August 2014 12:57 |

What makes ArtPrize successful is its ability to polarize the community. Is it legitimate art if anyone can enter? Just because the public likes the piece the most, does it actually make it the best? And why are there so many big-ass pieces of art? Like any big event, there are the hits, the misses and the things that just make you laugh out loud. We've found some of the best.

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